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Sir Philip Green is certainly out to build the Topshop name in the U.S. before opening stores here.

THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL: American Apparel is applying the concept of recycling to retail. The Los Angeles-based retailer, which has 163 stores worldwide, will unveil a new concept, dubbed California Apparel, on Nov. 17 in the City of Angels. This marks the U.S. debut of a new vintage-centric theme, following the openings of a shop-in-shop inside its Mexico City flagship over the summer and two stand-alone boutiques in Berlin and Cologne, Germany, in October. Occupying a 1,200-square-foot space next door to an existing American Apparel-branded shop in Los Angeles' edgy Echo Park neighborhood, the new store will offer men's and women's vintage clothing and accessories, along with American Apparel's jersey basics and one-off samples. If it's anything like its forerunners in Germany, the California Apparel stores in the U.S. will remove the sexually provocative photo montages while aiming for an eclectic flea market vibe with Memphis-style chairs and snowboards. American Apparel said it has plans to expand its vintage retail concept next year to New York, Paris, Toronto and Calgary, Alberta. The company also expects to complete its proposed merger with Endeavor Acquisition Corp. in December, a year after the deal was unveiled.

BIG ON SMALL: Marc Jacobs fans aged toddler to 12 will soon have their own shopping paradise to play in. Word is Jacobs is about to open a store for his budding children's wear label Little Marc in the Manhattan's West Village. Few details could be learned, but sources said it will bear the name Little Marc Jacobs, and is expected to open before the end of this month just off Bleecker Street. The Little Marc label launched softly with waffle-weave thermal separates for toddlers in 2004, but expanded into a full collection last spring in license with Zannier Group. The cool clothes and accessories, which are for infants to 12-year-olds, are in the vein of big Marc by Marc Jacobs.
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