Shan Li

Writer

Shan Li covers the retail and restaurant industries for the Los Angeles Times. She previously reported on the California economy and the technology sector. A Texas native, she graduated from the business school at New York University, where she decided journalism was much more interesting than a job on Wall Street.

Recent Articles

  • American Apparel starts mass layoffs as company winds down operations

    American Apparel starts mass layoffs as company winds down operations

    American Apparel was once a fashion industry trailblazer with its colorful basics, provocative marketing and commitment to U.S. manufacturing. But after years of financial strife and corporate intrigue, the company began laying off 2,400 workers in Southern California on Monday — kicking off its...

  • Marijuana shops are trying to look like the Apple store

    Marijuana shops are trying to look like the Apple store

    On a bustling stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard lined by vintage stores and eateries, the MedMen shop looks right at home. Sunlight streams in through the store’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside, salespeople in bright red T-shirts greet shoppers. Merchandise is carefully arranged on sleek wooden...

  • American Apparel's Garden Grove factory sold to Compton textile firm

    American Apparel's Garden Grove factory sold to Compton textile firm

    American Apparel has found a buyer for its Garden Grove manufacturing facility — potentially preserving the jobs of at least a portion of the 330 employees there.  The Los Angeles-based fashion brand, which is being sold to Canadian clothing maker Gildan Activewear, said Thursday that it had reached...

  • Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection concerns

    Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection concerns

    Honest Co., the consumer products company co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, is recalling organic baby powder sold in the U.S. because it may cause skin or eye infections. The Santa Monica start-up said that a regular test of the powder found possible contamination of microorganisms that can cause...

  • With sale to Canadian firm, American Apparel will be American no longer

    With sale to Canadian firm, American Apparel will be American no longer

    With edgy marketing, an audacious founder and quality clothing sewn in Los Angeles, American Apparel was held up as a rare success story in U.S. manufacturing at a time when many in the garment industry were racing overseas.  But after years of turmoil, American Apparel is selling its brand in...

  • American Apparel is sold at auction to Canada's Gildan Activewear

    American Apparel is sold at auction to Canada's Gildan Activewear

    For years, American Apparel proudly touted its “Made in Los Angeles” motto. With its sale Tuesday to a Canadian sportswear firm, neither American Apparel’s name nor its motto will ring so true.  Gildan Activewear agreed to pay $88 million in a winning auction bid for the American Apparel brand...

  • American Apparel auctions off its assets

    American Apparel auctions off its assets

    American Apparel auctioned off its assets Monday, with the winning bid scheduled to go before the bankruptcy judge for approval Thursday. The Los Angeles clothier, which filed for bankruptcy in November for the second time, has received multiple bids, according to a person familiar with the situation...

  • Neiman Marcus won't go public after all

    Neiman Marcus won't go public after all

    High-end retailer Neiman Marcus has backed out of an initial public offering. The Dallas chain initially filed in 2015 to go public, but later said it would delay its plans until 2016. On Friday, Neiman Marcus said it has abandoned an IPO altogether after deciding that “it is not in its best interests.”...

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