American Apparel founder Dov Charney, who is under investigation for alleged misconduct, has been terminated from his role as president and CEO of the company. WWDreports that the company’s board voted on the decision to suspend Charney from his executive roles, and after a thirty-day “cure” period he will officially be out. Executive vice president and CFO John Luttrell, formerly of Old Navy and Wet Seal, has been appointed interim CEO.
Luttrell confirmed that American Apparel will still maintain its promise of “sweatshop-free, Made in the USA” clothing. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company’s racy ads are dropped. Conceived by Charney, the ads, which feature female employees in provocative poses, have always incited controversy. Charney’s very public harassment lawsuits only made matters worse over the years. Perhaps without its founder at the helm, American Apparel will turn over a new, less sexually charged leaf.