I have been waiting for this moment ever since I checked out that little Topshop/Topman pop-up store inside Unknown Union all the way back in July of last year…
And today, a whole 9 months later, waiting patiently during all that time, even turning the other cheek when Johannesburg got their first store towards the end of last year when we all know Capetonians deserved to have one first … Topshop / Topman SA finally opens its doors in the V&A Waterfront today.
I was extremely lucky to be part of a group of people who were let in last night for a sneak peek and a bit of a pre-shop (yay!), so I can at least show you what’s waiting for you before you brave the craziness that I’m sure will be their first few days of being open. I mean, there were people camping outside the store last night already! There was a rumour going around that the first 10 people to enter the store would each get a R1500 voucher, so I guess that’s one good reason to be camping out with your Mc Donalds. But another good reason is the amazing fashion inside that you don’t want to miss out on.
Price wise I’m gonna say it’s pretty much on par with Zara. For the men, I took down some random prices to give you an idea: sneakers R499, suit jacket R1699, suit pants R549, chunky knit R699, T shirt R279, short sleeve shirt R439. For the ladies, have a look out at the things I took home below for some pricing examples.
The really cool thing about this store though is that it’s the first to offer a personal shopper service. And get this, it’s FOR FREE. All you have to do is call the store up before the time and make a booking (their number is 021 419 5934 or even email them on email@example.com). How cool is that? I’ve always freakin’ wanted my very own personal shopper… livin’ the dream now I tell you… livin’ the dream.
Fuelled with enough sugar to kick start a jet plane, thanks to the awesome candy bar we were treated to:
I was ready to shop my heart out. So enough talking now, I took a lot of pics, and we need to get going. We’ll kick off with the guys:
Before I get into the ladies fashion, I have to note that they also have a make up range. I’m no expert in this field, but my friend Leigh from Lipgloss is my life definitely is, and she gave it a big thumbs up:
On the shoe front, expect things to be a little edgier and offbeat than you’d normally see here in Cape Town. But I think that’s what I really liked about it.
Then they also have amazing jewellery, lingerie, hoisery & sleepwear sections:
And of course, lots and lots of fashion daaahlings:
My OCD heart totally loved the fact that they’d given their changing rooms a little bit of extra thought. Instead of just giving you like the standard hook to hang things on, they’ve also given you a rail for those items which might not have a hanger. Genius! (well I got excited about it at least)
What did I settle on in the end? Well I gave myself a budget beforehand, so I didn’t go completely mad, and I wanted to pick a few key pieces that could work with a lot of things in my wardrobe. So this was it:
And how much do you love the Topshop bags?
I didn’t really do too much mingling while I was there (I was way too overwhelmed with trying to decide what to take home with me), but I did manage a quick catch up with my favourite SA fashion ed, Chu who now works for You/Huisgenoot:
And Clouds and I at least managed to squeeze in a pic in front of the Topshop/Topman signage as a “we were there” moment:
A huge thanks to the folks at Topshop / Topman for letting me loose in their amazing new store last night. I have a feeling I’m going to be popping again for another visit over the weekend. Also to Kerrin Tessendorf from House of Busby for hooking me up with an invite.
As a final note, I’m going to say: Topshop / Topman is maybe not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But what I loved about it was that there’s a little something for most. It doesn’t matter if you’re a festival type, a grunge lover, a sophisticated lad, a feminine lady, or just someone who loves to chill on the couch. There are lots of options. And I’m certainly a fan.