H&M collaborated with a legendary contemporary artist Jeff Koons, known for his glossy balloon sculptures, on a new mini art exhibition hosted at the 57,000-square-foot flagship store on Fifth Avenue and 48th Street in New York City. As part of the collaboration, the Swedish brand and the American artist have created a special accessory piece that pays tribute to Koon’s signature artwork, balloon-dog.  

H&M is contributing to the global recycling movement in a new way for the company. On February 21, the fashion retailer officially launched a new worldwide apparel-recycling initiative, which allows consumers to help save natural resources and get a little money in return. Customers can leave bags with used and unwanted clothing from any brand in the special green-and-white “Long live fashion!” containers across all H&M stores worldwide. The garments will then be recycled or reworn, depending on their condition.

H&M continues to commit to a more sustainable fashion future with a new eco-friendly seasonal collection, presented by Vanessa Paradis. In the promotion of the H&M’s Spring/Summer 2013 Conscious collection, which is launching internationally in two months, the French celebrity is wearing very feminine and spring-inspired clothing items in the settings, inspired by a spring garden.

H&M is taking on sportswear giants such as Nike and adidas with its new move. The retailer has teamed up with international tennis player Tomas Berdych, who is ranked 6th in the world, to “mark a new chapter in the relationship between sport and fashion.” The global sports star will wear the clothes of the brand on and off the court and will also work in a tie-up with the H&M design team, developing a unique tennis collection, which is to arrive in stores later this year.