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Leaders of These Companies Demand Immediate Results
The 25 fastest-growing companies in Los Angeles CountyLos Angeles Business Journal
Sarah Filus, David Geffner, Bonnie Lee, David Nusbaum, Anne Riley-Katz and Aarthi Sivaraman
November 14, 2005
9. American Apparel Inc.
Business: Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of men's and women's T-shirts.
Growth rate: 276.1%
Getting started: Selling shirts in Montreal that I was importing from the United States.
Financing: The company grew by buying and selling and with a little help from the family.
Biggest break: When I entered retail and opened my first three stores New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. It showed me how to do business.
Hardest lesson: Even at the most pessimistic of times you have to be a little optimistic. That's when you are at the low point. When you are looking back from a high point, you remember that it happened that way.
Biggest frustration: I worry that I'm being misunderstood, like in terms of how society perceives me. People may not understand my philosophy in business. It comes back to the creative process.
Biggest regret: That I am maybe getting distracted by the wrong details when I should be seeing the big picture.
Best/Worst attributes: My positive and negative attributes are all the same and that is because I am an alternative thinker. That can get you into trouble and also get you a lot of success. I think differently. Some people are intrigued by that and others are offended at the same time.
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