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American Apparel Files for Chapter 11

But all its US stores, manufacturing operations will remain

(Newser) - American Apparel's legal troubles with its ousted founder , combined with dipping sales and huge debts, have proved too much for the company, which filed for bankruptcy in Delaware on Monday. As part of the Chapter 11 filing, more than $200 million of bonds will be swapped for stock in... More »

American Apparel Shares 'Lurid Details' About Ex-CEO

Dov Charney denies accusations as defamation suits keep coming

(Newser) - American Apparel has had enough of Dov Charney "suing everyone," including his former company, and is airing some alleged dirty laundry in the hope that it'll halt the lawsuit blitz. The Los Angeles Times reports the company has filed court documents containing what it calls a "... More »

American Apparel Founder Has Just $100K Left

Dov Charney's 2013 salary was $832K

(Newser) - Dov Charney isn't just out at American Apparel—he's down and out, or at least close to it. The officially ousted founder spoke with Bloomberg's Trish Regan, and in a "Market Makers" segment she shares the low points of what they discussed: that he has just... More »

American Apparel Boots Founder, Gets Female CEO

Dov Charney loses consultant role

(Newser) - American Apparel has fired founder Dov Charney and named longtime fashion executive Paula Schneider to be its first female CEO. The company's board voted to oust Charney as CEO in June , citing allegations of misconduct. He was suspended but still served as a consultant to American Apparel. The company,... More »

American Apparel Posts Challenger Pic as ... Fireworks

Clothing company says sorry, blames foreign person

(Newser) - American Apparel posted a photo of the Challenger disaster as an image of fireworks, and then blamed ... a foreign employee for screwing up. So ousted CEO Dov Charney is the company's PR disaster? Well, the company duly apologized yesterday for posting a photo of the 1986 explosion, which killed... More »

Nude Photos Sunk American Apparel Founder

Dov Charney allegedly allowed them to be posted

(Newser) - Dov Charney has faced years of sexual harassment complaints—so what was the final straw that got him booted as American Apparel's CEO ? Nude photos, according to an insider who spoke to the New York Times . The source says Charney knew that one of his employees planned to... More »

American Apparel Dumps Controversial CEO

Dov Charney will 'fight like hell to get his company back'

(Newser) - Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is getting the boot. After years of lawsuits and sexual harassment allegations, the Los Angeles Times reports that the company's board voted unanimously to terminate Charney yesterday, a decision that "grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct" after "new... More »

Ad Fail? American Apparel Pushes a Sandy Sale

The Gap also nudged those stranded at home to do some shopping

(Newser) - Where the East Coast sees disaster, American Apparel sees marketing opportunity. The retailer sent out a mass email yesterday offering customers in states affected by Sandy 20% off. You know, "in case you're bored by the storm." This was met "uniformly with derision on Twitter,"... More »

American Apparel CEO Hit With $250M Teen Sex Suit

Dov Charney accused of forcing sex on young employee

(Newser) - A former employee has accused American Apparel's founder of turning her into a sex slave, and is suing him for $250 million—more than triple what the company is worth. Irene Morales, now 20, alleges that Dov Charney began sexually harassing her when she was 17 and ordered her to... More »

Sometimes 'Hot' Is in the Job Description

Outrage over retail hiring practices is 'overblown'

(Newser) - American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch have come under fire lately for, apparently, employing only hot people. “Wait—you want people who look good in your clothes to sell them? Oh, the injustice! All the plain people will have to work at Radio Shack!” gasps Mary Elizabeth... More »

Why I'm Done With American Apparel

One longtime fan has had enough of the skeevy sexism

(Newser) - Emma Silvers has had “a conflicted, guilt-ridden love affair” with American Apparel since the first time she encountered its “baffling dresses that claimed to be 14 styles in one” and its “endearing insistence that gold lamé was an appropriate material for a swimsuit.” The company's “... More »

American Apparel Hires Must Pass the Ugly Test

Head office asks for head-to-toe pics of all applicants

(Newser) - Resumés come a distant second to looks when retail giant American Apparel is making decisions about hiring and firing, an insider tells Gawker . Under a new policy, store managers are required to submit head-to-toe photos of all job applicants as well as those in line for a promotion or... More »

American Apparel Wants Your Butt

Clothing chain launches disturbing search for derriere model

(Newser) - American Apparel’s latest disturbing bid for publicity is ... the search for America’s Next Bottom Model. The clothing chain is asking ladies to submit photos of their booties—clad in, what else, American Apparel products—which will then be rated by, well, everyone who clicks here . Your votes won’... More »

Suddenly, Everyone's Copying Rick Owens

Designer's dark style spawns wealth of imitators

(Newser) - In every decade, says a retail expert, there’s a time when “everybody seems to be on the same wavelength, and for now that wavelength is Rick Owens.” The California designer has stayed true to his “angular flaps, zigzagging zippers, gossamer T-shirts and biker jackets” for years—... More »

Allen, American Apparel Settle Suit for $5M

Filmmaker had sued over the use of his image in advertising

(Newser) - American Apparel has agreed to settle Woody Allen’s lawsuit for $5 million, a spokeswoman for the filmmaker said. Allen appeared today at a Manhattan courthouse, where he had sued the Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer over its advertising last year for $10 million. He claimed the company did not have... More »

Woody Seeks to Block Ex, Wife Testimony in Racy Trial

American Apparel wants to prove director's endorsement not worth $10M

(Newser) - Woody Allen asked a judge yesterday to stop American Apparel from airing his dirty laundry in court, the AP reports. Allen, who is suing the clothing company for $10 million for using his image on billboards without permission, wants to block American Apparel’s summoning of ex Mia Farrow, his... More »

Allen Lawsuit Over Billboards Turns Racy

Defendant American Apparel uses director's love life against him

(Newser) - American Apparel plans to defend a $10 million lawsuit brought by Woody Allen over the unauthorized use of his photo on billboards by arguing that the company hasn't hurt his image—because he got there first. A lawyer for the clothing company tells the AP that the director's checkered romantic... More »

Deep V-Necks No Longer Welcome at Tee Party

Fashion-forward twist on plain white T-shirt goes too far—and too far down, some say

(Newser) - The deep V-neck T-shirt, that "misguided ode to the male sternum," has taken the classic, plain, white version to a place so fashion forward many are hoping it gets lost there, Kate Radway writes in Radar. "I see them on the street and I am almost sick... More »

Woody Allen Sues Over Rabbi Billboard

American Apparel ads didn't have comedian's blessing

(Newser) - Woody Allen is suing American Apparel for plastering his image on various billboards and advertisements without his permission, the Wall Street Journal reports. The ads showed the director dressed as a rabbi beside Yiddish text that translates to “the Holy Rebbe.” Apparel neglected to ask Allen’s permission,... More »

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