Student asks maid to queue overnight for H&M clothes

SINGAPORE - In a bid to get her hands on pieces from the latest Versace for H&M collection, a 25-year-old female university student who was in the midst of preparing for her exams asked her maid to queue overnight on her behalf.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the Filipino maid, who declined to be named, began to queue from 2pm a day before the collection was unveiled at the Orchard Road store.

She said her employer had given her a shopping list which stated the desired items and sizes, and handed her S$2,000 in cash to make the purchases.

The maid told reporters that her employer owned quite a number of H&M collaborative pieces, and that she did not mind queuing.

This Chinese evening daily understood there were at least three maids in the queue since yesterday afternoon. They managed to secure the first three positions. A few of the employers came to take their places this morning.

Shoppers have been queuing to buy the Donatella Versace x H&M collection since yesterday afternoon. The launch of the collection was today.

Before the store doors opened at 8am, there were more than 280 people in the queue.

Lin Jun Xiong, 38, who works in retail, started queueing with his friends since 5pm yesterday evening.

He said that queueing is quite tiring, but H&M's service was very efficient.

He added it was very easy to find what he wanted to buy after being allowed to enter the store, and security guards were on hand to maintain orderliness.

H&M Singapore's General Manager Lex Keijser said he was quite satisfied with the public response.

After inspecting the queue at 6am, he said: "Singaporeans are very orderly and rational, waiting patiently, and they already have purchases in mind."