Nicole Lavoie, Store Manager, Irvine, CA Jan 07 2015
Firstly, I am not afraid to put my information as public on this site because it might show others it’s okay to do so too. You’re expressing an opinion. There’s nothing wrong with that. Wall Street can do a lot of things but they can’t tell you what opinion to have or that you no longer have First Amendment rights.
I hadn’t even spoken to Dov before I found out he was ousted from American Apparel. That Wednesday night I called him, crying (no shame) and asked that it wasn’t true. When he was brought back as consultant I spent a lot of time working with him. I cannot ever repay him for how much I’ve learned from him. He is a genius and the hardest, most passionate businessman and (former) CEO you could ever imagine. He never turns his phone off. He works 365 days a year. Funny enough – he hates his coffee hot and PREFERS Nescafe (and when I laugh at him for it he always makes sure I pronounce it correctly). What other CEO has conference calls with his managers to work out any problems? What other CEO can name retail employees they’ve worked with? None I’ve heard of. He knows this company and what needs to be done from the top down. From the bottom of my heart, Dov, I sincerely thank you for everything. #teamdov
With all due respect to Paula, there is nobody that could do Dov’s job. I’ve spent a lot of time with him professionally and there is nobody that works as hard as he does and wants the company to be successful. It won’t be successful if it isn’t in Dov’s hands. He lives, breathes, eats this company. He works 19 hours a day, everyday, 365 days a year. He’s truly a creative genius and the company needs him if it’s going to continue to be the American Apparel Dov Charney spent 25 years creating.