Everything You Need to Know to Shop the Balmain x H&M Collection!
The H&M collection we’ve all been waiting for is finally coming to a store near you!
The H&M x Balmain collaboration, has been one of the most highly anticipated H&M capsule collections since Olivier Rousteing, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner walked the Billboard Awards red carpet wearing signature pieces this past May.
While you may be drooling about finally getting your hands on the beaded glory you might want to prepare yourself for how difficult a task that may actually be. This collection is unlike any before, and so are the rules for buying it.
1.Location, Location, Location!
The collection will go live on H&M’s U.S. e-commerce site at 8 a.m. EST, so set your alarms, drink your coffee, and get your trigger finger ready for battle.
When it comes to in-store shopping, you can’t just stroll into any H&M and grab yourself some Balmain. In New York City the only stores that will be carrying the Balmain collection are:
Brooklyn: 497-501 Fulton Street
Bronx: 200 Baychester Avenue
Soho: 558 Broadway; 515 Broadway
Flatiron: 111 Fifth Avenue
Midtown: 435 Seventh Avenue;
589 Fifth Avenue;
1293 Broadway (Herald Square);
10 Columbus Circle;
731 Lexington Avenue
Upper East Side: 150 East 86th Street
Those locations are only useful if you’re lucky enough to make it in the store though. Forget battling long lines, you’ve got to be one of the first 420 shoppers in line to even hope to get your hands on something.
Those lucky 420 will be given colored bracelets, there are 14 colors with one for each group of 30 people. Each group will have 15 minutes to shop the collection.
If you don’t have a bracelet you will still be allowed in the store to shop but the bouncers will stop you at the velvet studded VIP Balmain rope until those with bracelets are through. After the last group, whatever is left will be available to everyone in the store.
So basically may the odds be ever in your favor, sis!
2. Limits, Returns, Credentials, Oh My!
Even if you don’t make it past the rope with a bracelet you might still be able to find something to bring home.
Online shoppers are limited to one purchase per style per customer. In stores the limit is two per style per customer.
If you decide you want to return something to the store though, you’d better do it quickly, returns in the original form of payment or exchanges are offered until November 8 and only with a receipt and a valid photo ID. After November 8th, all refunds will be issued as store credit at the current selling price.
Online purchase returns aren’t exempt either, you have three days from the date you receive your delivery to postmark your return. If you decide to buy one of those $70 belts or cuffs though, you’d better really love it, since accessories can’t be returned for hygiene reasons.
3. Bills, Bills, Bills!
If you’re planning to go through all of the madness to get you some H&M x Balmain, just keep in mind that this is the most expensive collection H&M has ever produced. There are $200 jackets, $400 coats, and $600 dresses, too!
Even the belts in this collection will run you over $100.
You might want to take a look at the collection carefully and decide what you’re willing to splurge on or if your willing to wake up early and wait in lines for a $200 embroidered rope top!