(Closed) The Abercrombie & Fitch debacle

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Post # 153
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@iarebridezilla:  “The only reason I’m up in arms at all is because the guy telling ugly people not to shop at his stores happens to look like he got his head stuck in a beehive that was on fire.

 

Hahahahahahahaha.  I <3 you and this comment so much

Post # 154
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@joya_aspera:  Hah. Yeah I’ve never stepped foot in that store and I feel like it got really popular when I was in my teens. My mom was a single mom to my sister and I and I never would have dreamed of her buying that stuff, and honestly I didn’t really like it that much. So I would definitely say I was oblivious!

Post # 155
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@erinbacher:  I don’t shop at LB, but if they have publicly said that, then I agree. It is just as bad.

Post # 156
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree with everything you said. Each brand has the right to target at whoever they want. All brands do this, except their CEOS don’t go out and say it out loud.

 

Post # 157
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsTVLover:  I walked the 5th ave store every day this past week and there was ALWAYS a very long line

Post # 158
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsTVLover:  I’m sorry, but your anger here makes no sense.  Are you surprised to learn that Abercrombie’s marketing targets young and skinny people?  Because um…okay, surprise!  

 

 

 

This thread is ridiculous…everyone’s saying, “OMG A&F is baddies for being racist and against fat people!!  LOOK HOW UGLY THE CEO IS!!!”  Seriously?  

 

 

 

Any store that targets fat people is okay, but a store that targets skinny people isn’t?  Do you know how frustrating it is to go to Macy’s to look for clothing?  In the juniors department, the styles are all for teenagers (obviously), but the clothes fit.  In the woman’s department, the smallest size is an 8.  Where do people who are smaller than an 8, but older than 15 shop?  I sure don’t shop at Abercrombie and Fitch, but it’s frustrating that there is this idea that “real” women are larger.  There are plenty of smaller sized women out there…

 

 

 

Also Abercrombie and Finch was a restaurant near my home town growing up, so I conflated the two and thought the cool kids in high school were shopping at a restaurant gift shop or something.  

 

Post # 160
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Didn’t one of the Dragons say something similar on Dragon’s Den when it came to women pitching plus sized clothing or lingerie or something on the show?  There was definitely some comment about the sizes La Senza carries on the show.

I think some of the comments to the OP are a little harsh.  There was nothing in the OP about racism, and I didn’t know he was racist.  The recent comments I heard about only discussed size, not race.

Post # 161
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@peachacid:  Actually *most* people on this thread have agreed that having a target audience is fine, but coming out and degrading the people not in your target audience is what the uproar is about.  

Post # 162
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Atalanta:  It’s one thing to target a certain group of consumers, it is another thing to put down the rest of the world as “uncool” and unpopular. I think the guy is a pompous ass and I hope EVERYONE boycotts A&F.

Post # 163
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@AB Bride:  +1 

I agree that people need to take it down a notch when responding to OP.

Post # 164
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@peachacid:  ITA, so much of this thread is hypocritical. And like I said a couple pages back, Lane Bryant’s frequent shopper’s program is called “real women dollars” — how is that not skinny women shaming? Also, you are spot on about places not carrying smaller sizes. So many stores have skewed their sizes larger, so for example at Old Navy, Gap, Ann Taylor etc. I often have a hard time fitting the clothes. Even the size zero can be too big, and I’m not trying to humble brag here because at stores with accurate sizing I am SO not a size zero. So wtf is up with that?

Post # 165
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Atalanta:  “I def don’t criticize him, I admire him.”


+1. We still live in a free country where people can agree or disagree and conduct themselves as such. They are a private company and can choose their targeted audience as such. Does anyone feel bad that thin women can’t shop at Lane Bryant? No, of course not.

Post # 166
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Buzzing bee

@Scc6a:  Exactly- we need to practice what we preach.  You can’t fight hate with hate or darkness with darkness.  Only light drives out darkness.

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