"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.