Hot on the heels of news that American Apparel is stocking flip-flops from Thailand, seemingly flying in the face of AA’s commitment to ‘vertically-integrated, sweatshop free goods,’ comes a letter. A resignation letter from an employee from March 2005, who at the time claims to be the most senior Canadian American Apparel employee.
• Employees given Blackberries instead of pay.
• Delightful mix of socialist-capitalism, whenever it suits the company best.
• AA advertising, “cashing in on what you assume a generic public will perceive as subversive and political.”
• Senior management still lives at home with parents.
All in all, American Apparel seems like a great place to work if you’re easily manipulated and fond of tortuous prose.
Letter redacted upon author’s request.