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’, in Oxford Circus, London.
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.
This comprised three collections:
- A range of T-shirts by the 70s label Wonder Workshop which was launched in June 2008.
- A T-shirt collection by Nigel Waymouth, founder of the King's Road store Granny Takes a Trip, which was launched in August 2008.
- Priceless, the ready-to-wear capsule collection by Antony Price, designer for Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry and Duran Duran which was launched in October 2008.
- Stella McCartney for Topman, the accessory and ready-to-wear collection was launched in November 2009.
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.
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.
Number Topman stores on 30 July 2016
|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|