By  on December 10, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Now entering a fifth week of bitter stalemate, the Writers Guild of America strike is taking a toll on Los Angeles apparel retailers, who have long depended on entertainment clients for a robust holiday shopping season.

With scripted drama series and sitcoms halting production at an estimated cost to the L.A. economy of $21.3 million per day—not to mention millions of dollars more lost to empty restaurant tables, vacant hotel rooms and other secondary effects of the strike—several men’s wear boutiques reported a marked decrease in foot traffic and a near-freeze on lavish corporate gifting. What was once a cashmere blanket gift for an A-list entertainment client is now more along the lines of a merino wool sweater, sources said.

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