Travellers to US malls will be fully familiar with American Eagle as the “Man on the Streets” call to casual clothing. Affordable and accessible in contrast to some of its more narcissistic neighbours it has built up a loyal following with its classic collection of denim, hoodies, sweats and T’s. A mass migration has bought the likes of J Crew, Banana Republic and Jack Spade as well as the-
In hot pursuit to retain its loyal customers and to move with them through the years of maturity, Hollister has injected a new air of authority in to its assortment and a higher flavour of fashion, defining as it develops a new more discerning customer who is no longer appeased or appealed to by the simple shapes and bold fonts.
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Throughout its formative years Hollister has kept its teenage target enthralled and captivated with a brand built on the dazzling if distant images of Huntingdon beach and the various surf scenery of California. A staple diet of bold logos and textured contextual graphics on a classic range of timeless best seller silhouettes from hoodies to Ts, sweatshirts to shorts has created a magnetic appeal, re-enforced by the ambient atmosphere-
And the Brand played on…merchandise and music in several movements. Whether composing displays or composing ditties, coordinating the blues, or singing them, the artistic side of retail life has invariably struggled to make its musical ends meet. “Art for Art’s Sake Money for God’s sake” are a relevant, if somewhat dated testament to the dilemma of coordinating creativity & commercialism, and also a timeless reminder of the long-