Gimme an H & M and M & S

This is just a little wishlist of mine –

An H&M : A fabulous women/men/maternity/kids store with a hip and quality line every season. Ironically – it’s the wonky exchange rates – shopping was cheaper in the U.K. with the same black v-neck three-quarter sleeves sweater costing £7.99, but $19.99 plus tax in Toronto. Still, my first foray to H&M in the Eaton Centre back in September was a smashing success yielding finds like my favourite green corduroy waistcoat ($79.90) and a nice green v-neck sweater ($19.90). There are three locations in GTA (Toronto, Mississauga, and Scarborough) and one in Oakville. But then, in the year that I have been in Vancouver I’ve learned maybe H&M is a store whose sensibility would be overlooked for yoga stores with over-priced gear and the trendy places with over-priced rag-like clothing.

While having an H&M here would be pretty convenient – and dangerous on my pocketbook – there is a perk to there not being one in the city in that this shoestring shopper who makes semi-annual Toronto trips can pick up clothes that can’t be found here….

An M&S : What ever happened to all of the Marks and Spencer stores in Canada? During recent reminiscing, I realized that we had M&S stores as recently as about 7 years ago. I don’t miss the bizarrely conservative clothing but I do miss the food! In the U.K., this product/label-whore went ga-ga in the M&S food hall where the displays were aesthetically homogenous with rows upon rows of their own label and anything your heart could desire could be found in a cozy market hall half the size of a regular Safeway. Even though M&S is touted as higher-end, I have seriously gotten used to Safeway’s ridiculous prices to embrace M&S if it would really make a comeback here.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ariadna (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    I love Marks & Spencer’s rasberry and orange juice. And having an H&M would be wonderful. So would a Mango and Stradivarius.

  2. Rachael (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    I think Cadillac Fairview is hoping to get H&M into the Pacific Centre eventually, when the Holt Renfrew reno is done. It’s an awsome store!

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