Why 2000s Clothing Giant American Apparel Is in SERIOUS Trouble
Be honest: You totally lived in American Apparel‘s lamé leggings and deep-V tees if you were a college student in the mid-2000s. Their racy ’70s-inspired ads made them SO edgy and cool back then, and their billboards were everywhere. But in recent years those sexy posters started to look a bit, well, creepy.. especially since many of the photos were done by controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson, and company founder Dov Charney has had his own brushes with inappropriate sexual behavior. And that’s just the beginning of American Apparel’s troubles.
In recent years, it’s been either no news or bad news for American Apparel, and that trend shows no signs of stopping. Dov lost his gig as CEO to repair the company’s rep, and the company filed for bankruptcy last year. Now it looks like the company’s leadership is looking to sell it off if a suitable buyer can be found (Dov himself put in a bid of $300 million in January, but was rejected).
The latest updates are that the company may be considering moving its manufacturing facilities out of Los Angeles — which is kind of the whole point of the brand to begin with — and that two former factory workers have filed a lawsuit against the company. One of American Apparel’s claims to fame has been that it makes all its textiles in America, both employing people within the country and affording them significantly better wages and work protections than the textile workers in overseas factories where the majority of clothes are made. But, according to a New York Post story, the company may not renew the lease on its largest LA-based factory once it expires in 2019. And in April the company laid off 500 employees and started outsourcing production of its denim products.
Two former employees, Jeremias Pablo and Rene Ramos, have filed a lawsuit alleging they were fired after bringing up concerns about safety at the factory they worked in.
All told, things are not looking good for the clothing company that enjoyed near-ubiquitous status for several years. The downward spiral that started with young people turning to online shopping has been exacerbated by company scandals, and apparently that trend shows no signs of stopping.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!