Thursday, November 10, 2011

American Apparel


American Apparel is an Industrial Revolution.


American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor and retailer, based in downtown Los Angeles, California. We currently employ approximately 10,000 people globally (about 5,000 in LA), and operate more than 285 retail stores in 20 countries. 


Within our business model, knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, photography, marketing, distribution and design all happen in the company's facilities in Los Angeles. The company operates the largest garment factory in the United States, at a time when most apparel production has moved offshore. With our recently opened stores in China, we are now selling Made in USA clothing in the largest consumer market in the world. 


American Apparel leverages art, design and technology to advance the business process, while continuing to pioneer industry standards of social and environmental responsibility in the workplace.


Rapidly Growing Global Business


American Apparel operates largest garment factory in the U.S.
We are vertically integrated, eliminating the use of sewing subcontractors and offshore labor
We employ more than 10,000 employees worldwide
We have experienced rapid sales growth, reporting $545 million in total sales in 2008
We exported sales of more than $200 million in 2008
Our first retail store opened in 2003, we now have over 260 stores worldwide in 19 countries
We recently expanded manufacturing operations through acquisition of two dye houses in Southern California
We are a publicly listed company on American Stock Exchange with market capitalization in excess of $450 million (Amex: APP)
Inc. 500 award recipient as one of fastest-growing private companies in U.S. (2004, 2005).


Commitment to the Community


American Apparel employs more than 5,000 workers in downtown Los Angeles enterprise zone, making us one of LA's largest employers
Our average sewing operator earns more than $12 per hour
Our progressive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, meals, ESL training, and an on-site medical clinic
We have been recognized by the Inner City 100 as one of the fastest growing companies operating in the inner city in the U.S. (2003, 2004, 2008)
Factory workers were granted over $25 million in stock, announced January 2008
Each year, we donate hundreds of thousands of garments to local charities
We promote environmentally-friendly practices, using solar power, recycling fabric scraps and utilizing organic cotton.

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