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Sir Philip Green, the top man behind Britain's TopShop empire, will be handed the National Retail Federation's International Retailer of the Year Award today at the group's annual convention here in Manhattan.
And while that's quite the honor, WWD's write-up on Green today highlighted something a little more interesting. Despite being worth $4.28 billion, he still uses a beat up Nokia 6310 cell phone, a model that was launched in 2001 and has since been discontinued. There's no answering machine on his phone, he never turns it off (it's on all day and all night), and he single-handedly returns every missed call that he receives on his shock-worthy mobile device.
Of the calls he has received of late: Plans to double or triple the size of TopShop/TopMan to match heavyweights like Zara or H&M. And it looks like NYC is about to get its second TopShop/TopMan location. His team has been searching for an uptown space for quite some time now, evaluating three or four sites before making any commitment. And to think, all this is done without a BlackBerry.—Yale Breslin
· Being Sir Philip Green [WWD]