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23-05-2019, 17:45   #1
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TopShop/TopMan closing Irish stores

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/201...d-for-closure/

Surprised to see the massive store they only opened last year in Henry St/Jervis SC is being closed along with Stephens Green and a few others. They already pulled out of Liffey Valley a year ago or so too.
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23-05-2019, 20:23   #2
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I'm not surprised. The Times valued Arcadia (ovner of Tops Shop, Evans, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and others) at zero when they were compiling their rich list. I don't think I even considered buying anything form one of the brands in last 5 years.
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So Topshop in Stephen's Green is closing but it looks like Topman on Grafton Street is remaining open.

To be honest the only thing I ever bought in there were the "two for €15" t-shirts. They are good quality.
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I think they are trying to negotiate cost of rents and bring down the operating cost. I think there is still some value in Topshop/Topman (not others) but with allegations against Philip Green and his shady practices around BHS they won't get out of trouble easily.
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Caitlin McBride had a good piece up on the Indo https://www.independent.ie/style/fas...-38139389.html

Good point made that the Stephen's Green store has barely changed since it opened, and retail and the shopping experience has massively changed in those 14 years.
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True it hasn't changed much on St Stephen's Green. I used to buy a few bits from Top shop but not as much now, be mainly Jeans to suit. They expensive enough but good quality all the same. They can have good items around from time to time but not venture in it as often as I did when I was younger. It might only close a few here in Ireland as there isn't any specific Top Shop in Limerick. Maybe they be in Shaws/Debenhems. My guess they only keep the ones that are doing well.
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Caitlin McBride had a good piece up on the Indo https://www.independent.ie/style/fas...-38139389.html

Good point made that the Stephen's Green store has barely changed since it opened, and retail and the shopping experience has massively changed in those 14 years.
Good article. And I’ve read a few more on the topic since.

It’s a real shame Topshop didn’t innovate. I’m 35 and as the article says, I have fond feelings for the brand. It was the shit when I was a teenager. The clothes were of excellent quality too. It wasn’t really a fast fashion place because it was a little too expensive to be. I think that’s a good thing and I bought pieces there to last. But sadly, fast fashion has taken over.
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Yeah its a shame alright, although hard to feel badly for Philip Greene.

I think Topshop has been overpriced in Euro for far too long, thats probably done it major damage in this market.

Only today, I walked through their Jervis St store and picked up a blouse. It was €40/£29.

Based on todays exchange rate, that should be €33.50.

I know there are some cost base differences but it shouldnt be that steep and Topshop have been a consistant offender in my opinion.

Like others, I used to really covet stuff from there maybe 12-15 years ago in my late teens and early 20's but lately not so much. Theres far better competition from the likes of Zara etc these days too.
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I always thought quality was pretty poor but because clothes were trendy and interesting I would shop there when younger. I think their customers got older and started shopping in Zara where you can also go for work clothes. Younger crowd is shopping on Asos and on whatever is replacing Asos now. They lost their customer base and never replaced it. They are far from the only ones. Does anyone still shop in Benetton, Sisley or Stefanel and they were everywhere few decades ago.

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I always thought quality was pretty poor but because clothes were trendy and interesting I would shop there when younger. I think their customers got older and started shopping in Zara where you can also go for work clothes. Younger crowd is shopping on Asos and on whatever is replacing Asos now. They lost their customer base and never replaced it. They are far from the only ones. Does anyone still shop in Benetton, Sisley or Stefanel and they were everywhere few decades ago.
Even as a teen in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, I wondered who bought those brands. Expensive, kinda boring.
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Even as a teen in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, I wondered who bought those brands. Expensive, kinda boring.
People who don't throw out stuff after wearing it twice. Benetton was not that great, I liked Sisley sometimes but Stefanel was absolutely brilliant. You got couple of solid items that you could wear again and again with cheaper trendier pieces. They became too expensive for what they were offering by early 00's.
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Benetton recently closed down in Tralee. I rarely shopped in it as it was too expensive for me. The Topshop concession store is still in Debenhams, Tralee. I always liked topshop, but its not really great anymore. Its expensive, and in the last few years the range has got a bit boring. I don't really even like asos anymore either. I have started shopping on zara a lot more. Maybe its an age thing for me!
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Honestly I'd never think of going into TopShop. I'm mid 30's so I'd assume I'm probably not their target market. When I was younger TopShop was very trendy and probably a little too trendy for me, I was more of an A-Wear girl but it was on a par with River Island. I did pick up some nice things, one I wore to death was a grey asymmetrical skirt. I remember them doing collaborations with Kate Moss which was a huge deal back then. I don't hear much about TopShop anymore, I can't recall seeing their clothes on any social media accounts I follow or hear people mentioning it.


Is Benneton still on the go? I remember getting some clothes from there as presents when my son was a baby (15 years ago now). They would do the lovely little corduroy trousers and little warm jumpers.
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Honestly I'd never think of going into TopShop. I'm mid 30's so I'd assume I'm probably not their target market. When I was younger TopShop was very trendy and probably a little too trendy for me, I was more of an A-Wear girl but it was on a par with River Island. I did pick up some nice things, one I wore to death was a grey asymmetrical skirt. I remember them doing collaborations with Kate Moss which was a huge deal back then. I don't hear much about TopShop anymore, I can't recall seeing their clothes on any social media accounts I follow or hear people mentioning it.


Is Benneton still on the go? I remember getting some clothes from there as presents when my son was a baby (15 years ago now). They would do the lovely little corduroy trousers and little warm jumpers.
They do do some social media activity actually, but very minimal compared to other stores like River Island who appear to send stuff to a considerable number of influencers.

I recently notices they did a colab with SmythSisters (belfast based mother of 2, I'd say shes about 30) so they must be trying to aim themselves at proper gownups! Although I'd agree, I think their brand has gotten very lost/diluted in the last few years.

I had a few items from that Kate Moss range and they were gold dust back then. Recently sent them off to a consignment store, as they were really well made and still look good. Nice to get a few €€€ back all these years later.
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Benetton was probably at the height in early 1990's when Toscani's ads were getting huge attention. For me it is still one of the best advertising campaigns. I don't think clothes ever overly reached the brilliance of their advertising campaigns. That being said I think they are still one of the best brands for kids clothes.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vog...ampaigns%3famp

Brands fall out of fashion. Diesel is another brand people don't overly go for anymore. I think a lot of British brands that were popular in early noughties are losing their appeal, similar to Italian brands of nineties (although Fila and Superga are back).
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