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Dov Charney Gives Zero Effs About 'Made in America'

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American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, a man of many words and sexual harassment charges, admitted to Buzzfeed that he really doesn't care that much about the whole Made in America thing. Recall, that's one of the few redeemable aspects of the company. He explained, sort of (this is Dov Charney):

'I don't believe in 'made in U.S.A.,' really, but that's a secret. You can say I said it's off the record, but then you can say I said it's off the record, and say it. Because it's 'off the record' hypothetically speaking, OK?'

What he means, he elaborates, is that he doesn't 'believe' in international borders, adding that the Canadian–U.S. border is 'garbage.'

'My vision is a kind of America for everyone, like where people could come and go and it really doesn't matter where you make the product, it's about paying a fair wage — but right now, we have a kind of society with borders, and on one side of the border, people have money and on the other side of the border they don't," he says. "So Europe does, Africa doesn't. Right? Vietnam doesn't, Japan does. This is, like, all these lines. What we're trying to do is build a business that's very futuristic in the sense that we don't want to rely on these labor inequalities that are not going to be sustainable forever anyway.'

He then noted we're going to have another 10 years of Dov building the business, despite previous promises that he'd step down. Also, he said he didn't come up with the recent hairy mannequin window display "salute[s] the humor in it."
· Dov Charney Dreams Big For American Apparel Even As Its Stock Trades Under $1 [Buzzfeed]
· American Apparel Lingerie Mannequins Have a Gwyneth Bush [Racked]