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American Apparel Goes Under

Famous for its unconventional CEO Dov Charney and its provocative advertisement campaigns, sweatshop-free brand American Apparel has been sold to Canadian t-shirt manufacturers Gildan. The LA Factory HQ, and US stores will be shut by April of this year and the UK online store has already gone, along with their retail stores here. Only the Camden High Street branch remains.

Founder Dov Charney had been selling t-shirts since the 80s, and set up American Apparel in 1997, with a socially-progressive campaign and employing a mostly Latino workforce of 3400. Rising with the popularity of their colourful t-shirts and hoodies in the noughties, recent years had seen a fall-off in sales as fast fashion – and lower prices associated with sweatshop labour – became the norm.

Charney is unimpressed with the demise of the brand he founded: ‘This is not a brand that should have gone out of business. This business went out of business because of Wall Street malfeasance.’ It will be interesting to see developments in the company’s fortunes, post-inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Halloween at Sexy Fish

In London, you don’t go on a night out so much as partake of a new experience. Leave it to the gloriously named Sexy Fish in Mayfair to add a unique event to this year’s Halloween calendar.

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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it …

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Original Swimming Party Release ‘Biggest Curse’

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party, have announced the release of their new single  ‘Biggest Curse’ featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix EP, the single is now available to stream from October 6th.

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs would do well to get themselves along to the Heist Bank Beer Festival this weekend, the 14th and 15th October. The bar in Paddington will be celebrating the finest keg and cask beers known to humanity, from UK brewers, Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co., who will headline, launching special seasonal releases …