I might be throwing myself into the sharks here – but as much as controversy loves to swarm around American Apparel like the sky is blue, there is no denying that they do a great good bringing jobs to the US and being so vocal about manufacturing here. In fact, because of their woes – I think it might be a good idea for the company to be sold off to a bigger one that could absorb the larger issues. Wouldn’t it be great if a large retailer like Target carried American Apparel in stores instead? That way a brand/company like Target could diversify their assets (I don’t think any of their Apparel is currently made in the US) and bring in a company with established brand recognition? Imagine the possibilities! But I’m dreaming over here of course.
Their About page states-
Our Garment Workers Are Paid Up To 50 Times More Than The Competition
A garment worker in Bangladesh earns an average of $600 a year. An experienced American Apparel garment worker can earn $30,000+ and receive beneﬁts such as comprehensive health care. American Apparel garments are created by motivated and fairly-paid employees who don’t just have jobs – they have careers. Our culture recognizes outstanding performance and promotes from within. Most importantly, our workers have a voice and inﬂuence the direction of the company. At American Apparel we call it Sweatshop-Free, a term we coined in 2002.
Unlike Our Competitors, We Make Our Own Product
The American Apparel factory is the largest sewing facility in North America. We believe that integrating our manufacturing, distribution and creative processes keeps our company more efﬁcient than those who rely on offshore or onshore sub-contracting. By leveraging art, design, and technology at our Downtown LA campus, we are able to pay garment workers fairly AND sell garments proﬁtably so we can sustain our business and grow. Everyone beneﬁts – customers, workers, and shareholders alike.