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Can crowdsourcing prop up a flagging brand? American Apparel sure hopes so. The beleaguered Los Angeles retailer, which recently suggested that it may outsource some of its garment production to another U.S. manufacturer, is asking vendors to submit proposals for domestically made products that can retail for $100 or less. American Apparel says it is looking for items such as leather, canvas and paper goods, footwear, jewelry, fragrances, and small home furnishings that can be delivered in units of 500 within a period of 30 days. “We are hoping to select as many as 15 submissions for further discussions,” it said on its website.