Abercrombie Ditches the Abs, Turns Down the Music, Turns Up the Lights


For years now, Abercrombie & Fitch has been struggling with some bad PR, and lately, profits are down. Time for a change. Turn on the lights. Put away the abs.

According to a story by Lindsay Rupp for Bloomberg, as seen on Business of Fashion, CEO Mike Jeffries — who, quite vocally, declared that he’s against offering larger sizes — has finally decided to switch it up. In some test stores that the company has constructed at its headquarters in New Albany, Ohio, things are noticeably different:

The Hollister stores are brighter, the music has been turned down, and the fragrance spritzed among the racks is less cloying — 25 percent less so, the company says. The blinds on Abercrombie windows are gone, and the company is experimenting with window displays for the first time. Gone, too, are the ubiquitous photos of abs that have offended so many people over the years; they have been replaced with images and mannequins touting the clothes.

As for the garments? Abercrombie will, for the first time ever, offer black clothes. And:

Abercrombie has added larger sizes; a “classic fit” T-shirt for men, available online for the back- to-school season, is looser than the company’s standard muscle- style shirt.

No word what’s up with the women’s sizing: Currently, the company does not offer anything for ladies larger than a size 10.

Image via Getty.

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