Abercrombie & Fitch Partners with The Trevor Project for #FaceYourFierce Campaign

Campaign featuring LGBTQ activists in Support of Pride Month

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, May 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abercrombie & Fitch, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is proud to announce its latest initiative with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, as part of the retailer and nonprofit’s year-long partnership. In time for Pride month, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, an event that spurred the modern-day fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S, A&F will feature LGBTQ activists and ambassadors for The Trevor Project throughout its #FaceYourFierce campaign.

The #FaceYourFierce campaign, which originally debuted in February 2019 as part of the re-launch of A&F’s iconic fragrance, Fierce, highlights A&F associates, athletes, activists, actors, and more who “live fiercely” with courage, humility, love and empathy. The latest features Trevor ambassadors including: Content Creator and Activist Tyler Oakley, Actor Johnny Sibilly, Model Taylor Phillips, WNBA Star Stephanie Dobson, Out Magazine Editor Phillip Picardi, Producer Crystal Anderson, Model and Activist TJ, Musician Mena Sachdev, Digital Creator Kyle Kreiger and Professional Cheerleader Napoleon Jinnies*.

The campaign sees the cast share personal experiences of Fierceness, which aim to send messages of hope and support to LGBTQ youth in crisis. The content will be shared across both organizations’ digital channels, in Abercrombie stores and paid media throughout the month of June. A&F will donate a portion of proceeds of Fierce sales and its Pride Collection**, and customers have the opportunity to round up their purchase in U.S. stores and online through the month of June. The funds raised in this campaign hope to bring further awareness and reach to The Trevor Project’s work which aims to touch the lives of 80,000 youth in 2019, a significant increase on previous years.

“We are excited to share our #FaceYourFierce narrative through members of the LGBTQ community, ahead of this historic Pride month,” said Kristin Scott, President, Global Brands at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “We hope that these personal and inspiring stories will help bring further attention to The Trevor Project’s essential work.”

“When LGBTQ young people see diverse public figures like the Trevor ambassadors in the #FaceYourFierce campaign, they feel seen and know that they are not alone,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “That’s what we do every day at The Trevor Project, and we are grateful to Abercrombie & Fitch for their ongoing support of LGBTQ youth and our mission to save LGBTQ young lives.”

The partnership between A&F and The Trevor Project began in 2010. To date, A&F Co. and its customers have donated more than $600,000 to the nonprofit, with donations in 2018 funding its digital crisis counselors training, specifically. This partnership will continue throughout 2019 with a series of product collections and events, including participation in the New York City Pride March on June 30, 2019.

To learn more about The Trevor Project or to get help, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

*Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley), Actor Johnny Sibilly (@johnnysibilly), Model Taylor Phillips (@taylorjphillips), WNBA Star Stephanie Dobson (@bigmamastef), Out Magazine Editor Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi), Producer Crystal Anderson (@beerbottles_chainsaws), Model and Activist TJ (@renegades_), Musician Mena Sachdev (@ushamami), Digital Creator Kyle Kreiger (@kylekrieger) and Professional Cheerleader Napoleon Jinnies (@napoleonjinnies).

** Up to $100,000 in proceeds from the Pride Collection and Fierce will be donated to the Trevor Project.

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About The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

About Abercrombie & Fitch: 
Abercrombie & Fitch is a specialty retailer of high-quality apparel and accessories for men and women. For more than 125 years, the iconic brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, it reflects the updated attitude of the modern consumer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates approximately 315 locations (includes abercrombie kids) worldwide as of the end of Q1 2019. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF). The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co. 

To learn more about Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s charitable work, visit http://corporate.abercrombie.com/af-cares/af-gives-back/our-mission

Media Contact:
Clare Drummond
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6300

Investor Contact:
Pam Quintiliano
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877

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