Misprint Monday: End of an Era, American Apparel To Be Sold (sort of)

American Apparel filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection yesterday and at the same time Gildan has put in a bid for the brand name. To be exact Gildan says, “an asset purchase agreement (APA) to acquire the worldwide intellectual property rights related to the American Apparel® brand and certain assets from American Apparel, LLC, (American Apparel), a U.S.-based manufacturer of fashion basics, for a cash
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Response to Brandchannel.com’s Advice to Dov Charney

There is an interesting article at brandchannel.com about Dov Charney, now that he appears to be permanently ousted from the company he started, American Apparel. They report that an investment firm may back him in starting a new garment company. Their advice is basically don’t be bitter and grow up. Not bad advice I suppose…but they must not know Dov. The man has no edit
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American Apparel To Move On Without Dov Charney – Bankruptcy Judge Rules

The New York Times has reported that a bankruptcy judge in the American Apparel bankruptcy reorganization case has ruled out Dov Charney’s 11th hour appeal for a different plan and this will leave Señor Charney out of the company on all levels. The Times reported however, “The judge expressed sympathy for Mr. Charney. “I have no doubt that he wants the best for American Apparel,” Judge
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American Apparel: Dov Charney’s Comeback?

Bloomberg News is reporting a possible take-over bid of American Apparel by a group that would re-install Mr. Dov Charney as CEO (and resident irreverent creative dude.) The group making the offer is led by Chad Hagan who says of American Apparel and Charney: “American Apparel is a proven viable business model that needs to be scaled from a sales point of view and should not
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American Apparel Apparently in Danger of Being Corporatized

This Jezebel article details worker unrest and changes at American Apparel in the wake of CEO and founder Dov Charney being ousted from the company. Certainly you don’t want to see anyone lose their jobs, that is a reality that too many Americans have already experienced all around them. However, the question can also be,  who loses their job in tough times? Some change at
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Dov Charney leaves American Apparel

Dov Charney was terminated by American Apparel last week. I see quite a few articles calling him a “sleezebag” and lots of folks really seem to enjoy seeing him fall. There are quite a few inaccuracies in the reporting, and most people don’t know the man. One article says he was partly fired for using company funds to pay for a plane ticket for his
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Throwback Thursday– Mavericks and Such

Twelve years ago in March I was labeled a “Maverick” by Counselor Magazine. Interestingly, my partner in crime here at the Ink Kitchen Tom Davenport was named as one of the 25 Hottest Movers and Shakers in the industry in April of this year by that same Counselor magazine. Here’s the Counselor piece about Tom http://www.asipublications.com/counselor/Awards/content.aspx?id=1218 You can also see Rachel Newman our pal at Hanes
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A Visit to American Apparel

  The  Ink Kitchen aims for the quick jab, a paragraph and a photo and back to your day. Occasionally a subject will deserve a longer form. A day long visit to American Apparel is such a topic. From time to time you’ll see these longer pieces, probably about once a month. You also are going to see that I have a pretty positive attitude
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