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L.A.'s Largest and Most Profitable Public Companies, Los Angeles Business Journal
American Apparel ranked on both lists of most profitable as well as largest public companies in Los Angeles. (2008)

Fastest Growing Companies, Los Angeles Business Journal
For two years in a row American Apparel made the list of fastest growing private companies. (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) Other companies included on this list: BCBG Max Azria, Forever 21 Inc., Wedbush Inc., A Grind Coffee, United Oil, Freeman Beauty Lab and others.
Inner City 100
American Apparel is one of the 100 fastest growing inner city companies in the USA. (2008)
California Fit Business Award, California Task Force, State of California
The Fit Business Award was created to recognize the the outstanding efforts of employers to promote healthy eating and physical activity among employees at their workplace. (2008)
The Power 100, DNR Magazine, Industry Magazine
DNR, the weekly magazine about fashion retailing and design trends, placed Dov Charney alongside fashion heavyweights such as Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and Hedi Slimane, on their annual Power 100 list. (2007)
100 Most Powerful People in Southern California, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
"A look at the 100 people who wield the most influence over Southern California." Others recognized: Magic Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, Frank Gehry, Antonio Villaraigosa, David Geffen and more. (2006)
Man of the Year, Apparel Magazine, Grand All-Star Award
This award was created to recognize leaders in fashion, sports apparel, retail and more. Runners up companies include Brooks Brothers, Patagonia, Pacific Sunwear, Burlington Coat Factory, Elie Tahari, and Hot Kiss. (2004)
Man of the Year, Los Angeles Apparel Industry, Fashion Industries Guild (FIG), Los Angeles
Other past honorees: Maurice Marciano of Guess?, Larry Hansel of Rampage Clothing, and others. Barney and Harvey Morse founded FIG in 1956 and it has since raised more than $13 million for healthcare facilities. (2004)
Man of the Year, Counselor Award, Ad Specialty Industry (ASI)
ASI, is the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry, a multi billion dollar business with sales exceeding $17 billion in the United States. The Man of the Year is the ultimate recognition in the industry; ASI Counselor Awards are presented to a select few individuals whose contribution in the preceding 12 months has been far-reaching and of significance to the industry as a whole.
Marketer of the Year, NASDAQ Los Angeles Fashion Awards, Los Angeles
This award was created in order to recognize LA's most influential fashion players, American Apparel was the first recipient of this prestigious award. Other nominees have included: Collection Bebe (2006 winner), BCBG, Joe's Jeans, Quiksilver and others. (2005)
50 Most Powerful People, Details magazine, The Power 50
A look at the most powerful people under 42, this article states: "It's a pretty safe bet that every male who grew up with a Nintendo owns at least one of Dov Charney's slim-fit logo-free T-shirts." Other powerful men who made the cut: Magic Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, Frank Gehry, Antonio Villaraigosa, David Geffen and more. (2006)
Men of the Year, GQ (US)
GQ Magazine's annual issue honoring the most influential entertainers, politicians, artists and businessmen. Dov Charney was recognized in a list that included Bill Murray, Larry David, Jon Stewart, Johnny Depp and others. (2003)
Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst and Young. Los Angeles
The prestigious national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes men and women who have built and grown leading businesses. American Apparel received this honor in 2004. Other winners included JD Power, Wedbush Morgan Securities, Cogent Systems, etc. (2004)
Top 10 Socially Responsible Companies, Media Magazine
This list represents the top socially responsible brands as recognized by college students. Other picks included: Ben and Jerry's, Nike, Starbucks, Yoplait and others. (2006)
Mayoral Commendation, City of Los Angeles, State of California
Dov Charney was recognized for an extraordinary commitment and unwavering service to Social Justice and to the people of Los Angeles. (2004)
Top 500, Inc Magazine
Each year the magazine highlights the 500 fastest-growing private companies. This was the second year in a row that American Apparel was named. (2006, 2005)
100 Best Things, GQ (UK)
In this issue GQ chose the "100 best things in the world right now." This year featured American Apparel underwear in the dream list. (2006)
Top 5 of the Moment, Philadelphia Weekly
The Mexico City Monthly, American Apparel's newspaper in Mexico City, is recognized as one of the five most exciting projects at present. (2006)
Honoree of the Year, County of Los Angeles
The County of Los Angeles honors Dov Charney for his achievements in the fashion industry. (2004)

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Congressional Acknowledgment, Honoree of the Year, Washington D.C.
Congressman Henry Waxman acknowledges Dov Charney and his commitment to the apparel industry. (2004)

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Mayoral Recognition, Honoree of the Year, City of Los Angeles
Mayor James Hahn extends his congratulations to Dov Charney for his annual Fashion Industry Guilds annual "Honoree of the Year" ceremony. (2004)

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Most Beautiful People, Dov Charney, Paper Magazine
American Apparel owner, Dov Charney is named one of the most beautiful in this list that includes 35 hipsters and pop culture favorites.
Best Vegan-Friendly Clothing Company, PETA
The largest animal rights organization in the world recently recognized American Apparel, saying: " Featuring the very latest in fashions at great prices, it's no wonder that American Apparel has grown more than fivefold over the past three years. The company operates 155 stores in 11 countries, and you won't find a stitch of leather or fur—or sweatshop items, for that matter—in any of them, thanks to founder Dov Charney's commitment to social responsibility."
"BEST OF" from local city newspapers and magazines...
2004 Best of New York, New York Magazine, "Best Plain Old T-Shirt"
2004 Best of New York, Village Voice, "Best Simple Clothing Craze"
2004 Best of Portland, Willamette Weekly, "Best New Places"
2005 Best of Montreal, Montreal Mirror, "Best New Clothing Store"