AMERICAN APPAREL’S PULLBACK: American Apparel Inc. has closed its only U.S. California Select vintage store in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood and plans to fold the concept into existing retail locations. A California Select boutique in Berlin will remain open. The stand-alone vintage concept launched in 2007 with clothing from the Fifties through the Nineties, as well as new nonapparel pieces. The company had planned more stores in other markets. “Right now, it just doesn’t make sense,” said chief executive officer Dov Charney. “We thought maybe it could work alone, but it turns out it works better as part of our existing stores.” Charney said the company is approaching further expansion cautiously in the recession, with 14 stores in the pipeline for this year. — Anne Riley-Katz

 

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