July 13, 2013 |
Abercrombie & Fitch threw a party Thursday to launch its 2013 Stars on the Rise campaign, featuring a number of up-and-coming young actors who will appear in the clothier's back-to-school ad campaign. The roster of fresh faces includes Emayatzy Corinealdi (of "Middle of Nowhere"), Halston Sage ("Grown Ups 2"), Jacob Artist ("Glee"), Johnny Ferro ("Children of God"), Scott Eastwood ("Texas Chainsaw 3D"), Taylor Handley ("Chasing Mavericks"), Ashley Hinshaw ("Chronicle"), Alex Kaluzhsky ("The Taking of Pelham 123")
June 21, 2013 |
Jennifer Aniston will appear in ads for Saks Fifth Avenue's 2013 Key to the Cure Campaign, which raises funds for the Women's Cancer Research Fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Her predecessors as campaign ambassador include Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Hudson. [WWD] Matt Lauer thinks his former "Today" cohost Katie Couric is a 14 on a scale of 10. He gives her a 9 or 10 on looks and the other points for her personality, he told Howard Stern. [New York Daily News]
June 21, 2013 |
Don't trifle with fans of Taylor Swift. That seems to be the message delievered to Abercrombie & Fitch after the company offered T-shirts bearing the message "# more boyfriends than t.s.," a nod to the singer's much-talked-about dating history. Cutting to the chase, the shirt - viewable here - is no longer in A&F stores, the retailer says. Whether the shirt was pulled or simply faded away appears to be a matter of debate, however. An A&F rep told Buzzfeed on Friday that the company "set the shirt at the end of February, marked it down in the middle of March and it is no longer available.
June 12, 2013 |
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is trying to overcome criticisms that the company excludes "uncool" customers by sponsoring an anti-bullying campaign. The clothing brand said this week it will provide college scholarships, through the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation, to young people who have persevered in the face of bullying and excelled academically. The move may not be enough to quell the backlash as shoppers slam the company for failing to carry larger sizes.
May 24, 2013 |
Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. stumbled hard in its first quarter, with same-store sales diving 15% and profit missing Wall Street's expectations. The company, fresh off a mea culpa over Chief Executive Mike Jeffries' controversial comments about the brand's “exclusivity,” said it lost $7.2 million, or 9 cents a share after losing $21.3 million, or 25 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Analysts had expected the loss in the first quarter, which ended May 4, to be 5 cents a share.
May 23, 2013 |
The week before the Memorial Day holiday has been a busy one for retailers. Here's a sampling of happenings from Mattel, J.C. Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch. Mattel: As the El Segundo-based toymaker adapts to its newly created North America division, it is reassigning jobs and instituting layoffs at its New York City offices and its Fisher-Price campus in East Aurora, N.Y. About 100 employees will be affected by what Mattel called an “extremely difficult decision” made to help the company “better match resources with the needs of the business.” Some of the workers will be allowed to relocate to Mattel's Southern California headquarters, a move set to wrap up by mid-October, according to a statement issued to The Times on Thursday.