OFFICE was born in 1981 in London with a concession in the shopping Mecca that was Hyper Hyper
Due to public demand we opened our first stand alone store on the Kings road in 1984 and continued to grow throughout the 1980’s, acquiring many stores in some of the most prestigious shopping areas in central London.
During 1996 we launched OFFSPRING, OFFICE’s new little sports brother! This was a pioneering new concept, devoted to revolutionising the world of fashion sports retailing. OFFSPRING proved to be a hit and we opened further stores in Camden, Brighton and Bromley. Fast forward to now and OFFSPRING has landed in Selfridges, with concessions in all their nationwide stores including a women's only store in Topshop London.
At the start of 2000, Poste was founded, a men’s boutique offering a selection of designer shoes in an environment synonymous with a typical gentleman’s club. Due to the brands success, Poste is now a destination store for exclusive designer shoes with concessions within Harvey Nichols stores nationwide.
2001 saw the arrival of Poste Mistress, which soon became the essential ladies footwear boutique in uber cool Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. Due to its chic, a la mode range, Poste Mistress boasts a star studded clientele base, including Kate Bosworth and Helena Christensen.
In 2003, OFFICE was purchased by Tom Hunter, of West Coast Capital Group, and Brian McCluskey took over as CEO.
Throughout 2004 to 2010, the first of our overseas expansion began, with stores opening across Ireland along with our new Topshop concessions in New York City, Las Vegas and Chicago. At the end of 2010, OFFICE was bought by private equity group, Silverfleet Capital.
During 2011, we opened an OFFICE concession in the world famous Selfridges shoe hall, the largest shoe lounge in Europe.
In 2012, Alan Leighton became Chairman of OFFICE, Alan’s previous appointments include CEO of ASDA, Chairman of Royal Mail and most recently Deputy Chairman for Selfridges & Co.
During 2013, we started our European expansion, with OFFICE launching in Oberhausen and Dusseldorf, Germany. For clarity the brand is referred to as OFFICE London across our German portfolio.
2014 has seen our German launch continue, with our new store opening in Bonn at the start of the year and Hamburg to follow soon. Back home, we continue to grow and strive forward with new digital concepts across OFFICE, Offspring, Poste and Poste Mistress.2015 has got off to a great start, we have launched our first international website in Germany along with opening another new store in Wiesbaden . We’ve also launched Click & Collect within all of our UK, Irish and German standalone stores. Not too bad for the first quarter of the year and we’ve got LOADS more to come.
OFFICE currently has 153 sites globally consisting of 99 stand alone, 6 OFFSPRINGS and 48 concessions in Selfridges, Topshop & House of Fraser