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Teens Flee Abercrombie for Upstarts as Phones Top Malls

Teens don’t shop the way they used to.

Where young consumers with spare cash once thronged the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. for clothing that telegraphed their identities, the new generation is poorer, shuns logos and socializes more on the Internet than at the mall. They’re also increasingly global fashion citizens, mixing garments from brands across the world that are now accessible from their smartphones.