Remember When Abercrombie & Fitch Sold More Than Borderline Kiddie Porn?

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on May 13, 2016

 

Seems like so long ago!

Does anyone remember the old Abercrombie & Fitch Company, back when it reflected the original 1892 vision of David T. Abercrombie and later, Ezra Fitch? When, as an upscale sporting goods store throughout the 20th century, Abercrombie & Fitch sold things like plaid shirts, leather boots, fishing creels, hunting knives and guns? Well, not to date myself, but I do. Therefore, I had a bit of a culture shock about twenty years ago when I innocently stepped inside a “new” Abercrombie & Fitch store that had just opened in my nearby mall, expecting to find something that I did not.

Outdoor Beasts Remember When Abercrombie & Fitch Sold More Than Borderline Kiddie Porn?

I thought I might look at some high-grade side-by-side shotguns and maybe pick up a Stetson if they had my size. Instead, what I found was a fashionista’s playground featuring larger-than life-sized posters of semi-nude male and female models who barely looked old enough to qualify for a hunting license. Not that they would have had one. That description also applied to the sales clerks, as well as the customers strutting around with their “look at me” attitudes. In fact, their curious glances in my direction made me quickly realize I was the oldest guy in the store. And I was definitely in the wrong place and intruding upon their territory. Needless to say, I adroitly navigated past the racks of tapered and tattered designer clothes and made a hasty and much-relieved exit. That evening I consoled myself by pouring a stiff Booker’s on the rocks and watching The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on television. But it was obvious things had changed–the store that once outfitted such renowned hunters as Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Dwight D. Eisenhower was no more.

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