Timeless Style, Timeless Reads
Fast, new and trendy. Tap and scroll. Viral, breaking–this just in, you in? (All I need are emojis to complete this picture.)
If you’re like me, guilty of doing, buying and/or playing into the new norm of our overwhelming (but fun, for the most part) media landscape, you know what I’m talking about. Whether we’re talking about fashion, music, news or even books, it seems like there’s always something new just right around the corner.
I’m thinking about all of these things after wrapping up a too-good-to-be-true weekend in New Albany, Ohio, where I spent a couple of days going behind the scenes at the Abercrombie & Fitch Home Office. At over 125 years, the brand has undergone a sea of changes.
From its beginnings as a sporting goods and clothing retailer in Manhattan to an apparel-focused brand with stores around the world, I got to know more about Abercrombie.
With everything I learned about the design process, the craftsmanship and the great folks behind every beloved pair of denim, what resonated with me the most was how they valued and embodied timelessness with their products.
Planned obsolescence (where products are designed to last a limited time and which requires replacing) is a real thing, so anything that stands the test of time is a big deal.
And as a bookish person, this reminded me of books that have stood the test of time themselves, titles that are still as wildly popular as when they first came out.
I’m working on a new blog around books and looks, infusing my love for literature and fashion so my A&F weekend couldn’t have been timelier. Meeting folks who shared an equal passion for books and looks themselves was a dream. I met Madolyn Ropell who runs Gentlewoman of the Road, a kindred spirit with exquisite style and asked her to collaborate on a list of books inspired by our weekend.
I am honored to talk about my journey as I start to work with Abercrombie & Fitch. I am proud to say that I am an official Brand Agent for Abercrombie working for Archrival Agency. What in the world does that mean you ask? It pretty much means I will spreading my new found love with this 126 year old brand with you lovely people on this platform, but also hosting super fun events in my city!
As someone who never connected with the brand in my younger years – I was floored to find how much this brand now felt like home. The passion they have for the clothing they make and who they are making it for is evident and contagious. The pieces are thoughtfully made for an inclusive group and they last a lifetime. Honestly what more could ya want?!
To truly encompass how special this weekend was I was asked to collaborate with one of the lovely ladies I met, Pia Cortez of Libromance, to create a book recommendation list inspired by our weekend with Abercrombie & Fitch.
Pia & Madolyn’s Picks: Timeless Reads
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any to add to the list?