Would you shop at A & F after reading this article?
Anyone whoâs been to Abercrombie & Fitch in the last few years has probably noticed that they donât carry XL or XXL sizes of womenâs clothing because they donât want overweight women wearing their brand.
According to this popular teen clothing retailer, fat chicks will just never be a part of the âinâ crowd.
They take a big risk with this tactic because two of Abercrombieâs biggest competitors, H&M and American Eagle, both offer XXL sizes for men and women.
The largest womenâs pants available at Abercrombie are a size 10, while H&M goes up to 16 and American Eagle goes even farther to 18.
Abercrombieâs attitude towards plus-sized women derives from CEO Mike Jeffries. Robin Lewis, author of The New Rules of Retail, spoke to Business Insider about the kind of people Jeffries wants advertising his brand.
âHe doesnât want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,â Lewis said. âHe doesnât want his core customers to see people who arenât as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like theyâre one of the âcool kids.ââ
Lewis said that the only reason Abercrombie offers XL and XXL in menâs sizes is to appeal to large athletes.
In a 2006 interview with Salon, Jeffries confirmed that the communication between hot people is his primary marketing tactic.
âItâs almost everything. Thatâs 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 donât market to anyone other than that,â he said.
Jeffries also told Salon that he wasnât bothered by excluding fat people. In fact, he said that not limiting his ideal demographic would make his clothing less desirable.
âIn every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,â he told the site. âCandidly, 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 donât belong [in our clothes], and they canât belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You donât alienate anybody, but you donât excite anybody, either,â he told Salon.
One might wonder why Mike Jeffries only wants to be in the company of good-looking people. That curiosity will end after seeing what this freak looks like.
After seeing a picture of Mike Jeffries, it can only be concluded that he was never around good-looking people as a kid and is now making up for the glamorous youth he wishes he had.