The first H&M store in Detroit has opened at 1505 Woodward Ave. at the northwest corner of Woodward and Clifford Street in the central business district. The 25,000-square-foot space offers women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories.
As part of Wednesday’s store pre-opening party, the location hosted Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theatre for a performance and donated $20,000 to the group.
“H&M has been so warmly welcomed by the city of Detroit, and we are so excited to be a part of this community,” says Ezinne Kwubiri, North American inclusion and diversity leader for H&M.
The first 500 customers in line at today’s grand opening received giveaways valued from $10-$500. Customers who brought in garments for H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative were entered to win up to $500 in gift cards. Store hours for the location will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
In 2013, H&M became the first global fashion company to launch in-store garment recycling. In 2018, the company diverted more than 3.4 million pounds of unwanted textiles from landfills. All of its U.S. stores are powered by renewable energy.
The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit was founded in 1992 and provides acting and singing training for hundreds of youth from more than 50 metro Detroit schools. The organization has toured their all-teen performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, 25 U.S. states, the White House, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater. At the 2014 World Choir Games in Latvia, the group brought home two gold and two silver medals. About 95 percent of the group’s performers have gone on to college.
In related news, Libertine, a store in Birmingham’s rail district, has opened and offers gifts, personal care items, fragrance, and accessories. It is located in Milieu, connected to Arkitektura, and owned by Rita Sayegh, former creative director of Mills Pharmacy and Apothecary in Birmingham and co-proprietor of Sabine at The Siren Hotel in Detroit.
“I love being able to bring unique, hard-to-find products from all over the world to Michigan,” says Sayegh. “Opening Libertine is a wonderful reflection of my work over the past decade, and I am thrilled to share my favorite brands with customers.”
Milieu has been in business for 35 years offers global designer fashion and accessories. Libertine’s products complement the Milieu’s. Sayegh works with brands from around the world and individual makers. She hand-picks every item in the store.
Libertine is located at 2163 Cole St. and is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.