Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear won a bankruptcy auction to buy U.S. fashion retailer American Apparel for about $88 million in cash. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear won a bankruptcy auction to buy American Apparel for about $88 million in cash, sources told Reuters. Gildan will not take any of American Apparel's 110 stores-leaving their fate unknown, but will get rights to its brand, and some of its manufacturing equipment. The company will also take over some of American Apparel's manufacturing plants in southern California, one of the largest garment-making operations in the United States, with about 3,500 employees. Retail analyst, Mary Epner: (SOUNDBITE) MARY EPNER, CEO, MARY EPNR RETAIL ANALYSIS, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I hope that they keep a lot of manufacturing here, particularly for their brand. My guess is that they will have a foray also into wholesale, and do shop in shops within department stores, but, also, they'll have the ability to market to a lot of stores that do private label, and, hopefully, get their business, especially now that made in the USA is such a big tagline for retailers." The auction for American Apparel attracted companies like Amazon, Forever 21, and California-based Next Level Apparel, but Gildan outbid all of them, raising its initial offer of $66 million. The Gildan takeover is still subject to a bankruptcy judge approving it on Thursday.