H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

 

H&M is proud to announce it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M will create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The collection will also include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure. The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection.

“It is such an honor for H&M to dress both the Swedish Olympians and Paralympians for the upcoming Games in PyeongChang. The designs will bring together sport, functionality and fashion and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection,”

says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director.

The collaboration between H&M and the Swedish Olympic Committee started in 2013. Since then H&M has created the collections for the games in Sochi 2014 as well as the games in Rio 2016. H&M has also in-between these games created collections for six youth games.

“PyeongChang 2018 marks the third time H&M will dress Team Sweden. H&M brings fashion to the Olympics in a completely new manner. We are looking forward to getting dressed up in their new designs in February,” says Anna Lundin, Marketing and Communication Executive at the Swedish Olympic Committee.

“Being part of a big nations team, when all sports come together and to be representing your country; that´s what makes the Olympic Games special. The clothes are important for building that team spirit and H&M are awesome at creating that feeling. Their designs will make us want to go for gold. The Swedish team will for sure wear the clothing with pride,” says Henrik Harlaut, Swedish Olympic Team freestyle skiing, ski slopestyle.

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Mid Rivers Mall announces significant investment and upgrades on the property

St. Peters, MO, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of the announcement by H&M to open a store at Mid Rivers Mall this fall, the mall is also excited to announce several store relocations to make way for the new store, as well as significant investment and upgrades both inside and outside the property.

Three national retailers have made a commitment to stay at Mid Rivers Mall, despite the need for them to relocate for the new H&M store. Claire’s will move to a new 1,250 square foot space on the lower level in Center Court. Justice will relocate to a new 4,100 square foot space on the lower level near Dillard’s. Lane Bryant will move to a new 5,000 square foot space on the lower level in the Dillard’s wing. All three will open in their new locations by this summer. American Eagle Outfitters is also reinvesting in their store at the mall by completing a remodel of the space in their current location on the lower level in the Dillard’s wing.

Mid Rivers Mall will also be opening a new “Pop-Up Shop” next month, an opportunity for local boutiques to try their business in a mall setting for one week at a time. Additional details are forthcoming in the coming weeks, but small businesses interested in more information about this new leasing opportunity can contact Justine Robinson, Specialty Leasing Manager, at 636.970.2610 ext. 227.

In addition to these retailer moves inside the mall, Mid Rivers Mall is also investing in the interior with several projects. First, the Center Court escalators will be replaced. Second, both elevators will be improved with new finishes and mechanical upgrades. Finally, new digital directories will be installed throughout the mall. All of the interior projects will be complete by this summer.

Finally, several major improvements are being made on the exterior of the mall as well. The parking lot lights will be upgraded to LED, plus 24 more poles will be installed throughout the lot. The majority of the lot will be resurfaced this year, and the remaining portion completed in 2019.

“Between the new H&M, several store relocations and the significant investment both inside and outside the property, a ‘Mid-amorphosis’ at Mid Rivers Mall is taking place,” said the mall’s General Manager, Spencer Dawkins.  “These new stores and enhancements prove to our shoppers and the community that Mid Rivers Mall is THE major shopping destination in St. Charles County.”

Mid Rivers Mall completed a full interior renovation program at the end of 2013, which included new flooringupdated interior colors and paint, energy-efficient lighting upgrades, plus new amenities including soft seating areas and holiday décor. In 2016, Mid Rivers Mall made the investment in a brand new HVAC system.

About Mid Rivers Mall
Mid Rivers Mall is owned and managed by CBL Properties and includes over 140 specialty stores including Bath & Body Works, Charlotte Russe, The Children’s Place, Express, Francesca’s, LOFT, New York & Company Outlet,  a 14-screen Marcus Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Best Buy.  Mid Rivers Mall is conveniently located along Interstate 70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive. For more information about Mid Rivers Mall, please call 636.970.2610, or visit the website at www.ShopMidRiversMall.com.

SOURCE: CBL Properties

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H&M group the most frequently praised company by NGOs and activists in 2017 according to SIGWATCH

SIGWATCH, the world market leader in analysis of NGO and activist campaigns, has recently published the ranking of the most praised companies by activists in 2017.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Out of all companies in the world, H&M group was the most frequently praised one by NGOs and activists in 2017. This is the finding of a study published by SIGWATCH, the world market leader in analysis of NGO and activist campaigns. Since 2016, H&M group climbed from rank ten to one. At the same time, we have improved our position significantly in the ranking of most frequently criticized companies by these stakeholders. From being ranked seven to forty.

We are proud to see that H&M group’s ambitious sustainability strategy – to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while being a fair and equal company – has been well received by all these NGOs and activists. We are committed to continue strengthening our relations with stakeholders with our collaborative and transparent way of working.

For more information about our extensive work in sustainability, please visit sustainability.hm.com

SOURCE: H&M group

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Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

The consumption of bags in Lindex Swedish stores has decreased significant since the launch of One Bag Habit on June 1, 2017. Only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers have chosen to buy a bag which means that Lindex now to donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid.

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — One Bag Habit is a joint initiative launched by Lindex, KappAhl and H&M with the aim to reduce the consumption of bags and raise awareness of bags negative environmental impact. Just like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex charge for bags in its Swedish stores and during the first seven months only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers bought a bag.

We are very pleased with the impact that our joint initiative have had and how it contributes to a better bag consumption. The fact that two-thirds of Lindex Swedish customers have found other, more sustainable ways, to carry home their products feels great, says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Sustainability Manager at Lindex.

Like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex donates the surplus from sold bags to causes that drive sustainable development, within environment or social issues. The sum from the seven first months is 280 000 euro and this money will be donated to the Swedish research program STEPS and the international organization WaterAid.

Since the launch of the initiative, several Swedish companies have joined and in the beginning of 2018, Lindex in Norway, Finland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the Baltics will also start charging for the bags.

Learn more about One Bag Habit at lindex.com

SOURCE: Lindex

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H&M launches its latest activewear collection made in sustainable materials inspired by nature and strong women

H&M launches its latest activewear collection made in sustainable materials inspired by nature and strong women

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blending fashionable design with highly functional details, H&M is thrilled to announce that the latest activewear collection is also made in sustainable materials. Inspired by nature and strong women, the collection will be available globally in select stores starting December 28th and online at hm.com January 4th.

Revolving around the theme of “In it for the long run”, the activewear collection includes a versatile range of tights, sports bras, hoodies and tops for training, running and yoga. There is an emphasis on nature and sustainability, through the prints and the colour palette of green tones, black and beige, but also the predominant use of recycled polyester and elastane in each and every piece. The garments have functional details such as being quick-dry and seamless for maximum comfort, plus built-in support and holes for ventilation. Designs are fresh, figure-flattering and fashion-forward with contrast panelling, criss-cross backs and decorative webbing. The result is a truly modern activewear collection that reflects the importance of conscious fashion today.

“By bringing together the functional and feminine, the aim is to give customers a stylish, conscious sports collection. And not just through the fabrics – we utilised a new knitting technique that creates seamless garments while using less yarn or fabric waste. Blending function with sustainable thinking and fashion in this way is the way forward,”

Petra Smeds, Head Designer of sportswear

This collection also characterises H&M’s continued commitment to sustainability and is just one of the several steps H&M is making towards their overall goal of becoming 100% circular. Ultimately, H&M want to create a closed loop for textiles in which unwanted clothes can be reused or recycled into new treasures.

For more images and information about the collection, please visit H&M Image Gallery.

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H&M opens on Tmall in spring 2018

H&M opens on Tmall, the world’s largest e-commerce platform, during spring 2018

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M opened its first store in mainland China 10 years ago. Today H&M group revenues in China amount to SEK 11 billion (approximately USD 1.3 billion) in more than 500 physical stores and online. The H&M group brand Monki has had a strong development in China since its launch on Tmall and the collaboration between the two groups is now being extended to include both the H&M brand and H&M Home. There are also far advanced discussions regarding the launch of the remaining brands in the H&M group on Tmall.

“As one of the world’s most innovative fashion companies, H&M is a perfect fit for Alibaba’s Tmall platform,” says Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group. “We are honored to expand our cooperation with H&M and host their flagship store, enabling H&M brands to engage with our half a billion consumers.”

“We are very happy to be able to make H&M even more accessible in mainland China. Tmall is an important complement to our existing physical and digital stores. We see great potential for substantial future growth and Tmall will be an important part of this,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of the H&M group.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

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Katarina Kempe
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H&M announces G-Eazy x H&M collection of new season menswear essentials

H&M announces G-Eazy x H&M collection of new season menswear essentials

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Multi-platinum recording artist and producer G-Eazy, who releases his new album The Beautiful & Damned worldwide today, has worked creatively together with H&M to develop the new season H&M pieces that define his on-point style. The G-Eazy x H&M collection drops on March 1 at H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.

“My style is like my signature and part of my creativity, it’s my way of expressing myself as an artist. I’m so proud of the G-Eazy x H&M collection and I’m excited to share it with the world,”  — G-Eazy.

“G-Eazy is such a cool guy, he defines the menswear moment right now and it’s been a real pleasure to work with him on these sharp pieces. We love his unique take on streetwear with tailoring, and his love of checks and vivid colour. We look forward to reveal more about the collection with all G-Eazy and H&M fans.” says Andreas Löwenstam, H&M’s men’s head of design.

For full interview with G-Eazy, head to www.hm.com/magazine

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54

H&M shortlisted in the world’s premier circular economy award program, The Circulars

H&M group has been selected as a finalist in the world’s premier circular economy award program, The Circulars.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The award program, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, offers recognition to individuals and organizations across the globe that are making notable contributions to the circular economy in the private and public sector, as well as society.

H&M group has been selected as a finalist in the category The Accenture Strategy Award for Circular Economy Multinational. The winner of the award will be announced at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos on January 22, 2018.

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H&M opens its first store in Georgia

H&M opens its first store in Georgia

 

The long-awaited store finally opened its doors at 12:00 November 18th. One of the world’s largest fashion retailers H&M greeted nearly 2000 fashion lovers who was lining up from 5 AM in the morning to be among the first to grab the latest fashion. The 3000 square metre store which spans over three levels, houses a selection of fashion and accessories for men, women, youth and kids.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The earliest H&M customers were welcomed with coffee, water and snacks. The lucky first 1003 customers entering the store received gift cards, including 200 GEL to the 1st in line, 100 GEL to the 2nd and 50 GEL to the 3rd in line and the rest 1 000 received 30 GEL. The 1003 fans also received a limited edition tote bag as a gift celebrating the opening of the store. Customers also received 20% off the entire assortment, all day. Charismatic Tv presenter Irakli Makatsaria and actress Salome Kokuashvili  together with popular DJ Rembo, counted down to the opening. H&M joyous staff team performed a lively dance in honor of opening of the first store in Georgia. Claudia Oszwald, the Country Manager for H&M Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Georgia together with Store Manager officially cut the red ribbon and welcomed the first eager shoppers.

 “We have been waiting for this day for a long time now and we are very happy to see so many H&M admirers in Tbilisi! I am so proud to welcome shoppers to our very first store and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers added value through fashion, quality and sustainability at the best price,” says Claudia Oszwald.

The H&M Tbilisi store is located at Galleria Tbilisi, Rustaveli Avenue 2/4 with regular opening hours Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am- 22:00 pm. At H&M fashion never sleeps!

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Katarina Kempe
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SOURCE: H&M

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H&M announces 2017 Holiday campaign film featuring Nicki Minaj

H&M announces 2017 Holiday campaign film featuring Nicki Minaj

 

H&M is pleased to announce that the 2017 Holiday campaign film will star Nicki Minaj alongside Jesse Williams and John Turturro. Directed by Johan Renck, the film tells a story of a parallel fantasy world filled with memorable characters and a universal message of caring for one another.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A modern take on the classic fairytale, the film centres around a heroic little girl who tracks down the evil brother of Santa Claus in order to save the holiday season from his selfishness. Nicki Minaj stars as the mother of the little girl as well as the fabulous fairy named the Wisest Thingy, while Jesse Williams plays the dual role of the father and the supernatural Fastest Fairy, and John Turturro takes on the part of both Santa Claus and the evil brother of Santa Claus.

“I love the film’s over all empowering message. I love seeing this young girl become the champion that lives in all of us. There’s always magic in the air during the Holidays,”

Nicki Minaj

“It’s exciting to see our festive designs come to life together with such inspirational talents. They definitely added some extra magic to the film and we hope that our customers will love how the fashion is presented throughout the holiday season at H&M,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director.

A wide range of festive fashion for the whole family and selected garments seen in the film will be available in stores and online at hm.com during the Holiday campaign period, which starts November 9.

Scroll down to see the teaser film. The full version of the Holiday film will go live on hm.com November 28. For more images, please visit our Image Gallery.

Press inqueries regarding H&M group please contact:
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Source: H&M group

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H&M’s image recognition tool now available in 13 markets

H&M’s image recognition tool now available in 13 markets

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Image Search adds to a seamless shopping experience. Already available in 13 markets – and more to come – H&M’s image recognition tool helps fashion fans move directly from inspiration to purchase in the H&M app.

Powered by the self-learning algorithms of image recognition technology, Image Search is a tool that helps customers move directly from inspiration – in for example social media, screen shots or own photos – to purchases via the H&M mobile app. Users simply feed a picture of a style they like to the app and the app will immediately present one or several similar purchasable products from H&M’s wide online assortment. Image Search is shown as a camera icon in the top right corner of the H&M app.

H&M’s Image Search was first launched in May 2017 in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. In late September, the app became available in a further nine markets: Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland and Poland. Currently live in 13 markets, the plan is to launch Image Search across more H&M markets further ahead.

As with other H&M digital features, such as #HM Gallery and My Style, Image Search takes further steps to combine visual discovery with new technology, to make shopping even more convenient and inspiring for customers. At H&M, customers should be able to discover and shop H&M fashion in their mobile devices whenever and wherever they like, including H&M’s followers on Instagram. H&M has more than 23 million followers on Instagram.

#HM Gallery is an easy and inspiring way to make the content of Instagram pictures purchasable through user generated images as well as H&M’s own pictures. My Style is an inspirational and partially personalised product feed, which increases online exportability. The feed uses Instagram pictures when available and every image includes at least one purchasable H&M item. #HM Gallery and My Style are available in most of H&M’s 43 online markets globally.

SOURCE: H&M

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Katarina Kempe
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H&M: There is absolutely no reason for us to incinerate usable clothes

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For H&M to send our products for incineration is very rare, it’s only done when they do not fulfill our safety regulations; if they are mould infested or do not fulfill our strict chemical requirements. We are very concerned as to why some media would suggest that we would destroy usable clothing. There is absolutely no reason for us to do such a thing.

The products to which the media are referring, have been tested in external laboratories. The test results show that one of the products is mold infested and the other product contains levels of lead that are too high. (four independent tests show a result between 707-5237 ppm lead which highly exceeds H&M’s limits of 90 ppm). Those products have rightly been stopped in accordance with our safety routines.

According to the test we have, the test for lead performed by the Danish program did not include the whole garment, and not the part affected levels of lead that are too high. The other test performed by the Danish program did not include tests for mould (instead “Kim” and “E-coli” which is bacteria and not mould). This is the reason why our tests differ.

When test results show that certain products do not fulfill our safety regulations they should not under any circumstances be neither sold to our customer or be recycled. They will therefore be sent to destruction in accordance with our global safety routines. H&M has one of the strictest Chemical Restrictions in the industry and we do regular testing, often in external laboratories. Accordingly, the restrictions often go further than the law demands as we want our customers to feel totally safe to use our products.

Products stopped for other reasons than health and safety are either donated to charity organisations or re-used through re-use/recycling companies. Those products in stores that are not sold at full price are sold at a reduced price through our sales. We also actively move garments to stores or markets where we see a greater demand, or store them for the next season. At a last resort, we consider external buyers of our overstock.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

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Katarina Kempe
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ARKET opens its first store in Germany

ARKET opens its first store in Germany

 

The first ARKET store in Germany, 004005-940, is now open. The new store is located on Weinstraße 6 in Munich, and is following the brand’s launch in London and online, as well as store openings in Copenhagen and Brussels earlier this autumn

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Housed in a new four-floor building in the centre of the city, between the famous 12th-century town square and the landmark ‘Frauenkirche’ cathedral, ARKET will be a modern-day market offering essential products for men, women, children and the home.

The store occupies the entire building, a space of approximately 1,000 square metres, and includes
a café based on the New Nordic Food Manifesto. The café is located at the ground level with outdoor seating in a laneway courtyard, next to Munich’s historic breweries and beer gardens.

“This is a unique opportunity for us. We feel very lucky to be able to open the first ARKET store in Germany in this interesting corner location. It is a beautiful space, it feels very modern but has a depth of character already, with natural light flooding the store from all directions”

Ulrika Bernhardtz, Creative Director, at the time of the store’s announcement earlier this year.

ARKET means ‘sheet of paper’ in Swedish. Its mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time. The collections are composed of ARKET’s own products alongside a selection of the best examples from other brands.

For more information, please contact press@arket.com

Source: H&M

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H&M group emerges as one of the top performing brands in the Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yesterday (2 OCT, 2017), WWF, Solidaridad and Pesticide Action Network UK released their Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017 were they are assessing company performance in connection to sustainable cotton cultivation.

“We are very happy to have been highlighted as one of the top performing brands in the Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017. We hope that our sustainability approach and goals can push the development for the whole industry and that we can inspire other brands to follow.  We will gradually increase the share of  cotton from sustainable sources, including organic cotton, recycled cotton and Better Cotton. The goal is that all our cotton should come from sustainable sources by 2020”, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M group

H&M groups gradual increase of sustainable material is an important part of their vision to become fully circular.

“In addition, H&M want to use only recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030. In 2016, 26% of the total materials were either recycled or sustainably sourced. The H&M group has been committed to sustainability for a long time, and we are proud of what we have achieved so far. For us it has always been important to act in a way that makes it possible not just for present but also future generations to enjoy fashion”, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M group.

To read the report please see http://issuu.com/pan-uk/docs/sustainable_cotton_ranking_2017?e=28041656/53880311

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

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Katarina Kempe
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H&M partners with artist Ace Tee to create a new collection

H&M partners with artist Ace Tee to create a new collection

 

H&M has teamed up with artist Ace Tee to create a new collection, characterised by an urban street style. The collection will be available from 7th September 2017 at hm.com.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by her personal style, the collection pays homage to the fashion and light-heartedness of the 90´s: streetwear fashion that is feminine and cool at the same time. A colour palette of black and white is combined with bright orange and vibrant yellow. Band t-shirts and track pants are paired with a fitted wrap top and a short kimono. A tight body, leggings and a sporty top in camouflage print create an urban look. A short wrap skirt and matching jacket fit the 90’s double denim look. A fan scarf, colorful sunglasses, choker and socks are the perfect accessories to complete the cool looks.

“Working together with H&M was such a great experience for me. I love this collection as it reminds me of my idols and the 90´s. There is something for everyone”, says Ace Tee about the collection.

Ace Tee gained an international reputation a short time after her song ‘Bist du down’ became viral. Ace Tee´s voice and music carry the easy and cool vibe of the 90`s. With her collection that is being sold online worldwide she follows her vision of a global movement of community.

“I am deeply convinced that music and fashion can connect people beyond nationality, gender and age. I am happy if I can achieve the same feeling with my collection”, says Ace Tee.

Contact:

Head of Media Relations
Sofia Jegerborn
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

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ARKET to open 1 September in Copenhagen

ARKET will open 1 September at Købmagergade 33 in Copenhagen. The new store, 004002-941, is the brand’s second opening and follows the launch on Regent Street in London, as well as online on arket.com in 18 European markets, on 25 August.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers who sign up to the mailing list on arket.com can access the online store on 23 August, two days before the official launch, and can shop at a reduced rate for a limited period.

ARKET is a modern-day market offering essential products for men, women, children and the home. Its mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time. The collections are composed of ARKET’s own products alongside a selection of the best examples from other brands.

Located in one of Copenhagen’s historical palatial townhouses, the store will also include a café based on the New Nordic Food Manifesto.

For more information, please contact press@arket.com

Contact:

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

SOURCE: H & M

H&M announces exclusive designer collaboration with ERDEM

H&M announces exclusive designer collaboration with ERDEM

 

Stockholm, Sweden, 2017-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —Today (13 JUL, 2017) H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&M is also pleased to reveal that the visionary film maker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. ERDEM x H&M will be available in selected stores as well as on hm.com, November 2.

For H&M, Erdem has designed a brand-new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men. Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes. For ERDEM x H&M he’ll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.

“I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time, says Erdem

“For me fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression –  a stand alone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with ERDEM and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection,” says Baz Luhrmann.

“From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Advisor.

Head of Media Relations:
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

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H&M teams up with colette for an exclusive edition of H&M Studio AW17

H&M teams up with colette for an exclusive edition of H&M Studio AW17

 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M has teamed up with the iconic Parisian concept store colette for an exclusive edition of H&M Studio AW17. While the nine-piece collection is rooted in the main AW17 designs, the H&M Studio x colette collection goes one step further – featuring a special colour palette based on colette’s signature blue, plus two completely unique designs. The H&M Studio x colette edition launches 21 August and will be available in-store and online at colette for two weeks, along with selected pieces from the main H&M Studio AW17 collection in advance of its global release date.

The H&M Studio x colette exclusive edition includes distinctive details such as hand-painted graffiti and jacquards with frayed edges. The street-meets-sophistication of AW17 was inspired by the creativity and energy of New York City, with strong tailoring combined with feminine silhouettes and punk influences for a hard-edged yet chic look.

“We really thought about the modern woman’s wardrobe and what she needs in it – sharp outerwear, soft dresses, flattering knits and statement accessories. For the H&M Studio x colette collection in particular, we not only combined contrasting fabrics in a garment, but also brought in more colour contrast with the signature colette blue, which created a more graphic structure and a new, fearless attitude,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director.

“There is a real arty yet urban vibe to the H&M Studio x colette pieces, which not only feels right for the store, but also for like-minded women all around the world. They want that combination of striking yet wearable and, of course, be completely au courant”

Sarah Andelman, founder and Creative Director of colette.

The nine pieces in the exclusive edition for colette include garments such as a navy and vibrant blue A-line anorak-poncho hybrid in a wool-nylon mix (unique design), a vibrant blue high-neck chiffon mini-dress with ruffled cuffs, ruffled hem, pin-tucks and fagotting (unique design), a fit-and-flare knee-length yarn-dyed checked dress with long sleeves, round neck, pleating from the waist and hand-painted graffiti overtop and a sleeveless round-neck mini-dress with fishtail hem, wide trim at arm holes and seams to accentuate the female form in either strong blue satin or black and white hairy jacquard.

The main H&M Studio AW17 collection will be available from 14 September in selected H&M stores around the world and online.

#HMStudio #AW17 #colette

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Sofia Jegerborn
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H&M supports The Circular Fibers Initiative

At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched a new initiative, bringing the industry together with the aim of a new system for textiles which is based on the principles of a circular economy instead of the traditional linear one. H&M is one of the supporters in the initiative.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our 100% circular vision and our goal to only use recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 plays a key role in our sustainability agenda. We are aware that our vision means a big change from on how fashion is made and enjoyed today and if we want to take the lead in this challenge, collaboration and accelerating innovation towards a circular systems together with the industry is crucial. The Circular Fibers Initiative will define a shared vision for a new global textile system and it will be an important foundation for collaboration to accelerate the journey towards a circular textile industry,” says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability, H&M Group.

“The way we produce, use, and reprocess clothing today is inherently wasteful, and current rising demand increases the negative impacts. The Circular Fibres Initiative aims to catalyse change across the industry by creating an ambitious, fact-based vision for a new global textiles system, underpinned by circular economy principles, that has economic, environmental, and social benefits, and can operate successfully in the long term,” says Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Other supporters are Core Philanthropic Funder, the C&A Foundation, Core Corporate Partners and NIKE. A consortium of organisations, including the Danish Fashion Institute, Fashion for Good, Cradle to Cradle, MISTRA Future Fashion and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition also supports the initiative.

Consumers keep their clothing for half the time that they did 15 years ago and after use a majority ends up in landfill. This characteristically linear economy puts high demand on land, energy and other resources. The participants in the Circular Fibres Initiative will work together to address the drawbacks of the ‘take-make-dispose’ model. The new system for textiles will be based on the principles of a circular economy, generating growth that benefits citizens and businesses, while phasing out negative impacts such as waste and pollution – an economy fit for the 21st Century.

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Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

H&M commits to doubling its energy productivity by 2030; joins EP100

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M is the first international fashion retailer to join EP100 since its launch in May 2016. The company is now part of a global, collaborative initiative that consists of nine other major leading businesses such as Woolworths, Land Securities, Dalmia Cement, Swiss Re, and Johnson Controls.

Led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, EP100 encourages influential businesses to double their energy productivity as part of international efforts to transition to a net-zero economy. By doubling the economic output from every unit of energy consumed, companies set a bold target, demonstrating climate leadership while reaping the benefits of lower energy costs.

On joining the campaign, Pierre Borjesson, Global Sustainability Business Expert, H&M said: “‘Using less energy and increasing our economic output is a fundamental part of our strategy. He continues: “We have long been working to reduce our climate impact and recently launched our new commitment to achieve a climate positive value chain by 2040. This means H&M will support reductions of greenhouse gases to larger extent than what our value chain emits. Two of our key priorities are leadership in energy productivity and using renewable energy throughout the value chain.”

By 2030 latest H&M plans to build future stores using 40% less energy per square meter, compared to those constructed today. Within its stores, the retailer aims to invest in new technologies for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to improve its operational energy productivity. Additionally, H&M aims to have 100% of its supplier partners enrolled in an energy efficiency program by 2025, as well as reduce the energy used in its logistics transport and warehouses.

Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive of The Climate Group said: “It is great to see a multinational such as H&M taking a leading role in enhancing energy efficiency by joining EP100. Already a member of our RE100 initiative that commits businesses to renewable power, H&M is going one step further in enhancing its commitment to climate initiatives.

“We hope that H&M’s leadership in this area can inspire other companies across sectors to embrace energy productivity initiatives, to align economic growth with environmental sustainability.”

About EP100

EP100 is a global campaign led by The Climate Group that encourages the world’s most influential businesses to pledge to double their energy productivity, to maximize the economic benefits from every unit of energy they consume. Active members of EP100 include: Covestro, Dalmia Cement, Danfoss, Hongbo, Johnson Controls, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, and Swiss Re. @ClimateGroup
The campaign is in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, as part of the We Mean Business Coalition.

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. They specialize in bold, catalytic and high-profile climate and energy initiatives with the world’s leading businesses and state and regional governments. Their work is at the forefront of ambitious climate action. Their vision is a world of prosperous ‘net-zero’ emission economies and thriving, sustainable societies. Their mission is to catalyze climate leadership in government and business to accelerate the shift to a prosperous and thriving ‘net-zero’ future for all. They do this by communicating to inform, convening to connect, and collaborating to scale and succeed. Founded in 2004, the offices are in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York and London.  TheClimateGroup.org | @climategroup

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Camilla Emilsson Falk
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H&M opens its first store in Colombia

H&M opens its first store in Colombia

 

On May 6th 2017, more than 3,000 shoppers eagerly awaited the moment when H&M opened its doors to their Colombian fans for the very first time in Bogota at Centro Commercial La Colina.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new store opening was highly anticipated with locals queuing from 2:00 pm two days before to get the first glimpse of one of the worlds largest H&M stores and all of the latest fashion collections. The 6,000 square metre store which spans two levels, houses a selection of fashion and accessories for men, women, teens and kids.

The hype outside the store began at 7:00 am when H&M served coffee, and snacks and exclusive gift bags were given to those excited fans who were first in line. Colombian Radio Host Alejandro Marin was on hand to do a live radio remote from the new store and interact with fans in line. TV host and local influencer Laura Tobon was also part of the excitement and counted down the opening and hosted fans. The first eager fans in line were also treated to gift cards with 600,000 pesos to enjoy all of the fabulous fashion in store and the next 300 people received 150,000 pesos each. H&M staff then performed their iconic team dance along with award winning dance troop Dunkan Dance to add to the electric atmosphere.

“We have been waiting for this day for a long time now and the response from our fans in Bogota was worth the wait! I am proud to welcome shoppers to our very first store and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers added value through fashion, quality and sustainability at the best price” says North American Continental Manager Daniel Kulle.

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Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

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H&M, KappAhl and Lindex launch initiative to help reduce consumption of plastic bags

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2017-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 1 One Bag Habit is launched jointly by H&M, KappAhl and Lindex. The initiative wants to contribute to reduced consumption of bags and an increased awareness about plastic bags’ negative environmental impact. The three fashion chains will therefore start to charge for their plastic bags and will donate the surplus from this sales to different causes that support sustainable development.

One Bag Habit is a joint initiative from H&M, KappAhl and Lindex where the members will charge for all plastic bags in store from June 1. All surplus from the sales of the bags will go to causes that drive sustainable development within social or environmentally related projects and each company chooses where the surplus will be donated. The initiative is a response to a coming EU directive to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

Our ambition with the One Bag Habit initiative is to facilitate and speed up the transition to a more sustainable consumption of shopping bags. We want to raise awareness about the bags’ negative environmental impact and we invite all retailers to join the initiative, says the three fashion chains in a joint statement.

About One Bag Habit: H&M, KappAhl and Lindex are initiators, and more retail companies are expected to join onwards. When participating in One Bag Habit, the members undertake to charge for all consumer bags as well as communicate about bags’ negative environmental impact and how consumer bags can be used in a more sustainable way. The companies also commit to offering recyclable consumer bags made from more sustainable materials. The surplus of the sales of the bags will go to different causes that drive sustainable development. Each member chooses to what cause and reports about the result yearly, on their home page and/or in their annual report. Initially the One Bag Habit will be launched in Sweden. The fashion chains’ joint ambition is to expand the initiative to their other markets.

About bags: Humanity has an important sustainability challenge in reducing the consumption of all kind of bags. Both plastic and paper bags have a negative impact on the climate. Even when the bags are made of renewable materials they are still very energy consumption in producing transporting and recycle. It takes 400 years for nature to break down a plastic bag. In the meantime it is distributed into small pieces and becomes a harmful ingredient in the food chain for both animals and humans. And bags made from cotton are also resource intensive, especially in the cultivation phase. It needs to be used 130-400 times to get down to the same level of environmental impact that is caused by a plastic bag. Simply, less bags need to be taken into use and the used ones needs to be used several times. The best option is to bring a bag from home instead of buying a new one when shopping. And make it into a more sustainable shopping routine that saves both the resources of the earth and our own economy. That’s what the One Bag Habit should contribute with.

More information about One Bag Habit can be found on www.one-bag-habit.se

SOURCE: Lindex

For more information contact:

Kristina Hermansson, Corporate Communications Manager
E-mail: press@lindex.com
Phone: +46 (0)31 739 50 60

 

Nicki Minaj: Partnering with H&M has been an incredible and unique experience

Nicki Minaj: Partnering with H&M has been an incredible and unique experience

 

H&M designed custom looks for Nicki Minaj, Future, Ashley Graham, Joe Jonas, Jourdan Dunn, Sasha Lane and Stella Maxwell for the 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by this year’s Costume Institute exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, the H&M design team created one-of-a-kind looks that explored many of Kawakubo’s recurring themes. These included deconstruction, subverted tradition and asymmetry, mixed with the charm of bows, flowers and polka dots, with each look made especially for this exclusive evening of fashion. Attending the Costume Institute Benefit for the third year in a row, H&M was particularly pleased with this year’s theme having collaborated with Comme des Garçons for its 2008 H&M designer collection.

“It has been our honour at H&M to create these looks inspired by Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, one of fashion’s most important and influential designers. Each H&M look has been entirely custom-made, with both Kawakubo’s creative world and the style of our guests in mind,” said Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director.

“Partnering with H&M has been an incredible and unique experience. The look we have created is so special to me and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with everyone. Together with the H&M design team, we embodied the theme; from the dramatic train to Kawakubo’s face. it’s truly inspiring!” Nicki Minaj

“It’s been such a wonderful experience with H&M for my first Met Gala. I have loved collaborating with them every step of the way and I can’t wait to show off my dress. It’s everything I could have ever dreamed of!” said Ashley Graham.

“I always love wearing H&M, so it’s been an amazing experience to have H&M create this one-off look just for me. The tailoring is sharp and perfect for this special night, and it’s all so effortless,” said Joe Jonas.

Rapper and singer ‪Nicki Minaj‪ wore a sheer tulle gown with a long train in raw-edged silk taffeta, featuring extravagant black vinyl roses trapped at the hem and beneath the train. The dress was held by an off-the-shoulder silk duchesse kimono top, its leather Obi belt featuring a mask of the face of Kawakubo. The train was decorated with rays of black and red, with one red Swarovski crystal ray extending to the front.

Rapper Future was dressed in a slim-fitted black tail-coat made from organic silk, TENCEL® and wool, its back embellished with a hand-embroidered black skull with a red Swarowski crystal heart. He wore it with a dark navy shirt in organic silk and a bow tie.

Model Ashley Graham wore a corset dress influenced by Kawakubo’s interest in revealing the inner workings of garments. An off-white corset was subtly deconstructed, while a long red silk skirt was boned and fastened by hook-and-eyes, both decorated with exuberant ruffles of dark red silk organza.

Model Jourdan Dunn wore a body-skimming dress that played with the theme of deconstructing and subverting traditional garments. A top of off-white silk taffeta shirting appeared as if falling off a calico bodice, its skirt of deconstructed navy pinstripe suiting that was cut asymmetrically and into bows.

Actress Sasha Lane wore a sheer net-like structured dress embellished with various sizes of polka dots, one of Kawakubo’s key motifs. The dress was held by a sheer, boned upper body with black Swarovski crystals, the playful dots in tactile materials such as raffia and velvet.

Singer Joe Jonas was dressed in a deep red slim fit suit in Italian double-silk satin with black stripe and lapels. His black silk shirt was in 100% organic silk, finished with a black bowtie.

Model Stella Maxwell wore a sheer organic silk chiffon dress covered in strands of pearls. Beginning as a necklace that draped the open back, the pearls crossed the chest and formed the lines of a crinoline into the dress, before falling free to play around the body.

Watch the film here.

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H&M honoured with Freedom House Corporate Award for leadership in advancing global supply chain transparency

On Thursday 27th April, H&M proudly accepted the Freedom House Corporate Award – an acknowledgement by the American organization Freedom House that recognizes businesses for their principled policies and strong leadership regarding human rights. H&M is awarded for their leadership in advancing global supply chain transparency.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — “H&M was among the earliest adopters of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, one of the first global fashion companies to make its supplier factory list public, and the first to disclose the names of its second-tier suppliers. Its principled corporate policies not only strongly incorporate international human rights standards but, as one of the world’s largest producers of clothing, their actions carry exceptional weight that set an example for the fashion industry”, says Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

Stefan Persson, Chairman of the board, accepted the award in Washington on behalf of H&M. In his speech, he empathized the importance of world trade for lifting nations and people out of poverty and exemplified how global companies can support a positive development worldwide. In this work, supply chain transparency is essential.

“To create decent jobs in the supply chain, transparency is crucial. I hope that our commitment to transparency will lead to a healthier fashion industry, but also to more informed customers pressuring companies to act sustainably,” says Stefan Persson, Chairman of the board H&M group.

For H&M, a global company present in several countries around the world, it is important to contribute to fair jobs lifting individuals and nations out of poverty. To be able to do this, a continued presence of long-term, responsible buyers is vital, also when it comes to the development of democracy and strengthened human rights. In this work, supply chain transparency is fundamental. That is why H&M was one of the first fashion brands to publish its supplier list, promoting transparency in the industry, but also to globally apply the newly developed UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Reporting Framework. H&M is continuously adding more information to the supplier list which now covers not only first tier suppliers, but also more than half of the second tier supplier factories. The list can be found here.

Read the press release from Freedom House.

About Freedom House:

Freedom House, founded in 1974, is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. They analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

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Source: H&M

Business of Fashion’s first ever annual report names H&M among the top global employers

Business of Fashion’s first ever annual report names H&M among the top global employers

 

H&M has made the Business of Fashion’s first ever annual report on The Best Companies to work for in Fashion in 2017, which spotlights the top global employers in the industry today.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — “H&M’s commitment to being a great employer is made possible by listening to our employee’s feedback in order to make positive impacts to our organization. H&M’s values come together to form a culture where everyone can work together at a fast pace and rely on each individual’s unique knowledge, skills and experience.” says Helena Thybell, Global Head of HR of the H&M group.

Today (24 APR, 2017) the H&M group has over 161,000 employees globally and aims for diversity across all of its teams. Diversity creates positive energy, contributes to innovation and creativity and improves the ability to deal with change. Employees being their unique selves are highly valued and is an integral part of the company culture. H&M believes in early responsibility and from day one fosters an environment where it is possible to grow internally in a career in retail based on each employee’s individual strengths.

“At H&M we believe that our colleagues are one of our greatest strengths that contributed to our success and growth. We truly believe that working at H&M is not just a job but a long term career in the fashion industry,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of the H&M group.

The Business of Fashion surveyed over 2,600 industry professionals, representing more than 190 leading fashion companies from around the world, for their first annual report on The Best Companies To Work For In Fashion. The report provides an objective assessment of the top global fashion employers based on 29 different data points and detailed qualitative feedback gathered. Employee sentiments were measured across three main indices: rewards and benefits; leadership and development; and working culture and environment. Based on overall performance, 16 companies were identified as the top performers and champions in one or more of these key areas.

For the full list of The Best Companies to Work for in Fashion 2017 please visit: businessoffashion.com/careers/best-fashion-companies-to-work-for/2017

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Fashion Transparency Index: H&M ranked number three out of 100 companies in the list

Fashion Revolution has published their latest Fashion Transparency Index, evaluating supply chain transparency and working conditions in textile factories. We are very happy to be ranked number three out of 100 companies in the list. Fashion Revolution Week creates awareness on some of the most important issues in the textile industry, issues that are important parts of our sustainability work to create greater transparency and good working conditions across the fashion industry.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — At H&M we are serious about transparency and – despite the challenges – are making good progress towards it. Transparency is also an important corner stone of our new sustainability strategy. We believe that supplier disclosure is a key factor of transparency. That is why we were the first fashion retailer to make our supplier list public in 2013 and why we continuously add more information to the list. As part of our new strategy, we have recently updated our supplier list again which now covers 56% of second tier factories.

For this year’s Conscious Exclusive collection, that was launched April 20, we introduced a transparency pilot and present a transparency layer on hm.com for all products in the women’s collection. Information that is communicated on hm.com includes: the factory’s name and address, number of workers, worker interviews, information about the materials, information about the design team and how to take care of the garment. To be able to publish this detailed information is an important step forward in our work toward a more transparent fashion industry.

As one of the founding members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), we share our commitment to drive transparency across the fashion industry as well. One goal is to develop a consumer labelling system that allows customers to compare products’ sustainability performance, also between different brands. This will make it possible for customers to influence companies to a much greater extent than today. The more informed customers become the more pressure they will put on companies to act sustainably.

Read more about our sustainability work at www.hm.com/sustainability.

Read the Fashion Transparency Index published by Fashion Revolution.

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Source: H&M

H&M unveils collection with platinum-selling recording artist Zara Larsson

H&M unveils collection with platinum-selling recording artist Zara Larsson

 

H&M is thrilled to reveal its fashion collaboration with platinum-selling recording artist Zara Larsson. The capsule collection – inspired by the Swedish pop sensation’s style – features strong graphics and edgy streetwear pieces, and will be available globally in selected stores, as well as online, from 18 May.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Known for her playful and empowering songs, the Zara Larsson >< H&M capsule collection not only reflects the same messages of fierce and feminine women, but also the pop star’s personal style. Pieces such as an oversized hoodie and t-shirt dress, both emblazoned with hot pink graphics and strong feminist messages, are balanced by more body-con shorts and tops. The colour palette is dominated by a range of pinks, with silver and black as complements, while velour, denim, mesh fabrics and cotton jersey are the main materials.

“I am really excited to finally share my collection with H&M. I have had so much fun working with them to design pieces and create a campaign that reflects my personality. I can’t wait to see how girls everywhere wear the pieces to add to their own personal style” says Zara Larsson

Zara was part of the design process every step of the way, having a say in everything from the prints and colours to cut and fit. For instance, pink was chosen not only because it’s one of her favourite colours, but also because “it’s feminine, powerful and everyone looks good in it,” according to her.

“Zara is such an inspiration to fashion and music lovers all around the world. Her energy is so positive and sincere, which together with her was easy to translate into the designs. We also looked a lot at what Zara wears on and off the stage, making sure to incorporate her show-meets-street style,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Head of Design and Creative Director at H&M.

#ZaraLarsson #HM

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H&M joins Textile Exchange’s global initiative to develop joint solutions and global standard and certification for responsible leather

All our leather products should be produced in a socially and environmentally sustainable way, and with consideration to animal welfare.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In a recent report, PETA raises important issues about leather. We agree with PETA that there are several challenges within the leather industry, which is why we are engaged in a global initiative run by Textile Exchange to develop joint solutions and a global standard and certification for responsible leather including both animal welfare, social and environmental aspects. As the leather we use originates from the meat industry, collaborations within and across industry boarders, as well as other brands and NGOs, are important.

We are also actively looking for new, innovative non-animal deriving materials that can replace leather, such as bio-based materials. We already use five times as much synthetic leather (PU) as real leather, but we don’t consider PU as a good sustainable long-term solution. Instead we support innovative alternatives such as the mushroom leather or grape leather as well as lab-grown leather. Today, these alternatives are at an early stage of development but our long-term ambition is to replace all leather with non-animal deriving materials. Today, less than 1 percent of our total range is made of leather.

Since 2014, the suppliers we work with don’t source hides from the company mentioned by PETA.

Find more information about the Textile Exchange initiative on responsible leather.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

H&M opens its first store in Kazakhstan

H&M opens its first store in Kazakhstan

 

Grand opening of the first H&M store in Kazakhstan was held at MEGA Alma-Ata on 18 March, 2017 and gathered more than 1,000 customers lined up since the night before.

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A long queue lined up night before the shopping center doors were open, expecting their first shopping in a large and bright H&M store. The earliest H&M customers were welcomed with coffee, snacks and gifts, whilst tracks were playing by the popular DJ’s of the city. The H&M team performed a lively dance in honor of the opening of the first store in the new market.

“We are very happy to see so many H&M admirers in Kazakhstan. We are sure that we will meet all expectations, providing Almaty residents with opportunity to always be stylish and follow the world fashion trends. Welcome to H&M!” says Saed El-Achkar, Country Manager H&M Russia and Kazakhstan.

The H&M 2-floor store in size of more than 3,000 sqm at MEGA Alma-Ata is carry the full assortment of H&M including ladies, men’s, kids, accessories, lingerie and shoes. H&M offers a variety of the latest, affordable fashion trends as well as timeless basics at the best price.

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H&M recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s most ethical companies

H&M has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the seventh year in a row.

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s a great honour for H&M to be named one of the world’s most ethical companies. Our commitment to be ethical throughout our operations is firmly rooted in our values and key for our work to lead the change towards a sustainable fashion future”, said Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M.

Each year Ethisphere honours companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

“The fact that this is the seventh time H&M is recognised as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies proves its commitment to set ethical standards and practices in the fashion industry. Their way of working is a proof of ethical and sustainable values are a prerequisite for business success. Congratulations to everyone at H&M”, said Timothy Erblich, CEO at Ethisphere.

The full list of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95