Abercrombie & China (imported) - quality over time

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 2457244, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    More than 10 years ago when I visited the United States ( Iowa/Des Moines ) for the first time I got familiar with the Abercrombie & Fitch brand. Back in the days I didn't know anything about the brand, never heard about them or their hiring policy, models, bad publicity and whatnot. I just saw this fancy shop in the DSM mall and bought a few cloths of them. I really liked them, they where totally my style for some reason because I felt so comfy in them and nobody in my town had cloths of this brand which also was a plus. Especially the hoodies are comfy, made of solid/thick minimal two different materials, the jeans where always damn solid and had a good durability. I think I could run 2 or 3 years in A&F jeans without any problem while they only cost about 30,- more than the jeans I always bought from European brands/retailers and those never lasted longer than a single year before they went totally out of shape because of washing and drying.

    Because I liked their fashion so much I always searched for A&F stores when I visited North America after that first time because those cloths where very difficult to get in Europe and buying on eBay was 90% chance of buying fake gear straight out of China.
    A few months ago I went to Florida (Naples) for a few days and I noticed that some official A&F gear gets assembled or made in China. In the early days I never had any cloths labeled with Made in China. It always was, Guatemala, Cambodja, Mexico and all those countries more south I guess.

    Well first I didn't pay much attention to this fact because I knew I bought it from an official A&F store so it must be real gear but comparing the newer gear with older gear I bought I notice it feels less tick and often the cloths are made of 100% cotton or a single fabric while before it always was 60% - 40% to make it more stronger and increase the durability of the fashion a lot.

    Today I'm looking to oder online because they have a friendly shipping/import policy to European customers and I notice often they don't mention the fabric anymore at all + when you use the Zoom tool you can read the labels inside the hoodies and 98% of all the hoodies are made in China looks like it.

    Just curious what other people think of the A&F quality today compared to a few years ago?
    Do you guys buy at A&F and what are your opinions?

  2. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020


    Jan 31, 2015
    Abercrombie was cool in high school. For some reason, I primarily only see Asian men wearing their stuff now... I'm not sure why that is. If I remember back to my childhood their stuff was made in Shrilanka mostly. I haven't shopped there in probably 8 years or more- so I can't comment on the current quality.

    Looking at their website I think their prices went way down. That could mean quality too. They also seem to have a new marketing approach- less naked people- more people wearing clothes.
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I've never heard of the brand, but if you think jeans that last 2-3 years is a sign of quality then you are delusional @Shmoo.
    I have clothes 4 times that at least.
    Also country of origin is not a sign of quality. Some places in China will have the best workers and quality control. Some won't. There's no way of knowing other than looking at the garment yourself.

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