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Founded in 1964 as Peter Robinson’s Top Shop, a youth fashion brand within the Sheffield branch of Peter Robinson, a now defunct chain of department stores. The first standalone Topshop store opened in 1970. The Topshop we now know, with enormous multi-dimensional flagship stores all over the world, happened when Sir Phillip Green took control, managing the company under his Arcadia Group empire. Topshop are now one of the only high street chains to show at London Fashion Week with their Unique collection, and every year they bring out a new collaboration to increase their street cred with past designers including Kate Moss, Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff and J.W. Anderson. Former British Vogue fashion director Kate Phelan joined the company as Creative Director in 2011, an appointment that succeeded in elevating Topshop even further in the serious fashion stakes.

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