The truth is out: Thanks to a little comparative research by our friends at Brokelyn, we found out what the rates and benefits are for working at some of the most popular retail spots. Anthropologie? Sales associates start at anywhere between $9 and $11 an hour and get 40-percent discounts on apparel, 25 percent on home, and no discount on sale items. American Apparel employees make between $9 and $10 an hour to start as a cashier, and assistant managers only make a dollar more. Employees get 50-percent off everything in the store. The downside? They have to work for Dov Charney. Victoria’s Secret employees make minimum wage (which is dependent upon the state) and get 20-percent discounts to start, while Abercrombie & Fitch employees also toil away for minimum wage but receive 40-percent discounts on merch. Abercrombie & Fitch merch, but still.
Of course, that’s just a small sampling of the retail opportunities out there. So tell us: what’s the inside story on working retail in your town? [Brokelyn] Keep reading »
This is no April Fool’s Day prank. American Apparel is giving away several items today only. Find the free items (and others that are 20 to 90 percent off) on this page. According to American Apparel, with a minimum purchase of $10, you can select up to five free items, using promo code APRIL1ST. My friend Misha of The Fab Chick and I ordered together so we could split the shipping cost, which was only $15.44. Seriously, we ordered five cotton pencil skirts and paid less than $16 total. That’s a complete steal! But you have to hurry since this promo expires at 11:59 p.m. tonight. Happy shopping! [American Apparel] Keep reading »
American Apparel‘s new swimwear ads are here and—OMG, are those nipples?! Yes, the gratuitously provocative ad department at American Apparel has brought us a topless model for spring. Let’s all pretend we’re freethinking Europeans and not have a cow about this, OK? Personally, I could care less about headlights in advertising, but the first thing I look for when buying a bathing suit is how am I not going to flash everyone. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
American Apparel has just come out with new nail polish colors! G’head, paint the rainbow. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
American Apparel is having a Halloween costume contest, and submissions close today. Regardless of how you feel about the company, the kids’ Halloween costume competition is totally adorable. Take, for example, this mummy toddler, Ryland from the UK. We’re also fans of mini-Mr. T, this tiny Incredible, and the beastly Max. So far, I believe, 3-year-old Bella the owl is the leader in the kids voting category. So cute! [American Apparel] Keep reading »
We understand that since American Apparel is having financial troubles, the company might try to get creative with its ways to push merchandise. A product of this is perhaps the Costume Builder you’ll now find online. Except … it would appear that American Apparel’s idea of a “Halloween costume” is shockingly similar to the outfits the retailer normally peddles (which, to some, may indeed be quite scary). Above, you’ll find costumes for a “Disco Chick,” an “Archaeologist,” and a “Slumber Party” (which apparently can be manifested as a person wearing a scrunchy). To be fair, some of the other styling suggestions are a bit more traditional, like the hula girl, bumble bee, and pirate. So it might not actually be such a bad idea if you’re in need of a last-minute or easy costume and want to be able to wear it again–unless you cut it up like a lot of the themes encourage.
Or you could just go as an American Apparel employee. [American Apparel] Keep reading »
No more dinette sets or speedboats for TV game show “The Price is Right.” Now they’re featuring lots of American Apparel
clothing for bidding games. How much would you bid on the selection? (We were pretty surprised to see how far-off our imaginary guess was.) Anyhow, we don’t know which to lament more—the downfall of American Apparel or of “The Price is Right.” We miss the days of Bob and Winnebago trailers. [YouTube
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Welcome to Would You Rather, a game in which we concoct hypothetical style dilemmas and ask you to choose which option’s worse.
Even though Talbots has gotten a bit more with-it in recent years, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that your mom eagerly awaits the arrival of the store’s catalogue in her mailbox each month. You’d certainly make her very happy to be clad in khakis on the cover. On the other hand, having your butt star in an American Apparel campaign would make you famous for life and probably get you laid for almost as long. Mom, on the other hand, might not be so happy about that one. So which would you rather do—be safe and boring as a Talbots model or be one of Dov Charney’s racy indie girls? Keep reading »
On feminist blog Jezebel, contributor and former model Jenna Sauers has made criticizing American Apparel one of her key beats. Yesterday, another American Apparel post by Sauers popped up on the site, but this time with a different, more defensive angle: “The Reason We Keep Showing American Apparel Softcore.” See, most of the time Jezebel posts about American Apparel, they run one of American Apparel’s raunchy ads with it. And since Jezebel finds the sexuality in those ads offensive, it looks a little hypocritical to keep running them. So, what gives? Keep reading »