The Cult of Abercrombie

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    Dec 18, 2007 9:22 PM GMT
    The 80s had Calvin Klein

    The 90s had Gap

    The noughties have A&F

    I think they are clothes for people who follow the herd.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:26 PM GMT
    Ahh Yes Bruce Weber. Dumb Dumb Dumb Dumb
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:28 PM GMT
    I pretty much dress head to toe in G Star. Everyone has their own brand that fits their personal style and budget.

    I find I look awkward in athletic gear unless I am actually working out. Same thing with baggy clothes.

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    Dec 18, 2007 9:29 PM GMT
    Check out the Human Rights Campaign Foundation at www.hrc.org
    Their report for 2007 lists hundreds of companies on their Corporate Equality Index. This examines the treatment of GLBT employees, consumers and investors; anti-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, advertising practices etc.
    A&F IS NOT A GAY POSITIVE COMPANY. IT GOT A POOR SCORE OF 50%.
    Other apparel selling companies such as the GAP, Nike, Sears and Levi Strauss all scored 100%. LL Bean 73, Reebok 68.

    You may want to rethink where your 'gay' dollar is going. See for yourself.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:31 PM GMT
    I like G Star but in the UK their clothes are very expensive.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:33 PM GMT
    Dude, I think abercrombie clothes are boring, lack imagination and are lowest common denominator. You can do more with improvising and target. I mean, look at that denim jacket in my profile!

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    Dec 18, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    I bought a t-shirt and a winter coat at A&F about 7 years ago in Atlanta, before they came to Canada. (was actually suprised to see a winter coat for sale in Atlanta) Both the t-shirt and coat have been used and abused because I am very hard on my clothes. They still look brand new! If I could rub off the A & F logo I would buy more clothes there for the fit and durabilty.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:36 PM GMT
    The gay and regular population at my university don't wear abercrombie because it's more prevalent in the high school arena. Surprisingly enough, I used to work at A&F when I was in high school! The clothes are alright, but everyone has their own personal style. I personally think that guys with gorgeous bodies sporting A&F clothes are a turn-on. Also, the only hot people that work there are the guys because it's just this all American type of look. The girls are barely allowed to wear make-up, and we all had to wear flip-flops. Honestly, most of the people I worked with were so unintelligent that I wanted to kill myself. I actually love seeing huge masses of people wearing the same shit because that only makes me stand out even more.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:38 PM GMT
    I've yet to understand the allure of purchasing a look which turns you into a walking billboard. I guess it's the difference between buying fashion(s) and having style. One requires $$$ the other requires imagination and self-knowledge.

    *Shrugs*
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    Sick -

    I thought that blue jacket was a furry flannel woman's coat!

    Knowing its denim makes it more sexy and dangerous. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:42 PM GMT
    The cult of personality.

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    Dec 18, 2007 9:43 PM GMT
    Oh my god I'm guilty of what DJBens said. I bought a pair of A&F jeans as a dare, wore them to a party, then gave them to Goodwill because they were twenty years to young for me. The cool clothes police will now banish me to five years of the K Mart Route 66 brand.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:47 PM GMT
    Bylt4U saidCheck out the Human Rights Campaign Foundation at www.hrc.org
    Their report for 2007 lists hundreds of companies on their Corporate Equality Index. This examines the treatment of GLBT employees, consumers and investors; anti-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, advertising practices etc.
    A&F IS NOT A GAY POSITIVE COMPANY. IT GOT A POOR SCORE OF 50%.
    Other apparel selling companies such as the GAP, Nike, Sears and Levi Strauss all scored 100%. LL Bean 73, Reebok 68.

    You may want to rethink where your 'gay' dollar is going. See for yourself.



    Read it for 2008 A&F got 100%
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    Unless you're sewing your own clothes, all of us are wearing somebody's label. There are far worse "looks" than A&F; especially for a guy who has a decent physique.

    Bash all you want, but A&F are marketing geniuses. I'm not sure how mostly naked boys sells clothes, but it sure works for me. Check out the pervy old-man pic in my profileicon_redface.gif

    Sure the stuff is over-priced, but only fools pay full retail; everything goes on sale even at A&F. As for quality, I can't remember ever wearing out anything that I've purchased there. For those over 30, probably best to avoid the huge logos and please NO puka shell neclaces!!!! (ever)
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:52 PM GMT
    I completely understand the clone-ism regarding A&F...but they carry jeans in my size on a regular basis, and they fit in a flattering manner. And their shirts are styled to emphasize the chest, lower back and arms. I don't wear A&F to look young (actually just asked a co-worker if that was what it looked like icon_redface.gif), I wear it cuz it fits. Some GAP pants fit well, some OLD NAVY shirts fit well. Some other brands do as well, but if I can't find something I like that fits within an hour inside the store I give up and walk out. Plus, in my budget, rarely do I pay full price.

    Tried PRADA...no thanks, either I swam in the shirts or couldn't breathe. icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:59 PM GMT
    If it wasn't for the Ritts ad campaign and the pictures of hot guys plastered all over the magazines...
    nobody would wear the stuff
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    Dec 18, 2007 10:08 PM GMT
    I think the only article of clothing ive owned from A&F is their boxer briefs. Thats it. The one thing that always comes to mind when I look at their shirts is the episode of Will and Grace. The scene starts off with Will in a tight A&F muscle shirt and Karen tells him, "Will, there is someone outside that wants to see you. Its your youth and it wants its shirt back"!
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    Dec 18, 2007 10:22 PM GMT
    Thier jeans just do not fit my thighs and rear.... need I say more. 8-)
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    Dec 18, 2007 10:22 PM GMT
    wrkoutbud30 saidI think the only article of clothing ive owned from A&F is their boxer briefs. Thats it. The one thing that always comes to mind when I look at their shirts is the episode of Will and Grace. The scene starts off with Will in a tight A&F muscle shirt and Karen tells him, "Will, there is someone outside that wants to see you. Its your youth and it wants its shirt back"!



    I always think of the one where Jack is in the sperm donation clinic, all they have is hetero porn and he can't proform and asks do they have an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog....
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    Dec 18, 2007 10:33 PM GMT
    I can't believe no one has mentioned the HIGHLARIOUS MadTV skits on A&F!



    The funniest part of the first skit is my crew team really DID go skinny dipping!
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    Dec 18, 2007 10:37 PM GMT
    The Netherlands have a brand called Sissy Boy. Doesn't sound too promising, but I think they do some really great stuff.
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    Dec 19, 2007 12:00 AM GMT
    I do not have a problem with A & F, well a little. When I first saw them, I only saw like just a very white A & F. I really didn`t see much diversity in who they were trying to sell to, just to one ''kind'' of consumer. I was always kinda upset in High School when I would see my gay and str8 latino friends wearing their clothes because clearly there, at the time, were no advertisements and/or workers at A & F near my neck of the woods. I mean yes I did have latino friends who worked there, but they did not look ''ethnic'', they looked very white. So it was kind of a problem for me. Now, I do not mind A&F so much. Of course I would rather pay for something less expensive, and I am sorry not all their clothing fits well on everybody, I know some people who need to stop shopping at A&F, and go out shopping for something more flattering, cause little polos that go up to your naval is not always a good look. But, I do have some clothes from A & F cause I either got the stuff as gifts or got them on sale for really cheap actually. However, I do not have anystuff with a label in front. I do kinda find that tacky, but, if someone wears it, I do not judge, I jusy get over myself. LOL!
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    Dec 19, 2007 12:25 AM GMT
    Personally, I'm not the A&F type, I'm wayyyyy to poor, to buy somthing that expensive, and I mean, you can get clothes, that are as nice, at another store, that are cheaper. I had a friend one time though, who wanted to conduct an experiment. All the Abercrombie kids at our school, thought they owned the world. Well she gets an idea, she goes completly riduclous looking in some outfit she made from a potato sack, into the local A&F store. It was sooo funny, but at the same time, really sad.

    They wanted to make her leave, as quickly as possible, without literally picking her up, and throwing her over they're shoulder, and throwing her out of the store. Now, when not looking foolish, my friend is a really pretty girl. So, to think that they would treat her so badly, a potential paying customer, just because she looked weird, and wasn't like them, made me lose, ANY desire to shop there.
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    Dec 19, 2007 12:31 AM GMT
    Gigaram, I love the Mad TV clips! Funny as hell !!!!!!icon_lol.gif

    Doug
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    Dec 19, 2007 12:32 AM GMT
    I'll start out by saying that I think Abercrombie and Fitch is one of the lamest phenomenons ever. I have very little to say about this other than the fact that whoever said that Abercrombie and Fitch "hand picks the best looking sorority and fraternity guys and girls to work in their stores" must never have been to the Abercrombie stores near me. Whenever I was dragged in there by my sister I saw some busted looking girls and some fugly guys working there.

    Furthermore, I think some people shop there thinking that wearing Abercrombie will make them more attractive when really all it does is show off their love handles and man boobs.

    I'm sure I'll get hated on for this.