To put it simply: If one buys clothes from said stores, or any other, one must always assume that they were produced in conditions that fulfill the definition of a sweatshop. Period. That's it. No ifs. No buts. No H&M Conscious Collection. There's no wide-spread fair-trade certificate for clothes (yet!). If there's a chance to increase a profit margin by exploiting workers, companies will do it. Every time. Unless we know exactly where and by whom our garments and accessories were made what is known of mass manufacturing dictates that they were created in a sweatshop in the third world. Were this not the case, surely the company producing such goods would see fit to market their product by informing us of this dazzlingly rare fact. End of story. No ifs, no buts.