Did you know…that the Abercrombie & Fitch on Water Street provided President Theodore Roosevelt with equipment for his African Safari in 1908?
Founded in 1892 by David T. Abercrombie, the waterfront store was dedicated to selling the highest-quality camping, fishing and hunting gear. In 1900, Ezra Fitch, a devoted customer, convinced Abercrombie to let him buy part of the company. By1904, the store name was officially changed to Abercrombie & Fitch. However, tempers flared between the two men over the future of the business, and in 1907 the more conservative Abercrombie resigned. A determined innovator, Ezra Fitch evolved the company into the largest sporting goods store in the world.
Abercrombie & Fitch has outfitted famous clients including Ernest Hemingway, Robert Peary, Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, the Duke of Windsor and Presidents Taft, Harding and Kennedy. Today, Abercrombie & Fitch is a popular retailer of casual clothing and accessories for young men and women with stores nationwide and markets directly to customers through a quarterly catalog and website.