Ep. 2: Dov Charney's Final Reckoning and the Assassination of American Apparel
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.”
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
American Apparel & Los Angeles Apparel: Dov Charney
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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