The sweet young things of Ireland are facing restrictions that have nothing to do with the skankiness of Abercrombie & Fitch's notorious ads.
Imagine the shock of Eoghan Kavanagh, who wanted to purchase AF clothing for his thirteen-year-old son. How was the lad to be trendy and au courant without Ambercrombie & Fitch draped upon his pubescent shoulders?
Attempts at ordering were futile. AF insisted that the rags young master Kavanagh lusted after could not be shipped to Ireland because they were made in China, of Chinese cotton, and were banned from import by the EU.
Not so, Mr. Kavanagh came to learn. That restriction had been lifted at the end of 2008. There was no reason, besides a ban on poor taste, to prevent AF from shipping to Dublin.
As far as Ambercrombie & Fitch is concerned, they don't know a thing about the ban being lifted and they're not shipping to Ireland. End of discussion.
In reality, they're doing the Kavanaghs a great favor. The sweet young things in my part of the world wouldn't be caught dead in AF garments. No one of proper breeding wears that trash, except for the white trash who think it's so stylish.
Ireland is spared, as long as Ambercrombie & Fitch adheres to outdated regulations. By the time the mess is straightened out, there'll be some other fashion to follow, some other brand to wear like so much free advertising with logos emblazoned prominently.
Can't go wrong with Ralph Lauren's polo pony on your high-priced shirt.