Last Thursday, the campus teemed with suppressed excitement as a horde of
50 Abercrombie and Fitch models descended upon Swarthmore for the store's
upcoming back-to-school catalogue, due out in the fall.
The clothing brand, famed for its preppy style, had looked at various other
college campuses within the Philadelphia area, such as Bryn Mawr, Arcadia,
U-Penn and Villanova, but eventually chose Swarthmore for their photo shoot.
Explained Mr. Damen Reynolds, who works with the production crew: "When we
were asked to look for a college campus, I asked the people living around
here and all of them mentioned Swarthmore. It's a beautiful campus!"
The crew, who arrived early Thursday morning and worked until sundown, took
photographs in areas all over campus, such as the Sharples kitchen, the
fieldhouse, and Parrish Beach.
This year's back-to-school issue will be based entirely in Philadelphia.
Locations that will be sharing space in the catalogue with Swarthmore
include Boat House Row and Merion.
Source: Swathmore Daily Gazette, March 8, 2002