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American Apparel Community Store


By Suzanne O'Connor

The king of casual California apparel is American Apparel.

Perhaps it’s because we live more casual lifestyles here in California. Or perhaps we’re beach or fitness focused. Or maybe we are just lazy in our dressing style… But cotton tees, tops and pants are still king here and probably always will be.

American Apparel operates out of one very large, very pink warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, manufacturing and distributing their casual basics tees, tops, pants, sweats and skirts to stores nationwide. Their line is reasonably priced clothing that will get you through any season.

Their outlet store or aptly named Community Store is right on the factory premises. Savings here average 30%-40% with a few items up at 60%-70%off and one or two made especially for the store.

The bulk of the store is factory overruns and remaining product. Most items are first quality but they also carry factory seconds, irregulars and damages. Marked with an orange marker, slightly damage product is about 25% of the store. Product marked with red marker is obviously damaged merchandise and is only a few pieces or product. Marked in a green or white tag, first quality is the prevalent product in men’s women’s and children’s clothing.

Some women’s ribbed tanks were priced at $12 instead of $18. Some rather cute, long, tight fitting tees with puffy capped sleeves were a good buy at $21 instead of $30. A cotton women’s wrap dress retails at $44 but it’s here at $31. Classic cotton knit pencil skirts were well priced at $21 instead of $30. Basic cotton turtle necks were $19 and a women’s long black skirt was $21 instead of $30.

There are hoodies, jackets and pants for guys. Some cotton/ nylon travel pants were marked $38 instead of $54 and a hoodies tee was $19 instead of the original retail of $28. Another great basic is the fleece sweat pant. Here you can grab one in every color at $25 instead of $36. A men’s zip up windbreaker jacket also was a good buy at $35 instead of $50.

Moms will love the buys on kids apparel here. Some cotton onsies are priced at $10 each instead of $14. They even have cotton racer back leotards here for $15.50 instead of $22.
Back in style are raglan, baseball jerseys with a bunch here for kids at $10.50. Some corded super short shorts retail at $$ but are here at $31.

With basics tees and tops abundant here, and something for every member of the family, its an easy pop in to bag a bargain.

American Apparel Community Store
747 Warehouse St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 488-0226

Cash/ CC only
Open M-F, 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm
Massive Parking lot