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Wednesday
May152013

Abercrombie & Fitch Faces Protests, Backlash for Not Selling Larger Sizes

Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Add Kirstie Alley to the list of Abercrombie & Fitch critics who take exception to the company’s refusal to carry clothing in larger sizes.

The Former Cheers actress and Dancing With the Stars competitor slammed the store Tuesday, telling Entertainment Tonight she would “never buy anything from Abercrombie.”

The popular casual-clothing retailer is under fire for filling its shelves with products for the smallest of customers.

Protesters gathered outside the retailer’s Michigan Avenue store in Chicago on Monday, outraged about the store’s not carrying clothes in a size 14, the size worn by the average U.S. woman. Plus-size shoppers now make up 67 percent of U.S. consumers.

“It’s body discrimination, and it’s bullying and it encourages bullying,” Cali Lindstrom, a former Abercrombie & Fitch customer, told ABC News.

The backlash is growing online on Twitter and Facebook, and several petitions on Change.org urge people not to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch until the New Albany, Ohio-based retailer starts carrying larger sizes.

One YouTube user started a “Fitch the Homeless Campaign,” asking customers to rebrand the popular retailer by giving their Abercrombie & Fitch clothes to the homeless.

An ABC News report last week revealed that the trendy retailer carries mostly double-zero and extra-small sizes inside its New York City flagship store. There was no clothing for women in sizes larger than a 10, and salespeople at the store confirmed that Abercrombie doesn’t carry XL or XXL sizes for women.

Andrea Neusner and her three daughters are taking more extreme measures to show their dissatisfaction with the retailer. They’re sending every article of clothing they’ve ever bought from the store back to its outspoken and controversial CEO, Mike Jeffries.

Jeffries has not commented on the recent controversy, but has been forthright in the past about not wanting any customers who don’t fit the cool, young and sexy demographic the company targets.

Jeffries gave a 2006 interview to Salon magazine in which he said the store goes after “the attractive, all-American kid … A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

The retailer declined to comment on the protests.

Nicole Patrick, who was among the protesters in Chicago, said she is hurt by the exclusion.

“As a woman who cannot shop in Abercrombie, it’s extremely hurtful to hear that I’m not cool,” she said. “I think I’m really cool and so does my daughter.”

In addition to sending back her children’s clothes, Neusner also wrote a letter to Jeffries explaining her decision.

“My kids have been wearing [Abercrombie & Fitch] clothes for a long time … now we can make an informed choice not to shop there,” she told ABC News. “I didn’t want my kids being walking billboards for them but I didn’t want to throw [the clothes] away. I wanted the company to know how I felt about them.”

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Thursday
Jul262012

Kirstie Alley Weight-Loss Products Can’t Dance, Suit Claims

Donna Ward/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kirstie Alley might dance with the stars, but her weight-loss products deserve a “1″ from the judges, a new lawsuit claims.

The class-action lawsuit was filed against the former Cheers actress and Organic Liaison weight-loss supplements, which she hawks online and on television shopping network QVC and says have helped her lose 100 pounds.

According to a lawsuit filed by lead plaintiff Marina Abramyan against Organic Liaison LLC, Organic Liaison Management and Kirstie Alley in Superior Court, the products -- including Rescue Me, which allegedly reduces cravings for food and appetite and Relieve Me, which allegedly supports colon cleansing, aids weight loss and prevents fluid retention and bloating -- “are nothing more than run-of-the-mill fiber and calcium supplements.”

Abramyan, who claims that she didn’t lose a pound on the program, argues in the suit that there is no scientific evidence that the products cause weight loss. Furthermore, she alleges, although the ads maintain that the supplements are “USDA approved,” they are, “neither certified as an effective weight-loss aid by the USDA nor anything more than standard dietary supplements incapable of causing weight loss.”

According to the complaint, the Florida-based company used misleading before-and-after pictures of Alley, who did not shed her weight from the Organic Liaison Program, but because of, “an above average exercise regimen and extremely low calorie diet,” which included "five to seven hours of daily exercising as part of her stint on 'Dancing with the Stars' (DWTS) in the spring of 2011."

“In peddling the Organic Liaison Programs, which are sold online and on QVC, Ms. Alley attributes her weight loss to the program, but in reality, Ms. Alley’s weight loss is due to nothing more than the tried and true concept of diet and exercise,” the suit says.

Organic Liaison disputed the claims, calling them “patently false.”

“Ms. Alley participated in DWTS for only a short period of time during her approximately 1 1/2 year participation in the Organic Liaison program; the vast majority of her weight loss had nothing to do with her participation in that show,” the company told ABC News in a statement. “It is Ms. Alley’s persistence over 1 1/2 years on the Organic Liaison program, coupled with regular exercise, that lead to her dramatic weight loss over that time period; this is consistent with Organic Liaison’s advertising and representations, none of which create false net impressions to the reasonable consumer…We will vigorously defend ourselves against these frivolous claims.”

The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages for false advertising on behalf of costumers who have used the Organic Liaison program since July 2008.

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