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Not to be confused with anthropology.
Industry Retail
Founded 1992
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Number of locations
182 (May 2013)
  • Clothing
  • accessories
  • cosmetics
  • footwear
  • housewares
Parent Urban Outfitters

Anthropologie is an American women's clothing retailer owned by Urban Outfitters and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3][4]


Anthropologie sign in front of their Rockefeller Center location in New York City

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 Toronto, followed by subsequent storefronts in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg.[5]

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 189 retail stores worldwide.[6] 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. Anthropologie stores host various "Do it yourself" (DIY) workshops, fashion shows, and special events throughout the year.


  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. ^
  6. ^ "Home | Women's clothes, accessories and homeware". Anthropologie. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 

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