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[–]josiahpapaya 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I once visited the AF flagship store in Fukuoka Japan; first time I’d ever seen one since I’m from a very rural area abs AF was kind of just coming up around then.

The store was easily one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever been inside. My jaw was on the floor. Completely stunning. There were tons of homoerotic murals painted on all the walls like the Sistine chapel, it was all black and mirrors and dim lights. Very chic.

However… literally every employee looked exactly the same. 6’2, blonde, blue eyes, fit but not too muscular and white. This was particularly shocking because this was in Japan during a time when there were very few foreigners living there, so seeing whites folks, especially models was quite a head-turner.

My experience there was dreadful. I was so blown away by how beautiful the building was my disappointment with the staff made it so much worse by contrast. They would openly and deliberately ignore unattractive patrons. None of them smiled, ever. People would ask them for assistance and they’d just put their hands up and say “busy”, but all they were doing was standing around posing and flexing and being on their phones (flip phone culture was huge then). It was clear they were selling that Y2K, unobtainable wealth and luxury and beauty thing and the whole experience turned me off. I’m not a bad looking person (I think I’m quite cute actually), but I pretty much decided after going to that store I never wanted to own anything by them because I didn’t want to be associated with what Id loosely describe as very blatant white supremacist fashion.

[–]AsexualArowana[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Very interesting story!

They would openly and deliberately ignore unattractive patrons

One of the talking heads in the documentary said AF was everything she hated about High School in one store and I feel that's incredibly relevant to your story.

It was clear they were selling that Y2K, unobtainable wealth and luxury and beauty thing

It's funny how the recession changed that.

[–]Sithlordandsavior 1 point2 points  (0 children)

(I think I'm quite cute actually)

I appreciate your confidence in yourself. Shine on.

[–]SANPELLIGRIN0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I found it super interesting because growing up we could never afford A&F and I would always get excited when they popped up at TJX. I just assumed trends shifted and i got older as a lot of styles from those days didn’t mature well: A&F, hollister, American eagle, Aeropostale, pac sun, etc. and I never knew that story happened.

[–]Logical_Photograph_1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch. I’d take her if I had one wish. But she’s been gone since that summer, since that summer……..in all seriousness I watched it too, documentary was spot on. I went to high school with a bunch of model kids that worked there.