Now Would Be a Great Fashion Moment for Midcentury Abercrombie Style

Abercrombie continues to fumble around for a turnaround plan. The grand irony? In this era of reclaimed wood and plaid shirts and Edison bulbs and boots apparently ordered from a 1922 Sears & Roebuck catalog, it would be a great time for old-school grandpa we-outfitted-Hemingway-or-whatever Abercrombie! »6/22/15 7:50pm6/22/15 7:50pm

Let's Shop the 1981 Sears Catalog... via Absolutely Nuts LaserDisc!

Via Boing Boing, this is a pretty amazing artifact—the missing link between catalog shopping and ecommerce. First the video fast-forwards through every item in the catalog, then a couple of minutes in, you get an intro from one Ed Brennan, an executive casually propped on a piece of office furniture who outlines the… »4/06/15 10:00pm4/06/15 10:00pm

Moms of the World, Despair!!! Coldwater Creek Is Going Out of Business

You guys. If ever there were a time to stock up on boxy boucle one-button cardigans and a shoe that's kind of a clog but kind of a sneaker with an appliqued daisy on the toe-box, THAT TIME IS NOW. Because Coldwater Creek, the indefatigable catalog staple of moms everywhere, is officially going out of business. »4/11/14 5:45pm4/11/14 5:45pm

Free People Is Ditching Models and Replacing Them With Real People

Free People is resorting to something innovative in the way it markets $96 tank tops that look like sun-stained handkerchiefs: scrapping models entirely. For a two-week span starting tomorrow, all of the images used to sell certain clothing items will be user-submitted photos of shoppers modeling the items they… »2/21/14 6:30pm2/21/14 6:30pm

Black Model Little More Than a Prop in Scottish Catalog

One of the many privileges that Peggy McIntosh identifies in her famous essay on "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" is that, as she writes, "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented." This statement resounded when I saw the images… »2/07/12 5:45pm2/07/12 5:45pm

The Latest Catalog Technology Makes It Possible To Gawk At Models In Underwear

Moosejaw, an outdoor gear retailer, has a very special feature in this year's catalog: Customers can check out each model in his or her underwear. Using an augmented reality app — available for iPhones, iPads, and Android — a person can wave their gadget over a model in the catalog and see her in the exact same pose,… »11/17/11 3:15pm11/17/11 3:15pm