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Petition to keep Abercrombie & Fitch Off Of Savile Row.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AndyMG, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. AndyMG

    AndyMG Senior member

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    It appears that the hideous Abercrombie and Fitch is intent on polluting the greatest suitmaking street in the world. Not content with their store just around the corner, they seem intent on selling their vile childrens wear on the row itself.

    Someone has started a petition to oppose this. If you feel so inclined, please feel free to click on the link below and add your signature.

    http://www.petition.co.uk/save-savile-row-from-abercrombie-fitch/
     
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  2. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    They've polluted other storied streets, they'll eventually get their way there, too. It's a trend now to mix the good and bad together.
     
  3. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    I thought that they were already there?
     
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    East Lahndahn, innit
  5. gladhands

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    Is there some bespoke house clamboring to move into that space? Probably not. The demand for Saville Row-level (in both quality and price) custom clothing isn't as high as it once was. The demand for London real estate is higher than it's ever been. What business want that space AND can afford the rents? Are you ready? It's Abercrombie and Fitch. Sorry.
     
  6. Quadcammer

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    agree.

    If savile row doesn't need the space, whats the point in it sitting empty just so a&f can't move in.
     
  7. Crane's

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    Who cares really? If you don't like the store, wherever it is, don't walk through the door.
     
  8. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Oh Christ...Man of Kent is going to go nutts when he hears this...
     
  9. earthdragon

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    It is not walking through the Door that is the issue - It's the peasant Euro trash Tourists, blocking the sidewalk, snapping pics of the half naked models that grace the entrance.

    It has de-valued the area IMHO. I feel sorry for Cucinelli, JM Weston and to an extent, the Patio diners at Cecconi. I was there last Saturday trying to enjoy a quiet Negroni and the whole block is just way too cramped now.
     
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    And you know they are peasant Euro trash how? There was once a guy named Sam Walton who walked around in ratty clothes and drove a POS vehicle. From all appearances just another peasant redneck right? Foot traffic equals money to any and all businesses. Basing socio or economic means by appearance alone is foolish if not unwise to say the least.
     
  11. clapeyron

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    A while ago there was a BBC documentary about this. All 5 parts are available on youtube:
     
  12. JubeiSpiegel

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    I've seen the documentary as well from a while back, a big fan actually.

    It seems to me that the British are well aware of the need to maintain the tradition on Savile Row, and have some system in place to regulate the occupants. In the end, i suppose euro trash business is still business for the Row. As long as the tailors are still around by the time i get a chance to swing by, i'll be happy :D
     
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    The main problem will have to be holding your nose whenever you get within a kilometer of the place. I can't believe how much of that shitty cologne they pump out into the air and how they get away with it. I keep waiting for some asthmatic to die and get them sued.


    Now if they would just launch a vintage A&F store with recreations from their olden days, that would be worth me hopping on a plane for.
     
  14. Gerry

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    I passed by the A&F store in London last Dec 2011 just after Christmas and there was a queue outside A&F and while I thought the ppl queueing were stark raving mad they were far from peasant Euro trash Tourists, most were very well dressed ppl and if I was to judge them by their appearence pretty well off.
     
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  15. Quadcammer

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    well if savile row can't afford the rents because they don't have the business, then whose really de-valuing the area. A really nice street that has no foot traffic and has a bunch of empty stores isn't good for anyone.
     
  16. AndyMG

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    Someone nailed it when they said it's about maintaining tradition. A & F could move anywhere they wanted, and somehow I doubt that their customers give a damn about whether they are going to Savile Row or any other street.

    I don't think A & F customers can really be classed as trash, after all if you're shopping there you're not going to be on the poverty line. A & F customers simply have no class or taste.

    It's a shame that another company can't be found to take on the premises. It doesn't necessarily even need to be a bespoke tailor, just something more appropriate than A & F.
     
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    They could move where they want but they could also move to an address with some cachet to it.

    Somewhere like say, Savile Row?
     
  18. Quadcammer

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    tradition is fun, but business is business. If SR is so concerned, have them petition parliament for some sort of historical status.

    Saying A&F customers have no class or taste is just asinine. They may not be your style, but there are far worse things out there.

    in the end its all about the bucks
     
  19. AndyMG

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    The address certainly does have appeal, I just doubt that it would mean anything to their customer base. Why not Regent Street, Oxford Street or Carnaby Street? Surely they would mean more to the average shopper.
     
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    why do you hate the free market?
     

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