Topshop ‘team casting’ at Fortitude Valley ahead of store opening in Brisbane CBD

Topshop ‘team casting’ at Fortitude Valley ahead of store opening in Brisbane CBD

IT seems Brisbane’s young fashion set will try just about anything to land a gig at Topshop’s new CBD store.

The UK retail giant will open its first stores – Topshop and Topman – in the former Borders book shop at the corner supra for sale of Elizabeth and Albert streets in December.

More than 2000 people have applied for sales, merchandising, management and back of house roles.

Applicants queued for audition-style interviews in Fortitude Valley on Monday and Tuesday, and had two minutes talk up their own style.

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Topshop Topman Australia general manager Gavin Tam said standing out during the casting round was essential.

“We have had applicants sing us songs, raps, prepare poems and even mood boards to express their style and passion for the brand,” he said.

Graceville resident Maree-Clare Fornasier, 18, was among the hopefuls.

“I’ve been to London to the Topshop store, and I love them. I’m really into it Supra Skytop II. My boyfriend and friend are obsessed by Topman,” she said.

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Candidates came from Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts and Toowoomba, while some manager applicants applied from Sydney and Melbourne. Next up will be a group interview process.

QUT fashion industry lecturer Kay McMahon said Topshop had done a “fantastic” job Gucci Messenger Bag targeting its youth demographic.

“I believe they all want to get a job there because it is branded so credibly with their friends,” she said.

“Because it isn’t high end, you wouldn’t actually need a lot of years of experience to be a retail assistant.”

Ms McMahon said she expected there would be “queues around the block” when Topshop and Topman opened.

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