Everything To Know About Abercrombie CEO's Partner Matthew Smith_freckle removal serum

Sabrina Talbert·4 min read
Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY
Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY
  • Netflix's new documentary about Abercrombie & Fitch,White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, came out on April 19.

  • The film explores the rise and fall of the popular retailer, including all the controversy around CEO Mike Jeffries.

  • Jeffries' longtime partner Matthew Smith had a strong influence in the company's strategy and on-the-ground operations. So where is he now?

Netflix's new documentary White Hot: The Rise And Fall of Abercrombie & Fitchjust dropped, and fans have more questions than answers following its release. The film goes into all the details behind the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the popular clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch, and its CEO Mike Jeffries.

As news of Jeffries' exclusionary and discriminatory hiring and marketing practices surfaced (including his refusal to make plus-sized women's clothing), employees came forward to shed light on the unexpected involvement of Jeffries' longtime romantic partner, Matthew Smith, at the company. Employees said Smith was constantly hanging around, despite not actuallybeing employed by Abercrombie & Fitch.

Sure, he was dating Jeffries, but how much—if any—influence did he have on the company's eventual fall from grace? Here's everything to know:

Who is Matthew Smith?

Matthew Smith was the longtime romantic partner of Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries. And while he wasn't an official employee of the retailer in any capacity, he was reportedly quite involved in what went on behind the scenes.

Smith graduated from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in entrepreneurial management and was described by some colleagues as "a handsome, polished Brit," Buzzfeed Newsreported.

There was also a decent age gap between Smith and Jeffries. While Jeffries is currently 77, current estimates suggest that Smith is around 59 now. (Smith was 50 years old as of May 2013, according to public records that Buzzfeedfound).

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