“It's important that business leaders and celebrities start talking about this issue. From an academic, human and economic point of view, this is good information to put out there on behalf of our corporation."
However, WWD also reports that Charney wasn’t quite prepared to deal with the resulting attention. "I am thinking it through. I want to see if I can play a role in bringing some intelligence in this issue," he told the fashion trade, also comparing the act to Levi’s desegregating its factories in San Francisco during the civil rights movement.
“Why did Levi's do it? Probably because it was the right thing to do at the time. And they became known as a company that represented what America was all about," said Charney. "What Levi's was to San Francisco, we aspire to be to Los Angeles."