Dov Charney was just named Retailer of the Year for his work as the Creative Director and entrepreneur behind American Apparel. The award's previously gone to Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta. We're not convinced he holds court with the other winners, but he does have a knack for getting attention drawn to himself - even the awards committee says their "provocative advertising campaigns have set the company apart as a fascinating story in the fashion world." Not to mention AA sells the most perfect jersey clothes that we don't need, but actually really do. The ceremony, held in New York last week, explains his presence at the now infamous American Apparel on Houston and Orchard where he was spotted lurking around like the creeper everyone knows he is. But we can't pass an American Apparel without buying yet another t-shirt, so he must be doing something right.
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Dov Charney Made $2 Million in 2012: Is It Too Much?
It looks like American Apparel might finally be out of the woods. That is, if Dov Charney's 2012 paycheck is any indication.
Dov Charney Just Got $10 Million Richer
So, not sure if you'd heard, but American Apparel hasn't been doing so well financially over the past few years. Somehow, though, despite the fact that the company has been tangled up in millions of dollars in debt that is only increasing, CEO Dov Charney raked in almost twice as much money in 2011 than he had the year before.
New American Apparel Ads: Finally, Dov Charney Can Show Pubes
Just when you thought Dov Charney was toning things down while his empire teetered on the edge of bankruptcy (his last ads showed him at hard at work on his laptop, fully clothed, with his two creative directors--albeit in bed), new print ads that appeared in the Village Voice and Vice show American Apparel models fully nude, bush included. Of course, American Apparel's latest ads don't feature college freshmen as models. They're illustrated. These ads mark a dramatic shift in the brand's advertising, which has relied, since its inception, on '70s-style Polaroid porn shots of lamé-clad real women in suggestive poses. The ads are still unmistakably American Apparel--'70s vibe, naked girls, suggestively posed, etc.,--but to go from using real models, a hallmark of the American Apparel brand, to illustrated ads might be a sign that the brand is investing in serious cost cutting measures, as Copyranter points out.
Exclusive: Dov Charney Offered American Apparel's Factory to Ralph Lauren to Help Produce 'Made in the USA' Uniforms for the Olympics
Looks like American Apparel may be designing the uniforms for some proud red, white, and blue-wearing Olympians...who aren't American. In a conversation about clothing manufacturing and national pride that has come to a head today because of the Ralph Lauren "Made in China" US Olympic uniform controversy, Dov Charney has now thrown his voice into the melee. The New York Post is reporting that American Apparel is apparently in talks to design Russia's Olympic uniforms. Russia and AA have reportedly been talking since 2011 about the US-based retailer manufacturing Russia's 2014 winter Olympics uniforms. And why is this happening, you ask? Charney told the paper, “[Russian Olympic team representatives] said they didn’t want anything that was made in China.” Charney told the Post that the line for Russia would include both uniforms and merchandise. We reached out to American Apparel for more information, and a rep confirmed that they were still in talks at this time. But it turns out that Charney wants to help with America's uniforms, too.