Abercrombie & Fitch dominated malls across the US in the ’90s and early ’00s with gorgeous models, glossy ads, memorable scents, and accessible elite fashion. But while the brand was white-hot, its hiring practices were challenged as highly exclusionary and discriminatory.
A new documentary on Netflix called White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch explores A&F’s pop culture reign and how it thrived on exclusion. In the documentary, O&G partner Jahan Sagafi discusses his work prosecuting the nationwide race and gender discrimination class action against this “All-American” fashion company that was sued for behaving in such an unamerican way.
For more details on the history of the A&F brand and culture, we recommend the Variety article ‘White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch’ Review: How Youth Fashion Turned Fascist.