West Virginia: no, we actually don't hook up with our relatives
March 22, 2004 8:24 PM   Subscribe

West Virginia: it's all relative: or is it? Looks like those hucksters of overpriced clothing at Abercrombie & Fitch have done it again. The spokesman for A & F claims to "love West Virginia". Oh well, it's not like they have much of a presence there anyway.
posted by calwatch (23 comments total)
The joke's really on the people paying $25 for a shirt that looks like it came from a thrift store...
posted by crank at 8:28 PM on March 22, 2004

I love to wear my A&F shirt while drinking a can of refreshing Pepsi Blue!
posted by hattifattener at 8:30 PM on March 22, 2004

The joke's really on the people paying $25 for a shirt that looks like it came from a thrift store...

I say let them revel in their idiocy. Suburban morons can buy this and think that they look edgy.

I've had a hell of time picking fights on the T since the Ironic Trucker Hat died. This might be the target that I'm looking for.
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:44 PM on March 22, 2004

and i was just thinking the other day why there isn't an east virginia.
posted by kliuless at 8:49 PM on March 22, 2004

We're all related... in God's way.
posted by Witty at 9:06 PM on March 22, 2004

People to spread the word -- as calwatch has so obligingly done -- is precisely what the marketers want. It's not like A&F aren't entirely aware of the reaction to these oh-so-daring shirts.

The shirts aren't the point. The brand recognition is. It's actually amusing to think of them spurring predictably correct reactions to their branding sallies, and reaping more free advertising as a result.

Metafilter is gamed again by the huckstering marketron scum (by that I don't mean calwatch, who I have to assume is the dismayed innocent rather than the Pepsi Blue pusher, but rather the A&F branding people).

Ah well, at least there's no sand in the lube.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:25 PM on March 22, 2004

Oh, Ironic Trashy Slogan T-Shirt, you're so great. Can I wear you with my brand-new Breast Inspector cap? Will people "get it"?

Like crank says, if you want to look like you shop at the thrift store, shop at the thrift store. Right now I'm wearing a thrift store t-shirt promoting something or another. I don't care what it's promoting. All I care about is that anyone behind me will see that I am "Pullin' it with pride". A little chuckle, and it didn't cost me 25 bucks.
posted by SiW at 10:11 PM on March 22, 2004

"Promotional T-Shirts Are Fucked"

posted by 2sheets at 11:38 PM on March 22, 2004

All I can say is that they'll have to pry my "Alcatraz Swim Team" t-shirt off my cold, dead body.

If I happen to be wearing it when I die, that is.
posted by arto at 2:23 AM on March 23, 2004

I don't know, the Cheeses of Nazareth shirt is kinda funny.
posted by terrapin at 4:30 AM on March 23, 2004

If you have 25 American dollars that you absolutely have to waste, spend 4 at Salvation Army for a teeshirt, and give the rest to a bum.
posted by theora55 at 7:42 AM on March 23, 2004

spend 4 at Salvation Army for a teeshirt

$4 for a shirt? what a rip-off!
posted by mcsweetie at 8:02 AM on March 23, 2004

Who are the people who shop at A&F and Urban Outfitters? Are they the youths I see walking around, attempting to look disaffected and instead simply looking ignorant, sloppy, ill-mannered and useless?
posted by Dreama at 10:07 AM on March 23, 2004

I've found it's very awkward to wear t-shirts like these. People often ask, "Where is Fred's Lobster Lounge?" and I explain that it doesn't exist, (to the best of my knowledge) and that this is a novelty t-shirt.

I often resolve to make up an extravagant story for the next time, but I never do.
posted by funkbrain at 10:26 AM on March 23, 2004

spend 4 at Salvation Army for a teeshirt

I'm ideologically with you. and I'm not even that germ-phobic. but even if I'm totally cool with second and third-hand jackets/parkas/jeans, I have to admit I find the idea of second hand shirts, t-shirts socks and underwear very icky.
I don't know why. I know it's irrational, but still.

not that I'd buy a A&F WV t-shirt, tho. (even if I have to admit the old, pre-Bruce-Weber A&F was a great store -- I still have stuff bought there by my father a long long time ago)
posted by matteo at 10:43 AM on March 23, 2004

and sometimes, especially during an election year, you can just download a nice .pdf logo and print it on a simple white t-shirt

posted by matteo at 10:45 AM on March 23, 2004

i have a very old gilroy, ca garlic festival parking attendent t-shirt that i love, that my wife hates.

i just had this urge to buy a red shirt in a thriftstore one day.

it pains me to think that it could be mistaken for something hip...or rather....something on someone trying to be hip.
posted by th3ph17 at 10:59 AM on March 23, 2004

I don't know, the Cheeses of Nazareth shirt is kinda funny.

Years ago, some of my friends and I wanted to start a band, even though we couldn't play any instruments. What we did have was the name, and while we weren't really interested in playing gigs, we did want to sell t-shirts with the band's name ... Swiss Jesus.

Sigh ... everybody loved that band name.
posted by chuq at 11:50 AM on March 23, 2004

I liked A&F better when they were selling their crap by using gorgeous teenagers having sex. Can we go back to that kind of viral-marketing scheme, please?
posted by crunchland at 11:52 AM on March 23, 2004

Who are the people who shop at A&F and Urban Outfitters?

Mindless trendmonkeys.
posted by jonmc at 12:05 PM on March 23, 2004

Does anyone have anything to say about the Governor thinking it's ok to demand that they stop selling the shirts and destroy what they have in stock? Or are you just going to continue bashing the people who buy them like the lemming before you?
posted by h00dini at 12:27 PM on March 23, 2004

I guess I'll be the first one to step up and admit that I own some A&F clothes (though it will probably cause me much shame in the world of MetaFilter). I guess I'm in their target audience, so here's my devil's advocate defense. I'm not a fan of the ripped up clothes they sell, but I've got a pair of cargo pants and a pair of shorts that have done me quite well over the past few years. Why is there so much hate towards A&F? It's not like the clothes disintegrate after one wash - dare I say it, from my experience they are actually pretty well made. Does the MeFi community do all of their shopping at thrift stores and Mervyn's? Brands are a fact of society, and there are many far worse (and far more expensive) examples to pick on than A&F.
posted by swank6 at 7:28 PM on March 23, 2004

this is a late chime in here swank6, i personally resent A&F because the sort of worn, durable, cargo pants/shorts thing is what i've been doing for about 15 years, mainly shopping thrift and military surplus, and outdoorsy stuff.

i think maybe my fashion sense is all based on Bridge Over the River Kwai.
posted by th3ph17 at 11:16 AM on March 31, 2004

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