The other day, we told you about the upcoming return of Abercrombie & Fitch’s controversial magazine, A&F Quarterly, and now we’ve got a sneak peak inside the issue. Shot by Bruce Weber, the issue’s theme is a Hollywood screen test, and it will be available for $10 starting July 17. (Although, eager beavers can pre-order it now.) Here, a male model shows off his armpit hair. Enjoy. [StyleList] Keep reading »
Sales at Abercrombie & Fitch used to be through the roof, and while some blame the general economic downturn for A&F’s sinking sales, we know what’s really to blame: the discontinuation of the A&F Quarterly. The in-store mag, replete with naked and half naked pictures of hot people, launched in 1997 and was shut down in 2003, much to the dismay of frat boys everywhere. Now, on July 17, the A&F Quarterly makes a triumphant, probably-nude return to Abercrombie & Fitch stores all over the place. Pick up your copy and, umm, lock the bathroom door while you, uhh, “read” it. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Wow, just wow. The most famous poster child for avant-garde fashion ever was spotted wearing an Abercrombie and Fitch hoodie back in the day. And she’s even smiling about it. We’re in shock here. [True Slant] Keep reading »
Run, run for your lives! Cologne-doused, shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models are coming after the people of Japan! While this may sound like the plot of a bad spoof movie, it’s not too far off from the truth. (OK, well, not quite.) Apparently, the retailer has set up its first outpost in Japan, and the culture clash has been unexpectedly–and hilariously–problematic. Keep reading »
Poor Beyoncé is having a rough week! First, everyone thought she was involved in some kind of conspiracy with Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Now Abercrombie & Fitch is suing to stop the diva from naming her forthcoming fragrance “Sasha Fierce,” for which Beyoncé filed a letter of intent with the U.S. Patent office back in September. But as it turns out, that lingering stink on your clothes the last time you got within a 60-foot radius of an Abercrombie & Fitch store could have been one of their men’s colognes called “Fierce.” (Can you see where this is going?) A&F filed its lawsuit yesterday, saying Beyoncé has ignored their cease-and-desist letter and has proceeded to develop “Sasha Fierce.” Methinks this lawsuit is just an A&F publicity stunt though, since no one would seriously wander into the temple of suburban preppydom searching for Sasha Fierce’s perfume. Still, one wonders if Beyoncé will buckle and change the name of her parfum to something else? “Bootylicious,” perhaps? [WWD] Keep reading »
Hey, big news! Abercrombie & Fitch has a few T-shirts in its “New College” line that are, like, way sexual and sexist and not particularly funny. (The shirts above say “Show the Twins,” “Female Students Wanted for Sexual Research,”and “Female streaking encouraged.”) And people are mad about it! The American Family Association (AFA), a religious organization, says the shirts promote a “sex-as-recreation” agenda, but I don’t really think that’s the problem or a problem at all. I mean, sex is recreation. However, the shirts are sexist, foul and not funny. That said, they are extremely helpful in identifying douchebags from a distance and that is a plus. [AHN, Practical Polyamory] Keep reading »
Dov Charney, American Apparel’s oft-sued CEO and general pervy slimeball, is at it again. This time around, he’s been accused of discriminating based on looks. Again. Apparently, one of his store managers tipped off Gawker, saying that Charney sent out a memo requesting that those employees not genetically blessed enough to hold up American Apparel’s aesthetic standards be fired. With all the time he spends sexually harassing dozens of employees, we’re surprised the dude even has a minute to actively discriminate based on looks!
But seeing that he has, in fact, made the time for the important things, we too will take time out of our day to make fun of him for it. With that in mind, check out our “How To Tell If You Work For…” chart, in which you’ll find every indicator you need to decide whether or not you do (or should) work for American Apparel or Abercrombie & Fitch, a company entirely different aesthetically but similarly besieged for discrimination legally.
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So, it’s officially not a good month to be Abercrombie & Fitch. Hot on the heels of a lawsuit from yet another employee, the company has announced plans to close the entire chain of its Ruehl stores. What exactly is Ruehl you ask? Well, if you can actually remember, the chain opened roughly five years ago and offered a “sophisticated” range of denim, casual separates, leather goods and fragrance. The pieces were priced slightly above A&F’s standard fare and targeted at post-collegiate men and women between the ages of 22 and 35. Well needless to say, it never really caught on and to date has lost over $50 million. Sucks to be a post-grad frat boy today! [LA Times] Keep reading »
So maybe it’s time Abercrombie & Fitch reviewed its “Look Policy,” which requires employees to project a “natural, classic, American-style.” It sounds cute, but their insistence on it is becoming costly. A&F has already shelled out millions of dollars to employees who felt discriminated against by the policy — and they just might be paying more. Riam Dean, a 22-year-old disabled British student who worked for A&F’s London flagship store, claims she was forced to work in the stockroom because her prosthetic arm didn’t fit the company’s “look.” But perhaps Dean shouldn’t have been so surprised by A&F’s shallowness.. When she interviewed for the job, she says “All they seemed interested in was taking my photograph to make sure I had the right image.” [Daily Mail U.K. via Jezebel] Keep reading »