THE GIRLS AT TOPSHOP HQ

There are so many amazing girls who work in our head office that we’ve decided to catch up with a different member of the Topshop team every month. We’re always super interested to find out how the girls we work with got started in the industry, as well as what they get up to each day, and we thought all of you guys would be too. Last month, we caught up with Senior Press Officer, Liz Shuttleworth, and this month, we’re catching up with her colleague, Cressida Jamieson, who gives us an insight into what she does as one of our Press Officers each day.

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My job title is… Press Officer.

And that means… I work with publications on a daily basis to ensure that Topshop is featured in the press, in both articles and fashion shoots.

I studied… French and Italian.

I got my job by… doing work experience at the Times and Tatler, then at the Miss Selfridge press office. Whilst there I met the Topshop team and went for the job!

In a typical working day I… will answer all emails regarding to Topshop questions, arrange appointments with stylists who want to come into the office and borrow samples for shoots, arrange filming instore, organise still life photo shoots, and have meetings with the design and buying teams to discuss future Topshop projects.

The best thing about my job is… I get to meet and work with so many brilliant and creative people. Working at Topshop means that we work with a wide range of publications, and also with young designers. My work changes from day to day, it is never boring!

When I was growing up I wanted to be… a fashion writer.

I couldn’t do my job without… a really fun and passionate group of people around me.

My advice to students hoping to crack the fashion industry would be… do as much work experience as you can, and if you’re not entirely sure what you want to do within fashion, do varied placements so you can get a taster and an understanding of all sides of the industry. It will also look good on your CV! Do everything with enthusiasm whilst on a placement, even if it is something not very exciting. A good intern will always be remembered, especially when a job comes up.

My signature style is… it varies, but I tend to rely on a Breton stripe top, skinny black jeans and patent ballet pumps. French beatnik is my favourite style and Brigitte Bardot my icon!

And my hero piece for this season is… a chunky knit classic black crew neck jumper and some high heel Chelsea boots. Either can be dressed up or down.

When I’m in London, my hottest hangouts are…it’s not exactly ‘hot’, but the Shakespeare pub in Stoke Newington is really cool. It’s always packed on a Friday and locals stay for lock-ins. Plus there’s a really good pizzeria next door which you can eat in the pub. If I want to dance, I’m a big fan on Work It on Kingsland Road. It may be a bit sweaty, but they play 90s old skool hit after hit!

And when I’m in my hometown I love hanging out at… the Hollybush pub in Hampstead followed by the Everyman cinema next door. The pub is really cosy, especially in the winter and the cinema is tiny with amazing food and mulled wine at Christmas.

I can’t live without… so many things! It’s easier to say what I can live without – mainly London transport.

My favourite magazine is… Self Service.

I love grabbing my lunch from… Itsu – always my Friday treat.

On my iPod right now is… PJ Harvey and Foxy Brown.

In five years I’d like to be… still at Topshop and still loving my job… and with no wrinkles.