Over the past few months the established tailors and businessmen of Savile Row in London have been protesting the decision to put a children’s Abercrombie & Fitch store on the same street that houses Anderson & Sheppard and Lanvin. Savile Row is iconic and known for its impeccably tailored suits– everyone from silent film star Rudolf Valentino to British royalty (almost every gent at the Royal Wedding was wearing a suit from Savile Row) has purchased a suit from there. Now, because of a struggling economy, Abercrombie & Fitch is moving in shortly and immediately changing the metaphorical face of Savile Row. Personally, I really do not like Abercrombie & Fitch. I find their suggestive sayings to be inappropriate, their general attitude pretentious, and their clothes overpriced but poorly made. Savile Row is a place of high quality and true talent, clothes that are carefully constructed by hand– and now they want to put in a store that strictly sells products from China and other cheaper nations. I applaud the people of Savile Row for protesting, though I know it will do little. All we can hope for is that Abercrombie & Fitch fails there.
What do you think of Abercrombie & Fitch moving onto Savile Row? Do you support Abercrombie & Fitch or do you support the established businesses?