Your Complete Guide to Shopping Balmain x H&M

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Any fashion girl knows that the key to shopping designer collaborations like a pro is preparation—and if the hype preceding tomorrow’s launch of Balmain x H&M is any indication, you’re going to need military-style precision to snag the stuff you want. Casually deciding that you might swing by for a beaded jacket from the collection isn’t going to fly.

In the interest of being properly prepped for tomorrow’s hotly anticipated launch, read these six crucial things every shopper needs to know.

Shopping starts 8:00 a.m.

No need to stay up until the clock ticks over to midnight to shop this collaboration online; the line will drop at the online store at exactly 8:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, November 5. If you’re brave enough to head into stores, doors will open at 8:00 a.m. local time. Wear flat shoes—and be prepared for crowds, folks.

There are limits to how much you can buy.

Thinking of buying one for you, one of your sister, and one for your bestie? Think again. Online purchases will be limited to no more than one item per product. That means one size in shoes and clothes, and one piece for each of the accessories. Yes, this applies to every single item in the collection.

You’ll have only 15 minutes to shop in store.

The first 420 people in line at the H&M store (yes, you should arrive early), will be given a colored bracelet that will determine which group they are in. There will be 14 colors, each designating a group of 30 customers and the time they’ll be able to start shopping in the designer-collection area. Once your group is called, you’ll have just 15 minutes to grab whatever you want—so be sure to brief yourself on the collection and make a list in advance. You’ll want to zero in immediately on the styles on that list.

Prepare for a long queue.

The line to shop a new H&M designer collaboration is always infamously long, so don’t expect this year to be any different. When you arrive, there will be staff outside to show you where to wait and what to do, and they will help out with any questions while you’re waiting.

You can return or exchange.

The frenzied environment of the Balmain x H&M store area is pretty much the perfect place to make a bad purchase decision—but don’t worry, they’ll accept your returns. Until November 8, H&M will accept returns or exchanges on your item if you bring along the receipt. After that date, you won’t be eligible for a refund, but can still grab a store credit for the value of the piece’s current selling price. The only thing you can’t take back will be accessories, for hygiene reasons.

Pieces bought online can be returned, too, if postmarked within three days of package receipt.

Only select stores will carry the collaboration.

Check out which store in your area will be carrying the collection on the H&M website, or keep scrolling for a full list.

Atlanta: Atlantic Station
Austin: The Domain
Aventura: Aventura Mall
Boston: Downtown Crossing; Newbury Street
Bronx: The Mall at Bayplaza
Brooklyn: Fulton Street
Charleston: 281 King Street
Chicago: 840 North Michigan Avenue; State Street
Costa Mesa: South Coast Plaza
Dallas: NorthPark Center
Denver: Denver Pavilions
Garden City: Roosevelt Field Mall
Glendale: Americana at Brand
Honolulu: Waikiki Business Plaza
Houston: The Galleria
King of Prussia: King of Prussia—Plaza
Las Vegas: Forum Shops at Caesars
Los Angeles: 735 South Figueroa Street, Suite 303; Beverly Center
Miami Beach: 551 Lincoln Road
Natick: Natick Mall
New Orleans: French Quarter
New York City: Lexington Avenue at 86th Street; Soho; 7th Avenue at 34th Street; 34th Street—Herald Square; Lexington Avenue at 59th Street; 4 Times Square; 589 Fifth Avenue; The Shops at Columbus Circle; 1293 Broadway; 5th Avenue at 18th Street
Orlando: The Mall at Millenia; The Florida Mall
Palm Beach Gardens: The Gardens Mall
Paramus: Garden State Plaza
Philadelphia: Chestnut Street
Portland: Pioneer Place
Queens: Queens Center Mall
San Antonio: The Shops at La Cantera; North Star Mall
San Diego: Fashion Valley Mall
San Francisco: Westfield San Francisco Centre; 150 Powell Street
San Jose: Santana Row
Santa Monica: 1452 Third Street Promenade
Scottsdale: Scottsdale Fashion Square
Seattle: 520 Pike Street
Torrance: Del Amo Fashion Center
Washington, D.C.: 3222 M Street The Shops at Georgetown Park; F Street
West Hollywood: 8580 Sunset Boulevard

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