American Apparel Is Even Closer To Going Bankrupt


American Apparel may be facing bankruptcy at last. According to the company’s latest financial report — filed late, as is Dov Charney‘s custom — American Apparel lost $86 million in 2010, and had just $5.3 million in cash as of the end of February. Sales fell by 4%. Lion Capital, the private investment firm that has bailed the troubled t-shirt-maker out on more than one occasion — it first lent American Apparel $83 million to avert a bankruptcy in 2009 — had two seats on the company board; both of those members have just resigned. Charney is now talking about “creative financing.”

Charney, who sank $1.3 million of his own money into the company last week, says he is seeking “creative financing.” According to the Post, “insiders say the risk of a bankruptcy appears to be rising.” [NYPost, Official Site]
Related (?) news: American Apparel is giving away free clothes to everyone who spends $10 online today. [Racked]

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Karlie Kloss published a photo of her wearing her Jason Wu prom dress. [Teen Vogue]

Kate Moss and her teeny anchor tattoo star in the new campaign for Dior cosmetics. [Quem]

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