American Apparel Feels Anarchists' Wrath
By Noah Michelson
When did American Apparel go from the outfitter of choice for fashionable anarchists, to their target? The store in Toronto was smashed up and looted over the weekend when thousands of police and demonstrators faced off over the G20 economic summit.
AA wasn’t the only one vandalized, but the smashed windows and what reports describe as “poop sprayed from a super soaker” over the clothes and dummies, well that’s a pretty specific kind of hate.
There was a time when if you were skinny and poor and brimming over with attitude, you would be suiting up at AA before going off to bring down global capitalism. Now, presumably, there are other outfitters du jour for your angry young men and be-pierced ladies. Unless that was what the looting was for. What makes it a touch unfair, is that AA uses American labor and a company structure that’s a step up from sweatshops funneling cheap clothes into the global clothing market -- even if they are image fascists and reportedly demand all of their staff are rigidly beautiful.