Nasty Gal Files For Bankruptcy

Has Nasty Gal’s #GirlBoss movement reached an end? The 10-year-old women’s fashion retailer founded by Sophia Amoruso has petitioned the bankruptcy court of the Central District of California to file for Chapter 11, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

According to Sheree Waterson, the company’s CEO, the filing will enable Nasty Gal to “address our immediate liquidity issues, restructure our balance sheet and correct structural issues.”

Nasty Gal has hit a few bumps in its road this year. The company laid off 10% of its workforce in February, and Amoruso has even been accused of illegally firing pregnant women to avoid offering maternity leave. In September, Women’s Wear Daily also reported that the company was in search of a buyer. 


Nasty Gal began as an eBay store in 2006 and rose to popularity with its selection of vintage and vintage-inspired apparel. In late 2014, Nasty Gal opened two stores in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. Amoruso passed her CEO baton to Waterson in 2015, but she has stayed on as an Executive Chairman.

“We expect to maintain our high level of customer service and emerge stronger and even better able to deliver the product and experience that our customers expect and that we take pride in bringing to market,” Waterson told Women’s Wear Daily.

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