What is Top Model?
Top Model is a stationery range produced by German company Depesche which focuses on fashion design but which also includes sticker books, colouring books, pens, pencils, diaries and jewellery boxes.
We brought it into our shop, which is in Didsbury, south Manchester, some years ago and it has proved to be hugely popular. The books are great quality and are the perfect price for party presents or treats for your own child. They're also popular for taking on holidays or to keep children entertained on journeys and light enough to pop easily into luggage.
The designs of the books change during the year as well so that the range is constantly being refreshed.
Their core range is focused on fashion design with many of the books having a pad of paper which has the blank outline of a model to design for and dress up. The Design Studio Sets are hard backed folders which contains models to dress and accessorise plus also a set of stencils in the shape of different items of clothing and paper in different patters to represent different materials. Young designers can then cut out different clothes items using the patterned paper and stencils to create unique outfits. There are also two sheets of sticker accessories, such as sunglasses, boots and jewellery to complete the look. The Design Studio is just £8.99 and has the potential for many hours of creative fun and maybe even inspiring a future Stella McCartney.
Similarly the Top Model Wedding Special is a gorgeous set aimed at creating, as you would imagine, beautiful wedding dresses The wirebound book contains drawings of brides to be and there is a sheet of wedding dress themed stencils, six sheets of bridal themed patterned paper and four mini sheets of silky bridal accessories.
Fans of Pop Music and music themed reality television shows might prefer the Top Model Popstar. With it's bold and colourful front, this wirebound book is all about creating the perfect pop image and outfit. Use the stencils, patterned paper and stickers to create fun and funky outfits.
Whilst their core range is focused on fashion design, therefore appealing to children aged 8 and upwards, they also produce books based on designing outfits for cats and dogs! Ideal for children aged 6 and upwards who might not yet be interested in fashion, but may enjoy designing outfits and accessories for cats and dogs, these are actually also popular with the older children and many a big brother has been known to have a go at designing the perfect pug outfit!
Complementing the design books are a range of pens and pencils, but of course children are fine to use their existing collection of pens and pencils to create their designs.
They also do a range of beautifully detailed sticker books which again are great for children aged 6 and upwards. Home Sweet Home is our best selling book in this range and contains over 16 empty house backgrounds and four pages of stickers of different people and pieces of furniture to fill the houses with. Its like playing with a dolls house but in 2D.
Similarly the Fantasy World sticker book is comprised of different scenes to decorate but there's a magical twist to the theme, with scenes such as magical woodlands, undersea palaces, gothic castles and ice palaces to decorate using the stickers which also have a magical theme and include mermaids and mermen, fairies, princess, unicorns and other magical creatures. Bright and colourful this is a lovely set for children who are both creative and imaginative. Add to the play by creating stories about the scenes and characters.
Younger children can also join in the creative fun with the Ylvi and the Minimoomis and Princess Mimi ranges. Create your Unicorn is a super cute unicorn themed colouring book with over 70 colourful unicorn themed stickers to complete your pictures, whilst Dress Me Up Unicorn sticker book is a book of Unicorn and Fairy pictures plus ten pages of stickers for children to use to dress up and accessorise their Unicorns.
Junior Ballerina's will have lots of fun with the Ballerina Sticker Book which has lots of colourful vinyl princess and dance themed scenes to decorate using the 8 pages of glittery stickers.
Now we've seen enough boys in tutu's and fairy wings in our Didsbury shop to know that boys can be into princesses, unicorns and fairies. But we also know that some boys aren't but they still love stickers. And so not to leave those boys out we have the Top Model Dino World sticker book. With nine different prehistoric themed landscapes and six pages of dinosaur stickers, we think this makes a fantastic gift for dinosaur loving boys (and girls of course) and at just £5.50 it's perfectly priced for a weekend treat.
Top Model also produce a range of Jewellery Boxes and Journals and Lockable Diaries which are themed in line with their fashion design range and very competitively priced. The quality is fantastic and children particularly love the Lockable Diaries with the keypad that plays pop music if someone puts in the wrong code.
To view our full range do come down to our Didsbury shop if you can. Stock changes all the time to reflect new designs being produced but we always have a good range in our Top Model themed shelving unit.
If you can't get to our shop you can browse our current selection online. Shipping is just £2.50 to mainland UK addresses and we aim to get deliveries out within two working days.
Prices and stock correct at time of publishing, January 2019.