Yes, this news is old; but it’s still worthy of mentioning.
I’m not going to type out a long explanation of why you should or should not shop there; but I realized after it kept getting brought up in various ”did you know” conversations (and comments), I decided it should be discussed.
Here are the basic facts surrounding the man in question:
- Company president Richard Hayne is a conservative Republican.
- The company that owns Urban Outfitters also controls brands Anthropologie and Free People.
- Richard Hayne has previously been a financial supporter of US Senator Rick Santorum; a very confused politician who is against amnesty for illegal immigrants and equates homosexual sex to incest and bestiality.
- UO clothing is created entirely in 3rd world factories.
This is a man who embraced an anti-business and anti-war stance in his humble beginnings, but was corrupted after time by the machine that is Corporate America. Take from this what you will, decide if this if a shop you still want to financially support and stay informed.
For a very detailed (and informative) interview with Richard Hayne, see the Philadelphia Weekly’s online story.