NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – From the company that brought you the not-for-the bashful “push-up triangle” swimsuit top, retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is once again catching heat.
The latest controversy surrounds their sizing policy for women. Business Insider recently reported that Abercrombie doesn’t make size XL or XXL women’s clothing. The largest size pant the store offers for women is a size 10.
While Abercrombie hasn’t commented on the latest revelation, CEO Mike Jeffries gave a 2006 interview where he detailed the only type of customer the store was interested in having.
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
Apparently men who wear larger sizes “belong” in the store. Both tocks XL and XXL sizes are stocked for men.
Other popular retailers who market to teenagers generally carry pant sizes through 14 and some even offer plus-sized clothing. According to Business Insider, 67-percent of the apparel purchasing population fall into the plus-size category.
One author said Jeffries only wants thin people shopping at his stores.
What do you think? Is Abercrombie & Fitch being unfairly biased? What is their message teaching teenagers?
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