Abercrombie & Fitch is an American fashion retailer founded in 1892 in Manhattan, New York, by David T. Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch. The multinational clothing-retail company creates fast fashion for women and men.

Abercrombie & Fitch makes clothing, accessories, shoes, swimwear, and fragrances. It owns other brands like Abercrombie Kids, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates more than 725 stores and has over 40,000 employees in stores, factories, logistics, brands, and subsidiaries across many countries where it does business.

Abercrombie & Fitch is committed to global human and labor rights, making its products in safe and responsible facilities and reducing its environmental impact.

Abercrombie & Fitch is a fashion brand and clothing retailer based in New Albany, Ohio, United States. It makes apparel, footwear, and accessories and offers a collection of basics, activewear, underwear, loungewear, swimwear, outerwear, bags, and accessories.

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Category: Clothing, accessories, shoes, bags

For: Women, men

Type: Basics, denim, knitwear, activewear, underwear, loungewear, swimwear, outerwear, nightwear, boots, heels, sandals, flats

Style: Casual

Quality: Low

Price: $

Sizes: 2XS-2XL, 0-16 (US), 2-18 (UK), 32-46 (EU), 2-18 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, linen, viscose, cupro, acetate, polyester, nylon, spandex, acrylic, neoprene, polyurethane, rubber, leather, wool, silk, down

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: No

Recycling: Yes

Producing countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macau, Mexico, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Certifications: BCI, GRS, RDS, RWS, FSC

Sustainability Practices

Abercrombie & Fitch takes wide-ranging measures to reduce its environmental impact, aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals 6, 12, 15, and 17.

Abercrombie & Fitch only uses a small proportion of organic materials such as organic cotton or recycled materials such as recycled polyester and regenerated nylon.

Most of the fabrics it uses are either natural without relevant certifications, such as regular cotton or linen, or synthetic petroleum-based fibers such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and more.

Abercrombie & Fitch also uses a little amount of semi-synthetic fibers or regenerated cellulosic fabrics such as cupro and viscose.

Abercrombie & Fitch publishes a list of all its manufacturers on its corporate website. It ensures that its products are made in safe and responsible factories.

The 2021 Fashion Transparency Index gave Abercrombie & Fitch a score of only 20% based on how much the group discloses about its social and environmental policies, practices, and impacts.

Abercrombie & Fitch manufactures its clothes in Turkey and many other East Asian countries where human rights and labor law violations still happen every day.

The American clothing retailer doesn't show any labor certification standard that would ensure good working conditions, decent living wages, health, safety, and other human rights for workers in its supply chain.

Abercrombie & Fitch has a code of conduct that applies to all its suppliers and subcontractors based on the regulations set by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Abercrombie & Fitch assesses compliance with its Code of Conduct by informal visits or third-party audits with or without notice. It audits 100% of its Tier 1 cut & sew factories.

Abercrombie & Fitch doesn't use any exotic animal skin, hair, fur, or angora. But it uses leather, wool, silk, and down feathers to manufacture many of its clothing pieces.

These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical. They also harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and waste. More sustainable alternatives exist.

Sustainability Goals

Abercrombie & Fitch has committed to reducing its environmental impact across the supply chain. It plans to reduce waste by 50% by 2025 compared to the 2017 baseline.

Abercrombie & Fitch plans to reduce its GHG emissions by 47% in its Scope 1 and 2 by 2030. It will use 100% renewable electricity for corporate facilities in 2023.

Abercrombie & Fitch strives for at least a 30% water reduction in denim production by 2022. By 2025, it will source 25% cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative and 25% polyester from recycled materials, and 50% viscose from Canopy.

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