Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Draws Controversy

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Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries seems to be getting a lot of dirty looks for things he’s said about other people’s looks.

Jeffries made his controversial comments seven years ago, but it just in the last few days that his name is back in the headlines, thanks to a new book about the inner-workings of the retail business. “The New Rules of Retail” co-author Robin Lewis told reporters that Jeffries “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store.”

Jefferies, now 68, said in a 2006 interview with Salon that his company markets solely to people they deem “attractive.” So much so that their stores do not carry clothes in XL or XXL sizes. Women’s pants don’t go above size 10.

“In every school there were the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” Jeffries told Salon. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids.”

He went even further.

“A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes] and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

So what do you think? Is Lewis just trying to sell books? Is Jeffries’ outlook not-so-cool? Sound off on our FOX40 News Facebook page.

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  • mp327

    While Mike Jeffries' reason for this and his choice of words to voice his views may be offensive to some, I find it refreshing to know there is a store where fat doesn't rule. I am a size 2 and find it increasingly difficult to find clothes, due to the expanding size of our country and the decision of many retailers to market to the plus-size people. Apparently, there is no longer a profit to be made by selling small-sized clothing, which leaves small-size people such as myself with few choices. I must say it makes me feel sometimes like I'm being punished for taking care of myself and not ballooning to a size 16 like some women. I used to shop at Petite Sophisticate, but they closed. I guess that was a double curse, carrying clothing for people who are both small and short. Leave Mike Jeffries alone and let him run his company as he sees fit. After all, you don't see Lane Bryant offering any size 2 clothing in their stores!