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For the video game, see Top Shop.
Type Privately held
Industry Retail, fashion
Predecessors Peter Robinson's Top Shop
Founded 1964 (Sheffield)[1]
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations 440 shops across 37 countries
Products Clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup
Owners Arcadia Group (75%)
Leonard Green and Partners (25%)
Parent Arcadia Group

Topshop is a British multinational retailer which specializes in fashion clothing, shoes, make-up and accessories. It has over 300 shops in Great Britain and a total of more than 440 shops across 37 countries, in addition to online operations in a number of its markets. It is part of the Arcadia Group, which is controlled by Sir Philip Green[2] and owns a number of other retail outlets including Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge.


The Topshop store in Sutton, Greater London

20th century[edit]

Topshop was founded in 1964 as Peter Robinson's Top Shop, a youth fashion brand within the Sheffield branch of Peter Robinson, a now-defunct British department store chain.[1] The first stand-alone Topshop store was opened in 1970.[1] In 1970, Topman was created as a spin-off brand to cater for male customers and is now run as a separate chain, although some stores are co-located.[1]

21st century[edit]

On 1 May 2010, Topshop opened its first New Zealand store. Located on Auckland's North Shore, the shop sold out of some of its ranges before it had even opened.[3][4]

Topshop expanded into Australia in 2011, with flagships opened in both New South Wales and Victoria.[5][5] In 2013 it opened a store in Brisbane's CBD in a location previously occupied by Borders.

In November 2012, Topshop launched its first store in South Africa. In April 2013 a Topshop-Topman store launched in Cape Town, at the V&A Waterfront, with then a total of three stores in the country.[6]

In December 2012, Philip Green agreed to sell a 25% stake in Topshop and Topman to the United States-based private equity group Leonard Green and Partners for US$805 million.[7][8]

On 24 October 2013, Topshop opened the first store in France, in Paris at Galeries Lafayette.[9]


Topshop has around 512 shops including those that are franchised, 319 of which are in Britain, across 37 countries and online operations in a number of its markets.[10]

Flagship stores[edit]

Oxford Circus, London[edit]

Topshop Oxford Circus is the flagship Topshop store in the United Kingdom. Topshop Oxford Circus is roughly 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) and covers five floors.[11] The shop attracts up to 30,000 customers each day.[12]

Broadway, New York City[edit]

Topshop's first flagship store outside the United Kingdom is located on Broadway in SoHo, New York City.[13] The store offers services similar to Topshop Oxford Circus in London.[14] The New York store is the brand's second largest store after the company's store in London: the New York store is roughly 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2).[15][16][17]

Liverpool One, Liverpool[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Topshop opened its first Manhattan-style concept store in the United Kingdom, in Liverpool, England. Located in Liverpool One, the new store provides 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of retail space. It is the company's north of England flagship store and contains Topman, an Office and Kurt Geiger shoes outlet, and a Voodoo hair salon.[18]

Briggate, Leeds[edit]

The new Topshop and Topman on Briggate seen shortly after opening.

In October 2012, Topshop opened a 31,000 square feet (2,900 m2) store on Briggate in Leeds, which became the third-largest Topshop in the UK. It is part of the Trinity Leeds shopping development which is due to be fully opened by March 2013.

By country[edit]

A co-located Topshop and Topman in Exeter, United Kingdom


In May 2007, the British supermodel Kate Moss, designed her first collection for Topshop.[24] The appointment of Moss was announced just before the departure of CEO Jane Shepherdson.

In July 2007, British artist Stella Vine designed a limited edition fashion range exclusively for Topshop inspired by her colourful artworks. These included T-shirts,[25] vest tops, and T-shirt dresses,[26] with the labels designed in pink glitter.[27] The Guardian commented that "the fact that the range of T-shirts she has recently designed for Top Shop - emblazoned with slogans like Breaking Up With Her Boyfriend - are flying out, speaks volumes for her public support."[28]

Topshop Oxford Circus damaged by anti-cuts protesters in March 2011

Protests and criticism[edit]

In December 2007, Topshop was criticised by the student campaigning network People & Planet for allegedly using cotton picked in Uzbekistan by slaves, and for refusing to join the Ethical Trading Initiative.[29]

On 4 December 2010, campaigners staged a sit-in at Topshop's flagship Oxford Circus store, and in Brighton a few glued themselves to the branch windows, while other high streets in towns and cities across Britain saw similar protests in a day of action against the tax arrangements of rich individuals and big businesses.[30]

In February 2011 armed police arrested 19 year old Jed Miller (after searching him in front of shocked library-goers) for writing "pay your taxes" in washable ink on the wall of a Top Shop branch in Colchester.[31]


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  4. ^ "Topshop to open in New Zealand". 24 March 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Dykes, Daniel (26 June 2011). "Topshop in Australia". Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
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  11. ^ Topshop's Size
  12. ^ Topshop's Average daily footfall of brands flagship store.
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  14. ^ Topshop's NYC store[dead link]
  15. ^ New York flagship store size
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  18. ^ Core, Kevin (30 January 2009). "New Topshop bucks trend". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  19. ^ "About Us". Topshop. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  20. ^ Thomasson, Emma (8 October 2013). "Kate Moss may be Topshop's key to China". Reuters. 
  21. ^ "London's Topshop headed for Atlanta". 
  22. ^ "Topshop store locations". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  23. ^ "Britain's Topshop pops up in Shenzhen". 
  24. ^ "Kate Moss Confirmed for Topshop" Rogue Connect, 20 September 2006
  25. ^ Stella Vine tee at Topshop, Catwalk Queen, 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  26. ^ One of Stella Vine's T-shirt dresses for TopShop,, 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  27. ^ "Stella Vine for Top Shop", Topshop, 27 July 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  28. ^ Moody, Paul. "Everyone's talking about Stella Vine", The Guardian, 12 July 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  29. ^ "Students protest over Topshop 'slave labour'". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Publishing). 6 December 2007. 
  30. ^ Howie, Michael (4 December 2010). "Sir Philip Green's flagship Topshop forced to close in tax avoidance protest". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  31. ^ Frances Leate (22 February 2011). "Arrested by armed police – for writing on a wall". Daily Gazette. 

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