These profiles represent key members of American Apparel's management team, but the success and fortune is due to the hard work, talent, and devotion of countless others, including our cutters, sewers, warehouse staff, customer service representatives, and many, many more.
Chief Executive Officer and President
American Apparel founder and Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney is one of fashion's leading innovators. His vision of a vertically integrated, sweatshop-free company was realized in downtown Los Angeles in 1997. Today, the company stands as the America's largest domestic clothing manufacturer, a remarkable feat considering Charney is an immigrant himself. Offering garment workers the highest wages, health care and benefits in the industry, Charney presided over the fastest retail roll out in American history, buoyed by a workforce that produces over 1.4 million garments a week. It was a long journey for the boy who began smuggling Hanes t-shirts across the Canadian border in 1989, dropped out of college in 1990 and borrowed $10,000 from his father to start an apparel company. With over 9,000 employees across the world, he remains integrally related to the daily direction of the company, designing, photographing and even testing many of the clothes himself. Charney is engrossed in the everyday operations of American Apparel, habitually visiting retail stores (which he often personally designs) and walking the factory floor to motivate employees and encourage top to bottom communication. And he does it without a personal assistant. Since taking the company public in late 2007, he has continued to be passionately interested in knowing the faces of all his employees. As part of the special acquisition, Charney allotted 2.7 million shares of the company to his workers and employees. It is this open, innovative and free-flowing environment that Charney credits for his company's success and productivity.
Combining his socially conscious agenda with shrewd, savvy business acumen, Charney's work has been recognized repeatedly for both American Apparel's accomplishments as well as his commitment to his employees. Ernst & Young named Charney Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 and Apparel Magazine, the Fashion Industry Guild and the Ad Specialty Industry all separately deemed him "Man of the Year". Charney was included in the Los Angeles Times "100 Most Powerful People of Southern California" list and Details Magazine inducted him to their "Power 50". In the first annual Los Angeles Fashion Awards, Charney was recognized for Excellence in Marketing and in 2008 an independent research report placed American Apparel as the Top Trendsetting Brand, second only to Nike. Following in the footsteps of fashion legends Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta, among others, Charney was also named Retailer of the Year at the 15th Annual Michael Awards for the Fashion Industry.
President of Manufacturing
Having been at the forefront of major growth and change in the apparel industry for over 18 years, Bailey brings to American Apparel a wealth of experience, having successfully managed manufacturing services and operations for companies such as Fruit of the Loom, Alstyle Apparel, Volunteer Knit Apparel and Beltex Underwear.
Bailey has earned a reputation in the apparel industry as a T-shirt genius for his ability to implement cost-effective programs, and streamlining and organizing production growth.
Since his arrival to American Apparel in spring 2002, as one of his many new constructive programs, Bailey quickly bolstered production at American Apparel, integrating a new system and advancing apparel technology into the 21st century. Bailey's brilliant manufacturing modification has resulted in record-breaking sales and increased wages for skilled workers. As vice president of operations, Bailey is responsible for overseeing production planning, purchasing, sourcing, product development and quality-assurance departments.
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