Report: American Apparel in Talks to Pay Off Loan

americanappLos Angeles—In another twist in the American Apparel story, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the retailer is in talks with Standard General, the New York-based hedge fund that controls 43% of the company’s stock, to secure funding that would let the retailer pay off a $10 million loan and replace its board except for two co-chairmen.

The loan from Lion Capital came due after the board ousted Dov Charney, American Apparel’s founder/former chief executive officer.

Citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal said that Standard General is awaiting the results of an investigation into Charney’s behavior. Should he be cleared of inappropriate behavior, Charney could remain with American Apparel, though perhaps not as its chief executive officer.

Charney was fired in June over accusations that he misused corporate funds and for his alleged role in disseminating nude photos of an ex-employee.

Reuters reported on July 3 that Charney had handed over his stake and voting rights in the company to Standard General to let it negotiate with independent directors to determine the company’s future.

Neither American Apparel nor Standard General returned calls for comment.


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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology.