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Guide to the Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection, 1997-2007

Abstract

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

The Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection consists of a run of lifestyle-oriented clothing catalogs issued between 1997 and 2007. The catalog featured articles on a wide range of youth popular culture and lifestyle topics, along with numerous photographs by Bruce Weber. Articles included advice, music and movie reviews, and profiles and interviews with celebrities and cultural critics such as philosopher Slavoj Žižek. The Creative Director for the catalog series was Sam Shahid, who had previously worked in the in-house advertising agencies for Calvin Klein and Banana Republic. After 2003, the lifestyle content and controversial photography was scaled back to focus more narrowly on seasonal fashion.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Title
Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog collection, 1997-2007
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 34 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection consists of a run of lifestyle-oriented clothing catalogs issued between 1997 and 2007. The catalog featured articles on a wide range of youth popular culture and lifestyle topics, along with numerous photographs by Bruce Weber. Articles included advice, music and movie reviews, and profiles and interviews with celebrities and cultural critics such as philosopher Slavoj Žižek. The Creative Director for the catalog series was Sam Shahid, who had previously worked in the in-house advertising agencies for Calvin Klein and Banana Republic. After 2003, the lifestyle content and controversial photography was scaled back to focus more narrowly on seasonal fashion.

The collection is arranged chronologically by issue

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Contents of the Collection

1997, Fall (Premier Issue)
Box 1
1997, Christmas
Box 1
1998, Spring Break
Box 1
1998, Summer
Box 1
1998, Back to School
Box 1
1998, Christmas
Box 2
1999, Spring Break
Box 2
1999, Summer
Box 2
1999, Back to School
Box 3
1999, Christmas
Box 3
2000, Spring Break
Box 3
2000, Summer
Box 4
2000, Back to School
Box 4
2000, Christmas
Box 4
2001, Spring Break
Box 5
2001, Summer
Box 5
2001, Back to School
Box 5
2001, Christmas
Box 6
2002, Spring Break
Box 6
2002, Summer
Box 6
2002, Back to School
Box 7
2002, Christmas
Box 7
2003, Spring Break
Box 7
2003, Summer
Box 8
2003, Back to School
Box 8
2003, Christmas
Box 8
2004, Spring Break
Box 9
2004, Christmas
Box 9
2004, Christmas (alternate cover)
Box 9
2005, Spring Break
Box 9
2005, Back to School
Box 9
2005, Christmas
Box 9
2006, Spring Break
Box 10
2006, Summer
Box 10
2006, Back to School
Box 10
2006, Christmas
Box 10
2007, Spring Break
Box 10

Historical Note

Abercrombie & Fitch Historical Timeline

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1892David T. Abercrombie founded a sporting goods store in his name in New York, N.Y.
1900Ezra H. Fitch became partner in the David T. Abercrombie Co.
1904Store incorporated as Abercrombie & Fitch
1907Abercrombie resigned; Fitch took over management of the store but kept the name
1909First mail-order catalogs distributed, in a run of 50,000
1910Sportswear for women introduced
1928Fitch retired; James S. Cobb named as President
Circa 1929Sporting goods company Von Langerke & Detmold (known in Chicago as Von Langerke & Antoine) purchased
1930Griffin & Howe, a New York gun shop, purchased
1961John H. Ewing named as President
1968First warehouse sale conducted
1970William Humphries named as President
1976Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed
1977Abercrombie & Fitch stores closed
1978Abercrombie & Fitch name bought by Oshman's Sporting Goods
1979Beverly Hills store opened, specializing in sportswear and fitness equipment
198825 of 27 stores purchased by The Limited, Inc.; focus on apparel
1992Marketing shifted focus toward upscale youth
1997Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly catalog debut
1998Abercrombie & Fitch spun off as an independent entity
2003Abercrombie & 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.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Material

Additional examples of catalogs and other direct-mail materials may be found in the Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalog Collection; several collections within the J. Walter Thompson Company Archives--the Detroit Office Records, Account File Collection, Ford Collateral Literature, and the Bertram Metter Papers. Materials relating to fashion and apparel advertising may be found in the J. Walter Thompson Company Domestic Advertisements Collection (Benetton, New York Dress Institute); the Bates Worldwide, Inc. Records (Foot Locker, Pacific Sunwear); and the Wells, Rich, Greene, Inc. Records (Warnaco/Warner's). Individually cataloged items may be located by searching the Duke University Libraries online catalog.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly Catalog Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from John Taormina in 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Collier, January 2008

Encoded by Richard Collier, January 2008

Accession 2008-0005 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.