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Since it launched in 1964, Topshop has become a major style authority and one of fashion's biggest success stories. Capturing the zeitgeist every season, it exemplifies up to the minute affordable style, while its brave and irreverent approach has endeared fashion-conscious shoppers and industry insiders alike.

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With 300 stores in the UK and over 100 in growing international territories, Topshop's triumph has been all the more remarkable considering its humble beginning. Now part of the long-standing retail force Arcadia Group, Topshop began in the basement of Peter Robinson, a department store in the north of England, in 1964. Less than a decade later Topshop became a stand-alone retailer. In 1994 the brand took over the entire 90,000 square foot space becoming the iconic Topshop flagship store, attracting over 200,000 shoppers each week.

Still under the Arcadia umbrella today, it is Topshop's individuality that has earned it worldwide respect. A staunch supporter of young British design talent, it has sponsored the globally recognised New Generation scheme since 2002, which has bolstered the careers of fashion heavy-weights such as Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Sophia Kokosalaki, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab.

In 2005, Topshop showed its own acclaimed in-house designed collection Unique as part of the official London Fashion Week schedule, which subsequently forged exclusive partnerships with international boutiques as far flung as Tokoyo and LA. An early pioneer of high street/ designer collaborations, partnerships with some of history's most iconic fashion names, such as Celia Birtwell and Kate Moss, have further cemented the brand's reputation as fashion leader and trendsetter.

These covetable collections are available beyond the high street thanks to the award winning TOPSHOP.COM, which delivers to countries around the globe. And as the brand has grown, it has continued to innovate with exciting in-store activities and services, picking numerous accolades on the way - most recently a Time Out award for Best High Street Store and In Style magazine's Shopping Award for Best High Street Shop.

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