Anyone can tell you, 2011 was full of big-budget product flops.
None, however, may be as grievous as the Ashley Push-Up Triangle.
While no stranger to controversy, Abercrombie & Fitch really seems to have gone over the edge in 2011. In March of this year, the company unveiled its spring line for Abercrombie Kids, a division targeting children ages 8 to 14.
Included in the new offerings was the “Ashley” Push-Up Triangle, a bikini top with padding – for children ages 8 to 14.
The launch of the “Ashley” Push-Up Triangle prompted a violent outcry from parent groups. Several child development experts also criticized the top for sexualizing young girls.
At first, Abercrombie attempted to appease the masses by reclassifying the top as padded and saying it was not meant for very young girls.
“We’ve re-categorized the Ashley swimsuit as padded. We agree with those who say it is best ‘suited’ for girls age 12 and older,” the company announced on Facebook.
The bikini top is no longer featured on the company’s website, however.
What other products made the list of the year’s biggest flops, according to 24/7 Wall Street?
Qwikster, the Chevy Volt, the HTC Status phone, the BlackBerry Playbook, the Fiat 500, and the movie “Mars Needs Moms“.
Here’s to a bit more success in 2012, guys.