What was the old Abercrombie & Fitch like, back when it was a sporting goods store (that also sold clothes, pipes, and other gentleman’s necessities) just casting distance from Brooks Brothers?
Well here’s a glance via the 1964 movie “Man’s Favorite Sport,” in which Rock Hudson plays a fishing expert at A&F, decked out in what you might call Trad Continental.
The comedy derives from the fact that, naturally, he’s never been fishing in his life.
Given the continuing debate over authenticity in the comments section, it would appear that the covert battle between the genuine and ersatz has been with us for quite some time. — CC