I thought I loved shopping until I went to Hollister

(72 Posts)

I can clothes shop till I drop, but this evening I nearly had a teenaged melt down in Hellisterhollister where I took my teenagers after a similarly traumatic experience in Abercrombie and fuckwit Fitch, for a treat whilst on holidaying US.
It's horrendous and I thought I was going to cry;

Crap lighting ( longsighted so couldn't read any prices or judge colours)
Crap sales staff
One cashier so huge queue
Avarage quality, no better than Gap at hugely inflated prices
Annoying music
The stuff my kids liked on the mannequins was not available in store and could no way be removed from the dummy.

I calmed down after a splurge in Mac and half a bottle of Pinot Grigio and a peanut butter cheesecake ( damn!!)

Rant over, anyone else feel same about other stores?

Chubfuddler Wed 10-Apr-13 03:38:34

I get ragey in boots. I can never find anything and the same is true of every boots store everywhere.

TheRealFellatio Wed 10-Apr-13 04:22:25

Oh but the sales staff are so so unfeasibly pretty, even the boys. Or especially the boys. How could you possibly have a had a crap customer experience when you could just look at all those beautifully turned mankles and floppy fringes? What on earth is the matter with you?
If you were expecting practical stuff like decent service, and being able to see what you were buying then you are clearly too old and frumpy to appreciate shopping as a young person's art form. Get back to Per Una where you belong.

Can I share your Pinot Grigio?

TheRealFellatio Wed 10-Apr-13 04:27:20

The Shopping Day FRom HEll for me was always the pre-Septemeber term shoe shop. Two boys who couldn't give a stuff about fashion and just want to get back home as quick as possible, and would prefer me to measure their feet with a ruler and choose their school shoes and trainers for them, and one who thinks it's totally beneath him to wear anything less than 150 quid trainers.

After a minor, but controlled meltdown in Clarks we would then move on to JJB Sports which is the seventh circle of hell as far as I am concerned. I could usually be relied upon to do a full-on vomiting, head-spinning Linda Blair from the Exorcist by the time we'd been in there for half an hour.

TheRealFellatio Wed 10-Apr-13 04:28:58

I only have one child who still needs school stuff now - it's bliss.

Longdistance Wed 10-Apr-13 05:21:43

'Sports' shops. I use the term loosely, as most people that shop in them don't know what sport is if it bit them on the arse.
It's the array of awful labels closely stuffed into the shop, accompanied by loud music that makes your ears bleed, and the young shop 'assistants' who'd knock you over if you happen to be in their way.
I refuse to go in them, as they give me the rage angry

I use the torch app on my phone to light the way in Hollister grin

As for the stuff they display on the mannequins, sometimes its not even Hollister so you can't buy it, wtf is the point of that confused

LadyMountbatten Wed 10-Apr-13 07:15:45

You're too old OP

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 10-Apr-13 07:34:28

I'm with RealFellatio.

Shoe shopping esp when its for school shoes, trainers and rugby boots is hell with DS who hates shopping and wants to get home as quickly as possible and DD who rejects every single shoe in her size on the basis that its not what she has in mind (i.e shoes that are unsuitable for school) and she has to go to every single store in town.

LadyMountbatten Wed 10-Apr-13 07:37:04

Oh god never do sports shopping yourself you weirdos.
Men do that

Hulababy Wed 10-Apr-13 07:42:13

I was shopping with 11y dd yesterday as she had birthday money to spend. Two visits to Hollister and into Blott among others. I was reminded by dd in advance that iPhone torch is not allowed!!! I sat on the sofa and waited whilst he paid, etc

BeckAndCall Wed 10-Apr-13 07:46:20

I LURVE Hollister! But I always have to take two teenage girls with me who are a size 10 or less......... I wonder what they do with all of the big clothes they make - you know, like size 12? They must just sell out really quickly, that must be it.

What I really hate is TK Maxx. It's like a jumble sale in a shop.

Badvoc Wed 10-Apr-13 07:48:16

TK maxx.
I mean. Wtaf!?
It's basically a jumble sale.

dexter73 Wed 10-Apr-13 08:45:47

I don't like H&M. It looks like a jumble sale, no sales assistants on the tills and the sizing is all over the place.

SoupDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 08:52:26

My memory of Hollister from a hot day last year is young male model type men in tight red swim shorts. Everything else is a blur.

scarlet76 Wed 10-Apr-13 09:00:57

Sports Direct or whatever they call their cheap sports stores. My 7th circle of hell. I can feel my blood pressure going through the roof as I step over the threshold.
DH tries to placate me everytime saying what a good deal we will get on trainers for DS and how they will have lots of cheap running gear for me.
The last visit there ended with me flinging a shoe - not that anyone noticed amongst the chaos and mess of the store. DH agreed it is probably better for me to pay ££ more elsewhere and save my sanity ;-)

Hulababy Wed 10-Apr-13 09:10:37

I may have to put in a formal complaint to the Sheffield branch. The staff are all fully dressed every time I have been made to go in.

Yeah topless man outside Hollister is the highlight of my day. Never go in mind, that is the business of teenagers. When my time comes I will give them cash and send them on their way like my mother did before me.

New Look for me. I walk about 10ft into store and then turn and walk straight out. I'm sure there is good stuff in there but the assault of synthetic, sparkly shit on my senses is too much.

carrie74 Wed 10-Apr-13 09:25:00

I'm not a massive fan of Hollister, but don't mind A&F (and actually, find the quality better. H favours their Polos over others, and has several shirts as well).

I do object to M&S. Every so often, they seem to make something within the realms of fashion, so I persuade myself to go in. There are FAR too many clothes all with different brandings, with no kind of sense around the shop, the queues are always massive (although TBF, seeing as I generally don't find what I'm looking for, I don't tend to queue very often). It actually leaves me with a sense of rising panic, and I have to get out).

orangepudding Wed 10-Apr-13 09:32:12

A couple of weeks ago I went to Hollister followed by Hamleys. Both shops were busy and claustropgic witg no easy way out. Primark on Oxford Street used to fuel like he'll but was pleasant compared to the other two shops!

SoupDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 09:32:19

Hula, come to Regents Street

Hulababy Wed 10-Apr-13 09:37:48

I may have to allow DD to visit that branch on our next trip down south then SoupDragon!

SoupDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 09:40:18

Pick a sunny day smile

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 10-Apr-13 10:39:10

And shopping with teenagers is guaranteed to suck all the joy out of clothes shopping...

Startail Wed 10-Apr-13 10:50:57

Bad things, school shoes for DD1(15), back and forth between shops and still end up with frumpy Velcro strapped things like the last 4 pairs.

Why oh why can't there be a better choice for DDs who can't do courts/pumps without straps.

Or better still why can't they wear ankle boots, like lots of office workers do with their identical black trousers.

Good things trainers both DDs found trainers they liked, quickly in sports direct. Also two pairs of trainers = less than one pair school shoes.

Good things, 3 pairs of leggings for DD2, so hopefully she won't wear her see through Primark ones in public.

And DD1 bought herself some boots in republics sale, to have weekend shoes she does like.

foxysocks Wed 10-Apr-13 10:56:04

agree with hellish nature of hollister, M&S, tkmaxx, new look. basically any shop that is crammed full off stuff and makes it hard to a. see what there is at a glance and b. navigate around easily.

H&M ok for vests and that's it imo. saying that, reading more about their marketing/manufacture policies has put me off buying anything there ever again.

Hulababy Wed 10-Apr-13 11:03:35

School summer holiday plans sorted then smile

LIZS Wed 10-Apr-13 11:05:57

yes half nakey man outside the Bluewater one made it semi bearable! But why do people buy stuff they can't even see properly , overpriced too.

SoupDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 13:28:04

When I went in with DSs, I bought them a T shirt each. When we got home, we decided DS1's needed to be the next size up so I gave it to XH to exchange (he worked nearby). When the replacement arrived it was hot pink rather than red and he refused to go back in again to change it grin

Thankfully, DS1 was still happy to wear it.

BeckAndCall Wed 10-Apr-13 14:41:26

Hmmm soupdragon I wonder how much time you needed to spend outside Hollister that day.........and how many times you've been back since? and exactly what is the address?

SoupDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 14:50:42

not long
we didn't walk past, to and from SuperDry, a couple of times, oh no no no

SoupDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 14:51:53

As you can see from teh photo, there were actually people having their photo taken with the half naked young men. At least I had some decorum and I was old enough to be their mother

Lol at using iPhone torch........why didn't I think of that? grin
Agree that I'm obv not their age demo....but Per Una !shock
Sports Direct also brings me out in a cold sweat.
And you have reminded me about the horrors of school shoe shopping.....my poor DS has H width feet (duck) and buying him shoes has always been a nightmare .....his first pair looked like girls shoes! Now a man size 12 it's impossible.

mumofthemonsters808 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:37:06

I did not even realise the Hollister in city centre Manchester was a shop from the outside it looked like a bar.I could hardly see the clothing the lighting was that poor.I messed up several piles of hoodies whilst looking for DD size, despite there being many bungles there was not a single garment in her size, whilst the young trendy shop assistant scowled at me and never once asked if I wanted any help.I could not wait to get out of the place, but could not even find the bloody door it was that dark. Also I nearly feel over when I saw the price tags,what a load of overpriced crap sold in the most uncomfortable environment I have ever experienced.Told DD she needed to go herself

I like Gilly Hicks ( there's often a half dressed young man outside to make things easy on the eye on the way in )
I just look tired and old and ask the supermodels sales assistants to find all that DD wants
( actually look in the sale section , I found a lovely black cardi for £15 that I've worn a lot ! )
I can't bear places like Brantano , Sports Direct , New Look , they all sell cheap and nasty crap , but not at cheap prices .
At least Hollister smells nice .

Yes Doil it smelled lovely!!!

carrie74 Thu 11-Apr-13 13:00:47

Actually, this has just reminded me. My parents were visiting the other day, and my dad's face lit up: "we went in a new store in Exeter the other day. Hollister. It's amazing. Just like a nightclub, can't see anything". My jaw dropped, and I said "yes, it's for teenagers really dad. Most adults hate it". "Oh, no, I thought it was amazing".

I'm still confused by that conversation.

Rosebag Thu 11-Apr-13 13:45:25

I ALWAYS knock over a pile of t-shirts in Hollister, simply by turning round. My kids are always mortified and say I'll get done for vandalising the place. I will try the iPhone torch idea, though. Maybe then, everything won't look brown....and I won't have to take it over to the door to see the real colour..and get done for shop lifting.

freddiefrog Thu 11-Apr-13 18:10:39

God, I've just managed to wipe the memory of my first and last visit to Hollister.

I may be out of their target age range, BUT I'M THE ONE WITH THE READIES!!!

Snog Thu 11-Apr-13 19:00:30

Do your kids allow you to visit Hollister with them?!!!

TheCraicDealer Thu 11-Apr-13 19:25:35

I like Hollister's jeans, they wear much better than topshop. However, I feel like I'm in fucking Jurassic Park when I go in because of all the plants, darkness and loud scary music noises.

Gillybobs Thu 11-Apr-13 21:13:48

I hate it with a passion. Next time I go in Im adopting this strategy. It's a winner


Hulababy Thu 11-Apr-13 21:15:34

Snog - yes; to pay!

freddiefrog Thu 11-Apr-13 21:18:09

Snog - yes. If she wants the stuff. I have the means of payment

janmoomoo Fri 12-Apr-13 18:28:05

That place gives me an instant headache and RAGE! As you go in they might as well just stamp "I am an idiot and have been ripped off" on your forehead (which they could do without you noticing as it is so dark). Talk about emperors new clothes. And those teenagers that work in there have no self respect, selling their souls to the corporate man. What a joke. (I am so old.... crawls into corner to cry....)

Gillybobs that is hilarious...I have a head torch somewhere! grin

[gin] even!

Bloody hell, must be old...I'll try again .....grin

ExRatty Sat 13-Apr-13 04:03:30

I thought it was a naff club in a shopping centre when it opened. Weird queues, dark inside etc
Not for the likes of me but I still do Urban Outfitters although increasingly it looks like tat from a jumble sale during my university days

We call it the " Hollister experience " to which my husband was introduced to at christmas when we had to exchange an item .....he certainly enjoyed it ;)

Gillybobs Sat 13-Apr-13 11:31:07

Drywhite isn't it just? My two boys are gonna love me for it.....

If you really want to annoy Hollister staff, then go in with a huge buggy, preferably with loads of bags hanging off it. grin

Designjunkie Sat 13-Apr-13 14:54:30

For ages I thought the Hollister branch in Brent X was a restaurant. Lol. From the outside all you can see is chandeliers and darkness. My idea of hell is H&M kids, the clothes are jammed onto rails, half of them are on the floor, you can never find an assistant and the queues are so long. Perversely I also hate over attentiveness from assistants. Selfridges and other high end shops are guilty of this. Offering to show you what that skirt will go with, other ranges. I just like to browse dammit!

freddiefrog Sat 13-Apr-13 15:56:16

Designjunkie. Same here! I spent ages looking for the one in Southampton before I realised that the 'restaurant' I'd walked past a dozen times was in fact Hollister

Iseeall Sat 13-Apr-13 16:01:11

Never go in there, send your teen in alone and wait for the text to say you can go in and pay.
You(an adult) will never be able to see the price
never be able to hear
never know the music playing
will never fit in the clothes
will never understand the fascination with the shop

Dorothy Perkins and Chelsea girl were never like this in my teens!

FunnyLittleFrog Sat 13-Apr-13 16:03:45

This strange dark nightclub thing is a clever ploy to prevent oldies from straying in inadvertently

Hulababy Sat 13-Apr-13 18:56:34

Visited A&F in London today. Was a little brighter than Hollister I found but much louder music and the perfume was stronger. No sign outside to even at what the shop was! Just saw a doorway with music playing ad lots of young people going in and out. There was indeed a semi dressed young male in the doorway where there was a queue for photos with him. Dd not yet reached the age to want that. We did get fleeced for a jumper for dd; she was cold - presumably as had ventured out for Sheffield for our London day trip in a little t shirt and the cotton jacket! Good planning it would seem, especially as we had dh with us who falls for it more!

Went into Hollister with DS ( 18 today ! So an adult now )
He gets his iPhone out and tunes on the flashlight app !
Hahahahahahaha !


Fedupnagging Sat 13-Apr-13 23:06:16

Chelsea Girl-there's a blast from the past- I loved that shop!

Hollister- looks like a brothel from the outside and is dark inside so you can't see the terrible quality of the clothes nor the outrageous price tag for a tiny piece of clothing!

Sports Direct is also a nightmare. The last time I went in with ds3, they would only bring out 1 trainer/football boot at a time, not a pair, just the one boot hmm. Obviously, I had something to say about this (quite a lot actually) much to ds's mortification who really doesn't see the necessity of trying both the left and right foot at the same time!

Don't even get me started on shops where there are no staff to be seen for love nor money or shops where the staff have no idea about any of the products they are selling.......

And breathe!

My God I used to love Chelsea Girl......and Saxone,Freeman Hardy Willis, ..........Dolcis

Richard Shop was a bit granny but where did it go?
They all had lights on!

thornrose Sun 14-Apr-13 00:30:39

Richard Shops, what a blast from the past.
Remember Etam?

Bought my first bra in Etam.....think it still exists in France.

thornrose Sun 14-Apr-13 00:33:35

My 13 yo hasn't yet learned of the delights of Hollister, she is also short sighted so I can rush her past our local one, for now........

Hulababy Sun 14-Apr-13 08:01:16

I have to say that the clothes from Hollister ado all wear and wash very well.

Fedupnagging Sun 14-Apr-13 12:40:38

I used to get smart work clothes from Richard shops blush. Saxone for shoes but if I was splashing out, I'd go to Sasha - are they still about?

Manchesterhistorygirl Sun 14-Apr-13 12:55:51

Oh god I hate sports direct. Ds1 needed new shoes and I offers to buy him some nice ones from Vans, well laid out shop, nice staff but o he doesn't want those because they're not the right ones! So we had to go to sports direct.

We found him some shoes but I sneezed the whole way round,
Ad declared loudly I was obviously allergic to the hellhole and then complaind when he couldn't wear his new shoes and just take the box to the counter and then had to queue up with the other billion people in there and wait for the checkout assistant to find our box amongst the other billions of boxes shoved behind the counter! I rather got the rage I'm afraid! Shoe shopping for ds1 is a menace because he's an H fitting.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 14-Apr-13 13:16:13

Ds3 once spent a very half hour rearranging all, and I mean ALL, the shoes in Sports Direct so the £150 football boots were on the shekf labelled £15. Didn't twig what he was doing till too late as I was trying to find something that fitted Dses1&2. Under normal circumstances I would have helped him put everything back in the right place but the shop assistants had been so inattentive to us, prefering to chat each other up, that I left them with the pleasure of sorting them all out.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 14-Apr-13 13:16:47

"very HAPPY half hour".

Fedupnagging Sun 14-Apr-13 13:25:51

I tend to view Sports Direct as a necessary evil - all the branded sports stuff is so cheap. Am not at all keen on paying the full price for Nike gear if all its doing is getting muddy, wet, ripped on a football or rugby pitch!

Am looking forward to a visit to John Lewis this week - a much more civilised shopping experience!

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 14-Apr-13 14:01:10

I genuinely thought Hollister in Touchwood was a bar/restaurant. No signage or proper window display.

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