(or, deep thoughts at 5 am.)
Having built or worn their wares, IKEA is to furniture what Hennes & Mauritz is to clothing. Both their products are cheap, and they all come flat-packed. (Really. It looks like H&M staff just take the stuff out of the boxes and hang it up, wrinkles and all.)
However, only one of them puts any information on its website about monitoring factory working conditions–the other one just says it gets products from 200o+ suppliers in 50 countries. And one of them uses drive-bys to advertise its wares (thank you, Kelly; but of course the video’s still on their website, and the posters are still in Canadian stores).
Oh, and the H&M website doesn’t seem to work in Safari.
Anyway, the reason for this post was to make two H&M-related comments.
First, Stella. I was unimpressed by the Lagerfeld line last year, and I have no interest in tight jeans with ankle zips (hello, 80s — I knew there’d be more of you when I saw the intarsia sweaters on the rack), but one may hope that there’s something interesting that wasn’t already knocked off in H&M’s existing clothing line.
Second, stylish knit pants. Unfortunately, while they’re in the shop, they’re not online, so I can’t link to it with a URL dripping with sarcasm. Picture it: light teal, machine weight yarn, knit in something vaguely resembling the dragonskin lace pattern (can’t remember what it looked like, exactly), tapered. Yum.
I’m pretty sure it didn’t have feet.
Edit: I was passing by today (I don’t mean to make that sound like a coincidence, it’s just that there are always a bunch of clothing stores between my home and my intended destination, really and for true) and double-checked. Sorry, it’s not teal, it’s grey–the lighting on the mannequin must have given it some colour. It’s two tones of grey in a viscose-blendy looking material. And it’s not dragonskin, but it is a texture/increase-decrease pattern that yields tessellating, rounded triangles. It’s straight-legged (like yoga pants rather than 80s workout gear). And it has front pockets trimmed with ribbing to accentuate that tummy bulge. Oh… and it has a wide, double-thick, ribbed and foldover waist band, just in case you didn’t have enough chunkification going on.