H&M, Jeff Koons and The Whitney Celebrate The Largest H&M Store in The World

“I’m very happy to be working with H&M. It’s really exciting to be celebrating the opening of their flagship store and I’m very proud the bag,” said Jeff Koons. Art is something that is accessible, we interact with it all the time and H&M makes fashion the same way.”

As a part of the Jeff Koons for H&M collaboration, H&M has created a specially-designed, limited-edition leather handbag featuring the Balloon Dog (Yellow), one of the artist’s most iconic works for just $49.95. The Balloon Dog leather handbag will also be carried in select markets across the US including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, as well as online at hm.com beginning July 17th, 2014. A select number of pieces will also be sold at the Whitney Museum of American Art during the Retrospective as well as on Whitney.org.

“It’s so smart of H&M to pick an artist like Jeff Koons and to collaborate with the Whitney Museum, and vice versa”, stated Olivia Wilde at last night’s event with H&M and Jeff Koons.  “As a company, H&M’s always ahead of the game with fashion. It’s such a cool thing to have an iconic image on a piece of fashion – it’s says you are into art and fashion and it’s chic.”

“H&M is so versatile, you can get anything you want here and there are always styles for everybody,” said Ashley Benson who also attended last night’s event for H&M and Jeff Koons.

Guests who attended the event had the opportunity to be the first to view the location’s exciting 57,000 square feet interior with features such as an impressive façade of windows, four-story atrium and a 740 square foot LED screen. Timeless finishes including green and white marble tiles, an opulent wall of mirrors, distinct herringbone wood work and a full concierge shopping service all created a truly luxurious experience for the flagship’s first visitors.  The new flagship store will be the first in the country to offer a full concierge service which will create a truly unique shopping experience.  It will also be the first store in New York to carry the full H&M Home collection.

The store will open to the public at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 17th with a grand opening celebration.  On opening day the first 1,000 customers in line will receive an Access to Fashion Pass valued between $10 and $1000 as well as giveaways and the chance to win free passes to the Jeff Koons Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  To further celebrate the grand opening, customers who bring garments to be recycled in H&M’s Garment Collecting program before the store opens will be entered to win gift cards valued between $50 and $100.

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective opens June 27 running through October 19th, 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th street in Manhattan.

The exhibit will travel to Centre Pompidou, Musee national d’art moderne (November 26, 2014 – April 27, 2015) followed by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (June 5, 2015 – September 27, 2015).

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 Photos courtesy of H&M

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