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Hello, I hope this post does not annoy those who think that H&M is not worthy of discussion in StyleForum. We've heard again and again that H&M is disposable clothing, and that the price is right for the nature of the goods, but I was wondering if anyone had recent experience with H&M business casual items  (suits, shirts, pants)? The reason I ask is this. On the way to the subway, I stopped by H&M today and found these elaborate brochures about how they have finally realized their satorial sins and that they have mended their ways. "We did sell suits. And we sold shirts. And ties. But we didn't do it wholeheartedly, and we didn't do it with style ... Today things have changed. Because H&M have [has.] changed. We have created a whole new line of suits for H&M MAN. More foused on details. More focused on fabric. More focused on finish." You get the idea. Do you buy it? Anyone with recent experience with H&M? My interest H&M lies in that their shirt patterns are tasteful and their size S shirts (equivalent to 15) fit me very very well.
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When was the last time you visited them, prior to your most recent stop? Last time I was in there (June), the shirting fabrics seemed much better than typical shirts in the same price range ($30-40).   I've also come to a recent realization.  Fit is better than quality.  You definitely need both, but what's the point of buying an expensive, quality item if it doesn't look great because of the fit?  H&M shirts fit well (slim-cut, slightly higher armholes, slimmer sleeves) and have other nice details such as a variety of fabrics, several collar shapes, french cuffs and barrel cuffs, etc. I also like the pants, because they seem to be slimmer-cut as well, and not excessively narrow at the bottom.  I don't own any, however. I don't own any of the tailored clothing, but last time I was in there, for the price they seemed do-able.  Most 'cheaper' suits in the same price range from, say, JC Penny or Sears tend to be poorly styled and cut - very generic.  The H&M suits and jackets were more modern, but also appropriate for the office.  Styling was more along the lines of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jil Sander.  If I was looking for an inexpensive fashion-forward suit to wear to social occations and for going out, I'd turn to H&M. **EDIT** let me say something in regards to my comment 'fit is better than quality'. You definitely have to have a balance of both, but an inexpensive article of clothing that fits near-perfectly will automatically look more expensive, due to the fit.
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I stopped in at an H&M while in Boston a few weeks ago. Still feel that they are reasonable value for what they offer. None of the merchandise on offer was exceptional, some was awful, most was "fashionable" and would hold up for a season, none was a terffic bargain in my book. I will say that if you are very slim and are looking for an edgy variant of tradional english styling, H&M is a great place to start. Just my $0.02 -
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Karl Lagerfeld has designed a men's, and women's line for H&M. I suspect the styling will be nice. Although there is no H&M here. Or a Zara.
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Karl Lagerfeld has designed a men's, and women's line for H&M. I suspect the styling will be nice. Although there is no H&M here. Or a Zara.
Do you know if he is currently designing the men's line, and how long he has been doing designwork for the men's collection? I'm surprised to hear that there isn't a west-coast H&M location.
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LabelKing, there is a Zara in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa... not sure about Zara in the bay area or in LA though.
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(LabelKing @ 01 Oct. 2004, 6:22) Karl Lagerfeld has designed a men's, and women's line for H&M. I suspect the styling will be nice. Although there is no H&M here. Or a Zara.
Do you know if he is currently designing the men's line, and how long he has been doing designwork for the men's collection? I'm surprised to hear that there isn't a west-coast H&M location.
It is a limited line composed of a few pieces for men, and women. I believe the jackets were to be unisex, and such. The Lagerfeld collaboration is a current production. There aren't any in the San Francisco area. Much like there are no Sisley's either. A pity really.
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...I stopped by H&M today and found these elaborate brochures about how they have finally realized their satorial sins and that they have mended their ways. "We did sell suits. And we sold shirts. And ties. But we didn't do it wholeheartedly, and we didn't do it with style...
Remarkably candid confession for any business to make... (clearly no future politicians on THAT management team...) I think I've been inside an H&M once, for about 30 seconds, but didn't get the idea they did any menswear at all, besides some really cheezy looking metrosexual underwear I saw.  But I'm... slender for my gender, so maybe I should give them a second look.
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San Francisco H&M planned near Union Square for early 2006
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