Topman

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Topman
Subsidiary of Topshop
Industry Fashion
Clothing
Textiles
Genre Retail
Founded 1978[1]
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Over 400 Stores
Area served
France
South Africa
United Kingdom
Ireland
Turkey
Malaysia
Russia
Australia
New Zealand
Singapore
Thailand
Philippines
Chile
United States
United Arab Emirates
Indonesia
Czech Republic
Ukraine
Spain
Saudi Arabia
Malta
Canada
Brazil
Vietnam
Qatar
Netherlands
Key people
Sir Philip Green
(Chairman)
David Shepherd
(Brand Director)
Products Men's fashion
Revenue Increase £1.8 billion
Decrease £357.5 million
Owner Sir Philip Green and family
Parent Arcadia Group
Website www.topman.com

Topman is the stand-alone fashion business counterpart of Topshop that caters exclusively to men’s clothing. A part of the Arcadia Group, which also owns Burton, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans and Dorothy Perkins, Topman has a chain of high-street men's clothing stores located throughout the United Kingdom and has a presence on just about every UK High Street, and in Ireland main street outlets in six cities and towns. Topman stores almost always share their premises with Topshop. Topman was created in the UK towards the end of the 1970s to provide a new approach to menswear retailing. Since its creation, Topman has also built an international presence, as it continues to expand throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia. The chain occupies two entire floors at the ‘world’s largest fashion shop’[citation needed], in Oxford Circus, London.

Products[edit]

A flagship Topshop and Topman in Leeds seen shortly after opening in December 2012.

Topman's main product offerings are fashionable men's clothing, covering everything from men's formal suits to informal indie-rock-influenced casual-styling ranges, along with footwear and fashion accessories. Topman also sells a specially-designed range of clothing at their flagship London store in an area named 'Lens'. Its current offerings included items by Dexter Wong Ltd, Fred Perry, Licentious, Siv Stoldal, Carolyn Massey, Material Boy, Mjolk and 'Topman Design'.

Over recent years, Topman has collaborated with young designers such as Kim Jones, Markus Lupfer and Peter Jensen as well as launching its own premium label ‘Topman Design’. After showing seasonally to the menswear press arena, Topman joined forces with Fashion East to produce 'MAN', a menswear event that takes place on schedule at the London Fashion Week, showcasing new menswear design as well as the Topman Design collection.

In 2008, Topman collaborated with new label The Look Presents, the creation of rock-fashion author Paul Gorman and Soho boutique owner, Max Karie, to launch 'the Look Presents'.

This comprised three collections:

A combined Topshop and Topman in Bradford.

Topman was nominated for the ‘Menswear Design of the Year’ award by the British Fashion Council, winner of ‘Best Fashion Retailer’ at the Maxim Style Awards for 2005 and winner of ‘Best High Street Retailer’ at the 2007 FHM Fashion and Grooming awards.

In 2011, Topman worked closely with Teenage Cancer Trust. The company worked in collaboration with children from the charity to produce a range of sunglasses designed by them whilst supporting the 'Rock your Shades' campaign in May 2011.

In late 2011, Topman also debuted its line of male grooming products, featuring two men's fragrances, hair and body wash, anti-perspirant, hair putty and body spray.

Towards the end of 2011, Topman began to release issues of its online magazine Topman Generation centering art, music and fashion. Its collections are often influenced by film or music, Northern soul being one of the themes presented at London Fashion Week Men.

Stores[edit]

Number Topman stores on 30 August 2016

Africa

Americas

Asia

Europe

Oceania

Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsor Date Event
Leeds United 1989 - 1990 & 1990 - 1991 1989–90 season & 1990–91 season
NME 2005–2007 NME Student Guide
Shockwaves NME Awards 2005–2007 Best Dressed Category
Bestival with Dazed 2005–2006 'Ones to Watch' Campaign
XFM Manchester April 2006 Access All April
Carling Weekend Leeds Festival 2006–2007 Unsigned Stage
TDK Cross Central 2006–2007 London Live
ICA October 2006 ICA Presents C86 : Still Doing it For Fun
Q! October 2006 Q! Idols presented by TOPMAN
MTV2 Gonzo 2006–2007 'On Tour'
NME 2007 NME New Music Tour
The Great Escape Festival 2007 New Talent Stage
Louis Harris Ltd. 2009 Down The Rec

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Topman "Our History"". Arcadia Group. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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