Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Hollister Rant

This upcoming rant is more a pointless than something very serious. But I feel like I need to talk about it!! Unfortunately after finished writing my perfect and long blog post, I lost it all as I was on the wrong Youtube account... that could be a subject of another rant, lol.

So to calm down I'm playing an album I just got, from the band
Fun. This video is not the official video but I found it more interesting than a picture of the cover along with the audio.

So, yes, if you are in the US you know that Abercrombie&Fitch and Hollister are very popular brands for teenagers and young men. We don't have them in Europe, but since 2008 the very 'cool' and fashionable people here want to wear it too.

I never had anything from them, because of the price, and I wasn't that interested much either even if they are very beautiful clothes, and it is exactly my style. I was told the quality was good too.
I have an obsession for birds especially eagles, but not only, and I'm famous among my friends for imitating the seagull scream so well. So I find the Hollister clothes very nice. I thought 'why not' but not really.

But in february my best friend Nick gave me one Abercombie shirt that didn't fit him, it's kids size [boys XL].
And I was very impressed by the quality because it's thick, like heavy and all, and so I liked it a lot. It was a little too big for me, but that's OK I still wear it.

I, of course, wanted a Hollister one too. Quality + Seagull = Yay.

But I couldn't find the junior department of Hollister. Actually I found the website, and they don't have kids clothes. Abercrombie has two websites in fact, one for adults and one for kids.
Is it important to specify that I'm 5' tall and not especially thin [but not fat]. I can't wear adult clothes because that would mean in the case of a shirt having it near my knees, the sleeves two times longer and even the shoulders.. bleh. not my fault, I am how I'm built. But it becomes a pain to actually find boys clothes that don't look childish, because I am now a young man and not a baby anymore. See. So those brands are very appropriate.

So, I sent someone on a mission to Hollister stores to ask if they had kids clothes.
The seller has said that the clothes are designed for the youth. Of course it's obvious that you have not allowed to wear that if you have body hair or a big belly! Or even grey hair I'd say!
She said also that the sizes are quite small. That was a lie though.
Of course I was sceptical, it's "small" in a way that you have to be SKINNY and tall. It doesn't make sense. I had a doubt and so I checked the size charts on both websites to compare.
So Hollister small = Abercrombie small. Logical.
Problem was : I needed kids sizes. Boys Large.
The only option left finally was to get the A&F thing, and that's all. Thing is I don't care about that MOOSE that I can't even recognize... lol. At least it fits me perfectly, if I don't put on some weight!!

What makes me feel weird is that Hollister is shitting on its own market. They make clothes for youth but not for kids, so who do they think is interested in buying them??
Teenagers! Young adults. Are they all 6' tall and thin?
So they exclude potential customers...

People come in different shapes and sizes, and all, you know! Just saying.


  1. 5 feet, you should be able to wear a small no problem. See, I'm somewhere between a large and XL because I'm just so damn tall (6' 5") and quite thin so if I have an issue it's finding something large enough and if they don't have it then I'm screwed. I don't buy Hollister or A&F, everyone in the US that wears that stuff (at least in my area) is annoying. You, my friend, are not.

  2. Connor, you know if you look at the torso of a tall man like you, it is "longer" than one of a 5'.
    The shirts are made for tall guys, all the adult shirts I have go way below my hips, even in the middle of my thigh. This is ridiculous. I need kids clothes in that respect, I look less than a clown.
    Annoying in what way? Because they are rich and full of themselves? I am not.

  3. Yes that is true. You could always buy an adult small and shrink it in the washer or dryer.
    They're rich and full of themselves, yes, but they are also annoying potheads so they are super slow, half closed eyes, and nearly every other word out of there mouth is some rap slang term >:|

  4. Kiddo, you know I'll get you some shirts - just pick them out and send me the link. I'll send them with the I heart bears shirt hehehe


  5. I'm so happy I can still wear kid's clothes because of my size :D Although I suppose sometimes a more mature style would be ok. Nah, I have no rush.

    Are you sure there are no Abercrombie & Fitch stores in Paris. I know there is one in London at least.