TOPSHOP AND WGSN STRUT INTO SHAFTESBURY CENTRAL CROSS DEVELOPMENT

Central Cross, Shaftesbury’s £15m development bordering Chinatown, Soho, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, hosted fashion retailer TOPSHOP’s London Fashion Week show last weekend.

As the public’s first glimpse of the 48,000 sq ft mixed-use development, TOPSHOP launched its new season collection, to an exclusive guest list of global media, buyers, influencers and VIP guests. Over the course of the weekend, TOPSHOP hosted events for other designers in the space, including Fashion East, House of Holland and Mary Katrantzou.

Prior to the event, on September 14, Shaftesbury utilised the opportunity to host an event with WGSN, the world leaders in trend forecasting and analysis, for property agents which included a retail trend talk on ‘The Future of Retail’.

Commenting on the news, Sam Bain-Mollison, Group Retail Strategy and leasing at Shaftesbury, said: “As part of Shaftesbury’s commitment to supporting new and emerging talent, and as patrons of the British Fashion Council, we were keen to host this spectacular event with TOPSHOP in the most hotly anticipated development in the West End right now. It was fantastic to unveil the potential of the development and we look forward to building upon the success of the event in the weeks and months to follow.”

A spokesperson for Topshop commented: “The Central Cross space provided a strong backdrop to our London Fashion Week activity and offered real flexibility in delivering four runway shows. We were thrilled to be in the heart of Soho; a key inspiration for the Topshop runway collection.”

Central Cross is a 48,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme providing a range of new double-height restaurant and retail units across up to three floors. Aimed at meeting the demands of

modern consumers, it provides a critical mass of commercial space that meets the aspirations of domestic and international operators seeking a flagship location in the heart of London’s West End.

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