We hear from someone close to Dov Charney that American Apparel is planning to open a chain of thrift stores. The stores might start out as adding vintage pieces into existing American Apparel stores, and then branch out into full-scale boutiques of their own. The concept is rather brilliant especially since Urban Outfitters' vintage line, Urban Renewal, does awfully well - also, the wannabe Strokes who raid American Apparel on a daily basis are also avid thrift shoppers. Of course, what we're most interested in is a new ad campaign: Will the American Apparel heads dress up their girls in vintage lingerie and see-through blouses? Well, we always knew that much like "Halloween," "vintage" was code for "hypersex" in some people's style vocabulary.
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Update: Dov Charney is Being Sued for 'Choking' an American Apparel Employee
Dov Charney is headed back to court--this time for allegedly choking a store employee and rubbing his face in dirt, the LA Times is reporting.
Russian Olympic Committee Denies They Want Uniforms From American Apparel
Earlier this week Dov Charney made headlines when he said that American Apparel was "in talks" with Russia to design Olympics apparel and merchandise
Dov Charney Will Be at the Helm of American Apparel For At Least Another Three Years
Despite the fact that his company's been on the brink of bankruptcy for some time--and never mind those pesky sexual harassment accusations --Dov Charney has just been signed to another three-year contract as CEO with American Apparel, according to WWD. Even with the $80 million lifeline American Apparel recently received from George Soros-backed Crystal Financial LLC and and Salus Capital Partners LLC, American Apparel may still be destined for bankruptcy because that deal came with a high interest rate of 9.5%, adding to the company's already crippling debt. (They owe a whopping $116 million to London-based Lion Capital, at an interest rate of 18% per year.) Ouch. So it's somewhat surprising to learn that Charney is still raking it in: