American Apparel Clothes Are ‘Made in Downtown L.A.’ Will That Change?

American Apparel’s factory in downtown L.A. Photograph by Ann Johansson/Corbis

One of American Apparel’s selling points has always been that its T-shirts and other clothes are actually made in America—in a seven-story, salmon-colored factory in downtown Los Angeles to be exact. There are a lot of hypersexualized ads, too, of course, which have received plenty of criticism. But the company’s commitment to manufacturing in the city and paying its workers something close to a living wage was hard to find fault with.

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