Today’s controversy over padded swimwear for little girls which is being sold at Abercrombie and Fitch has brought back memories of a very different Abercrombie’s.
When I was growing up, Abercrombie’s was a beautiful store on Madison Avenue in New York City. It was a very unique experience.
I used to visit the main floor just to look at the “stuffed” animals which hung on the walls. It was a museum of sorts.
Abercrombie was known as an outfitter for hunters and those going on safaris. They sold outdoor equipment, clothing, shoes, fur coats and guns…yes I said guns.
Someone told me there was even a shooting range in the basement of the store…
In particular, I loved their sportswear and shoes…loafers… to be exact Bass “Weejun” loafers with tassles and heavy soles…https://bassshoes.harborghb.com/bass-shoes-history.
But as with life, all good things come to an end and the original Abercrombie filed bankruptcy. A huge warehouse sale followed at the Madison Avenue store.
It was a sad day for me to watch the demise of such a beautiful store.
Today, as I listen to the news surrounding Abercrombie and Fitch, I wonder what Mr. Abercrombie and Mr. Fitch would say about this latest controversy surrounding the store that bears their names but no resemblance to the one they opened so many years ago in New York City.