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abercrombie & fitch shirts - why the hate?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by srivats, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. DLester

    DLester Senior member

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    A&F has a massive hill to climb to overcome their horrible branding. If it is true that the fabrics are decent, the cut is good, the shirts hold together when washed and there are no logos, then maybe some of their shirts are fine.

    But honestly I can't go in their stores. It is not a snob thing. They are creepy.
     
  2. bluemagic

    bluemagic Senior member

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    I don't like the look of those shirts.

    Robbie has worn A&F stuff well in his fits before.
     
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    Honestly, I just don't like their marketing. I think most of us hope to buy into an image when we buy clothing, and I'd rather not buy into the A&F image.
     
  4. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    A&F has a massive hill to climb to overcome their horrible branding. If it is true that the fabrics are decent, the cut is good, the shirts hold together when washed and there are no logos, then maybe some of their shirts are fine.

    But honestly I can't go in their stores. It is not a snob thing. They are creepy.


    I have the shirts for a month now and they are excellent. The flannel especially is really nice. This is the reason why I waited before I posted this thread - I wanted to check them myself.

    I completely agree with you on the branding.
     
  5. srivats

    srivats Senior member

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    Honestly, I just don't like their marketing. I think most of us hope to buy into an image when we buy clothing, and I'd rather not buy into the A&F image.

    This is what I don't get - I thought SF cared more about the quality than branding/image.
     
  6. Helix

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    But honestly I can't go in their stores. It is not a snob thing. They are creepy.
    Not a snob thing. Besides running into a brick wall of stink when you walk in it's always dark and the customer service is terrible. I might pick up a shirt off their site when on sale though just to give it a shot.
     
  7. aaaeeeiiiooouuu

    aaaeeeiiiooouuu Senior member

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    I too have a couple of their flannels - last season's, and they were on clearance for $35 or so. The material's decent enough - nice and thick, the fit is slim through the torso, and I was able to rip off the canvas tag at the hem pretty easily.

    Only problem are those sleeves
     
  8. snake

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    This is what I don't get - I thought SF cared more about the quality than branding/image.

    Type in "Abercrombie and Fitch" into google images and you'll see more than 50 shirtless guys and one photo a t-shirt. Dead serious. [​IMG]
     
  9. ppllzz

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    whats so bad about anf branding? it basically says something like "if you wear anf, you are attractive, fit, and popular"... nothing wrong with either 3 of those things
     
  10. APK

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    I can understand not liking the image the brand pushes. But how does any of that affect the actual clothing? You don't take the lousy music, bad customer service, and terrible cologne smell with you (well, maybe that last one isn't true, though a shower would fix that). And if the clothing is unbranded, as a number of these shirts are, then how exactly are you yourself pushing this image? No one's endorsing the brand's hideous sweatshirts or anything. Just the logo-free shirts that allegedly have several characteristics this forum values: good fit, fabric, and overall look.
     
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    i feel like the ralph lauren brands push pretty much the same image that anf pushes, except add "rich" to the list of positive adjectives

    speaking of brand images, ndg has a ridiculous one
     
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    Just checked their site, WOW, the prices are ridiculously more expensive than I thought it would be. Some of the pieces are even more expensive than Jcrew, the prices on the shirts and jackets are on par with Jcrew.
     
  13. Pilot

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    Abercrombie occcasionally has a few legit sweaters too. that wax jacket they have this season is decent.
     
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    shirts fit TTS, or do you have to size down like Jcrew?
    Like a couple shirts, I might just try ordering online, none of the adverse effects of going to the store. Any coupon codes?
     
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    shirts fit TTS, or do you have to size down like Jcrew?
    Like a couple shirts, I might just try ordering online, none of the adverse effects of going to the store. Any coupon codes?


    Do not size down - the shirts are very slim as they are.
     
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    Just checked their site, WOW, the prices are ridiculously more expensive than I thought it would be. Some of the pieces are even more expensive than Jcrew, the prices on the shirts and jackets are on par with Jcrew.

    +1. Excellent point about RL.
     
  17. ppllzz

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    Just checked their site, WOW, the prices are ridiculously more expensive than I thought it would be. Some of the pieces are even more expensive than Jcrew, the prices on the shirts and jackets are on par with Jcrew.

    sigh. jcrew quality is not as good as abercrombie quality. no joke. also, abercrombie can be found for very cheap when sale time comes, but jcrew gets like 20% off? its kinda ridic
     
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    sigh. jcrew quality is not as good as abercrombie quality. no joke. also, abercrombie can be found for very cheap when sale time comes, but jcrew gets like 20% off? its kinda ridic

    Totally agree - AnF shirts are way better than jcrew.
     
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    I knew it was only a matter of time before you guys started warming up to A&F lol. After all the Jizz Crew love, I was thinking, this is basically unbranded A&F. I don't care for flannels much but those patterns are pretty ugly.

    A&F fits way better than J Crew though.
     
  20. DLester

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    whats so bad about anf branding? it basically says something like "if you wear anf, you are attractive, fit, and popular"...
    . . . and homoerotic (no hate, just puzzling to see it directed at uber-hetero douchebag clientele) http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...=f&oq=&aqi=g10 http://www.abercrombie.com/webapp/wc...10051_10901_-1 . . . and kind of pedophilic (not sure if that is spelled right, I don't type it ever and am not willing to google it to confirm) . . . and logo driven and other issues I am too tired to list. The shirts may be fine though, that is a separate issue.
     

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