Michael Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, explains why the clothing retailer won't sell XL or larger clothing to men and women:
In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either.
This is what Michael Jeffries looks like. I don't dare comment on his looks. He'd probably sue me. Or his plastic surgeon would.
But wait, there's more.
The Smoking Gun published a list of rules everyone must follow when traveling on Abercrombie & Fitch's corporate jet.
It's hysterical. And more than a little scary.
For example, the male flight attendants are not allowed to button up their shirts.
Actually, "scary" doesn't cover it. How about creepy?
All the rules come from an Abercrombie & Fitch manual that, according to The Smoking Gun, "was recently filed in U.S. District Court in connection with an age discrimination lawsuit brought against the Ohio-based clothing firm by an ex-pilot."
I live in the Boston area, home to lots of real preppies, not just wannabes. So I knew about Vera Bradley long before the company's printed fabric bags became a must-have for young women. I've even owned a few myself. But the love affair is over.
This fall, Vera Bradley is introducing a Disney-inspired line of bags and accessories. As you can see, Mini and Mickey have been worked into the fabric pattern.
Disney branded clothes and bags for grown women are a major pet peeve of mine. Until the Vera Bradley people regain their senses, my Cupcakes Pink umbrella stays in the trunk of the car.