A British fashion invasion is set to land in Houston next month. Topshop and Topman departments are coming to Nordstrom in The Galleria, with a wide array of trendy apparel, shoes and accessories from Britain's grooviest clothing chain.
Calling Houston a key market, Nordstrom officials announced Tuesday that the Topshop/Topman brands will be available in the Nordstrom Galleria store on Sept. 30, introducing shoppers to the full range of the British import’s merchandise. The brand competes with H&M and Zara in offering "fast casual" fashions at reasonable prices aimed at young adults.
Topshop and Topman have flagship stores in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. But rather than building stand-alone stores across the USA, the company teamed with Nordstrom last September, introducing departments at the upscale retailer in smaller, trendy markets like Austin, where a Topshop department is in the Nordstrom store at Barton Creek Square.
The collaboration has been so successful that Nordstrom is adding 28 Topshop departments and eight Topman departments, including at Dallas NorthPark Center on Oct. 3 and the Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio on Oct. 1. A Topman suit department will open at the Nordstrom Dallas Galleria store on Nov. 5.
It’s definitely working,” Pete Nordstrom, president of merchandising told Women's Wear Daily. “We can literally measure that Topshop is attracting a lot of new customers. The average age is significantly younger — like 10 years younger than the typical Nordstrom’s women’s apparel customer.” He characterized Topshop as “a really big catalyst to Nordstrom’s fashion authority” and a “big part” of the company’s strategic initiative to attract younger fashion customers.