Abercrombie kids

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Abercrombie kids
Type Division
Industry Retail
Founded July 1998
Headquarters New Albany, Ohio, U.S.
Number of locations 160[1]
Area served International
Key people Mike Jeffries (CEO)
Revenue Increase US$ 382.579 million (2010)[2]
Owners Abercrombie & Fitch
Website abercrombiekids.com

Abercrombie kids (marketed as abercrombie) is an American lifestyle brand by Abercrombie & Fitch. Targeting consumers aged 7–14,[3] the concept is designed as the children's version of A&F and is marketed as "Classic Cool". The children's sized casual wear is inspired by that of A&F and made available in store and on the online.

History[edit]

Abercrombie & Fitch introduced "abercrombie" in 1998 with 9 stores. The purpose was to attract a younger audience to the adult Abercrombie brand. The name of the concept took the same font of its parent, but with a navy color. The abbreviation from "Abercrombie & Fitch" to "abercrombie" with lowercase letters was intended to provide a children's image. The store prototype was as the A&F one, but with variations also intended to appeal to the younger audience. Early abercrombie models include Ronnie Smith, Cassie Ventura, Christina Akatsuka, Christian Valentin, Lindsay Lohan, and model Karlie Kloss.

Stores and expansion[edit]

The abercrombie kids store at the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

Abercrombie kids stores are designed to give off a "classic cool" effect. They are designed as "canoe stores," displaying a similar floor layout as Abercrombie & Fitch's (the retail space is divided into multiple rooms). However, the kids prototype does bear differences. It has no louvers to cover the windows, has brighter lighting, is smaller in retail space, blasts electronic dance music and pop music from young artists, and displays marketing pictures with young models resembling those at A&F. The signature fragrance, "Clutch", is sprayed store-wide. On girls' clothing the "Hadley" perfume is sprayed. As of August 2012, abercrombie operates a total of 154 stores in the United States.[1] Abercrombie kids opened its first Canadian store on August 21, 2008 at Sherway Gardens in Toronto. Another abercrombie kids store opened at Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto around the end of November.[4] As of February 2012, there are stores in every state except for Alaska, Delaware, Idaho (closed), Maine, Mississippi (closed), Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont (closed in 2005), West Virginia, and Wyoming.[citation needed]

On October 29, 2009, the brand opened its first flagship store in Milan. It is located within the Abercrombie & Fitch Milanese flagship at 12 Corso Matteotti. A second flagship is planned for a building on Savile Row in London, close to the city's A&F, Hollister and Gilly Hicks flagships. Opening is planned in spring 2015. Then, London will become the first city in the world to have flagship stores for all 4 brands.

The practice of placing abercrombie kids stores inside Abercrombie & Fitch flagships was started in Milan, and continued in Düsseldorf and Munich stores.[citation needed]

Abercrombie kids goods[edit]

Abercrombie kids' apparel is designed to mimic Abercrombie & Fitch clothing, and the brand carries most the styles that A&F does. Most abercrombie kids clothes that have the labeled moose on them are to resemble their parent company "Abercrombie & Fitch" but the kids signature moose is smaller to symbolize that they are children. The trademarked term, "classic cool", was used to promote the clothing on an in-store and website level from abercrombie and it acted as a more juvenile version of A&F's slogan "Casual Luxury". The "classic cool" trade mark was retired in 2007 along with Abercrombie and Fitch's "Casual Luxury". Jeans bear the same back-pocket-stitching pattern as A&F as well as the same fits respective to sex. The logo moose is prominently displayed on clothing as is the name "abercrombie" as well as the year of establishment, "1892" (Abercrombie & Fitch was itself established in 1892, but in reality, the children's' line "abercrombie" was not started until 1998). Clothing is categorized within the "guys" and "girls" divisions. Price points are on par with those at sister brand Hollister Co.

The brand currently carries the following fragrance collections: "Clutch" cologne and "Abercrombie Cool" cologne well as "a&f" and "Hadley" perfumes. The brand released the "abercrombie" cologne and perfume set previous to 2006; however, it was retired Christmas 2007. Chase and Spirit were released Christmas 2006 and were followed by Cologne 15 and Perfume 15 being released Christmas 2007. Chase and Spirit have begun the phasing-out process and have had their price reduced permanently, as of Fall 2010. New fragrance Phelps and Emerson were released for Christmas 2008. On July 9, 2010 the newest girl's fragrance was launched called "Hadley", while the newest guy's fragrance, "Clutch," was released as part of the Christmas floor-set 2010, and has a scent similar to that of "Fierce," although more age appropriate and subdued.

Plans[edit]

Expansion[edit]

The Abercrombie Kids brand will begin its international expansion, following its sister brands Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister Co.,also Gilly Hicks in Canada. The first store has opened at Sherway Gardens with the opening postponed by a few days. Toronto Eaton Centre opened an abercrombie kids store on November 26, 2008. In 2009, abercrombie kids opened a location at the West Edmonton Mall, directly under the adult Abercrombie. abercrombie kids may soon follow the international expansion outside of North America.

Flagships[edit]

Abercrombie & Fitch has begun planning openings of non-A&F flagships for its brands in high-retail venues. The Company has opened the first Hollister Co. flagship in SoHo July 2009. abercrombie kids will follow this trend.[5][6] This opening is one of the main comminments the A&F company has for fiscal 2009.[5]

After the opening of the Milanese abercrombie flagship, a second flagship in New York City was planned to open in 2010 on 666 Fifth Avenue,[7] with 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) of retail space.[8] However, A&F has decided instead to open it as an HCo. EPIC flagship location instead.

Controversy[edit]

Sexually suggestive designs[edit]

Humor tees from the brand have always had a following of criticism and controversy. Most slogans are taken as degrading girls (e.g. "I'm not allowed to date unless you're hot"). They also show arrogant messages or disrespectful slogans ("'I will make you an all-star on the walk of shame'"). They are anti-education slogans as well: 'I'd do your homework, but I don't even do mine'; 'School is for catching up on sleep'. Girls' shirts are sold with slogans that typically show off their looks ("It's better being brunette", etc.). Perhaps the most controversial of all was the line of underwear for young girls with the sayings "Wink Wink" and "Eye Candy" screenprinted on them.[9] Parents mounted storefront protests in outrage of the sexually-suggestive underwear. CEO and Chairman of the Board Mike Jeffries said to an interviewer that he did not think the underwear to be "bad", but more so "cute."[10]

In mid-2011, Today Show featured a segment on padded triangle bikini tops being marketed towards 7-16 year old girls. The bikini was criticized as being "sexually ostentatious" and "promiscuous." [11]

Proposed shop on Savile Row[edit]

In 2012, A&F announced plans that it would open its Abercrombie Kids shop at No. 3 on Savile Row, next door to Gieves & Hawkes.[12] The building in question has cultural significance because The Beatles once played on top of the roof. The plans drew criticism and opposition from the tailors of the Row, who were already unhappy about the presence of the main A&F store on Burlington Gardens at the end of the Row to begin with, which eventually led to a protest organized by The Chap magazine on Monday, April 23, 2012.[13][14] During the consultation period, objections were lodged to Westminster City Council and in February 2013 the Council rejected many of A&F's proposals for the store, stating that the plans for fixed screens on the windows, shutting out light to create the nightclub feel, was “deeply flawed” and damaging to the character of the street and that the flagpoles that normally hang from Abercrombie & Fitch stores were “highly inappropriate”[15] and branded the entire plans "utterly unacceptable."[16] A public enquiry was then set for February 12 after A&F appealed.

However, A&F seems to have managed to overcome the remaining obstacles and is set to open the store in September 2014.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ABERCROMBIE & FITCH REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2012 RESULTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.175 AND INCREASES SHARE REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION BY TEN MILLION SHARES". Reuters. August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010 Form 10-K, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  3. ^ AF Careers
  4. ^ Toronto Eaton Centre - Coming soon
  5. ^ a b "Abercrombie & Fitch Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year-End Results". Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Retrieved February 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Paris next stop on A&F's expansion trail". November 25, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008.  "baby clothes manufacturers". 
  7. ^ "Carlyle Group Buys Stake in 666 Fifth Retail for $525 M.". Retrieved February 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Abercrombie Kids' Heads to 5th Ave.". Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ Dial, Karla. Boundless. Megan vs. A&F
  10. ^ Denizet-Lewis, Benoit. "The Man Behind Abercrombie & Fitch". Salon.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  11. ^ Morelli, Meaghan. "Abercrombie Pushes the Limit". The Norwalk Daily Voice. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  12. ^ The Guardian - Abercrombie & Fitch with its 'crappy clothes' threatens staid Savile Row (retrieved February 16, 2013).
  13. ^ The Chap - The Abercrombie & Fitch Protest (retrieved February 16, 2013).
  14. ^ The Guardian - Sorry chaps, Abercrombie & Fitch simply doesn't fit Savile Row (retrieved February 16, 2013)
  15. ^ London Evening Standard - Abercrombie & Fitch's plans for Savile Row branch are 'deeply flawed' (retrieved February 16, 2013)
  16. ^ Savile Row Bespoke - Utterly Unacceptable (retrieved June 21, 2013)
  17. ^ Fashion United - Abercrombie Kids lands in the UK with debut store opening (retrieved September 04, 2014)

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