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A&F - its a clasic American style
Abercrombie & Fitch
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Abercrombie & Fitch
Date: 03/07/11, updated on 03/07/11 (36 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality - really soft fabric
Disadvantages: Expensive - Online delivery costly - London Store is very busy
It's no secret, I love Abercrombie & Fitch. Even though it's quite expensive for what it is and it involves a trip to Regent Street as I'm not prepared to pay the £20 delivery charge for online orders.
The store is located in Burlington Gardens which is just off Regent Street in London. From the outside there is nothing to indicate that this is Abercrombie & Fitch's flagship London store. It's just a plain building with no signs whatsoever - I would take a guess that having no signs is meant to make it more exclusive. A friend of mine once commented "how can a shop with no signs be so busy?" Seems it works...
I've heard that if the store is particularly busy, you have to queue up outside. Personally I try to avoid A&F during the weekend or school holidays, not being the most patient of people, I don't think I could stand queuing just to get in. I've found a weekday morning or lunchtime is the best time to visit - queues for the changing rooms and to pay are relatively short.
Take in the eye candy in the form of a dashing male model dressed in nothing but a pair of A&F jeans on your way in... Then prepare yourself for the pounding music and scent of A&F... I believe they are going for a club atmosphere, I think that's the downfall of the store to be honest - I like to be able to see what I am buying... The heavily fragranced air and music does tend to give me a bit of a headache after a while too. There seems to be no logic to the layout either, upstairs - downstairs, it can be a bit of a maze trying to locate what you are looking for. That said, the numerous sales assistants are more than happy to offer assistance in directing you and frequently asking if you are ok.
As far as the clothes go, I find them to be excellent quality if a little pricey. But after buying countless tops on the high street and finding they either lose shape after the first wash or fall apart, then I am prepared to pay upwards of £30 for a t-shirt if it means it will last. I've had a number of tops from A&F and I do find the super soft cotton means they last, wash well and as a result offer good quality for money in the long run. I've found the sizing to be a little hit and miss so I would always try the clothes on first even if it does mean spending half an hour queuing. I would also recommend taking various sizes into the changing room with you - after all, imagine the frustration of queuing for 30 plus minutes only to have to do it all over again...
On the whole, if you are looking for quality casual clothing and don't have a trip to the States planned, it's definitely worth a visit.
Summary: Quality casual clohing
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