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The nation that gave us Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain, Dior, LaCroix, Gaultier, Givenchy, and Ives St. Laurent has an Abertrampy and Skank on the Champs-Elysees.

What is the world coming to?

UGH!

And, there are days when the line of people waiting to get into the store is 150 people long!!

And that’s a short line!

Seriously, what is the world coming to?

A&F is just one of many US stores looking to Europe for more sales.  With too many stores in the US and the economy in the toilet, the easiest way to increase sales is to invade other lands.

“Lafayette, we are here!”, takes on a whole new meaning. 

Marquis de Lafayette

Back in May, before Abercrombie’s store opened in Paris (writer shakes head in disgust) , the Columbus, Ohio-based company flew in more than 100 male models.  Parading them shirtless, and with their  jeans slung just above the groin – as only Abertrampy and Skank can do, where they caused a near riot in front of the store.

Teenagers screamed, while older, more elegant Parisians looked on with an air of disdain – as only the French can do.

But, alas, the gendarmes arrived, restored order and demanded that Abercrombie to slap some of its cheap and tacky rags on the models. Paris has rules you know, one of the regulations bars partial nudity on the Champs-Elysees.

Imagine that!

One young Frenchwoman after waiting four hours to get into the store, said, “Young people here don’t think badly about America — we’re American in our heads, we watch all the U.S. television series: ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Vampire Diaries.’ ”

Well, I guess that explains it.

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