The H&M clothing stores are owned by the H&M Group, which started as Hennes in Sweden in 1947. The company has been a publicly-traded organization since the brand hit the stock market in 1974 and now operates retail establishments in 55 countries.
H&M came to the United States in 2000, opening a store on New York City's Fifth Avenue. The stores are known for selling trendy fashions for men, women and children. The company is still headquartered in Sweden, and all aspects of production are handled in that country. The H&M website also sells the products and ships clothing to customers all over the world.