American Apparel Uses Breasts to Promote Fair Labor Practices

American Apparel shows off yet another nearly naked woman, this time in the name of fair labor practices. Because boobs and decent pay for a day's work are completely corollary. (Excuse me while I check my breasts and look for a paycheck to fall from the sky.) The company's newest ad features an actual employee named… » 3/07/14 5:00pm 3/07/14 5:00pm

Mannequin Merkins and Hot Old Models Aren't Saving American Apparel

American Apparel's recent advertising choices seem to be part of a bigger plan to prove that they're "a company that celebrates natural beauty" (or will do anything for press). Too bad those choices aren't translating into um, real money. » 2/21/14 12:20pm 2/21/14 12:20pm

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney: 'I Don't Believe In Made In The USA'

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, aka the guy pictured in the wikipedia's definition of "sleazy," recently said that he’s not so into the one thing that makes his company redeemable — the practice of making his clothes in America. For the most part, sans that immigration scandal. » 2/11/14 2:40pm 2/11/14 2:40pm

American Apparel's New Lingerie Model Is 62, Looks Better Than Us

American Apparel, the retailer where I buy all of the yoga pants I use as regular pants (to the chagrin of others), has revealed their newest lingerie model, 62-year-old Jacky O'Shaughnessy. You may recognize O'Shaughnessy from previous AA ad campaigns, but this is the first time she has posed for advertisements that… » 2/01/14 1:32pm 2/01/14 1:32pm

American Apparel Explains Its Merkin-Clad Mannequins

Yesterday, an American Apparel outpost in downtown Manhattan rolled out a window display featuring mannequins rocking serious pubic hair. Well, the company has since explained itself and—wouldn't you know? They just want us to feel comfortable with our bodies, ladies! » 1/17/14 11:50am 1/17/14 11:50am

Take the 'Fashion or Porn' Test! You'll Probably Fail.

As an honor student, I don't like failing tests, but this NSS magazine quiz (NSFW!) is kicking my ass. The magazine's website has a visual test clipping images from either fashion or pornography and the viewer has to guess which category the photo falls under. After your choice, the photo expands to a huge size. Yes,… » 12/18/13 7:00pm 12/18/13 7:00pm

American Apparel Under Fire for 'Spooky' Voodoo-Themed Window Display

American Apparel is a great place to go if you want at least one person in false glasses to stare at you while you nervously rifle through some sheer bloomers. American Apparel is not a great place to go if you enjoy respecting and honoring other cultural traditions. Case in point: the retailer has recently attracted… » 11/01/13 12:50pm 11/01/13 12:50pm

Many Clothing Stores Have Zilch for the Average American Woman

Unless you regularly shop for plus-size clothing, you may not realize how fucking hard it is to find plus-size clothing in stores. This is a big deal, since time and time again, we hear that the average American woman wears a 14 or 16. The size at which "plus" begins. » 6/24/13 5:40pm 6/24/13 5:40pm

Dov Charney Gets Heated About Bangladesh Disaster, Likens It to 9/11

In an hour-long podcast for VICE with Reihan Salam, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney railed against the apparel industry, arguing that the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh – the one that killed over 1,000 workers, not to be confused with one of the other sweatshop disasters – should be used as "an opportunity to… » 5/29/13 4:10pm 5/29/13 4:10pm

Leggings, Leggings Everywhere — and It's Just Going to Get Worse

As a friend recently lamented, "In the future everything was supposed to be metallic or self-cleaning, but everything is jersey." True. Every futuristic portrayal of fashion may show us all wearing the same thing, but at least that same thing is often a badass amalgam of chrome, black, breathable fabrics and stylish… » 1/30/13 6:00pm 1/30/13 6:00pm

Another Day, Another Lawsuit Filed Against Dov Charney for Alleged…

Usually when Dov Charney is sued by an employee, it involves women accusing him of sexual harassment, but a recent lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court was brought on by a guy claims Charney had choked him and rubbed dirt in his face. Michael Bumblis had worked for American Apparel as a store manager in Malibu,… » 12/05/12 6:50pm 12/05/12 6:50pm

American Apparel Might Not Be ‘Made in America’ for Very Much Longer

Scumbaggy American Apparel CEO Dov Charney recently used the blunderbuss of a talking hole he ordinarily uses to defend himself against sexual assault allegations to insist that his company's "Made in America" business model is not only salvageable, but a good long-term bet. This despite the fact that American Apparel… » 6/03/12 1:30pm 6/03/12 1:30pm

Dov Charney Insists Allegations of Sketchiness Are 'Completely a…

Dov Charney gave a rare on-camera interview to CNBC which aired today. In it, the founder of hipster t-shirt-and-scrunchy supplier American Apparel laughed off his company's ongoing financial troubles. Charney thinks that "you're casting it from the wrong perspective" if you point out that the company he founded is now… » 4/10/12 4:30pm 4/10/12 4:30pm

American Apparel Ads Banned In Britain, Again

American Apparel has again run afoul of U.K. authorities for its advertising. In 2009, the company was censured for appearing to sexualize a child. Now, eight American Apparel ads have been banned in the U.K. by the Advertising Standards Authority for featuring "gratuitous" nudity and depicting young women in an… » 4/04/12 2:15pm 4/04/12 2:15pm