We don’t blame Gawker for making fun and drawing attention to Philly-based Urban Outfitters and a book it’s selling, rather graphically depicting beastiality.
In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone fucking an actual pig before in my life, or being fucked by a pig, as the case may be. Certainly not a three-way. Not until today, when I went to Urban Outfitter’s website to browse through the books section anyway.
Anyone who’s familiar with the work of photographer and writer Paul Kwiatkowski, whose And Every Day Was Overcast is a sordid visual-textual novel about growing up in South Florida – drugs, poverty, violence, sex, pig sex, I guess? – certainly has to have a tolerance for the shocking, but this is probably a little bit edgier than the company is aiming for.
But this seems like a bit of a somersault to perform:
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Don’t expect to see the shirt on the left in an Urban Outfitters anytime soon:
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Goldman Sachs is urging investors to be cautious when investing in Philly-based Urban Outfitters because…tutus.
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Early rendering of the Newtown Promenade development.
Over at our sister site, Shoppist, the news is good for Bucks County Anthro fans: The Promenade development in Newtown Township — which is planned as several retail stores and 26 luxury apartments — has reached “an agreement in principle” with Anthropologie, owned by Urban Outfitters Inc., to be its anchor tenant. The reason the language is tentative right now is because Promenade developers have yet to secure funding for the project, which can’t happen until problems with the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority are resolved.
But Urban Chief Development Officer Dave Ziel is clearly optimistic about the development’s future — and he is not a guy who speaks off the cuff. “Anthropologie is incorporating the final deal points and we are hopeful of completing the transaction is the very near future,” he told the Bucks County Courier Times. (This isn’t the Promenade’s first dance with Anthropologie, which was slated to be a tenant before and then pulled out.)
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Urban Outfitters co-founder Scott Belair, Lehigh U ’69, is giving his alma mater a $20 million grant (with more to come, apparently) to create a sort of satellite campus/”innovation incubator” on top of a hill where students will roam around dreaming up genius ways to change the world, with little to no guidance from anyone else. They call it…”The Mountaintop Project.” Really.
Operating much like a study-abroad program, Lehigh students will head to Mountaintop for an entire semester to focus on nothing but their big idea to change the world. They’ll get guidance from their professors and colleagues — if they want it — but the concept, process and solutions will be all theirs. “We need to breed a new generation of risk-takers,” Lehigh University President Alice Gast said Wednesday. “Our current system of education rewards the risk-averse: It’s listening to lectures and passing tests. This is an effort to break through and show what education can be.”
If they don’t change the world, do they pass the class? The new campus will be located in a few former Bethlehem Steel factories. [Morning Call]
First, Urban Outfitters got some wrist-slaps from the PC crowd (and the governor of Kentucky) for selling a shot glass that looked like a prescription drug bottle. So they pulled the bottle. (It looks just like this item, except it isn’t a coffee mug.)
Now the smart-ass internet commenter crowd is calling out the Navy Yard–based retailer for a yay marijuana! T-shirt that defies the commonly accepted rules of logic.
In other words, if pot equals happiness and pot also equals money, then money does equal happiness. Logic aside, you’ll look like a tool if you wear this shirt. [Business Insider]
Philly-based Urban Outfitters, which calls the Navy Yard home, has come under fire lately for having an all-male board. To solve that problem, CEO Richard Hayne has added one Margaret Hayne to the board. Margaret Hayne is Richard’s wife. And folks are not happy about that.
The state treasurer of Connecticut called Urban Outfitters’ proposal to add CEO Richard Hayne’s wife Margaret Hayne to its all-male board “cynical” and an “insult,” according to a statement by the New York and Connecticut state pension funds, the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, and the Calvert and Portico investment funds.
“Bogus,” added someone else. To add insult to injury, the Inquirer story that reported this called Urban a “women’s clothing chain.” Not into skinny jeans, eh? [Inquirer]
Urban Outfitters has announced its plan to phase out cash registers. Instead, cashiers will ring you up on iPads because it’s the future, you guys. The iPads apparently cost 20 percent of the price of the registers and are more versatile. Employees with also be outfitted (see what I did there) with iPod touches so as to coordinate with the iPads. Until, of course, the machines rise up and enslave us all. The end is nigh. [Yahoo!]
Urban Outfitters generates $2.5 billion of revenue annually. Of that $2.5 billion, nearly 25 percent of it comes from online sales. In the coming years, though, Urban Outfitters plans to increase the share of the revenue generated by ecommerce. The company is set to expand its ecommerce team, open a facility to house the newly-expanded ecommerce team, reduce the number of physical store locations, and offer promotions exclusively available online in order to convert in-store into Internet customers. [Technically Philly]