Abercrombie & Fitch deals with resurrected complaints about lack of large sizes
In 2006, Abercrombie & Fitch Chief Executive Michael S. Jeffries gave a magazine interview in which he said the brand is "exclusionary," focusing on "the cool kids...the attractive all-American kid." "A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong," he said. In May, the interview resurfaced and went viral, with consumers protesting Abercrombie's lack of XL and XXL women's sizes. After a week of shopper complaints -- a Change.org petition demanding an apology has garnered more than 65,000 signatures; one man began handing out Abercrombie clothing to homeless Skid Row residents -- Jeffries spoke out. He emphasized that his brand is an "aspirational" one but that it is "completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type or other individual characteristics." "I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense," he said. Still no plans to offer larger women's clothing, though. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times /August 11, 2009)
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
and Macy's announced Thursday that they had settled a lawsuit that accused Stewart’s company of violating an exclusivity agreement by selling products at rival chain J.C. Penney
Neither MSLO nor Macy’s disclosed terms of the arrangement. Macy’s said the deal doesn’t affect its ongoing suit against J.C. Penney.
The tussle stemmed from Stewart’s 2011 deal to sell home goods in J.C. Penney stores and for the retailer to snap up a nearly 17% share of MSLO.
At that point, the domestic doyenne’s company had already been peddling products at Macy’s for years. Macy’s promptly sued both companies.
In October, J.C. Penney said it would sharply scale back the Martha Stewart merchandise featured in its stores, eliminating the Stewart-designed bed, bath and cookware products to which Macy’s lays claim.
The company also said it would sell its stake in MSLO.
Earlier, a judge in New York had granted J.C. Penney the right, for now, to sell Stewart items under its Everyday label, which doesn’t bear the tycoon’s name.
In mid-morning trading in New York, Macy’s stock was up 39 cents, or 0.7%, to $53.79 a share. J.C. Penney stock was down 9 cents, or 1%, to $9.06 a share. MSLO stock was up 22 cents, or 5.2% to $4.42 cents a share.
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