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American Apparel Donate 5000 Pairs of Socks to Haiti
Soles 4 Souls
March 22, 2010

FASHION RETAILER AMERICAN APPAREL DONATES 5,000 PAIRS OF SOCKS FOR SOLES4SOULS® HAITI RELIEF EFFORT

Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing shoes to people in need, is delighted to announce that American Apparel will donate more than 5,000 pairs of socks for Haiti Relief. All donations will be used for Haiti relief.

"One of the benefits of vertical-integration is that our inventory is on-hand here in the USA," said Ryan Holiday, Representative for American Apparel. "American Apparel employees boxed up thousands of garments at our factory in Los Angeles for the victims and we really appreciate the important infrastructure that Soles4Souls provides because we would be able to get it to Haiti without them."

Soles4Souls has committed more than 1.3 million pairs of shoes to the devastated area. They have partnered with other organizations on the ground in Haiti to transport and distribute the aid. More than 120,000 pairs of shoes, including work boots, rain boots, children’s athletic shoes and clothing items, have already been distributed in Haiti. The shoe charity announced it will continue to send shoes and other supplies to the region throughout 2010 as a part of their sustainable efforts to help Haiti in the rebuilding efforts.

"We are thankful to our friends at American Apparel for recognizing the need in Haiti,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “Their donations will be used to bring hope to the people of Haiti as they struggle to rebuild their lives."

About American Apparel

American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic apparel based in downtown Los Angeles, California. As of December 31, 2009, American Apparel employed approximately 10,000 people and operated over 280 retail stores in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. American Apparel also operates a leading wholesale business that supplies high quality T-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and screen printers. In addition to its retail stores and wholesale operations, American Apparel operates an online retail e-commerce website at http://www.americanapparel.com.
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