Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Featured Goods of the Week! | November 25 – December 1...

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Friday, November 21, 2014

News Now! | Abercrombie & Fitch Debuts, Begins Partying in Mexico 2015...

         NEARLY HALF A decade after its entrance into the Latin American market with an A&F shop in Puerto Rico, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has now finalized agreements to bring its presence to flourish in the subregion with the realization of premium, well-represented retail points across the United Mexican States ("Mexico"). Despite having brokered a partnership with a separate retail company for Middle Eastern expansion, this particular business venture represents the first ever fully-fledged franchising arrangement for the Company; it has been signed with Mexico City-based Grupo Axo which boasts Emporio Armani, Etro, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Coach, Express, Victoria's Secret Beauty & Accessories, and Brooks Brothers among others in its portfolio. Having garnered industry headlines after the November 21 announcement, the development is of considerable interest and anticipation.

A highly valuable and exciting partnership, both parties were appropriately expressive on the significance and opportunities involved. "We are so excited to bring both the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister brands to Mexico," shared Grupo Axo's Corporate Vice President, Carlos Miranda, "These iconic brands will be well received by consumers and we look forward to continuing the brands' expansion throughout the country in the coming years." Gillian Ferguson of Abercrombie & Fitch, Group Vice President of Strategic Planning, meanwhile furthered, "This partnership is an important step for our company. We already have a customer base in Mexico and we are excited for them to experience our unique brands firsthand. Grupo AXO has established a great reputation for developing brands in the Mexican market, and we are delighted to be partnering with them."

Despite facing certain current sociopolitical issues, Mexico has been, regardless, proving to be a formidable, strengthening rising economy only projected by global analysts to be among the world's top five forces – along with, in projected order first to fourth, China, the United States, Brazil, and Japan – by the middle of the 21st century. A North American country, it holds long, strong cultural, historic, and economic ties to the United States and is the most fitting initial setting for a retail rollout to be then followed by Brazil sometime soon in South America.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. looks forward to introducing the first Abercrombie & Fitch storefront in Mexico in the latter part of the summer season in 2015 (with the opening of the first Hollister store in the nation preceding it in the springtime). Among the cities the Company is opening doors includes Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancún, and Playa Del Carmen.

This only involving the flagship Abercrombie & Fitch brand and the Hollister Co. division for now, the Company naturally did not include any possible outlook on when it could proceed have abercrombie kids in the region, too. We could perhaps expect a&f kids to be debuting in Mexico later this decade or in the 2020s. We'll see. It hasn't even entered Asia, yet.

We're all very much looking forward to the store setups! More deets coming soon...


Thursday, November 20, 2014

News Now! | Abercrombie & Fitch, 2015 Corporate Equality Index...

         FOR THE 9TH consecutive year, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has proudly garnered a 100-mark score on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report – the 13th edition in the American LGBT advocacy group's history since its index's inception.

The HRC (official site) is the largest, reputable, and most influential of organizations of its kind in the United States. For the 2015 edition of the CEI, a record of 366 major companies (out of the 781 officially rated) earned the perfect 100 score and reflects on the ongoing and ever-growing national progression of LGBT rights, but this one also made a distinguishing focus on how rights are treated for transgender individuals as well (something that is coming into more light apart from the more general national focus on rights for individuals on basis of sexual orientation): "Since the CEI’s inception in 2002, America’s largest employers embrace LGBT-inclusion as a best business practice, and protections for employees on the basis of gender identity as a non-negotiable. In this year’s national benchmarking report, an all-time record of 366 major businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the coveted distinction of 'Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.' This designation reflects true inclusion of the transgender workforce, from non-discrimination protections to inclusive benefits and diversity practices to respectful gender transition guidelines, allowing employees to self-identity based on gender identity, and engaging the broader transgender community. Wherever these 366 companies are doing business, transgender-inclusion is a priority,"

"A&F's efforts," furthered the A&F press release, "in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality."

"We are a proud supporter of the LGBT community and are honored to earn another perfect score on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index. We are committed to embracing diversity in the workplace and are excited to receive this recognition for the ninth consecutive year." – Amy Zehrer, A&F Executive Vice President and new head of Diversity & Inclusion

View the Abercrombie & Fitch general business profile at the HRC (here). To read, and download for free, the 2015 Corporate Equality Index in its entirety, (see here).


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

News Now! | Abercrombie & Fitch Gotemba Premium Outlets Opening November 22...

         IN THE GRACE of great, iconic Fujisan (Mount Fuji), the third Abercrombie & Fitch retail location in Japan will be swinging doors! The team of A&F Gotemba (JP-ANF, store #11756) is only too stoked to finally be welcoming fantastic customers at Japan's premier Gotemba Premium Outlets outlet mall!

Leading up to opening day, check out these sharings by the awesome team!...

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"nterviews today. We had such a great time with these guys."
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"Team Gotemba!!! It was so much fun :)"
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"Junpei and Junnosuke!"
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"Nanami n Lina:)"
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"ニューストアチームのドリューとアンディです!  まだ応募しているので、
Looking for more to join Drew, Andy, and rest of team of A&F Gotemba!
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Working hard for the upcoming opening!
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Located in the Shizouka Prefecture and in distance from Greater Tokyo, the open-air, expansive shopping destination boasts utmost top luxury and other premium international and Japanese labels and makes for a beautiful, rather serene experience-break - for your wallet, too! - from the bustling city. The journey to and with friends, with Fujisan ever closer, can be totally fun, and what's to say you can't totally pay a visit to Mount Fuji, too!

Opening on Saturday, November 22, A&F Gotemba is in a corner unit, 1600, and across from the Nike store on the East Zone of Gotemba Premium Outlets. Much love out to the wondrous team!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Featured Goods of the Week! | November 18-24...

         ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING ACCESSORIES galore make yule merriment this Abercrombie holiday season the most glorious ever! Luxuriously detailed in fun and style, goods for all wondrous Christmas 'musements!

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