11 Facts You Never Knew About Forever 21

April 6, 2015 by Sara Alderman
shefinds | Style

Forever 21 is a massive fast fashion empire. Chances are, you own (or have owned) at least one thing from the chain. Get to know the 5th largest specialty retailer in America a little better in this slideshow. [Photo: Shutterstock]

On April 21, 1984, Do Wong Chang and his wife, Jin Sook, opened the first store in Los Angeles shortly after moving to America from Korea. [Photo: Instagram]

F21 is all in the family! Do Wong Chang's daughters, Linda and Esther, joined the business after graduating college as the head of the Marketing Department and lead Visuals Director, respectively.  [Photo: Instagram, shop similar here]

Forever 21 was originally called Fashion 21. [Photo: Instagram, shop similar here]

F21 is the 5th largest specialty retailer in the United States. [Photo: Instagram]

As of 2015, Forever 21 ranked 118 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies. [Photo: Instagram, shop similar here]

The first location outside of CA opened in 1995 at the Mall Of Americas in Miami, Florida. [Photo: Instagram]

As of 2009, F21 had been sued at least 50 times for copyright infringement! [Photo: Instagram, shop similar here]

Chrissy Teigen was fired from a Forever 21 shoot for being fat. [Photo: Splash News]

Clothing can not be removed from a mannequin. The visual merchandisers decided what to put on the mannequins each week--not even a store manager can take off the clothing.  [Photo: Instagram, shop similar items here]

F21 donated an entire day's worth of online sales to aid Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims in 2011. [Photo: Instagram, shop similar jeans here]

You have 21 days to return an item for exchange or store credit only with a receipt--all tags must still be attached. Jewelry and sale items are final sale.  [Photo: Instagram]



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Sara Alderman has covered topics from fashion to beauty and beyond.

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