Last week, the board of American Apparel fired the company’s founder and CEO Dov Charney under the vague cloud of “misconduct,” leading some to wonder if any of the numerous sexual harassment claims made against the controversial businessman had been proven true. But the board’s explanation for his dismissal seems to indicate that the company just got sick of him being a jerk who costs them a lot of money. [More]
It would be easy to say it’s been a tough week for American Apparel founder and former CEO Dov Charney, but let’s be serious: Getting the boot from your company’s board and then dealing with a video that allegedly shows you dancing around with your private bits out in full view of alleged employees… well, that’s more than a tough week. You know, on top of a plethora of past sexual harassment lawsuits and a reputation for bawdy, bad behavior and near-bankruptcy. [More]
American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney is the cockroach of the U.S. garment industry; reviled by many but seemingly impossible to get rid of. He’s weathered numerous sexual harassment lawsuits and countless stories of obnoxious behavior, all while occasionally teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Most other CEOs would have been shown the door long ago, but not Charney. That is until yesterday, when the American Apparel board unanimously voted to remove the divisive figure. [More]
American Apparel’s advertising has generally been notable, but never for its restrained good taste. They’re best known for the exact opposite of that, actually. This week, the company is getting some very badly-wanted attention with a window display featuring mannequins in thin white panties with lush brunette lady gardens. [More]
There’s nothing like retailers taking advantage of natural disasters to get our collective duff up, something American Apparel is currently learning after offering a sale for people “bored” during Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy last night. [More]
As we reported last month, American Apparel, the clothing store often associated with emaciated teens, launched its “Next BIG Thing” contest to find a model for a new line of plus-sized clothing. Many hopefuls entered, but the woman who actually won the vote won’t be featured in an AA ad any time soon because the retailer didn’t quite appreciate her sense of humor. [More]
We’re sure American Apparel is just trying to be ever-so-adorable by making a play on the phrase “next big thing,” it’s not exactly cute to call someone a ” big thing” when you’re searching for a model to show off XL sizes of clothing. [More]
American Apparel, the store perhaps better known for the barely legal, oft-undressed models in its ads, and the peccadilloes of company founder Dov Charney, than for its actual clothing, has alerted the Security and Exchange Commission that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [More]
The next time you zipper yourself into that gold spandex unitard, beware, law-abiding consumer — it was created by a man that could be considered a downright criminal in Toronto! That’s right, beyond the legal troubles already surrounding American Apparel founder Dov Charney — you know, the sexual harassment lawsuits and whatnot — there’s more. [More]
It’s a familiar story: company offers free item. The promotion goes viral and appears on deal sites, as well as the world’s greatest consumer blog. Company runs out of the free item and shuts down the promotion. That’s what B. says happened when
she signed up for American Apparel’s e-mail list to get a free thong. SHe signed up, and then the company ended the promotion after the fact, perhaps hoping that customers wouldn’t notice. Update: American Apparel contacted us, and B. now has replacement thongs. [More]
It’s well known that American Apparel likes the models in its ads to wear as little as possible. But what about the company’s sales staff? Turns out the dress code for AA retail workers is strict — and kind of dull. No tattoos, no piercings (well, one earring per ear for the girls), and no boots. What’s in? Sperry Topsiders, knitted sweaters and pleated shorts. Is this American Apparel 2010 — or J. Crew 1980? [More]
Are you in the need for some butt floss but don’t have the extra cash to buy a new thong? You’re in luck, because American Apparel is now handing out thongs for free! [More]
Strictly as a consumer service, I’m posting this link to StyleCrave’s roundup of the 50 Sluttiest American Apparel Ads of All Time. Perhaps you can meditate on this while thinking of the 1,500 American Apparel workers who got laid off following a government crackdown on illegal immigrants at the company last week.
As part of their multi-pronged effort to fight the financial Godzilla besieging the world economy, the European Commission today proposed a 14-day no-questions-asked return period for any online purchases made within the European Union. The “two-week cooling-off period” is designed to give consumers a chance to shop across borders for the best prices without worrying about return policies. The practically adorable European decision to respond to a financial crisis with consumer protections made us want to look inwards at some of the onerous return policies Americans face.
Because we loathe the peculiar iteration of kiddie porn that passes for American Apparel’s advertising, we got a kick out of the photo and description submitted to our Flickr pool by reader (and #1Consumerist reader Flickr pool submitter!) Maulleigh.
Privately-held American Apparel will sell itself to a small investment firm for $382.5 million. NYT reports,