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04-07-2006
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I walked outside of an A&F the other day... There was a man standing shirtless in front of a photo of shirtless men and soccer moms and their lovely darlings were all oogling him. Sure, you can wear A&F and be unique, but at the same time, I ask you to go there in 2001 and 2003 and try to tell me what efforts they made to change their clothes. Nothing changes, it's not unique. Some colors, some words. For the most part, nothing. No uniquity.

This lack of uniquity, combined with the fact that they promote their clothing through sex (a very cheap and effective method), shows their incompetence when it comes to fashion.

A true piece of expression/clothing doesn't depend on it's brand in order to stand out.

A true piece of expression/clothing doesn't depend on sex and goodlooks to sell itself, either.

Even the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch himself said that he was promoting the company through the methods described above.

It's a company made for the often turbulent times leading to true adulthood.

And a lot like most the clientele at A&F, Abercrombie and Fitch is absent an identity.

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i usually just buy my basic camis and plain white t-shirts there because its cheaper than buying designer... i stopped shopping there after 7th grade.

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Im sure this has been said 93859 times, but by the time Abercrombie gets fashion trends...they are already playedo out amongst the fashion savvy, they then make them "safe", and next thing you know, preteens all across america are all matching. Its sickening.

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am i the only person who wears abercrombie & fitch at least partially for irony's sake?

but i bought a lot of bottoms from there. i like their miniskirts and shorts, and they do regular cords and jeans well. as for tops, when i want preppy (like i said, i love irony) i go to rugby.

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I love A&F's runway music!

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I love A&F's runway music!
They have a runway show??!?

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I work for Abercrombie, and no we do not have runway shows or any ads..the most you'll see is maybe a billborad ad in NYC...thats why the "models" in the store (aka: me) we're the ads and people want to buy what we wear.

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Originally Posted by marsmars
And a lot like most the clientele at A&F, Abercrombie and Fitch is absent an identity.
Karma!

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personally i think they are paying for part of the identity. a piece of the lifestyle they advertise..

the clothes are very similar from every season.. well whatever you call it.. the new clothes they release are the same as before, just with a small detailed change or a clever twist. or sometimes none at all. i notice this in af, ae, and hollister.

they are good for basics.. no logo tees or hoodies or sweatpants though!

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Walking into Abercrombie & Fitch (or Hollister even) makes me feel like I've left Canada and gone to Laguna Beach.

Everyone has the same hairstyle with the same blonde highlights, same tan, same surfer shorts, same t-shirt with a snappy saying. And I mean everyone - both the store models, cashiers, and shoppers.

All the girls in my high school that shop at A&F, AE, Hollister, about 80% of them watch Laguna Beach or The OC.

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Ahhh A&F, where do I begin.
Donned by every florida debutante I know and generally paired up with silver Tiffany's trinkets, A&F clothing has descended from casual preppy americana to an overhyped, overpriced small-town status symbol.
No style would be complete without a purposefully faded and increasingly garish logo printed across the layered tee's and that all too familiar Moose. Accessorize with your best golden tan, pink ribbon and expensive highlights.
You are all too right about their repetitive collections, subdued colours and shameless lack of originality, any serious fashionista would rather feed A&F to the moose rather than wear it.
u got it down pat. A&F+ random tiffanys jewelry is how every girl i went to school with loked like.

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I ABSOLUTLY HATE A&F I hate their Logo I hate what they stand for and I hate that they started by coping Levi's.. I hate thatb they make preppy kinds feel like they are actually fashionable or even a part of a select crew. I hate that they sell jeans for $150+ and preppy kids and young adults actually feel like they are buying a fashionable brand. Once these kids leave out of their small college towns and enter the real world they realize that A&F was all bullshit, some live in denial forever grasping unto the false sense of security it offered or some go unto other bullshit brands like Seven For all Mankind and all the rest of them.. **** EM Rodrigo Lorenzo
I ROCK MY OWN **** ****EM''

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I hate that they make preppy kinds feel like they are actually fashionable or even a part of a select crew [or] like they are buying a fashionable brand.....forever grasping unto the false sense of security it offered
so is it better to buy mani and marc jacobs and miu miu and be part of that "select crew"?

it's OK for your "false sense of security" to come from prada but not abercrombie?

good taste & being well dressed is about cut and fit and material-

not about labels...

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so is it better to buy mani and marc jacobs and miu miu and be part of that "select crew"?

it's OK for your "false sense of security" to come from prada but not abercrombie?

good taste & being well dressed is about cut and fit and material-

not about labels...
You are right about being well dressed is about cut, fit and material.
I myself grew up wearing tailored clothing done in the carribean. This has nothing to do with amounts of money you have but your preffered interest. I feel like you think because of my strong feeling about A&F you think I am a Label Whore I am just speaking from a previous store owner point of view. A&F sucks and I stand by my post so ****EM''

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So the problem people have with this company is its image?

I hadn't been there in a while so I checked out the website. I honestly don't see anything wrong with the clothes. Just casual basics. If you're not into the preppy style I could understand hating the clothes but hating people who DO like preppy styles is a bit pretentious.

From the A&F website:





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