Has the profitability of your company come into question of late? Have you been sued many, many times, typically for sexual harassment? Want to set the record straight but are unsure of what to say? Perhaps Dov Charney can help. In an interview with CNBC today, Charney told Jane Wells that any suggestion that American Apparel can’t turn a profit on its mesh unitards, gold lamé leggings, and fishnet bodysuits is totally off base. “I think you’re casting [the business] in the wrong light to say it’s unprofitable,” Charney said. “From an accounting perspective, from 20 feet up, yeah, it’s unprofitable. But if you get down to the numbers…we’re getting our groove back…[we'll return to profitability] probably maybe next year.” There was also this exchange.

Wells: I’ve counted, what is it, nine lawsuits against you? That’s  a lot.

Charney: Yeah. It’s also a testimony to my success.

Wells: Do you think you’re inappropriate at all?

Charney: No.

Wells: The range of criticism is everything from sexual predator to just…weird.

Charney: Well, you know, I mean, weird? I like weird…Many of the great entrepreneurs of the last century have been criticized for being somewhat different.

Wells: Do you see yourself as a Steve Jobs meets Hugh Hefner type?

Charney: That wouldn’t be for me to say.

American Apparel CEO: Tattered But Not Torn [CNBC]

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  1. Posted by how do i join? | April 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    “From accounting perspective, from 20 feet up, yeah, it’s unprofitable. But if you get down to the numbers…we’re getting our groove back.”

    When is this going into Paulson’s IR letter?

  2. Posted by grammarian | April 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    the phrase is "totally off base" – no d

  3. Posted by BessLevin | April 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    The d was a typo…

  4. Posted by trojan_ | April 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    http://www.styleite.com/media/dov-charney-compute

    doesn't play his cards very close to his vest, does he

  5. Posted by how do i join? | April 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    “From accounting perspective, from 20 feet up, yeah, it’s unprofitable. But if you get down to the numbers…we’re getting our groove back.”

    When is this going into Paulson’s IR letter?

  6. Posted by Whitney Falcone | April 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    It just made it into mine!

  7. Posted by Bri -Moy | April 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    This guy totally gets it.

  8. Posted by Guest | April 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I wondered what happened to that guy who was hiding in the bottom of the women's outhouse. Looks like he's doing okay considering.

  9. Posted by seriously | April 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Would have lost it if she asked him about the cock sock incident

  10. Posted by Jane Wells | April 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Do you see yourself as a Jeff Epstein meets Bernie Madoff type?

  11. Posted by Dov Charney | April 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Eh, yea I'm just kind of light on legitimate years.

  12. Posted by Guest | April 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    If you're going to be a grammar Nazi, go ahead. However, please be sure to use proper grammar (e.g. capitalization, punctuation, calling out letters with quotations, etc.) in your dumb-ass posts.

    Thanks!

  13. Posted by derp | April 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Hear hear!

    -B Madoff

  14. Posted by Guest | April 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    This guy sounds perfect for ivydate.

  15. Posted by Guest | April 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    I think he was signing his comment "no d" as in he's some sort of a eunuch.

  16. Posted by HFguy | April 11, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    I am all for castration for sexual predators. There is filth and then there is filth.

  17. Posted by Cut Me | April 11, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Odds on this guy having a POF profile?

  18. Posted by hyphen police | April 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    There is no hyphen in "dumbass" – thanks!

  19. Posted by M Levine | April 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Except that he went to Tufts, but like, yea sure, almost ivy

  20. Posted by Guest | April 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Look, if they came to work for me knowing about my reputation, then they must have wanted it. And did you see how they were dressed? They were basically begging for it.

    - D.C.

  21. Posted by bros | April 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    No means yes, Yes means anal

  22. Posted by guest | April 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    You're a loser.

  23. Posted by Laxbro | April 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Creep yes, but he had great run. A decade plus run where top-shelf 18-22 y/o airheads were begging to have sex with him for a pair of jeggings. Respect.

  24. Posted by guest | April 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    go away laxbro

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