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For better or worse, Charney's ouster is felt at American Apparel
For better or worse, Charney's ouster is felt at American Apparel

Behind the faded coral walls of American Apparel's downtown L.A. factory, a seventh-floor corner office sits locked with the shade pulled low. That's where founder Dov Charney kept tabs on his often-troubled empire before the company's board of directors booted him from his posts as chief executive and chairman in June. For years, American Apparel Inc. has been Charney's passion and his pulpit for iconoclastic views on women, fashion, domestic manufacturing and immigrant rights. His eccentricities sparked headlines — and the occasional sexual harassment lawsuit. But it was his controlling — sometimes out-of-control — management style that played...

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