Why American Apparel is Excited About Valencia Street

Ryan Holiday of American Apparel, at the hearing:

None of our other stores are accessible by BART […] This one is.

Our [basics] complement [the wares of] other businesses on Valencia.

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10 Comments on “Why American Apparel is Excited About Valencia Street”

  1. American Apparel CEO Dov Charney:

    “We want to improve the T-shirt industry in the way that Starbucks has improved the coffee industry. You might find Starbucks to be predatory in their business practices, but let’s face it, they provide Americans with better coffee. Not only by the coffee that they serve but by breaking their competition to get there.”

    Yep, sounds like the kind of company that wants to contribute to the local community!


  2. zomg Says:

    The Berkeley location isn’t near BART?

  3. Alex Says:

    Um what

    since when is union square not near bart

    what a jackass

  4. mark Says:

    he said none of their locations were accessible by public transportation at all. i honestly thought they’d do a better job than that. that guy was a joke.

  5. Eric Says:

    @mattarmstrong — is that a real quote? Because I would compare AA quite favorably to Starbucks. If their CEO does not, that’s sad.

    Maybe they shouldn’t be in our area.

  6. Yep, it’s a real quote. Charney is reliably quotable. This is just one of many examples:


  7. […] do progressive, successful American Apparel and old-school Valencia Street have to do with one another? Nothing much, hopes the Mission […]

  8. Clapback. Says:

    Again, the thing is that several stores with condemning posters in their windows sell merchandise printed on AA garments. See Lost Weekend, Retro Fit, et al. Hypocrisy is a bitch.

  9. zomg Says:

    Didn’t someone from Retro Fit testify they used locally made products? ie things that employed people here?

  10. Lynae Says:

    @zomg: Actually, the owner of Retro Fit said that they didn’t need an AA on Valencia precisely because he and several other stores on the street already sell AA garments.

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