Abercrombie & Fitch was founded by David Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch in 1892 in Manhattan, New York City. Originally an elite outfitter of sporting and excursion products, Abercrombie & Fitch was famous for its high-end shotguns, fishing rods, fishing boats, and tents. After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1976, Abercrombie & Fitch closed its flagship Manhattan store a year later.
In 2013-2015, Abercrombie & Fitch stores went through an exterior redesign removing the black louvers to give the Abercrombie & Fitch stores a less exclusive look. Abercrombie & Fitch interiors are lit with dim ceiling lights and spot lighting. Electronic dance music playing over the loudspeakers is intended to appeal to a middle-class, younger niche market.
Abercrombie & Fitch operates 1,049 stores across. The A&F brand has 278 United States locations, and four in Canada. In Europe Abercrombie & Fitch has stores in London, Dublin, Milan, Copenhagen, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, and Amsterdam as well as three stores in Germany (Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Munich). Abercrombie & Fitch Asian stores located in Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
An Abercrombie & Fitch store is also in Fukuoka, Japan, operated as an Abercrombie & Fitch outlet.