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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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Super Sharp: The First Instalment of ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’

Regular readers of SEEN will know what fans we are of the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion in John Prince’s Street. It’s a place where it is possible to gauge current cultural attitudes as they happen. ‘Super Sharp’ is the first in a series of exhibitions and events exploring the style, sound and Rave Culture in the nineties. It starts on Thursday 1st February and runs until Saturday 21st April 2018.

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Burns Night: Whisky 101 at The Gallery 

Celebrating Burns Night without whisky is nothing short of sacrilege. Where better then to honour Scotland’s greatest poet than at The Gallery in West Hampstead, which has become renowned for its dual fascinations – whisky and beer. Here’s a Short Epigram on Parting with a Kind Host in the Highlands penned by Burns himself: When death’s …

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David Ramirez Releases ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ and Plays St Pancras Old Church

David Ramirez has announced details of his new album We’re Not Going Anywhere, set for UK commercial release via Thirty Tigers on January 12th, 2018. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. It follows …