Our factory warehouse and distribution center (Building 2 at our headquarters in Downtown LA) houses hundreds of thousands of overstock garments, imperfects and other merchandise. Making over 1 million garments per week means we're poised to lend a hand to small groups working to make a difference in our community.
As proud as we are of this ability, we also try to use our resources in big ways too. When disasters hit, we can pick, box, ship these garments where they are desperately needed within hours. Here are some of our recent causes:
- In 2005, American Apparel packaged and delivered over 80,000 shirts to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast.
- In 2007, we sent a truck across the country to deliver 250,000 garments to those in need. Below are some photos from the trip along with a thank you letter just one of the many organizations who received the goods. Read more about this project here.
- In 2008, American Apparel began donating "Legalize Gay" t-shirts to any gay rights groups that needed them. Since the passing of Prop 8 in California, the company has given away more than 50,000 of these t-shirts to everyone from LGBT clubs on college campuses to the Harvey Milk School in San Francisco.
- In 2009, American Apparel hosted the Justice for Immigrants Factory Sale, where we sold over 15,000 overstock pieces at a sale in our parking lot and donated 100% of the proceeds to immigrant rights groups who cared for people impacted by the recent I-9 audits.
- In January 2010, American Apparel allocated and donated over 80,000 garments to support Haiti Relief. 20,000 pieces went to Fashion Delivers, 20,000 pieces to Operation USA, 15,000 pairs of socks went to Soles4Souls, among many others.
- In May 2010, we donated roughly 15,000 pieces to Soles4Souls for the victims of the Nashville floods that caused over $1B in damages. As a Tennessee based charity, they were first relief group on the scene.
To us, vertical integration is:
Mixed Market Products
These garments are made reusing fabric left over from other pieces. That's vertical integration!