The First Store

Hey everyone,

Have you ever thought from where our favourite brands started their journey. Lets have a look on the first stores of some fashion brands.

1. H&M 

H&M Hennes & Mauritz is a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, known for its fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children.

Founded in 1947, by  Erling Persson the first store was called Hennes, meaning “hers” in Swedish.The store exclusively sold women’s clothing.


Later, in 1968, founder Erling Persson bought Mauritz Widforss, a hunting and fishing equipment store. The  sales of men’s and children’s clothing began, and the name was changed to Hennes & Mauritz .



2. Forever 21

Founded in 1984 by Do Won Chang and his wife, Forever 21 began in a 900 square ft. shop on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. The first store was called Fashion 21 and the name eventually changed to Forever 21.



Founded by Aldo Bensadoun in 1972, in Montreal.

Aldo Bensadoun pledged to build his company on a commitment to compassion, ethics, and understanding the customer in order to offer them the best possible products and services.


4.Marks & Spencer

Founded in 1884 by Michael Marks, the first market stall opened in Leeds, with the slogan- “Don’t ask the price, it’s a penny”.  Later, in 1894, Marks partnered with Thomas Spencer, a cashier from the wholesale company – Dewhirst.

First store opened in – 1904 in Leeds




Founded in 1969 by Doris and Donald Fisher the first store was opened in San Francisco.

The name Gap signified the generation gap which was widening in America during the 1960s.



– Chhavi



*Source: Company Websites



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