America Apparel

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© Ian Witlen

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I have never purchased anything from American Apparel. I find it amusing that they call themselves "American Apparel" considering most of their clothing is made outside of the country. Even if they pay those workers American minimum wage, its not being manufactured entirely within the USA.

6 responses

  • Alessandra Cellini

    Alessandra Cellini said (8 Aug 2008):

    actually, unless things JUST changed, their whole business philosophy is that everything IS made right here. (actually in a "sweatshop-free factory in downtown LA" = their words)

  • Brian Ach

    Brian Ach said (8 Aug 2008):

    I would do your research before writing. "American Apparel" is named as such because it is made in vertically integrated factories in LA, Calif. The company was created to show that you can make quality clothing in the USA paying workers a proper wage, and sell it at affordable prices.

  • Ian Witlen

    Ian Witlen said (8 Aug 2008):

    @ Alessandra, I never said they were sweatshops. They do have a factory in Mexico, but they pay the employees the same wage as their employees in LA.

  • Ian Witlen

    Ian Witlen said (8 Aug 2008):

    @Brian
    About a year ago, I read an interview with the owner of the company and he confirmed that they had manufacturing plants in Mexico, but they paid their employees American minimum wage. I do understand their company policy is to produce quality clothing for an affordable price without using sweatshops and underpaying their employees.

  • Shannon Huber

    Shannon Huber said (8 Aug 2008):

    *'american' can refer to being of south or north america

  • Shannon Huber

    Shannon Huber said (8 Aug 2008):

    regardless, i like the focus in this one (in the mirror and out on the street)

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