THE BIRTH OF THE LOUDEST STORE IN THE MALL
It all started in 1988. A ton of teen retail accessory stores littered the malls, but there weren’t any cool, music-inspired accessory destinations for both guys and girls. Enter Hot Topic.
As 1990 rolled around, adding apparel seemed like a no-brainer, so we brought in the ultimate music fan essential: band T-shirts. Customers flipped when they walked into Hot Topic stores and saw Bauhaus, The Cure, TSOL, and Depeche Mode rock tees. Within a year, we offered about 50 different band titles, along with rock-inspired clothing lines like Lip Service and Serious. As we continued to expand, we discovered that our customers were also drawn to the underground cartoon, cult movie, and comic book scenes, so we brought the world of South Park, Care Bears, Superman, SpongeBob and tons of other pop icons right to them!
Today, Hot Topic offers band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, and fashion apparel and accessories, which you can find at more than 600 stores (check out our store locator to find the location nearest you!) and online at www.hottopic.com. Nearly 25 years since our founding, you can still feel the passion for music and pop culture in everything we do: in our stores, at HQ, in our distribution centers and in our products.
Hot Topic is a part of Hot Topic, Inc., based in Los Angeles, California.
At Hot Topic, Inc. we recognize the importance of providing our customers with products that have been produced in a legal and socially responsible manner. So, in addition to requiring compliance with applicable local and federal laws, we require all manufacturers and product providers to agree to adhere to strict standards for the production of the merchandise we sell. These are the minimum standards by which we expect each manufacturer and product provider to conduct business with us, and they are founded on the principle that all individuals are owed dignity and respect. The standards include prohibitions of child labor or forced labor, treating workers with respect and without discrimination, and ensuring fair wages. Included in these standards, we require all manufacturers and product providers to ensure that:
- Forced Labor. There shall not be any use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise.
- Child Labor. No person shall be employed at an age younger than 16 years.
- Harassment or Abuse. Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
- Health and Safety. Employers shall provide a safe and healthy working environment designed to maximize prevention of accidents and injury.
- Wages and Benefits. Employers shall pay employees sufficient wages to meet their employees’ basic needs.
In addition to maintaining these standards, we require all of our manufacturers and product providers to monitor their own facilities and to allow announced and unannounced inspections of their facilities by independent external monitors.
We also have a program for regularly training our employees with responsibility over our products about the importance of compliance with these standards, how to identify and avoid potential violations of these standards, and what they should do if they suspect a manufacturer or product provider has failed to comply with the standards. We also provide the ability for our employees to report any concerns they may have about these maters in a confidential manner, free from any threat of retaliation.
The Hot Topic Foundation currently works with three organizations that help young people express their individuality through music and the arts. Learn more about them below.
- Opens a New Window.GRAMMY Foundation®
Provides ‘GRAMMY in the Schools’ programs to high school students and schools.
- Opens a New Window.Little Kids Rock®
Unleashes kids’ inner music-makers by building popular music education programs in under-served public schools.
- Opens a New Window.Notes For Notes®
Provides youth with FREE after-school recording studio environments packed with instruments to explore, create, and record music!
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The Hot Topic Foundation
18305 E. San Jose Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748
The Hot Topic Foundation is administered by the California Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors.