The Talk Weighs in on Abercrombie & Fitch May 16 , 2013
Fashion is quite inclusive and good at embracing different things and different forms of beauty. It’s a very liberal industry. You can be yourself. Just not overweight. ~Model Andrej Pejic~
Like many of you, there are certain talk show topics that captivate my undivided attention and at times, awaken the beast in me; this week, that topic is Abercrombie & Fitch.
It was this segment of “The Talk” that woke up the aforementioned beast:
Yes, in a recent interview with Business Insider, an industry analyst spoke about the clothing store’s lack of large sizes for women because (and I’m paraphrasing) they only want the “cool kids” wearing and therefore marketing their brand.
In the past, the company’s CEO has made statements like “in every school there are the cool and popular kids and then there are the not-so-cool kids. A lot of people don’t belong..and they can’t belong” and “Are we exclusionary? Absolutely."
People pride themselves in getting `exclusive information' or belonging to 'exclusive clubs'. But, personally, the word `exclusive`, like a wool sweater, rubs me the wrong way. By definition, it goes against what makes us human: compassion for others and inclusivity, just to name a few.
If Karma gets wind of the company`s many antiquated core values, consumers will be EXCLUDING Abercrombie & Fitch from their shopping lists.
So, how do YOU feel about the company`s core values?