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Abercrombie & Fitch under Attack Clothes Given To Homeless #FitchTheHomeless Greg Karber | A Los Angeles filmmaker is on a mission to clothe the homeless population in Abercrombie & Fitch apparel, inspired by the Abercrombie CEO’s comments that he refuses to stock large or extra-large sizes in an attempt to ensure only “thin and beautiful people” don his clothes.

In a video that has garnered more than 213,000 views and counting, Greg Karber buys Abercrombie clothes at a thrift shop and drives to East Los Angeles to visit skid row.

The tongue-in-cheek video (embedded below) shows smiling Angelenos in one of the Southland’s poorest areas receiving clothes made by a company whose leader prides himself on promoting an exclusive brand.

“Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends,” CEO Mike Jeffries told Salon in 2006. “A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

That 2006 interview was given new life earlier this month when an article by Business Insider pointed to Abercrombie’s lack of so-called plus-sized clothing for women even as its competitors, like H&M, are including plus-sized models in their catalogues. The piece cites an author and retail expert who said those sizes could tarnish the image Jeffries’ told Salon he’s trying to create.

Karber called Jeffries’ comments “despicable,” and remembered the moment he was inspired to take that outrage further.

“Someone posted, somewhere on the Internet, that, ‘Don’t worry, karma would catch up to this guy,'” he recalled. “I just thought, ‘That was so silly. He was one of the largest retail CEOs … Karma’s never gonna catch up to this guy. But maybe I can do something to make karma catch up to him.”

At the end of his video, Karber calls on his viewers to help him in his quest to “rebrand” the preppy clothing line by giving away their Abercrombie and Fitch clothes, and their friends’ Abercrombie and Fitch clothes, and their neighbors’ Abercrombie and Fitch clothes to a homeless shelter.

The hashtag #FitchTheHomeless, started by Karber, has ben retweeted thousands of times.

American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch does not stock sizes XL or XXL for women in their stores because they don’t want larger women wearing their clothes.

In complete contrast to competitors such as H&M, which used a plus-size model to advertise their new swimwear collection; Forever 21, which has its own plus size section; and American Eagle, which carries up to size XXL for women; A&F seems to be going backwards.

Business Insider says the retailer doesn’t consider overweight women to be “cool” enough for their brand which is why they only carry sizes XS to L in Canada and the United States. “Abercrombie is sticking to its guns of conventional beauty, even as that standard becomes outdated,” said BI reporter Ashley Lutz.

Robin Lewis, co-author of The New Rules of Retail and CEO of newsletter The Robin Report, told BI that Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries has a negative attitude when it comes to plus-size women.

“He 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. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.'”
Jeffries has made it known publicly that he thinks plus-size women shouldn’t shop at Abercrombie. The CEO told Salon,

“A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla.”
While A&F is leaning away from a large demographic (pun not intended), the rest of the world is running towards it.

Elle Quebec just featured gorgeous plus-size model Justine LeGault on their May 2013 cover and Ralph Lauren used its first plus-size model in their advertisements last year.