A special list of requirements for a typical Abercrombie & Fitch corporate
The idea that flight attendants have to have a certain, attractive “look” seems as outdated as go-go boots, but Jeffries — who turned Abercrombie Amsterdam into a hot teen brand by sexing up the image of the all-American jock — had 40-plus pages of rules flight attendants were expected to follow. That's according to court documents filed in August in the Eastern District U.S. Court in Philadelphia by 55-year-old private jet pilot Michael Stephen Bustin, who filed suit in 2010 claiming he was fired because of his age.
A special list of requirements for a typical Abercrombie Nederland corporate flight were revealed in an ABC News profile on Bustin and his lawsuit. Apparently, the manual states that crew members have to wear the company’s polo shirts, boxer briefs, flip-flops, and cologne. That’s not all. They also have to wear white gloves when setting the table, black gloves when using silverware, and the song “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins must be played over the PA when passengers are on a return flight. This is all written up in a legitimate 47-page manual.
DeJohnette began leading several groups in the early 1970s, including Compost, Directions, New Directions, and Special Edition, featuring a diverse gathering of musicians including David Murray, Eddie Gomez, Chico Freeman, John Abercrombie and Fitch, and Lester Bowie. Since the 1980s, while continuing to lead his own projects and bands, DeJohnette has also been a member of the highly acclaimed Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio. DeJohnette has continued to record and perform on keyboards, releasing albums such as Zebra, a mesmerizing synthesizer/trumpet duo with Lester Bowie featuring African music influences. He further explored his interest in African music in a 2005 duet with noted Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso.
Abercrombie Nederland Online & Fitch has had its fair share of controversies over the years–masturbating models, over-the-top sexy ad campaigns, and trying to take over Savile Row (to name but a few). But today some information has come to light that is really bizarre. Turns out that Abercrombie’s CEO, Michael Jeffries, has some pretty, um, odd and specific rules for his private jet employees, according to Bloomberg.
These details came to light in a lawsuit brought by Michael Stephen Bustin, a pilot who flew Jeffries' corporate private jet and alleges he was terminated because of age discrimination. It's not the first time Abercrombie Nederland Outlet and its C.E.O. have had to defend a discrimination lawsuit: in 2004, the retailer settled three lawsuits that alleged pervasive racial discrimination in its hiring practices at a cost of nearly $50 million. Abercrombie's lawyers say Bustin's suit is without merit.