LOS ANGELES — A competitive apparel climate has led to the shutdown, at least temporarily, of Irvine, Calif.-based Counter Culture. About 20 employees at company headquarters have been let go in the last three weeks, according to Pat Fraley, a founder. Counter Culture stopped shipping its men’s and junior lifestyle-oriented clothing in April.

At its peak, the line, founded 12 years ago in a Huntington Beach garage by Fraley and Mike Schillmoeller, sold to 350 wholesale accounts, including Jack’s Surfboards and Ron Jon Surf Shop, and generated about $6.5 million in sales.

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