Dov Charney is the CEO and founder of American Apparel. He was born at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. His dad, sister, and half sister were born there as well, and three of his four grandparents have died there. His father, Morris Charney is an architect and his mother, Sylvia Charney is an artist. Dov got his start in Gr. 12 at Choate Rosemary Hall where he was studying his two favourite classes ethics and American History. During that year Charney was importing his T-shirt designs to Montreal. The Amtrak train between Grand Central Station in New York and Grand Central Station in Montreal, stopped in this small town called Wallingford, Connecticut, at 1:00am on its way Montreal each night. It was on that train that he began to bring bulk quantities of T-shirts to Montreal. He reinforced his sense that American school T-shirts were ionic, unique and in most ways better that the T-shirts that people had access to in Canada. Dov started running his designs out of his dorm room at Tufts University. It was then where the T-shirt company took on the trade name “American Apparel”, which he didn’t actually come up with himself. During high school, Dov possessed traits that other students did not which made many teachers and students have a permanent effect on his free-loving personality. Even though he was not able to read and write till he was 13 years old he was an editor of his high school paper and student council president. This shows that he is very bold and sticks out in a large crowd. His contrarian leadership style, which he feels promotes creativity, has drawn extensive praise and criticism. Charney earned recognition in the media for management decisions to pay a fair wage and refusing to outsource manufacturing. The Los Angeles Times named him one of the top 100 powerful people in Southern California. In 2009, he was nominated as a Time 100 finalist by Time magazine. All...
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