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(CNBC)   Retailers that cater specifically towards teenagers--like Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale and American Eagle--are losing business because mothers don't approve of their inappropriate clothing   (cnbc.com) divider line 44
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2014-05-11 02:19:54 PM  
I don't appreciate the blaring house music and Axe Body Spray that emanates out of every  Abercrombie & Fitch.
 
2014-05-11 02:24:53 PM  
I don't appreciate dressing teenagers like whores.
 
2014-05-11 02:31:21 PM  
 
2014-05-11 02:40:27 PM  
Perhaps there was something like a song or music video recently that told all the kids that paying $75 for a t-shirt was being ripped off, and for once the critics that say "music makes people do things" were right.
 
2014-05-11 02:42:44 PM  
Or, maybe the kids don't have the money to buy overexpensive crap at A&F because their parents got fired and could only find jobs that paid $10/hr for someone with their experience.
 
2014-05-11 02:43:37 PM  
Give me the one that says "Sperm Dumpster"
 
2014-05-11 02:46:37 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Give me the one that says "Sperm Dumpster"


Cum Dumpster has a better ring to it. Rolls right off the tongue.
 
2014-05-11 02:51:17 PM  

IlGreven: Or, maybe the kids don't have the money to buy overexpensive crap at A&F because their parents got fired and could only find jobs that paid $10/hr for someone with their experience.


It's more or less this. "Job Creators" are asking more and more from people for less and less. I'm confident we've hit peak employer market and it's swinging the other way, but disposable income is extremely low.
 
2014-05-11 02:51:26 PM  
Good.
 
2014-05-11 02:55:31 PM  
"I don't appreciate dressing teenagers like whores."

I, for one, do.
 
2014-05-11 02:57:50 PM  
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2014-05-11 03:10:03 PM  
Meh.
Since I'm heterosexual and don't have daughters, I don't see a problem.
 
2014-05-11 03:18:27 PM  

AspectRatio: Abercrombie and Fitch can DIAF


I don't need to have daughters to appreciate the creep factor in that link. I need a shower after reading that.
As the parent of boys, I've seen some shiat from the parents of girls that made me shake my head in total disbelief.
 
2014-05-11 03:20:13 PM  
Although most of the clothes sold by teen-oriented chains are pretty ghastly-looking, and expensive
as well - is it really necessary to charge $100 or so for jeans that look like they went 15 rounds with
a weed-eater, and lost? - it sounds like the moms would prefer their daughters wear floor-length
black veils, as you would see Arabic women wearing.  (I guess I really can't comment, as nothing
A&F sells would fit me; I'm a middle-aged man who requires size XXL clothes.)
 
2014-05-11 04:51:35 PM  
$10 for Jeans at Walmart, or $50 plus at A&F.

Obviously the parents issue is with over sexualization of their teens.
 
2014-05-11 05:03:12 PM  
FTA: Ted Marzilli, CEO of YouGov's BrandIndex, which measures daily brand perception among consumers.

W-T-F

Ask yourself, says a notorious 'Occupy' academic, should your job exist?
 
2014-05-11 05:15:21 PM  
I taught Economics to high school students last semester. A&F came up in the context of businesses which are losing market share. Around 90% of the kids in the class brought up negative/elitist comments made by the head of A&F as part of the reason they don't shop there anymore. Cost was the other big reason.
I was happily surprised to see that level of awareness in high schoolers.
 
2014-05-11 05:59:52 PM  
That is why I shop at Chess King. Have you seen my Z. Cavaricci?
 
2014-05-11 06:27:18 PM  
I guess it's appropriate somehow that the article appeared on a page which automatically opened an ad with sound. I didn't have time to see the headline before closing the window.
 
2014-05-11 06:38:37 PM  

Devo: That is why I shop at Chess King. Have you seen my Z. Cavaricci?


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2014-05-11 07:04:18 PM  
Try not making the store smell like a vanilla douche.
 
2014-05-11 09:35:03 PM  
Does this mean that girls won't be wearing short-shorts with "Juicy" emblazoned on their buttocks?

/noooooooo
 
2014-05-11 09:40:07 PM  
One of them, think it was Abercrombie, faced a pretty good backlash when that ugly mug CEO said he didn't want fat or ugly people to wear the clothes because it wasn't for them.
In middle school (generally the only place you'll find those brands around here) AE was the only place I had to buy mediums.
Basically, DRTFA but they're all corrupt as hell anyway and little girls use them as status symbols
 
2014-05-11 09:52:13 PM  
I once made the mistake of walking past an A&F without crossing the street.

The smell coming out... I honest to God walked drunkenly for a few seconds and genuinely feared losing my balance and falling over. It was that bad.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-05-11 10:05:56 PM  
I'm sick and tired of all these sexy teenagers!
 
2014-05-11 11:08:49 PM  

Unobtanium: FTA: Ted Marzilli, CEO of YouGov's BrandIndex, which measures daily brand perception among consumers.

W-T-F

Ask yourself, says a notorious 'Occupy' academic, should your job exist?


IMO, companies should know when and why people hate them.
 
2014-05-11 11:36:20 PM  
A&F hasn't changed their styles since the 90's. You can't expect kids to get excited over the same maroon T-shirt with white lettering their mom wore in '96.
 
2014-05-11 11:52:53 PM  

433: I'm sick and tired of all these sexy teenagers!


No such thing.
 
2014-05-11 11:56:26 PM  
Wait, mothers don't want their daughters dressing likes whores (insert obligatory Frank Miller.jpeg here) and their son's looking like Beiber-otica?
 
2014-05-12 12:05:00 AM  
As the parent of two pre-teen girls, I'm a little surprised they lumped all three of these together - A&F is a horrible place with horrible overpriced clothes for horrible people, we don't have AE where I live (and just as well; they're expensive), but we do have Aeropostale and they are not bad - it's pretty easy to get decent non-slutty but stylish clothes there that are still reasonably priced. We also have an outlet a bit further away, and that's always a go-to stop for back to school clothes and Christmas gifts.

Perhaps they'll get tired of it when they actually get to be older teens, but for now it works fine. Not that they don't get plenty of clothes from the discount stores, but Aero is perfectly fine.
 
2014-05-12 12:10:16 AM  
I wonder how many kids today realize that A&F has gone bankrupt and been sold at least twice.

But it's so coooooool!

Hey, we used to think that too when I was a teen.  It's not.
 
2014-05-12 01:05:05 AM  

zarker: One of them, think it was Abercrombie, faced a pretty good backlash when that ugly mug CEO...

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2014-05-12 07:06:19 AM  

erik-k: I once made the mistake of walking past an A&F without crossing the street.

The smell coming out... I honest to God walked drunkenly for a few seconds and genuinely feared losing my balance and falling over. It was that bad.


I have the same reaction to Sephora stores.  Walking by one makes me feel like I've been the victim of a gas attack.  Their employees must not smell it, the same way that fishermen can't smell fish after they've been slinging chum and hauling nets for a while.


Also, I'll just add that fashion is fickle.  Its very nature is the worship of the transient and the disposable.  A&F's identity was based on a very specific style, which just ensured that they'd eventually end up at the metaphorical thrift shop.
 
2014-05-12 08:24:43 AM  
In the back of my closet I have a pair of A&F slacks. Actual slacks mind you, not riped jeans... etc. I bought them before A&F went all youth market and sold clothes that looked like a Brooks Brothers knock off. And it probably means I should clean out my closet too....

/CSB
 
2014-05-12 08:43:50 AM  
Will Chinese food make them sick?
 
2014-05-12 08:44:40 AM  

gfid: I wonder how many kids today realize that A&F has gone bankrupt and been sold at least twice.

But it's so coooooool!

Hey, we used to think that too when I was a teen.  It's not.


Not to mention, it was once a sporting goods store along the lines of Cabela's. Back in the late '70s, I had a tin of Crosman .22 air gun pellets from my grandfather with an A&F price sticker on it, and that was old even then.
 
2014-05-12 09:26:44 AM  

germ78: Does this mean that girls won't be wearing short-shorts with "Juicy" emblazoned on their buttocks?

/noooooooo


Oh, they still will in Franklin county, Vermont. With asses the size of Michigan and pushing strollers.
 
hej
2014-05-12 09:35:41 AM  

PapaChester: I don't appreciate dressing teenagers like whores.


Get your un-American ass the hell out of my country.
 
2014-05-12 11:57:49 AM  

germ78: Does this mean that girls won't be wearing short-shorts with "Juicy" emblazoned on their buttocks?

/noooooooo


I only see fatties with those.
 
2014-05-12 12:19:28 PM  

szyska: In the back of my closet I have a pair of A&F slacks. Actual slacks mind you, not riped jeans... etc. I bought them before A&F went all youth market and sold clothes that looked like a Brooks Brothers knock off. And it probably means I should clean out my closet too....

/CSB


Deep in my closet I have an A&F vest.  It's really good - stuffed with down, warm, fleece collar - great to wear when shovelling snow.  Sure it's 20+ years old but I don't wear it every day.

/yes I'm old.
//remember when A&F stuff wasn't all crap aimed at teens.
 
2014-05-12 12:25:02 PM  

Xythero: A&F hasn't changed their styles since the 90's. You can't expect kids to get excited over the same maroon T-shirt with white lettering their mom wore in '96.


THIS.  I think these articles always underplay the issue that these retailers haven't updated their fashion senses in decades. If your product looks like crap, people don't buy it.  Hell, these fashion execs even blame the lack of a dominant trend on their woes.  First of all, the argument is crap.  There are always trends to capitalize.  Second, if you run a major brand, you should be designing things and creating the trends.  Don't just keep making logo-emblazoned hoodies 15 years after they stopped being cool.
 
2014-05-12 05:06:05 PM  

433: I'm sick and tired of all these sexy teenagers!


and that stupid, sexy Flanders.
 
2014-05-12 05:19:42 PM  

Fubegra: gfid: I wonder how many kids today realize that A&F has gone bankrupt and been sold at least twice.

But it's so coooooool!

Hey, we used to think that too when I was a teen.  It's not.

Not to mention, it was once a sporting goods store along the lines of Cabela's. Back in the late '70s, I had a tin of Crosman .22 air gun pellets from my grandfather with an A&F price sticker on it, and that was old even then.


Remember when Banana Republic used to sell travel and safari-type stuff? I'd go in there just to look at the jeep.
 
kab
2014-05-12 06:21:03 PM  
Topic:  teens dressing like whores.
Thread:  devoid of relevant images.

Business tab, I am disappoint.
 
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