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American Apparel makes the Inc. 500 ListInc. Magazine
Each year, Inc. magazine produces the Inc. 500, a list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
What it does: Manufactures T-shirts and every other kind of cotton clothing — it has close to 10,000 SKUs — which it sells wholesale, online, and through 100-plus American Apparel stores. Why it's growing: The company appeals to trendy consumers at the retail stores and to designers and promotional users in the wholesale market. Plus, founder and senior partner Dov Charney is a man of appetites: He wants 1,000 stores. For more, see Dov Charney, Like It or Not in the September 2005 issue.
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