American Apparel Ads Will Soon Be Less Awful

Those exploitative and innuendo-filled ads American Apparel has become notorious for will soon be nothing more than a memory. Bloomberg reports the company has announced plans to “recast the brand in a positive, inclusive, socially conscious light.” That means less nudity, and more clothes. You know, the stuff they… » 6/10/15 10:20am 6/10/15 10:20am

American Apparel's New Plans for Social Activism Less Sexy Than Before

American Apparel’s new CEO Paula Schneider and chairwoman Colleen Brown are taking a new approach to the company’s well-known support of political and social issues. In the past, the clothing company addressed its stance on LGTBQ rights, fair labor practices and immigration reform through billboards and their infamous » 4/25/15 5:15pm 4/25/15 5:15pm

Did Versace Just Rip Off Designs Kesh Made for American Apparel?

A few years ago, the artist, fashion designer, style icon, and it-girl Kesh was employed by American Apparel to create a really cool diffusion line of black-and-white graphic separates, defined by eyes and faces and rooted in a style that she's been proffering for years. The pieces were available at standard AA… » 3/31/15 9:50am 3/31/15 9:50am

American Apparel Replaces Super Creep Dov Charney with Female CEO

Following a five-month internal investigation, American Apparel has made the decision to officially kick Dov Charney, a 14-year-old on growth hormones, to the curb. Paula Schneider, formerly of Big Strike, BCBG Max Azria and Laundry by Shelli Segal, will move in as the company's first female CEO on January 5, 2015. » 12/16/14 6:00pm 12/16/14 6:00pm

Internet's Favorite Voguing Teen Is Now Modeling for American Apparel

I've long thought the notion that the internet as Great Equalizer is some wishful utopian bullshit, but this important new development is making me reconsider. Brendan Jordan, the Las Vegas teenager whose pose-striking on local news went viral and landed him on The Queen Latifah Show, has now parlayed webfame into… » 12/05/14 1:30pm 12/05/14 1:30pm

Twenty Days of Harassment and Racism as an American Apparel Employee

When I graduated college I moved to a new city and wanted a low-stress job that would allow me time to focus on creative projects. I knew people who had worked for American Apparel in the past, both in sales and at the LA headquarters, so I decided to interview for a part-time position. » 9/02/14 2:57pm 9/02/14 2:57pm

American Apparel Flies Philly Bikini Barista to L.A. for Free Bikinis

Remember last week's story about the woman who was kicked out of a Philadelphia public swimming pool (and driven away via mockery at another) for wearing an American Apparel bikini that—to paraphrase Mel Horowitz—LOOKS LIKE UNDAH-WEAH? Well, there's a happy ending (I guess, if you like American Apparel bikinis),… » 7/24/14 6:45pm 7/24/14 6:45pm

Woman Kicked Out of Philly Pool for Wearing American Apparel Bikini

A Philadelphia barista and water sports enthusiast says she was ridiculed by staff and, eventually, prevented from swimming at a public pool for wearing a swimsuit that looked like "a bra and panties." It was, in fact, an American Apparel bikini, which she demonstrated by letting a male employee pull out the waistband… » 7/18/14 7:00pm 7/18/14 7:00pm