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I have written extensive explanations of each of the Abercrombie & Fitch areas, but before you read them, I wanted to say this: I am currently an employee of A&F and enjoy my position very much. I do not like to hear or read negative things about my place of employment, which is why I have written so extensively. I have just graduated from high school and yes I was the "popular kid", no I didn't play football, but I was a "prep" and not afraid to admit it. I believe in what the Abercrombie label stands for and that is why I purchase their merchandise and work in their store. I was not however, just friends with people who wear Abercrombie and Hollister. I was friends with the people I played sports with, most of whom wore Volcom, Hurley, Fox Racing, etc. I also graduated in the top 5% of my class which contained 450 students. This is why I wanted to clear up that not everyone who wears A&F clothing is "dumb, rich, a conformist", or otherwise. My position at A&F is "model", which I see as a huge responsibility. I have to represent our lifestyle as best as possible and I do so with pride. If you do not like the Abercrombie & Fitch lifestyle that is perfectly fine and up to you, but I do ask that you respect those who do find that this lifestyle is a way they would like to live their lives.

Abercrombie and Fitch is the most successful specialty retailer in operation today. The casual, classic, all-American lifestyle brand of clothing is synonymous with quality. Although they specifically target college students between the ages of 18-22, their appeal is universal.

The A&F Culture is one-of-a-kind. They design, merchandise, market - and live - the Abercrombie & Fitch brand. They are their best customer. A&F's brand powered momentum is fueled by additional lifestyle reinforcement. Every aspect of their stores - the music, the marketing and photos, the overall aesthetic - has made the in-store experience more potent than ever.

THE BRANDS
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. - Established 1892
Rooted in East Coast traditions and an Ivy League heritage, Abercrombie & Fitch is an aspirational men's and women's destination for an active campus lifestyle. Authentic vintage inspired sportswear and sexy effortless style combine to create a signature American brand with timeless appeal. Idolized and revered across campus, the A&F customer is a confident, classically stylish individual.

abercrombie
The aspirations of youth are brought to life by abercrombie. Distinctly cool and inspired by A&F, abercrombie is a classic American lifestyle store for boys and girls ages 7-14. From after-school soccer to weekend sleepovers, the coolest kids in school have their own style abercrombie style. The abercrombie kids are popular and mischievous; they play sports, hang out with their friends and pass notes to secret crushes. They want to be like an older sibling, and everyone else in school wants to be like them.

Hollister
Inspired by the sun-drenched spirit of California, and the surf and soul of the Pacific Ocean, Hollister is a laid-back, aspirational lifestyle destination for Guys and Girls. West Coast attitude and colorful sportswear inspired by a life near the beach create a sexy pacific vibe perfect for the coolest kids in every high school. The Hollister kids; beautiful, carefree, and undeniably popular, they are admired and adored by every one of their peers, the epitome of California cool.

Ruehl 925
The merchandise is a mix of business casual and trend fashion created to appeal to the modern-minded, post college customer. The Ruehl concept is branded out of New York City's Greenwich Village and is displayed in the high quality clothing, leather goods, and lifestyle accessories. The store structure is a West Village apartment and is highlighted by fine furniture, dim lights, modern art, and classic jazz music.

SOME HISTORY OF A&F
1892 - David Abercrombie Founds Abercrombie & Co.
David Abercrombie opens his waterfront shop, Abercrombie Co., at No. 36 South Street in downtown Manhattan. Ezra Fitch is one of his regular customers.

1900 - Ezra Fitch Buys In
Ezra Fitch leaves his law practice to become a partner in the store, which had once again moved to larger quarters at 314 Broadway. Fitch immediately begins implementing his innovative ideas to create a new kind of store.

1904 - Abercrombie & Co. Becomes Abercrombie & Fitch
The store is incorporated and the name is officially changed to Abercrombie & Fitch. Ezra Fitch believed that t he future of the business lay in expansion and in bringing the outdoors to more of the general public.

1910 - Abercrombie & Fitch introduces sportswear for women

1996 - Abercrombie & Fitch goes solo

Today - Abercrombie Stores:
363 Abercrombie & Fitch stores
176 abercrombie stores
249 Hollister stores
4 Ruehl stores
792 total stores across 4 brands as of January 12, 2005
MY FRIEND: Where do you work?
ME: I work at Abercrombie & Fitch
MY FRIEND: Why would you want to work there?
ME: I like their clothes and the lifestyle they exude.
WHAT MY FRIEND SHOULD SAY: I respect that and your decision
by A&F Brand Rep LV July 06, 2006
 
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A store that was formed in 1892 as a hunting supply/surplus company. Is now a clothing store popular on college campuses and high schools. More expensive than most other clothing stores, (Gap, American Eagle, Old Navy, etc.) yet people still pay for it. Also owns two stores targeted at elementary/middle school-aged kids: abercrombie (all lower case) and Hollister Co., which is supposed to have a California/surfer image. Love it or hate it, it isn't going to go anywhere for a while.
I used to hate this store because everyone wore it, but then I pulled my head out of my ass and realized that they're just clothes.
by Matt April 16, 2005
 
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A store that makes a majority of it's sales off of near pornographic advertisement and the false promise of higher quality materials in their clothing. A majority of this clothing is made in China and India, while it is designed in the United States. The clothes are very inexpensive to make, as the materials and wages per average item cost around $8.00. Reports of child labor have been proven false by FBI investigations in Southeast Asia, but it has been verified that the labor conditions are harsh, and the average wage of workers has been established at 75% below the national standard. (In other words, $1.29 an hour.) This clothing store is generally associated with the higher classes, but can also be found sported by lower classes, who feel inclined to shop there in order to fit in with those above them on the financial ladder. In summary, the claims of higher quality material and manufacture made by Abercrombie and Fitch are unfounded. People must admit that they are buying a label and simply that. The same is true for A + F's subsidiary company Hollister Co, though Hollister is not under fire for obscene advertisement. Those who choose to shop at Abercrombie or Hollister may do as they wish, however they should not feel entitled to superior treatment as there are millions of people with superior clothing brands who are at this very moment, laughing their asses off at the unfounded arrogance of most A + F shoppers. For those A + F shoppers out there who cant think of these brands, try these on for size: (Armani Exchange, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Gianni Versace, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Mark Jacobs, Dior, Pucci, Missoni.... and the list goes on. So next time A + F shoppers feel like snubbing someone for wearing less expensive clothing than them, realize that there is always someone better than you, and that they are looking down on you in the exact same way....
A+F Girl/Boy: "Look at that girl in her Wal-Mart capris! Oh my god, I would never even be seen in a Wal-Mart with all that poor trash!"

Armani Girl/Boy: "Look that girl in her abercrombie & fitch capris! What a bunch of jack-ass poor people trying to look rich. I wouldn't be caught dead in one of those crappy stores, I'd probably get mugged or something..."

Prada Girl/Boy: "Look at that girl in her Armani Exchange capris! Thinks she is all bad ass or something! What a stupid dumb-ass, always trying to compete with the truly rich, why cant poor people just admit that they are poor and dress the part?"

See? The list goes on...
by Quarzm Shebaou September 04, 2006
 
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Clothing Brand.

I don't wear it, but I've got nothing against it.
You pseudo goth whiners need to chill out about labeling people snobs and bitches because the shop at a particular store. I could turn that same logic around and say that everyone who shops at Hot Topic is a talentless, whiny, wanna be rocker. Or emo.
by Hartcore February 27, 2005
 
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They made thongs for 10 year olds.

Excuse me while I choke on my own vomit.
Why the fuck did Abercrombie & Fitch think 10 year olds would wear thong panties? And what kind of parents actually buy them for their daughters?
by Borat Saghdiyev April 11, 2007
 
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An overpriced clothing store that markets to young teens and college kids. Most of the clothes are pre wrinkled and torn. For some reason, nothing ever fits right because the store only wants people who are really buff(guys) or twig-like(girls) to wear their clothes. There is often a giant blown up picture of a male model who is not wearing any Abercrombie & Fitch clothes or any clothes at all. The store is so expensive that it even makes me feel bad when my dad buys me something from there.
Guy 1: "Do you like my new Abercrombie & Fitch jeans"?
Guy 2: "Yeah, but they're so torn!"
Guy 1: "I know!, I payed $200 for them."
Guy 2: "Awesome, wanna makeout?"
Guy 1: "Sure!"
by abercrombie sucks July 10, 2008
 
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A generally overpriced clothing store that sells shirts so thin you can spit through them as well as jeans that are so ripped they look like they could have come out of a dumpster.

If you shop there and weigh over 110 pounds, people will look at you like you're a pudgy freak and you'll develop such a severe eating disorder that you'll end up weighing around sixty five pounds - but hey, you'll look "good."

This store has spawned such abominations as Hollister and "abercrombie" - the kiddie store that sells little lacy thongs for your ten-year-old sister. So cute!

Generally, the guys and chicks that shop there are little trend-followers that will hook onto a style and suckle it until it's as dry as a bone, then move on to the next pathetic trend. They claim A&F has "quality" no other store has, but this is untrue. It is entirely possible to get a nice pair of jeans for, say, thirty dollars, and - here's a novel idea - RIP THEM YOURSELF. Those that shop there often also have an "I'm so much higher-up than you because I can shop as some WASP-y store!" attitude, usually unfounded, as most of those who chose not to shop there are trying not to conform to a cult that will date their closet to "I SHOPPED IN THE 2000s!" Those who shop at stores such as A&F and Hollister are screaming inwardly, "I'm a walking billboard for a fucking clothing store! Go me!" and are generally the poster human beings for birth control.

Not to mention the amount of perfume and cologne sprayed in the air there is enough to send anyone with allergies who shops there into apocalyptic shock, and the clothes you buy there come out smelling like you just got spilled into a dunk-tank full of skunk fumes.

In conclusion, those who shop at Abercrombie & Fitch are dated, smelly billboards. What are you gonna do about it - pop your collar at me?
Abercrombie & Fitch: Dated, nasty-smelling, walking billboard, collar-popping sons of bitches.
by KitsuneMinto August 10, 2007
 
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Or Aryancrombie and Fitch, is a place where you find the whitest, blondest, fakest people possible working there.

A place where you buy, for about $50, a t-shirt that is thin enough to see through and has been ripped. A lot. Before you buy it and do it yourself. Same for jeans.

A place that makes you laugh at the absurdity of it all.
"Hey guys, look! They're opening up a new Abercrombie & Fitch store!"

"Ooooooooo, Caucasia-wear!! Let's go!!Aryancrombie, here we come!!"
by CMa September 05, 2006