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Type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded 1992
Number of locations 182 (May 2013)
Parent Urban Outfitters
Anthropologie store at the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, California
Anthropologie storefront in La Jolla, California
Anthropologie sign in front of their Rockefeller Center location in New York City

Anthropologie is a multi-channel lifestyle brand that sells women’s clothing and accessories, home furnishings, found objects, gifts and décor.[1][2][3][4]

Headquartered in Philadelphia, the company is owned by Urban Outfitters, Inc. (UOI), which also operates retail brands Urban Outfitters, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN, and is currently under the direction of CEO David McCreight.


Founded by the current URBN chairman and president Richard Hayne, Anthropologie opened its first store in 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. In 1998, the brand launched a mail-order catalog and website, and in April 2009, opened its first international store in the Yorkville area of Toronto, followed by subsequent storefronts in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

October 2009 marked the unveiling of the brand's first European store, located on Regent Street in London. It was followed by two additional UK outposts, located on King’s Road in Chelsea and in Edinburgh.


Anthropologie currently operates over 175 retail stores worldwide. [5] Global Chief Executive Officer David W. McCreight manages Anthropologie North America, Anthropologie Europe and BHLDN for the company. Armed with a talented team of visual merchandisers and display artists, the brand has been cited for its highly imaginative store fixtures and award-winning windows.

In 2012 Anthropologie partnered with more than 30 artists and designers as part of its “Made in Kind” initiative. The ongoing series has featured exclusive limited-run collections by the likes of Peter Som, Tracy Reese, Byron Lars, Chris Benz and Paola Navone, as well as emerging talents from around the globe.


  1. ^ Kuczynski, Alex (June 1, 2006). "Peter Pan Collars in a Vintage Never-Never Land". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Anthropologie Company Profile". URBN Inc. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Business Week
  4. ^ Yahoo Finance
  5. ^ "Home | Women's clothes, accessories and homeware". Anthropologie. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 

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