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.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"