By: Ray Frager
If you want to be on the flight crew for Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s corporate jet, you can’t have cold feet — metaphorically, that is. Because literally you may well have cold feet.
According to the detailed instructions laid down in an “Aircraft Standards” manual — which apparently was partly written by Matthew Smith, partner of Abercrombie CEO Michael Jeffries — the strict standards of attire for cabin attendants mandated that they always wear flip-flops.
The manual is contained in a federal lawsuit filed in 2010 by a pilot, now 55, who claims he was fired for being too old.
A Bloomberg news story lays out the standards for the attendants:
The flight crew uniform included Abercrombie jeans, polo shirts, flip-flops, sweatshirts and a winter coat, with some items applying just to males: a belt, hat, gloves, boxer briefs and a ‘spritz’ of the retailer’s cologne. The coats were only to be worn when the temperature fell to 50 degrees or lower, with the collar flipped, and the flip-flops were mandatory in flight and when meeting passengers.
Abercrombie hires the attendants from Cosmopolitan Management LLC, Bloomberg reports. The “About” section of Cosmopolitan’s website reads: “Since 1992, Cosmopolitan Management has been staffing events using actors and models with just the right look and personality.” Cosmopolitan actor/models are also employed at the home Jeffries and Smith share in Columbus, Ohio, according to court papers.
As Abercrombie’s fortunes have fallen in recent years, the retailer’s board sought to limit Jeffries’ personal use of the corporate jet, paying him $4 million in 2010 so he would compile no more than $200,000 worth of jet use in a year.
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