Abercrombie & Fitch

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Founded in 1892 as a sporting goods supplier and expedition outfitter. It currently specializes in upscale sportswear aimed at children and young adults.

From the description of Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog collection, 1997-2007. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 192150683

Abercrombie & Fitch Historical Timeline

  • 1892: David T. Abercrombie founded a sporting goods store in his name in New York, N.Y.
  • 1900: Ezra H. Fitch became partner in the David T. Abercrombie Co.
  • 1904: Store incorporated as Abercrombie & Fitch
  • 1907: Abercrombie resigned; Fitch took over management of the store but kept the name
  • 1909: First mail-order catalogs distributed, in a run of 50,000
  • 1910: Sportswear for women introduced
  • 1928: Fitch retired; James S. Cobb named as President
  • Circa 1929: Sporting goods company Von Langerke & Detmold (known in Chicago as Von Langerke & Antoine) purchased
  • 1930: Griffin & Howe, a New York gun shop, purchased
  • 1961: John H. Ewing named as President
  • 1968: First warehouse sale conducted
  • 1970: William Humphries named as President
  • 1976: Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed
  • 1977: Abercrombie & Fitch stores closed
  • 1978: Abercrombie & Fitch name bought by Oshman's Sporting Goods
  • 1979: Beverly Hills store opened, specializing in sportswear and fitness equipment
  • 1988: 25 of 27 stores purchased by The Limited, Inc.; focus on apparel
  • 1992: Marketing shifted focus toward upscale youth
  • 1997: Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly catalog debut
  • 1998: Abercrombie & Fitch spun off as an independent entity
  • 2003: Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly catalog ceased publication

Upon the demise of the Quarterly in 2003, Abercrombie & Fitch continued to issue seasonal catalogs, but the lifestyle content was largely replaced by fashion photography.

From the guide to the Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection, 1997-2007, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf A.G. Spalding & Bros. Trade catalogs of sporting goods, 1877-1975. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Trade catalogs of agriculture, 1892-1924. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection, 1997-2007 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Director's Office Records, 1955-1977. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Bruce, Wallace, 1844-1914. Trade catalogs of travel, 1865-1948. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf A.G. Spalding & Bros. Trade catalogs of sporting goods, [1885?]-1972. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Abercrombie & Fitch : [miscellaneous ephemeral material] Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf A.J. Child and Sons Mercantile Company. Trade catalogs of department stores and mail order, 1884-1975. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Lamb, Thomas, 1896-1988. Papers, 1916-1988. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Lawrence B. Romaine Trade Catalog Collection University of California, Santa Barbara. Davidson Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Abercrombie & Fitch. Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog collection, 1997-2007. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn American Museum of Natural History. Fishing equipment exhibition photographs, 1938. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Trade catalogs of toys, 1888-1941. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Yale Peruvian Expedition (1911). Yale Peruvian Expedition papers, 1908-1948 (inclusive). Yale University Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. corporateBody
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History. corporateBody
associatedWith Lamb, Thomas, 1896-1988. person
associatedWith Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Weber, Bruce, 1946- person
associatedWith Yale Peruvian Expedition (1911) corporateBody
associatedWith Žižek, Slavoj person
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United States
Subject
Fashion--Social aspects--21st century
United States--Social life and customs--21st century
Advertising--Brand name products
Popular culture
United States--Social life and customs--20th century
Advertising--Clothing and dress
Mail-order business
Direct marketing
Target marketing
Popular culture--21st century
Advertising, Direct-mail
Advertising and youth--History--21st century
Popular culture--20th century
Fashion--Social aspects--20th century
Advertising and youth--History--20th century
Fashion photography
Advertising and youth
Commercial catalogs
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Active 1885

Active 1972

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