Kourosh Dayan, Owner of Fabritex, Los Angeles, CA Jan 26 2015
As a fabric vendor for American Apparel, I have known Dov Charney since 2008. In my experience he is solid, straightforward, diligent, and sincere. He is a man of his word, he knows what he’s doing, and I actually believe he is a genius.
Ideas come to Dov’s mind and design comes to his mind. He knows what he wants to do, he’s focused, he wants to get it done and he wants it done yesterday. This is where the genius comes from: his uncommon blend of creativity and productivity.
Since his dismissal as CEO, it is this productivity that has declined at American Apparel. When Dov was in charge, he was on top of everything and basically lived and worked at the company. Right now, that kind of leadership at the core is what is lacking and it can be seen in their level of efficiency and productivity.
It is his vision and his presence that we count on. No one else understands the entirety of the business the way he does, from design to production to retail to efficiency. Over the years I’ve seen many businesses, but none that have established an empire like American Apparel has in such a short period of time. I think people who like to criticize Dov disregard what he has been able to do.
I don’t know a single company that did not suffer as a result of the recession of 2008, but Dov was able to regroup and get things back on track. I believe that the company was headed on the right track. With his firing, I believe they have completely reversed course, and I strongly urge that the board bring him back.