Make It Reign
By Catlin Dorset
Photos by Sara Norris
In late October, TOPSHOP and TOPMAN opened at Fashion Valley Mall, the British retail darling’s first San Diego outpost. The two-story, 17,500-square-foot (nearly a half- acre) space, which formerly housed Old Navy, is now among the UK-based chain’s 900-plus stores that have opened worldwide since the brand’s inception in 1964.
For America’s Finest and most fashionable femme fatales, TOPSHOP’s upper-level digs showcase a limited-edition boutique line, designer collaborations and the brand’s famous denim collection. For the city’s dapperest dudes, TOPMAN’s downstairs offerings include sophisticated suits, causal wear and footwear.
“We carry a strong variety of relevant, fashion- forward trends, as well as everyday essentials that we all love and need in our wardrobes,” says store manager Kathleen Todd. “We cater to a wide variety of customers, everyone from the young professional shopping looks for work, to the urban, street-style fashionista shopping for the hottest trends.”
Taking TOPSHOP/TOPMAN over the top are its A-list devotees. Beyoncé, for example, will launch an activewear line with TOPSHOP this fall; Kendall Jenner frequently wears TOPSHOP gear to red carpet events and British model Cara Delevingne is currently featured in the brand’s spring/summer 2015 campaign.
Donning outfits put together by Todd and the store’s lead stylist, Sierra Everett, PacificSD models Karol and Christian strike a pose...
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