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to be very confused by Hollister and think it is a Very Odd Place?

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TheYuleLogLady Wed 29-Dec-10 17:19:50

No name on the building - so unless you knew the pseudo-hacienda type place was said Hollistr you'd not know how to find it. hmm

You have to Queue to get in. WTF is that all about? confused

Once in said shop/hacienda place it is very dark. with artistically illuminated items which are stapled to the ceiling and impossible to find on a rail. So dark you can't tell whether your hoodie is pink or orange.

There are strategically placed sofas/armchairs with exhausted and confused middle aged people slumped in them.

Their sizing is just bizarre. DD is 14 and 5 foot nothing and usually finds a size 6 is loose on her (she is in fact skinny). The Holister size Small was skimpy on her. Who the bloody hell wears their size Extra Small?

It confused the fuck out of me from start to finish.

jonicomelately Wed 29-Dec-10 17:21:47

We are grown ups. We are not supposed to get it apparantly smile

joydivisionovengloves Wed 29-Dec-10 17:23:24

YANBU. I am baffled by Hollister. The sizes are ludicrous and the whole dark thing is just weird.

SKYTVADDICT Wed 29-Dec-10 17:24:40

Only went in once, handed over cash for a t-shirt to DD1 and beat a hasty retreat!

NinkyNonker Wed 29-Dec-10 17:24:59


MaureenMLove Wed 29-Dec-10 17:25:04

I've never been on the inside, but I am furious that DD spent £40 on a hoodie, that will only last her 6 months!! 'Oh, but it was in the sale and was half price!' Oh right, that makes it perfectly acceptable then!

DH says I'm being unreasonable and it was her Christmas money to spend on what she likes, but £40!! It's not even that special tbh!

Hmm, me thinks post number two was written for me! grin

SwearyMary Wed 29-Dec-10 17:25:56

I am 39.11 and love Hollister blush
My family think I am an eternal child.

Not so much the clothes I like really but I like the smell and the boys men that stand outside dressed as lifeguards....grin

DD is 11yrs and fits their xs size, they are very small. I bought a shirt from there though and a M was plenty big enough. I usually buy a 12 top as a rule.

noviceoftheday Wed 29-Dec-10 17:26:14

Stumbled into this shop last year and quickly left as felt vvv old!! The sizing uses the American convention. From memory think its 1/2 sizes smaller, so 6 in there is really a British 8 or 10. I am usually a small in the UK but extra small in A&F, US GAP etc.

TeenageWildlife Wed 29-Dec-10 17:27:04

Sounds lke Abercrombie, as well as the darkness the stink of the scent they spray around, and deafening music which lacadaisical (sp?) staff groove to whilst failing to serve you... I think the shirt is a type of badge to say you survived the horror of it all - 'tis for the young ones.

GandalfyCarawak Wed 29-Dec-10 17:28:02

I don't get it either. Their tops with Hollister emblazoned on them? Crap! Not special! Dull! I think they dress up their shops to make up for the dreariness of their clothes.

SwearyMary Wed 29-Dec-10 17:28:52

grin @ the shirt being a survival badge!!!!

Am I the only one who likes Hollister? I had better get my coat quick blush

*leaves the room and puffs Hollister scent around

Kbear Wed 29-Dec-10 17:29:06

Maureeeeeeen, chill babe. You have lampshade skirt isshoos and must cast your mind back to when it was important to have something designery, one item of gorgeousness that all your friends wanted... it's her money... YABU my friend....


Malificence Wed 29-Dec-10 17:30:50

Do they have the half naked male staff in UK stores? grin
It's just a budget version of Abercrombie and fitch, quality isn't bad, A + F is better.
DD is a size 10-12 and has to have large.

The mens sizes are normal, DH is a medium and Hollister medium fits him.

It's actually fairly annoying that they have arrived over here, you used to only be able to get the stuff in America, everyone and his dog seems to wear A+f/Hollister t-shirts now, I prefer Aeropostale, you can;t get it here and it's half the price, plus a ladies large fits me.

panettoinydog Wed 29-Dec-10 17:38:28

They need to promote some sort of mystique and pseudo-edginess otherwise fewer people would pay daft prices for their mediocre clothes

HelenaCC Wed 29-Dec-10 17:38:43

Dh has so much Hollister bought from many trips to the US I call him Mister Hollister. We are over 30, so not just for the young'uns. I do find the dark & the queues ridiculous, plus since having ds in pram I can no longer get in (steps & no space inside) which irritates me!

BelligerentYhoULE Wed 29-Dec-10 17:41:45

Boring, over-priced crap for teenagers whose parents have more money than sense imho. As far as I'm concerned, teenagers should be wearing a collection of homemade, charity shop, vintage stolen from Grandmas etc - and H&M at a push! That's what I tell my two anyway!

panettoinydog Wed 29-Dec-10 17:44:29

gosh yes, ghoul. Cheap-end fashion for youths all the way. Money doesn't grow on trees you know.

QuickLookBusySanta Wed 29-Dec-10 17:46:05

I hate that shop with a passion. It isn@t the clothes, it@s the way they treat their staff and customers, I don@t know how they get away with it!

Their customer services is terrible, a zip on a pair of DD's jeans broke, they would only give me the sale price as I didn't have a receipt, they wouldn't let me have a replacement pairconfused. There is no number for complaints, only an email, where you get a standard "We are sorry, but don't give a sh*t"

Our local store refused to allow a worker to wear a poppy, as "it didn't fit in with uniform".
Poppy sellers were not allowed to stand outside their shopangry
This got huge local then national media cover.

They have also been taken to a tribunal, a young girl was given a job, at the interview they didn't know she had a prothetic[sp] arm. When she turned up for work, she was origionally told to cover it up! The next day she was then moved to store room duties!!
She was the only one who wasnt allowed on the shop floor. She won her case for discrimination.

neenewps Wed 29-Dec-10 17:51:09

VERY expensive here in the UK.

If you go on holiday/business trip/any other reason to the US then best to get it there as the pricing is practically $ for £'s!!!

minipie Wed 29-Dec-10 17:55:41

Isn't it all just a bunch of smoke and mirrors to disguise the fact that they want £30 for a cotton vest?

Or £40 if it has advertising a logo on the front.


Abercrombie and Fitch is just the same. Jack Wills is the same but more insidious (apparently instead of traditional advertising they pay cool older teenagers to be "brand ambassadors" hmm)

FAOnTelly Wed 29-Dec-10 17:58:00

I realised I was officially old when I walked into a Hollister in the US and found myself complaining to DH that the music was too loud for me to think.

BelligerentYhoULE Wed 29-Dec-10 18:00:18

Is this the one that only hires young, thin and attractive people too? If so, how on earth do they get away with this?

JamieLeeCurtis Wed 29-Dec-10 18:00:26

I don't like any shop where you pay them to advertise their stuff across your chest.

<Officially middle-aged>

QuickLookBusySanta Wed 29-Dec-10 18:06:02

I agree Bell, also how do they get away with making their staff work in the dark!! I know I sound like an old moaner, but isn't that against some health and safety laws?? Who works in the dark fgs?

alemci Wed 29-Dec-10 18:06:39

i have been to ones in the USA as well. my daughters' love the shop.

my joke is that it is so dingy and badly lit in the store that you don't see the price tags clearly and realise how overpriced it is. you get to the till and feel too embarassed to say you don't want the item.

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