Dov Charney is following his American Apparel blueprint by inking an exclusive wholesale distribution deal for his new clothing venture with one of the same companies he worked with before.
TSC Apparel, based in Cincinnati, announced the agreement with Charney’s Los Angeles Apparel on Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
TSC Apparel is selling the T-shirts, hoodies, and tank tops manufactured in Charney’s L.A. facility to screen printers and others who will further customize them before they are sold to customers. The cuts and materials are very similar to those sold by American Apparel, according to TSC spokeswoman Ashley Anderson.
“What’s available now is directly comparable to American Apparel,” Anderson said.
Anderson couldn’t say if there was a dollar amount tied to the deal, and Charney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
TSC was American Apparel’s first wholesale distributor and its largest, according to Anderson. The clothing company started out as a wholesaler before adding retail.
“(Dov’s) been a longtime partner of TSC,” Anderson said. “Our president, Bob Winget, is friends with Dov.”
Charney started his new business last year after being ousted as chief executive of American Apparel by the company’s board in 2014. American Apparel was bought by Canadian garment company Gildan Activewear in February after declaring bankruptcy for the second time in a year.
After being made locally, Los Angeles Apparel clothes will be sent to TSC’s distribution center in Fullerton and then trucked to Philadelphia, Anderson said. TSC has six centers across the country.
Charney plans to expand his current line in the future, Anderson said.
The distributor, which has worked with Gildan before, is still selling American Apparel-branded clothing.
Caroline Anderson is a staff reporter covering retail, restaurants, and hospitality. She can be reached at email@example.com.