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Dov Charney

8 Podcast Episodes

Latest 24 Sep 2022 | Updated Daily

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Ep. 2: Dov Charney's Final Reckoning and the Assassination of American Apparel

Nymphet Alumni

For part 2 of our American Apparel series, we forensically* investigate founder and former CEO Dov Charney’s wealth of sexual harassment lawsuits and discuss how they ultimately led to the company’s chaotic implosion in 2015. We consider how this controversy relates to contemporary sexual dynamics and finally answer the question that’s been weighing on our nation’s psyche for over 15 years: Is Dov Charney a schizophrenic genius or a libertarian pervert?Further reading material…Claudine Ko’s 2004 profile of Dov (the infamous masturbation interview): http://www.claudineko.com/storiesamericanapparel.htmlClaudine Ko’s follow up profile a year later: https://www.claudineko.com/storiesAA2.htmlAmerican Apparel’s alleged conspiracy to force Dov out: https://www.businessinsider.com/dov-charney-forced-out-of-american-apparel-2015-8Sex and Suits by Anne Hollander: https://www.google.com/books/edition/Sex_and_Suits/06kgDAAAQBAJ?hl=en*We are not lawyers or investigative journalists. We are just 3 girls who spent a lot of time looking up “Dov Charney sexual harassment allegations.”


16 Mar 2021

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Ep. 61 | Dov Charney (American Apparel)

Curious with Josh Peck

Ex CEO of American Apparel, Dov Charney built a business that was worth almost a billion dollars and some say also drove it into the ground. This is his side of the story, from a fascinating, brilliant and flawed person who is still dealing with the aftermath of what happened. We chop it up GOOD and talk about everything from why Donald Trump has a right to exist, the importance of intensity and why I'm a school boy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 41mins

9 Jul 2019

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American Apparel & Los Angeles Apparel: Dov Charney

Finding Founders

Dov Charney, Founder of American Apparel and, more recently, Los Angeles Apparel is a controversial figure, but controversy is something that he seems to thrive in. Dov and I talk about his beginnings in Montreal, the start of his company American Apparel, losing that company, and starting anew with Los Angeles Apparel.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/finding-founders/support


12 Apr 2019

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Dov Charney 7: MAGIC

StartUp Podcast

Following his ousting from American Apparel, Dov Charney has been eager to restart and launch his new venture—Los Angeles Apparel. He has assembled the fabric, the equipment, and the people to help make his new clothing line. Now he needs to find his customer base.In this, the season finale of StartUp, Charney debuts his product to a group of people that knows his history well. But will his past prove to be an obstacle, or become part of what leads his new business to success?


22 Dec 2016

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Dov Charney 4: Boundaries

StartUp Podcast

While Dov Charney was running American Apparel, he didn’t shy away from unconventionality. And for many entrepreneurs, breaking convention is an essential part of growing an innovative company. But pushing boundaries is one thing. Completely ignoring them is another.In this episode, we explore the nebulous lines between Charney’s professional and personal relationships. We ask the the women of American Apparel what it was like to work for the former CEO and how, in a company where the boundaries aren’t clear, they could determine what was—and wasn’t—appropriate in the workplace.


2 Dec 2016

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Dov Charney 3: Photos

StartUp Podcast

In this episode, we trace American Apparel’s rise from the early wholesale days in South Carolina to the booming retail behemoth that the company eventually became. We speak with some of the people closest to Dov Charney along the way, in order to figure out how his past informs the present.We also begin to explore how sexuality came to define the American Apparel brand, and how Dov’s unorthodox business practices and questionable personal behavior led to widespread scrutiny about what was really going on at the company.  


18 Nov 2016

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Dov Charney Reveals What's Next

The Art of Manufacturing

American Apparel's controverial founder built a multi-hundred million dollar company that created thousands of local jobs and helped define popular culture in Los Angeles and the world. And then he lost it all. Dov Charney is also notorious for how he was ousted as CEO from his own company. Enough has been written about that, but rumor had it he is starting a new venture so I wanted to learn what’s next. We learn how this entrepreneur has used hustle, technology, and his talents as a photographer to build an apparel empire from the humblest of beginnings. It's a behind-the-scenes-look into his unique personality and a candid dialogue about (in)famy, fortune, and how he plans to reinvent himself as a fashion mogul. The episode starts with a brief chat with comedian Graham Elwood. As an entertainer, he has experience and opinions about manufacturing his own merchandise, and he gives some perspectives on what drove him to manufacture domestically. The views expressed on this podcast are those of the guests and not our sponsors or partners. For more information: http://makeitinla.org/dovcharney

1hr 2mins

29 Sep 2016

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Dov Charney on Modern Day Sweat Shops: VICE Podcast 006

VICE Meets

The VICE Podcast is a weekly discussion which delves inside the minds of some of the most interesting, creative, and bizarre people we know. This week we sit down with American Apparel founder and Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney, who describes how he got his start in the clothing business and where he believes the industry should go next. Charney offers his perspective on the recent collapse of the Rana Plaza manufacturing facility in Bangladesh, which took the lives of over 1100 people. He calls for an international minimum wage to curb the exploitation of workers in the developing world, and he urges consumers to take more responsibility for the impact their purchasing decisions have on workers around the world. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.


28 May 2013