Clothing Prices May Rise, But H&M Will Sell Dresses That Cost Less Than Frappuccinos


The Post reports that production costs in China are rising and this will be passed on to the American consumer who shops at places like Forever 21 and Macy's. However, H&M's prices are going down. The dress you see here will cost only $4.95, which Vogue Daily notes is less than the cost of a Starbucks frappuccino. An H&M rep explained how they can manage to sell dresses for under $5 and trenches for $20.

“We have over 2,000 stores in 37 countries. This provides high volume and there is no middleman. We have our own team of over 100 in-house designers and we do all our own production.” Asked about working conditions in the many countries where H&M merchandise is produced, Uglialoro sends over the company’s Code of Conduct, which discusses H&M’s stands on child labor, health and safety, sustainability, and other issues. And there’s a Q&A section on their Web site where questions like, “Why don’t you pay the factory workers more?” and “How does H&M check that suppliers are abiding by its Code of Conduct?” are addressed.

That $4.95 price tag is pretty ridiculous. In this town that buys you, like, 0.3 ounces of tequila at a bar.

Price hikes in fa$hion next year [NYP]
Do I Get a Coffee? A Snack? Or Something to Wear? The H&M $4.95 Dress [Vogue Daily/Vogue]