We're all already way past Abercrombie & Fitch, but it's so rare to see a fashion industry titan crash and burn so spectacularly that it's almost impossible not to stop and smell the cinders. The latest break in the company's epic fall from grace comes as no surprise: not only did the company discriminate against plus size customers, it also discriminated against plus size workers in an almost too offensive to believe way.
Slutty prep outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch has been criticized recently for not offering womenís XL or XXL sizes, a function of its mission to only ďgo after the cool kids.Ē As CEO Mike Jeffries told Salon in 2006, ďThatís why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We donít market to anyone other than that.Ē Anyone whoís ever shopped in Soho knows that this isn't limited to A&F; many retailers only hire salespeople attractive enough to serve as models for the brand. At A&F, the discrimination goes all the way to the top. (Read More)