Strip Tees: A Memoir of Millennial Los Angeles

Holt. Jul. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781250827289. $27.99. MEMOIR
Flannery decided to leave what she deemed a boring corporate job to head to Los Angeles. She didn’t know what she would find, but she knew she needed to give L.A. a try. In her memoir, she tells the story of her beginnings at American Apparel, where she was brought into the fold at this up-and-coming fashion company that touted an egalitarian workspace, not sweatshops and stuffy corporate offices. But what started out as a dream job quickly became toxic. Long hours, sexual harassment charges against founder Dov Charney, and the reported frequency of sexual relationships between Charney and his employees all caused Flannery to rethink her position. The book shows and describes that behind the scenes, American Apparel was a misogynistic, broken system destined for failure. Yet even after an assault, Flannery chose to continue working there. This book shows and tells why. Flannery’s memoir is raw and engaging.
VERDICT An intriguing read for those interested in the story behind the rise and fall of American Apparel and how a feminist can continue working in a place that does not support women.
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