By Spencer Cain, StyleCaster
Last week, a 2012 Urban Outfitters financial report surfaced online that included comments made by the company's CEO Richard Hayne that essentially explained his marketing philosophy to Wall Street folks. To specifically describe the target Urban Outfitters shopper-the company also owns Anthropologie and Free People-Hayne said this: "The Urban customer, we always talk about, is the upscale homeless person, who has a slight degree of angst and is probably in the life stage of 18 to 26."
Now, we're pretty sure his remark was meant merely to evoke a specific image, but it was only a matter of time before angry Internet commenters started to take him to task over the use of the word "homeless."
This got us thinking about that fact that the fashion industry has been referencing (even fetishizing, some might say) the homeless for years now, in everything from editorials, runway collections, and comments to the media-and often creating mini-controversiesRead More »from Fashion's Fascination with Homeless: See Offensive Examples