Now locals will have the opportunity to experience British high-street fashion, too.
UK export Topshop which is known for its rocker aesthetic announced Thursday that it has teamed up with Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom. Starting September, the womenswear and accessories brand, along with its male counterpart Topman, will be sold at 14 of 231 select Nordstrom locations nationwide. King of Prussia's Nordstrom is among the chosen fourteen. Merchandise will also be available on Nordstrom.com.
In a statement released Thursday, Sir Philip Green said, "I admire what Pete and his team do at Nordstrom and I look forward to working with them to create an exciting and dynamic retail partnership." Green is the owner of the Arcadia Group, parent company of Topshop and Topman.
Nordstrom, which has been looking to diversify its product offerings so that it can broaden its audience, saw Topshop as a suitable fit for its conservative image. After all, Topshop is currently the only high-street brand to show at London Fashion Week. Pete Nordstrom, president of merchandising for Nordstrom, Inc. added, "We think our customers are going to love their take on trend-led fashion at great prices." They will range from $60 to $260 for dresses, with the average price for merch at $75.
Topshop has been a staple in British style wardrobes for decades. British It Girls Kate Moss, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller have also shared strong relationships with Topshop, having collaborated with the brand. The retailer's focus on developing younger designers has helped the brand launch talent like Christopher Kane and Mary Kantrantzou. In the past five years, the U.S. has experienced a slow Topshop invasion, with locations in New York, Chicago, Vegas and one pending in Los Angeles. This is the Philadelphia region's first encounter with Topshop and Topman, albeit through a partnership.
How exactly did the deal happen? According to the NYT, both Green and Nordstrom, "toured each other’s stores, then sat down over tea and cheesecake at a Nordstrom cafe to make a deal."
Mark your calendars for the week of September 10 when the partnership officially lands in the King of Prussia Nordstrom store.