American Apparel’s 21st Century Manufacturing Miracle. Not many clothing companies can proudly state that their products are designed and manufactured entirely in Western counties, far from the sweatshops that are frequently associated with the textile industry. American Apparel, a modern fashion company based in Los Angeles, California, is one of those few, proud companies.
Founded in 1989 by Dov Charney, a Canadian with an interest in vintage American clothing, American Apparel was initially a clothing importer and screen printer. The company’s limited product line included t-shirts that mixed vintage designs with a strong sense of proportion, making them popular with early company supporters.