White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (2022)

Apr 19, 2022 | Documentary, History

Director: Alison Klayman

Writer(s): N/A

Starring: Benjamin O’Keefe, Bobby Blanski, Ryan Daharsh, Sapna Maheshwari, Jennifer Sheahan, Alan Karo, Anthony Ocampo, Treva Lindsey, Carla Barrientos, Robin Givhan, Jose Sanchez, Moe Tkacik, Cindy Smith-Maglione, Charles Martin, Susan Berfield, Lindsey Rupp, Kelly Blumberg, Kjerstin Gruys, Savas Abadsidis, Patrick Carone, Mark Beard, Benoit Denizet Lewis, Christopher Clayton, Toya Spencer, Phil Yu, Tom Saenz, Jahan Sagafi, Todd Corley, Samantha Elauf, *NSYNC, Aaliyah, Penn Badgley, Anderson Cooper, Destiny’s Child (LeToya Luckett, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland), Jeffrey Epstein, Tina Fey, Ernest Hemingway, Fran Horowitz, Mike Jeffries, Scarlett Johansson, January Jones, Colin Jost, Heidi Klum, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Lawrence, LFO, Kellan Lutz, Andrea Mandrick, Theodore Roosevelt, Morley Safer, Taylor Swift, Channing Tatum, Bruce Weber, Les Wexner, Olivia Wilde

Synopsis: In the late ’90s and early ’00s, Abercrombie and Fitch was the first stop for many shoppers on their trip to the mall. Shirtless jocks stood guard at store entrances, selling a potent mix of sex and wholesomeness. Pulsing dance beats and the brand’s fierce scent drew in hordes of young people hoping to buy themselves a seat at the cool kids’ table. Led by outspoken CEO Mike Jeffries, A&F cashed in on an “all-American” image and enshrined its clothes as must-haves for the new millennium. But over time, revelations of exclusionary marketing and discriminatory hiring practices began to engulf the white hot brand in scandal. Featuring interviews with dozens of former employees, executives, and models, WHITE HOT: THE RISE and FALL OF ABERCROMBIE and FITCH unravels the complex history of the iconic brand that influenced an entire generation. READ REVIEW

Release Date: April 19, 2022 (USA) | Length: 88 min | Genre: History | Certificate: TV-14 | Note(s): The majority of the famous people in this film are only shown in ads and do not actually appear in the documentary). In the picture of Destiny’s Child, LaTavia Roberson is cut off so she is not listed above).