31 August 2006

The Top$

ir Philip Green restated his plans to bring the splendid UK-based TopShop chain to the States after a New York court ruled in his favor.

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Green's Arcadia Group owns all rights to the TopShop name. Thereafter, he announced his intention to recreate their Oxford Street, London flagship in the United States. The legal proceedings, while irksome, were not all negative:
"But what this litigation did was to reveal the vast amount of interest from all sectors in TopShop coming to America."
[Source: Vogue.co.uk]

The TopShop brand offers an array of shades that mimic designer style, though perhaps not their UVA/UVB protection. Americans can look forward to their purely ornamental, low-cost flash.

The Metal Rim Visor Sunglasses at right are reminiscent of pairs made by Vogue Sunglasses:
Cost: £20
Color: Red frames with Grey lenses
Retailer: TopShop.co.uk

At left, these Square-Armed Sunglasses have open temples and a Nicole Ritchie-ish feel.
Cost: £15
Color: Green metal arms with Grey lenses
Retailer: TopShop.co.uk

While these shades will not be putting the Luxottica Group out of business any time soon, they are great in the same affordable, fashion-forward way that the rest of TopShop's merchandise is.

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