American Apparel founder and former Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney is a self-described "hustler" and one of fashion's leading innovators. His vision of a vertically integrated, sweatshop-free company was realized in downtown Los Angeles in 1997. Today, the company stands as the largest clothing manufacturer in North America. Charney presided over the fastest retail rollout without sacrificing quality and unity within the brand.
Combining his socially conscious agenda with shrewd, savvy business acumen, Charney's work has been recognized often for American Apparel's success. Ernst & Young named Charney Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 and Apparel Magazine, the Fashion Industry Guild and the Ad Specialty Industry all separately deemed him "Man of the Year". Charney was included in the Los Angeles Times Magazine's "100 Most Powerful People of Southern California" list and Details Magazine named him in their "Power 50".