If You Work on the Abercrombie and Fitch Jet, Expect Briefs and Flip-Flops to be Your Uniform
Oct 19, 2012 - by Emily Draznik
Former pilot of Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries' jet Michael Bustin has filed an age-disrimination lawsuit where he alleges that was replaced by a younger man. In the court case, the pilot also submitted the "aircraft standards manual" which requires the employees to wear some pretty interesting flight attendant uniforms.
In true Abercrombie & Fitch fashion, when you walk into the store you are immediately accosted by the A&F scent, studly shirtless men saying, "what's up", and flip flops galore. CEO Mike Jeffries loves this environment so much that he even holds these standards to the employees on his private jet.
As a result of 55-year old former A&F private jet pilot Michael Bustin suing Jeffries stating age discrimination, the dress code and conduct on the private jet has been revealed and the results are quite ridiculous.
The male model flight crew's uniform consists of being clean shaven, wearing Abercrombie polos, boxer briefs, flip-flops, and gloves. They are also required to wear a "spritz" of the A&F aftershave. The attendants are not allowed to wear coats unless the temperature aboard the plane reaches below 50 degrees and must respond to all requests with the phrase "no problem". Jeffries also has a very specific procedure when it comes to seating his dogs on the private plane and Phil Collins's Take Me Home must be played during the takeoff.
As if the company's policies within the stores were not strange enough, it seems as if Jeffries' delusions have to follow him all over the world as he travels. In the past, Jeffries has been pressured to limit his use of the company jet. In 2010, the board agreed to pay him $4million a year if he limited his flight spending to $200,000.
Not a bad gig if you are the CEO of Abercrombie, unfortunately you're gonna get slammed with lawsuits if you keep your poor male model staff freezing in their skivvies. Although, if we were to fly on that plane, there would be no complaints. Except maybe for having Phil Collins stuck in our head.
Abercrombie & Fitch has been having a rough time with the controversies as of late. At their first store opening in Korea, the models were seen mocking Asian culture resulting in a customer boycott of the new location.