Abercrombie CEO tries to stem backlash

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After days of silence during which long-held resentment toward Abercrombie & Fitch Co. began to boil over, Chief Executive Michael S. Jeffries tried to stem a backlash against the teen-focused retailer.

Jeffries, in a statement Thursday, discussed criticism that the company lacks women’s XL and XXL sizes in favor of catering toward young, good-looking customers.

“A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers,” he said in the statement. “However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion.”

Read more at the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-abercrombie-ceo-20130517,0,6746760.story