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December 08, 2003

Abercrombie & Finch


“I can't look the people that work for me, that wanna be there, in the eye and say, ‘You know, lie to them and say, ‘Oh, we don't have hours.’ When really it's because they weren't pretty enough.”

I am not sure what to make of the lawsuit directed at Abercrombie & Finch's purportedly racist hiring policies but I have a sneaking suspicion the Flea's balding thirty-something look might prevent me from reaching the group interview stage. Does the company rely on "nazi chic" for its catalogue? Perhaps. Or it could be there are only so many ways to photograph youthful athletic blond(e) people. After some googling I decided this sort of comparison is just not funny.

And then... William F. Buckley skirts fuddy-duddyism in his catalogue review. I think the Flea is a junior fuddy-duddy. So... where do I get a copy of this document now that the A&F censors have withdrawn it from sale?

Speaking of nakedness, there was never a pitch more naked than Abercrombie's: the non-display of its products, in deference to sheer biological exhibitionism.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 8, 2003 12:57 AM


The entire notion of "Nazi chic" comes from the belief that, somehow, because Leni Riefenstahl photographed pretty naked athletes, naked athleticism is Nazi or fascist by nature. It's utterly ridiculous, but what are you going to do?

Posted by: Dean Esmay at December 8, 2003 07:13 AM

As a young adult who shops at this store and others like it i have to say that i dont find its practice wrong look at why people shop there. They want to be or have sex with the people who work there. A&F and other stores are selling a lifestlye that is a reflection of personal stlye taste and belief. The idea that i would not have sex with a black or asian is idiotic if they were hot enough it would not matter. This is throughout the pages of their discontinued catalog multicultural bisexual elite that are superior looking

Posted by: Will Lutz at December 28, 2003 02:13 PM

I am ( as some say)an african who shops at abercrombie and finch and will now look up this law suit and depending on how I feel I and other friends of mine may no longer shop at abercrombie. I have also walked out of an store because of a commit some women made about me not being able to shop there. So since I was on one of my shopping spree's after I shopped at other stores I went back and told her she might want to check herself before she loses more sales.

Posted by: Tianna Funn at October 12, 2004 02:27 AM

Abercrombie and Finch doesn't make their non-white customers feel welcome. There is a big difference between poor service and the service provider going out of their way to make you feel unwelcome. In this case, that difference is racism. FUBU has customers of all races. They welcome diversity. If you don't like how you are treated you should not shop or purchase from a store but if that business knows that they are rude to customers and won't hire minorities and they don't care about changing their practice than the laws we have in place to stop that type of behavior should be enforced. I am an African American and I do not shop there and I have felt their indifference about my presence in their store. How would feel if that's how you or your family members were treated?

Posted by: Henri at November 24, 2004 02:09 PM

I am a caucasian female with many "african" friends and we all shop at Abercrombie. There are even really beautiful black people who work in that store. Yes there is an attitude in the store with the staff but I think it's because the young people there are all snobby rich teens who are only working there to get the discount. Granted, you'll never see someone my age (26) working there because we're not young enough, but I just don't see the Whole race thing. By the way, there is also a store in the mall called "Thugs Urban Gear". So it can go both ways!

Posted by: Lived [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2005 02:46 PM