H & M – Shopping in New York City
This store is known for its trendy but low priced apparel for men, women, teens and children.
Some of the H&M store locations in New York City are –
1) 111 5th Ave, 18th Street, NY-10019
2) 125 West, 125th Street, NY-10027
3) 435 7th Ave, 34th Street, NY-10018
4) 505 5th Ave, 42nd St., NY-10017
5) 640 5th Ave, 51st Street, NY-10019
6) 731 Lexington Ave, 59th Street, NY-10005
7) 1328 Broadway, 34th st. & 6th Ave., NY – 10001
8) 558 Broadway, SOHO, NY – 10012
9) 515 Broadway Bet. Spring & Broom St. NY – 10015
H & M is a clothing retail Swedish company (H&M stood for Hennes & Mauritz AB) with more than 1500 stores in over 28 countries with over 63000 employees. It was started in 1947 by Erling Persson as women’s clothing store called Hennes. In 1968, Hennes acquired the premises and inventory of a Stockholm hunting equipment store named Mauritz Widforss which also had men’s clothing. Thus Hennes expanded into men’s clothing and also renamed the store as Hennes & Mauritz and later into H&M.
In the later years H&M expanded into Europe. It came to the US in 2000 (store at 5th Av. & 51st street) and Canada in 2004. It rapidly spread through US and Canada in the subsequent years. 2006 saw foray into the Middle east and in 2007 it was far east with the Hong Kong store. Later two were opened in Shanghai.
H&M has had collaborations with various designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf and also by Madonna, Stella McCartney etc.
H&M and Animal Rights & the Environment
Lesser known to common shoppers is that H&M has taken up a number of animal and environmental causes seriously and have taken policy decisions to adhere to these causes.
H&M has rejected mulesing. Mulesing is a procedure of surgical removal of portions of wool bearing skin around a sheep’s tail. This is done to prevent the incidence of flystike which causes death to the sheep. The Merino sheep is particularly susceptible to it. In flystrike, the female flies lays eggs on the damp breeches of the sheep. Once the larvae hatch they start feeding on the hosts’ tissues and rapidly spreads resulting in infection and death. Mulesing is an effective method of preveting flystrike but it is not animal friendly. Animal rights and Welfare activists consider this anaesthetized mulesing to be inhumane. Also this seems to lead to increased chances of arthritis in lambs. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been canvassing for support against mulesing amongst clothing retailers. Some fashion and clothing retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and H&M have started the boycott of using the Australian merino wool where mulesing is practiced.
H&M obtains the wool supplies from other countries or from suppliers in Australia who can guarantee mulesing free wool. H&M is a member of National Retail Federation which has had an agreement with the Australian Wool Industry that mulesing would be replaced by friendlier methods by 2010.
On the environment front too H&M has taken steps. It has made efforts to improve conventional cotton growing and promotes organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown without chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. H&M is a member of the Organic Exchange which promotes organic cotton growing. H&M is a licensed user of the Flower, the official symbol of European Eco label. This means that throughout the production chain, there are restrictions on usage of harmful substances, water pollution etc. Focus is also put on containing carbon emissions and energy conservation in the warehouses, stores and transportation.
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