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From a 2001 column by William F. Buckley: "Abercrombie & Fitch was for time immemorial a sports equipment and men's clothing store. I cherish the story recorded in The New Yorker generations ago of the gardener on Long Island who yearned to buy an A&F barometer, finally saving up the money to do so. He took it back to his little house on the south shore, tapped it a few times impatiently, and stormed back to Manhattan on the next train, complaining that it was defective, its needle stuck at the mark 'Hurricane.' Abercrombie returned his money, and the plaintiff returned to Islip to find that his house had been blown away."
post #32 of 35
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Ca. 1990, A&F was purchased by Les Wexner (central Ohio's only billionaire) and the Limited but kept as a separate entity.  Headquarters are in New Albany, Ohio, just like Limited, Express, Limited Too...
Have you ever visited A&F headquarters? I have, and had lunch in the big cafeteria there a year ago. It was quite a strange experience.
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I'm hoping that Filson doesn't change too much more, but won't hold out hope.
I didn't know Filson was entering the lifestyle marketing game. I dig their stuff, couldn't say I could see it going "mall."
I don't think that Filson is entering the lifestyle marketing game, but they certainly seem to have moved up a bit, particularly with their move to new headquarters to make room for Safeco Field.   Bic
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(esquire. @ 06 Dec. 2004, 03:54) Then again, I don't understand why Walmart originally focused its growth in small, southern towns.
Obviously it was a masterful strategy as they are now the largest retailer in the world. As has been mentioned, the current A&F soft porn mall company bears no relation to the venerable NYC one. They merely share a name. The current A&F has no roots to go back to.
And, with that same logic, AF's strategy must also be considered masterful since its business is much more succesful than its previous incarnation. Why heap praise on Walmart, and not on AF? In Boyle's book Elegance, he seemed quite fond of the original, older Bannana Republic.
post #35 of 35
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"Abercrombie & Fitch was for time immemorial a sports equipment and men's clothing store. I cherish the story recorded in The New Yorker generations ago of the gardener on Long Island who yearned to buy an A&F barometer, finally saving up the money to do so. He took it back to his little house on the south shore, tapped it a few times impatiently, and stormed back to Manhattan on the next train, complaining that it was defective, its needle stuck at the mark 'Hurricane.' Abercrombie returned his money, and the plaintiff returned to Islip to find that his house had been blown away."
Damn, does that bring back memories. Along with the shirts, fishing items and such, my grandfather did have one of those A&F barometers. It hung right inside the entrance foyer of his suburban Long Island home. I do remember one day watching as it went down, down, down and finally reached the word "Hurricane". It was around the mid 1950's. The hurricane was ferrocious. The most interesting thing happened. When the eye of the store arrived, the needle on the barometer just went nuts. Bounced all over the place until the eye passed and the storm resumed. Having read all of this thread, I've recalled quite a bit about his clothing. He was a sportsman - voluntarily in charge of maintaining about 10 miles of the Appalachian Trail where it passes through Spring Valley, N.Y. Though he was never seen Monday through Friday in anything less than 3-piece SB, his weekend attire was quite stylish. A great deal of khaki color - pants, safari type jackets - with boldly colored plaid shirts & neckerchiefs ... and one of those Panama style, waterproof khaki canvas hats. I still have one of the burgundy and green A&F wool plaids ... and it is still in excellent wearing condition. Having checked out the labels a few years ago, it all came from three places: Abercrombie & Fitch (mostly) with a smidgen of FRTrippler and Lord & Taylor thrown in for good measure.
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