Winner of Topman’s Trip to Chicago Announced

Topman has announced the lucky winner of its recent Generation Chicago competition.

The men’s clothing giant has revealed that Geoff Moffet, 30, will be jetting off to Chicago for a free holiday as well as receiving a £250 personal shopping trip in the city’s iconic store.

The competition was run in tandem with the release of John Hillcoat’s new gangster film ‘Lawless’, which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce.

In order to enter the competition, readers of Topman Generation had to study an interview with actor Tom Hardy in Issue 6 of the brand’s own original magazine. On offer was the chance to win four nights in a luxury four star hotel in America’s third largest city as well as the free clothing and styling session in its metropolitan outlet if they could name which director Guy Pearce vowed he could never turn down.

After finding out he had won the competition, Geoff said, “‘Thanks so much Topman this prize is amazing. I really can’t wait to experience all that Chicago has to offer and also winning a Topman personal shopping trip is the icing on top of the cake.”

The competition demonstrates the men’s jeans expert’s growing international presence and their extension into non-British markets. The company recently opened its first stores in Sydney, Las Vegas and Sao Paulo as well as having previously opened stand-alone outlets in Japan. The brand’s profile has also been raised in recent years through collaborations with renowned designers such as James Long, Christopher Shannon and Oliver Spencer.

Topman’s boutique Chicago store opened in 2011 and was only the company’s second US-outlet after its Manhattan flagship. Located on the city’s ‘Magnificent Mile’, the Michigan Avenue shop offers a selection of the brand’s stylish and affordable fashion pieces, ranging from skinny jeans to men’s chinos. Additionally, the shop has a range of stylists available for consultation as well as stocking specialist designer partnerships and premium LTD items.

‘Lawless’ is based upon Matt Bondurant’s prohibition era novel ‘The Wettest County in the World’ and tells the story of his grandfather’s and two great uncles’ descent into illegal alcohol bootlegging. Hardy, LaBeouf and Jason Clarke portray the three siblings as they climb their way up the underworld ladder of Franklin County, Virginia and the associated dangers that come with their rise. Gaining a reputation of invincibility, the family’s loyalty and safety is tested as both gangsters and lawmen attempt to halt the Bondurant’s. The fast-paced action-adventure movie was warmly received at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, with the screenplay being the second by American musician Nick Cave.

The competition was hosted in Topman’s newly launched Generation multi-platform magazine. A fashion and cultural guidebook, the title is headed by former Dazed Digital editor John-Paul Pryor and features articles and interviews by Clash, NME and Quietus contributors. Its free online content is available on smartphones, tablets and traditional computers and requires the new app to access. Generation has so far delved into the world of film and music as well as featuring style trends such as slim jeans and summer jackets.

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Topman’s New Capsule Collection To Raise Money For Teenage Cancer Trust

Topman has teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust to produce a series of four vibrant t-shirts to raise money for the charity. The high street retailer has been officially supporting Teenage Cancer Trust since 2010.

The t-shirt range has been created by the Topman in house design team and is a cool credible graphic led collection of repeat all over prints and pocket graphics with each t-shirt design being inspired by music and musical instruments.

The limited edition t-shirts are available in stores nationwide and online at topman.com and are priced at £18 with £5 from each sale going directly to the charity.

Simon Davies, Teenage Cancer Trust’s CEO said: “Everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust is thrilled to be working with Topman to raise awareness and vital funds for young people with cancer. Topman came on board as supporters for three years in 2010 and we know the difference they can make will be huge. We are all very pleased that Topman employees are excited about fundraising in stores nationwide for Teenage Cancer Trust and I know the team here are equally keen to support everyone and make this partnership a huge success.”

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. They build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them. The charity wants every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.

Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience. Since the start of the partnership with Topman, the charity have opened a further five units, bringing their total to 22.

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Topman Releases Comprehensive Denim Style Guide

Topman has revealed the ‘Denim Room’, a new, comprehensive online denim style guide, featuring a lookbook which showcases on-trend ways to wear the fabric as well as a guide to washes, fits and details, and a size guide.

The lookbook includes edgy fashion shots showing customers how to wear denim this season, with stunning photography that complements Topman’s on-the-pulse approach to men’s fashion.

The Washes section of the guide offers an insight into popular denim washes this season, with details on how different washes are created, and what kind of style customers can create by wearing them. This season, customers can find naturally aged vintage washes, black and grey washes and coloured washes, as well as raw denim and indigo men’s jeans.

The Fit section details what consumers can expect from each denim style so they can decide what fit would suit them best. This season, Topman is showcasing a range of slim and skinny jeans, including traditional skinny fit jeans with roll ups, the stretched skinny fit, classic slim jeans with tapering at the hems and the super skinny spray on fit in figure hugging denim.

The Details section provides detailed information about different aspects of jeans, such as creasing, dyeing processes or rivets. This section will assist customers in understanding every design element of their jeans, and help them choose which ones they like best.

The Size Guide provides detailed information about how to measure jeans. The guide shows key measurement points that are used to create different denim fits and where each size swill fit on different parts of the body so the customer can make an informed decision and allowing them to order the right size first time round.

The ‘Denim Room’ also offers a sneak preview of the Premium Denim range coming soon to Topman. The range will cater to all fit types and will feature premium fabrics coupled with the finest metalwork.

Gracia Amico, Head of Ecommerce Topman.com said: “It’s the ultimate destination to find out all there is to know about Topman jeans. We’re providing our customers with the tools to make the right decision for them, from our washes right down to the differing thigh measurements between styles.”

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Topman Announce Shoe Collaboration with Marc Hare

Topman has announced it will be collaborating with Marc Hare, the man behind the much lauded Mr Hare shoe brand, to launch his first ever footwear collaboration this autumn with the high street store.

The collection – which will form part of the Topman AAA range – contains ten styles across both shoes and boots including evening loafers and hi-shine hi-tops. The collection will launch in two parts – the first at the end of August 2011 and the second at the end of October 2011 and will be available on-line and at the Oxford Circus, New York and Chicago stores.

“The inclusion of Marc Hare to Topman’s ever increasing stable of designer collaborations is such an honour. Long being a fan of his beautiful elegant understated shoes it is such a pleasure to be able to introduce this collection specifically designed for our AAA range,” said Gordon Richardson, Topman design director.

Marc’s impeccable attention to detail is inherent across all the designs as is his personality – he has incorporated an element of fun into each pair. Designs come from the heart, each created from his desire to produce a shoe not lacking in style or quality, with all the signs of perfection at an affordable price making them obtainable to all.

Marc Hare, designer, commented: “I never understood why girls had all the fun when it came to shoes, especially as, when it comes down to it, he who rocks the illest chaussures is always the one they want to talk to, so seeing my shoes up in the AAA line and knowing that more guys are going to get their shoe game together, means a lot to me. Thank you Topman.”

Marc Hare’s full shoe menu includes the Oxford, the Rogue boot, the Loafer, the Sneaks, the Ankle Boot and the Derby Shoe.

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Burton Reveals The 24 Hour Suit

Burton has announced the creation of its new 24 Hour Suit. New technology has been developed to ensure the 24 Hour Suit range keeps its wearer looking sharp 24/7.

These suits are all stain repellent, crease resistant and also shape retaining meaning that whatever life throws at the wearer, they will be able to keep calm, look good and carry on.

The blazers are all fitted with a selection of mesh material as part of the lining in the under arms to ease movement and have been carefully designed to create a comfortable and wearable tailored look. There is a secret ‘security’ zipped pocket in the lining that is the ideal size for storing a mobile phone or mp3 player.

As well as these nifty features, the suits are effortlessly stylish with a mixture of fabrics and colours creating a comprehensive suiting offer. A grey Prince of Wales check, navy micro dot and also black and grey sharkskin are all available on a fashionable tailored fit.

With their clean design and details like peak and notch lapels, these suits can take the wearer from boardroom to bar, back to boardroom in one fell swoop.

Added to the range is the 24 hour shirt, which is easy iron and 100% cotton. The shirts come in classic white, pale blue, and also a black and purple pinstripe, both with contrast collars making it the perfect accompaniment to the 24 Hour Suit Collection.

This new range has been tried and tested to ensure the fabrics are durable and can handle whatever obstacles the world may throw at the wearer.

The 24 Hour Suit range will be available from the 19th September 2011.

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House of Fraser, the UK’s premium department store, has launched Barbour online at houseoffraser.co.uk

The brand’s Spring menswear collection is available online now alongside brands such as Ted Baker and Ralph Lauren.

Sales of wax and quilted jackets, made famous by heritage country label Barbour, have been steadily on the rise since last season and House of Fraser shoppers have been searching for Barbour’s signature outerwear. The brand’s Spring menswear collection is available online now.

The Country Gent look – inspired by dog walkers, shooting parties and old fashioned country gentry – has made a major comeback in the men’s casual wear market. House of Fraser saw a high demand for wax and quilted jackets on its website.

Following in the very practical footsteps of Hunter Wellingtons, classic Barbour jackets appeal to today’s shoppers so much because they are tried and tested, excellent quality and will last a lifetime.

A true heritage brand, Barbour is over 100 years old and a 4th generation family business. Its clothing is designed with people who love the country firmly in mind and offers the pieces perfect for country pursuits. The brand still holds true to its original core values of heritage, attention to detail, durability and fit-for-purpose clothing.

Barbour is most famous for its waxed cotton jackets, which have been in demand since the company launched and were put to the test in the early days by sailors, fishermen and dock and shipyard workers.

As well as waxed and quilted jackets, cords, tweeds and flat caps are also enjoying a fashion resurgence. But, as with the Barbour jacket, it’s all about choosing one or two key pieces from the Country Gent uniform and mixing them with contemporary items such as men’s jeans.

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Debenhams Reveal Men’s Age Of Invisibility Increased By At Least A Decade

Debenhams has revealed that the age at which men become ‘invisible’ to women has advanced by at least a decade, according to new research* carried out by the retailer. Men can now win a woman’s attention based on looks alone up until they are 55 years old.

Just 30 years ago, few women would have found any man over 45 years old worth a second glance, rendering them effectively invisible at any gathering.

Ruth Attridge, Debenhams’ spokeswoman said: “Older men are now remaining more attractive to women for longer than ever before.

“They are increasingly seen as eligible, prospective partners rather than old bores with little energy left to catch the female eye.

“It’s great news for George Clooney and Brad Pitt, but might not make that much difference to Bruce Forsyth.”

A much greater emphasis on dressing well and keeping fit has dramatically improved the impression an older man can create across a crowded room, Debenhams’ research shows.

Many men now spend a lot of time, either alone, with a partner or with a professional personal shopper, selecting styles which suit their figure, as well as paying attention to colour co-ordination to complement their complexion, hair and eye colour.

Baldness is no longer seen as a stigma, and even a slight paunch isn’t enough to prevent him from gaining female attention.

The trend towards women marrying and having children in their late 30s and early 40s has also decreased the age difference which would once have made older men ineligible.

They often find the increased financial status of older men reassuring because it can represent increased security for their children.

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