Teen retailer Brandy Melville
has gotten lots of press lately for not only its massive, cult-like following
, but for its image, which is unapologetically sexy, but also pretty exclusionary
In this way, it's similar to that titan of '90s and '00s teen style, Abercrombie & Fitch
, which frequently came under fire for its laser-like — and self-admitted — focus on cultivating a customer base that was cool, thin, and popular.
But, while Abercrombie has made some major changes to rehab its image, including stripping its controversy-bait CEO Mike Jeffries of his chairman title
, prioritizing diversity
, and switching up its style to appeal to a customer that's more cool-girl
than mean-girl, will Brandy Melville follow suit? Or will, like Abercrombie, it take sales slipping for them to make changes?
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