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Abercrombie & Fitch, which doesn't make its womenswear above large, or pants above a size ten, has been accused of purposefully excluding plus-sized customers.
Robin Lewis, co-author of The New Rules of Retail, told Business Insider the retailer's CEO, Mike Jeffries, 'doesn't want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people.
'He doesn't want his core customers to see people who aren't as hot as them wearing his clothing,' Mr Lewis added. 'People who wear his clothing should feel like they're one of the "cool kids."'
Calling all thin people: Abercrombie & Fitch, which only employs 'good looking people' and doesn't make women's sizes above large, has been accused of purposefully excluding plus-sized customers
While Abercrombie & Fitch offers men's sizes in XXL, Mr Lewis believes this is to appeal to muscular football players and wrestlers.
Mr Jeffries told Salon in a 2006 interview: 'That’s 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 don’t market to anyone other than that.'
In 2004, the company was sued for giving positions to white applicants, to the exclusion of minorities; and in June 2009, British student Riam Dean, who was born without a left forearm, won approximately $12,000 in an employment tribunal.
Managers at Abercrombie & Fitch's London store had forced her to work in the stock room, out of sight of customers.
And last year, it emerged staff were forced to carry out military-style exercises while at work, in order to maintain the 'thin and beautiful' aesthetic they had been hired for.
According to a company email, male employees at the retailer's Milan flagship had to carry out ten push-ups, while women who failed to measure up were given ten squats.
Despite the risk of alienating potential customers (both H&M and American Eagle offer XXL sizes for men and women, and use models larger than size 12 in advertising campaigns), Mr Jeffries sees it as good branding to exclude particular shoppers.
'In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,' he explained candidly.
'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 don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.'
He argues that ostracizing some customers, by using sex and six-packs to sell clothes, leaves his loyal customers wanting more.
'Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either,' he said.
But it might be time to change this dated business model. Plus-size, generally referring to U.S. 14 and above, makes up 67per cent of America's purchasing population.
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New York Fashion Week is over, but ladies in the media still have their bloomers in a bunch about wafer thin models. Modern Lady Erin Gibson probes the alien world of modeling and rest of the world's hysterical reaction to it - all the while giving normal ladies hope that models are anomalies that will one day be replaced by robots.
In each episode of Modern Lady, Erin Gibson explores the often-conflicting ways in which today's media tells women to work, love, and be ladies. For more Erin visit: http://current.com/shows/infomania/modern-lady/ and Current TV
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on Current TV.New York Fashion Week is over, but ladies in the media still have their bloomers in a... more
Actress Brittany Murphy was rumored to have serious weight issues and was possibly battling anorexia, which may have played an important role in her tragic death by cardiac arrest on Sunday (December 20).
MORE + PHOTOS http://bumpshack.com/2009/12/21/brittany-murphy-too-skinny-weight-issues-anorexic-photos/Actress Brittany Murphy was rumored to have serious weight issues and was possibly... more
This Mighty Wallet story comes from Abel of Switzerland who purchased his Mighty Wallet 3 years ago in New York. Check it out and also hear about how your Mighty Wallet can protect you from theft.
We LOVE OUR FANS! Please fan us on Facebook and get special discounts and sneek peeks of new products.This Mighty Wallet story comes from Abel of Switzerland who purchased his Mighty... more
Last Friday (Nov 20st) WIRED magazine had an opening party for their holiday shop in NYC's Meat Packing District. (415 West 13th Street)
Dynomighty was invited for the co-branded Mighty Wallet that was on sale in limited editions to promote the WIRED brand. Moby was also there for an interactive mural that is on display at the back of the store and he even threw down some tracks for the super tech chic crowd that filled the space wall to wall.
All in all it was a great event and we hope a precursor to other co-branding opportunities to come.Last Friday (Nov 20st) WIRED magazine had an opening party for their holiday shop in... more
Every mighty wallet has its own story as to how it came to be created. Each one has its own particular history regarding the design and where the inspiration come from. "My old wallet" is a wallet design that came from the first wallet I was ever given. My grandpa Bob gave me this wallet when I was just a little boy. I can't remember how old I was then but I grew up with my grandparents and was living with Bob and my grandma Mary at the time.
Somehow I managed to keep this wallet over 30 years and found it when I was looking through some old boxes of personal stuff I had stored away. The idea was instantaneous - I looked at the leather wallet and thought - this would be a great design all by itself. I took the wallet into my photo studio and shot it under the bright lights. The photos were used directly on the mighty wallet and the proportions fit perfectly.
The wallet itself was in good shape partly due to the fact that it was never really used it. When my grandpa gave me the wallet I was so small and it was so big I couldn't fit it into my pocket so it spent most of its time in a drawer of my desk until I was big enough to use it. The only thing that wore off was the stitching (surprise) and some writing where he originally wrote my name and our phone number in the middle.
Some people have asked me if he made the design himself. No, he didn't. But at first I thought he might have because my grandpa Bob was an industrious guy. He was a tool and die worker who was always working on some home project and he also did do some metal stamping. In fact the stamping in the wallet looked a lot like some metal stamping that my great-grandfather did to our towel racks. However it wasn't either of their design but they were both hard workers and now I can see the lineage of that in my family coming to rest with me.
I'm very proud that I have the opportunity to make a Mighty Wallet from the leather wallet my grandfather gave me. Its strange but just the other night I was thinking of my grandpa, and I was wondering about his father (my great-grandpa) and his struggle to succeed. My great-grandpa, John Kelleman, was the first in our family to immigrate to the US. Two years ago I visited Ellis Island and saw his name engraved on a monument there.
It seems like things have come full circle now with me moving to New York and continuing the dream of a better life for my young family. Now as a father myself I realize that I didn't get here on my own. The work and struggle that my grandparents and great-grandparents made is why any of this at all possible for me. Now its my turn to try to provide a better life for my wife and our two daughters.
My grandpa Bob isn't alive any more and he never got to see the Mighty Wallet version of the wallet he gave to me. But I know that he would be very proud of the success of Dynomighty and he would have loved to see all the crazy product designs I come up with. I would love to hear what he would have say about these wacky products. He was always equipped with a zinger when he needed one and he didn't hold back when he wanted to speak his mind.
I think he would be very proud and he'd brag about me and our family to all his friends. He would have used a Mighty Wallet himself so he could show it off to anyone he came across at the gas station, mall or track. But I don't know if he'd actually use the "My old wallet" though. He'd probably say "Jeez Terry, If you're gonna sell someone a paper wallet, the least you could do is clean it up and make it straight!" He is missed.Every mighty wallet has its own story as to how it came to be created. Each one has... more
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We all love beauty products. But how do we know what to buy? Our blogger, a professional beauty writer for some of the top glossies in the world, has chosen one of her favorite nail products to make your gnarly nails a thing of the past! Read on if you want to shake someone’s hand again with pride!We all love beauty products. But how do we know what to buy? Our blogger, a... more
Picture a thick wedge of rich, velvety Black Forest gateau. Hungry? Unlikely as it sounds, showing weight-conscious women pictures of sweet treats actually strengthens their resolve to eat healthily, rather than encouraging them to cheat.
Advertisers clearly believe images of tasty morsels persuade people to buy but psychologist Floor Kroese of Utrecht University in the Netherlands speculated that temptation might in fact heighten self-control.
To test out this theory, Kroese and her colleagues asked 54 female students to look at a picture of either a slice of chocolate cake or a flower under the guise of a memory test. The researchers then questioned the students about any plans to eat more healthily and offered them a choice between a chocolate or oatmeal cookie.
Women shown the cake picture gave a higher priority to their healthy eating intentions than their counterparts shown the flower. They were also significantly more likely to pick the oatmeal cookie – which earlier tests showed was generally perceived as the healthier option.
Let them look at cake
"Food temptations do not always trigger indulgence," says Kroese. "It seems that seeing a food temptation reminded people of their goal to watch their weight, and helped them act accordingly."
Previous studies suggested that smelling palatable, unhealthy foods makes people rate healthy eating as highly important, but this is the first research to look at how unhealthy food affects snacking behaviour.
Ayelet Fishbach of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago agrees with Kroese's conclusion. "In moderation, this positive impact of food temptations will overcome the negative impact – the urge to indulge," she says.
Kroese suggests that sticking pictures of tempting foods on the fridge door may help to bring weight-watching goals to mind. But she cautions that the results can only be applied to women wanting to lose weight: it is unclear whether they would hold in the general population.
Her team is now looking into varying the strength of a temptation. Early findings suggest that while very tempting images seem to remind people of their weight-loss goals, weakly attractive images do not prompt the same mechanism to kick in. "Interestingly, this might mean that weak temptations could then be more dangerous," she says.Picture a thick wedge of rich, velvety Black Forest gateau. Hungry? Unlikely as it... more
The New York Times runs a charming article about why manhattanites are so skinny (and annoying). http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/nyregion/23slim.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Critique from Jezebel.com:
New York, which is already one of the thinner states in the country, is home to Manhattan, where overweight people comprise just 42% of the population. (The national average is 67%.) These data are, of course, derived from the Body Mass Index — and strangely, the fact that while obesity is a serious health problem, BMI is an unreliable indicator of a person's health, goes unmentioned in the Times story. In any case, the reason Manhattan is New York's thinnest county is undoubtedly because it is also one of the state's, and the country's, wealthiest places. In poorer neighborhoods of Manhattan, like Harlem, obesity rates and the prevalence of obesity-linked diseases, like Type 2 diabetes, are higher.
Maybe the fact that food choice — not to mention the choice to join a gym — is in America largely a function of social class and income level is what led reporter Anne Barnard to concentrate exclusively on interviewing skinny rich ninnies for this piece.The New York Times runs a charming article about why manhattanites are so skinny (and... more
If Lindsay Lohan keeps “working” so diligently, she’ll soon be even skinnier than her twiglet of a DJ girlfriend, Sam Ronson.If Lindsay Lohan keeps “working” so diligently, she’ll soon be even... more
Vietnam's Health Ministry suspended a widely ridiculed plan to ban short, thin and small-chested drivers.
The ministry had recommended that people whose chests measure less than 28 inches be prohibited from driving motorbikes — as well as those who are too short (less than 4 -foot-8) or too thin (less than 88 pounds).
With the threat of public uproar it looks as if the plan got pulled Nguyen Huy Quang was quoted as saying the proposal would be suspended
Vietnam's Health Ministry suspended a widely ridiculed plan to ban short, thin... more
As summer fashion trends go, it is certainly an unexpected one. In the next issue of the American magazine Interview, Kate Moss joins the growing number of high-profile models who are admitting that they are too thin.
Moss, who rarely gives interviews, talks with candour about her life and career. As well as describing the time Frank Sinatra "lunged" at her and why she branched out into designing clothes for Topshop ("when I was modelling, I got bored"), she responds to suggestions that, at times in her career, she has been too skinny.
Moss lays the blame firmly at the doorstep of the fashion industry: "I didn't eat for a long time. Not on purpose. You'd be on shoots with bad food or get on a plane and the food would be so disgusting you couldn't eat it. You go to a show and there's no food at all ... I remember standing up in the bath one day and ... I was so thin! I was never anorexic ... I remember thinking, I don't want to be this skinny."
Other models have echoed Moss's comments. In Vogue this month Karen Elson, who has said that in the past she was "not eating, bulimic and taking laxatives", accuses the fashion industry of encouraging models to be unhealthily thin. "I remember I came back from a job in Paris and the stylist said to me, 'have you been eating too many croissants, Karen?'" Elson told the Guardian: "Fashion is obsessed with finding young, beautiful and vulnerable girls, bringing them into the fashion world, praising them, worshipping them but suddenly dropping them like a stone when they hit puberty and grow boobs and hips. It's so dangerous and can potentially harm the girls mentally and physically."
The fashion industry has tried to clean up its act. In the UK, a committee, the Model Health Inquiry, was formed last year to help improve the wellbeing of models during London fashion week. Representatives on it include Sarah Doukas, Moss's agent, and the model Erin O'Connor, who has, like Moss, spoken out about the lack of food at shows and has since set up the Model Sanctuary, which gives models nutritional advice.
But not everything has gone to plan. Last week the industry heard that plans for a model health certificate, which models would produce to show a doctor had certified them "fit to work", had been rejected by New York, Milan and Paris.
Hilary Riva, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said: "The modelling industry has united against the certificates. We therefore call on model agents ... to find a workable solution, or an alternative, and set best practice for the modelling industry."
As summer fashion trends go, it is certainly an unexpected one. In the next issue of... more
Muslims are demanding an end to Indian rule in Kashmir. Two months of un-rest have flared up over the half-century long conflict
Muslims are demanding an end to Indian rule in Kashmir. Two months of un-rest have... more
Thursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
Technical people - here is your answer !
Joe from "Americantalkusa.com" has been elevated.
My geography is not good.
Carl says I am looking thin.
The dentist keeps ringing.
What could happen to New York.
Do you swim like a Seal ?
I was wrong.
Ross P does a podcast.
Leaving the answer phone on.
Wayne is close to the line.
A new book and good service from Amazon.
Oh dear - lost me toast !
Fireworks.Were they there, or not ?
Some more noises to try.
Was the World better before us ?
A little lady.
Go to the cinema, but don't buy the food and drink.
Where's that email ?
Repeat after the tone.
Matt mentions the wrinkles.
What's it like being 40 ?
Dell customer services.
It's the "W".
Robert wins everything
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Thursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
My family just ordered a whole box of fish oil supplements, because we don’t get anywhere near the recommended 1,100 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids a day. Many of you probably already have heard Omega 3 bursting through the headlines ... but what is it and how does it help your body and are you getting enough? There are so many benefits to Omega 3 but 99% of us aren’t getting enough.My family just ordered a whole box of fish oil supplements, because we don’t get... more
We are getting fatter but we think we are thinner, and the trend could have serious implications for the obesity epidemic, a study has found.
Growing obesity in the population has increased what is perceived as "normal" weight, which is leading to large numbers of people underestimating how fat they really are. As a result, more people are failing to recognise they are overweight, despite an increase in the prevalence of obesity in the population.
However, thin women who are prone to feeling they are overweight have benefited from the change. The findings show they are less likely to perceive themselves as fat than in the past.
Professor Jane Wardle, of the Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London, said: "Recognising you are overweight is the first step to doing something about it. Those who do not see themselves as carrying excess pounds will not be motivated to act."
Are we all wearing thin-tinted glasses? What do you consider a normal size or weight?
We are getting fatter but we think we are thinner, and the trend could have serious... more
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Tuesday unveiled an ultra-slim MacBook Air laptop computer that he billed as the world's leanest laptop. In trademark theatrical style at the Macworld Expo opening in San Francisco, Jobs slid the laptop from a brown envelope typically used for inter-office mail.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs on Tuesday unveiled an ultra-slim MacBook Air laptop... more
Most women aren't naturally slim. But that doesn't stop many of them from keeping that way (take a look through any fashion mag or celebrity red carpet and you know what I mean). So what does it take a normal girl to be a size 0? Check out this personal account from a reporter who put her body, mind and soul to the test... with less than appealing consequences.
"Even though my head was a mess my female friends all thought I looked great when I was at my thinnest. The cult of thin is a powerful one and, truth be told..."
I'm not sure I would participate in something like this in the name of work. In fact, I can't believe it was given the ok by her boss. t's just setting up for a downward spiral into madness. I don't think they would support a 6-week journey to the land of alcoholism or drug abuse. Why was anorexia and bulimia supported? Yikes.Most women aren't naturally slim. But that doesn't stop many of them from... more