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“H&M is looking into new store concepts and may launch an all-new brand that’s nothing like its flagship label. The upcoming concept could be introduced in 2017 and “will be completely different from H&M,” Chief Executive Officer Karl-Johan Persson said in an interview. It won’t be similar to H&M’s sister brands, either, he said.”

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“Earlier this month, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden made headlines when she opted to wear an H&M gown to the wedding of her brother, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, to former reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist. It was a very public display of support for one of Sweden’s most internationally successful brands, which is also the second largest apparel maker in the world, behind Zara parent company Inditex.”

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H&M’s Coachella 2015 collection

Now a major marriage of music and fashion, the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California – held over two consecutive weekends in April, 11/12 and 18/19 – renewed its reputation as a prime hotspot for retailers to seduce a relatively captive audience. Beyond the festival, too, retailers are remotely trading on the event’s buzz to boost sales before and during the festivities.

Pre-Event Momentum
US department store chain Nordstrom has launched an online and in-store temporary pop-in shop called Magic Hour selling festival-inspired goods including sunglasses, sandals, T-shirts and flasks. The product edit was curated by Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, who also commissioned an exclusive soundtrack, which is being streamed via the pop-up website. Luxury fashion e-tailer Net-a-Porter has also launched a Coachella hub collection of festival-ready items.

Anywhere Retailing
California-based fashion e-tailer Revolve Clothing is offering same-day shipping to the festival. Website and mobile orders (mobile sales now constitute approximately 15% of Revolve Clothing’s total turnover) made before noon are being delivered by vans to the site and the surrounding area.

Instagram Moments
Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, which is an official sponsor of the event, is hosting a tent equipped with a 360-degree mirrored selfie station for taking and sending the now-ubiquitous self-portraits via social media; an ‘aura camera’, billed as capturing the user’s aura colours (the electromagnetic fields that surround the human body); and the chance to try out Oculus virtual reality headsets – immersive gaming technology capable of virtually transporting users to other environments.

Three weeks before the event H&M also launched the first fashion collection to be officially co-branded with the festival, online and in stores globally.

French beauty retailer Sephora is hosting a do-it-yourself make-up bar with its private-label beauty brand, together with a vending machine that dispenses free products to people that post images to Instagram with the hashtag: #SephoraCoachella.

Mag-Tail Pop-Ups
Following a successful pop-up at the 2014 event, the US edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine is hosting another ShopBAZAAR pop-up retail experience at Coachella. For the initial weekend US lifestyle website Popsugar is partnering with multi-brand e-commerce site ShopStyle for a three-day takeover of the Avalon Hotel (in neighbouring Palm Springs) to offer styling experiences with US designers Mara Hoffman and Cynthia Vincent, flower crown making, a braid bar, make-up station, and custom screen printings.

Guest post Stylus.com by Alison Gough, Editor & Katie Baron, Head of Retail

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“Facts like, “350,000 tonnes of clothing worth £140 million is thrown away every year in the UK” and “it takes more than 20,000 litres of water to produce a single cotton T-shirt”, make for an incredibly sobering read, especially when you pause to think about how many tees you’ve binned because their shade of grey is so last season.”

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“H&M is gearing up for some major international expansion in the coming year — online, that is. On Tuesday the Swedish mega-retailer announced its intention to launch e-commerce sites in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia over the course of 2015.”

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“Swedish multi-national clothing retailer H&M has partnered with Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Shanghai to create a new mobile experience that combines fashion and music to promote the company’s Divided men’s and women’s summer clothing collection, which includes shirts, dresses and shoes.”

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“Wang will be the first American designer the Swedish fast fashion retailer has partnered with for its annual designer collaborations. The one-off collection, launching in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online, will comprise apparel and accessories for men and women.”

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