This post really has nothing to do with anything, other than me thinking it’s funny. You might too.
I’ve only been in Urban Outfitters a few times. I like to oooo and aaahh over the bold colors and prints, as well as laugh at the funny shirts and books they have. (And even raise my eyebrow and ponder the morality of selling Jesus action figures and try to figure out how I feel about that.) I just randomly came across this article. Enjoy a few excerpts:
“Urban Outfitters is a triumph of marketing – a hugely successful business that has disguised the gap between what it is and what its customers suppose it to be.”
“Walk into the store on Kensington High Street and be convinced you have entered a world run by a new breed of hippies – cooler and more sarcastic than the originals, and with better dress sense.”
“It seems unlikely that many of the staff or the customers know much about the owner and boss of Urban – a brilliant retailer called Richard Hayne whose views would be a serious risk to sales were his profile to rise.
“Shopping in Urban makes you feel like you are somewhere radically Left-wing, an antidote to the corporate blandness of The Gap. But Hayne is a stanch conservative who donates money to Republican politicians, not least Rick Santorum, a now failed Senator whose views on homosexuality are both bizarre and old-fashioned.”
“Hayne doesn’t give many interviews precisely because he’s afraid that college slackers who get to know him will suddenly realise that buying his clothes is like giving cash to George Bush.”
“Once described as projecting a “Dick Cheney-esque aura of no-nonsense grayflannel gravitas”, Hayne must be the only retailer whose expansion plans depend on no one finding out who he really is.”
“Despite the strife in the sector, Urban just beat Wall Street profit expectations yet again. So far, the illusion is holding up perfectly.”