Peek & Cloppenburg

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Peek & Cloppenburg KG, Düsseldorf
Type Limited Partnership
Industry Retail
Founded 20. April 1900 in
Düsseldorf, Germany
Headquarters Düsseldorf, Germany
Key people Harro Uwe Cloppenburg, Patrick Cloppenburg, John Cloppenburg, Uwe Fehr, Aribert Müller, Roland Schick, Engelbert Thulfaut, Dr. Horst Clemens, Wolfgang Sauerzapf
Products Apparel
Employees 13,700 throughout Europe (adding P&C KG Düsseldorf and P&C KG Wien; updated: 31.12.2010)
Peek & Cloppenburg KG Hamburg
Type Kommanditgesellschaft
Industry Retail
Founded 1911 in
Hamburg, Germany
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Products Apparel
Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf runs nine Metropolitan Stores. Here:
Düsseldorf, Schadowstraße
Metropolitan Store Cologne, Schildergasse
Metropolitan Store Berlin, Tauentzienstraße

Peek & Cloppenburg is an international chain of fashion department stores. The chain is made up of two separate groups, Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf (known as P&C West) and Peek & Cloppenburg KG Hamburg (known as P&C North) which operate independently from each other.


On 20 April 1900, the dutch merchants Johann Theodor Peek (1845–1907) and Heinrich Anton Adolph Cloppenburg (1844–1922) founded the “Peek et Cloppenburg GmbH” in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany. Both men had moved from the Netherlands to Germany to realize their vision of offering high-quality men’s fashion to a reasonable price. Little time after the foundation the two opened their first store in the city-center of Düsseldorf. While they were having immediate success Anton Adolph Cloppenburgs son, James Cloppenburg, opened the companies second store in Berlin, Germany in 1901.

  • Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf

- In 1926, James Cloppenburg junior (died 1986), son of James Cloppenburg senior entered the business.
- In 1998, the until then separate P&C companies in the Netherlands and Belgium were added to the Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf.
- In 1991, John Cloppenburg re-enters the business model of origin and starts Anson’s, a men’s fashion retail company.
- Today: The third generation, Harro Uwe Cloppenburg (born 1940) is now the head of the company. His sons Hendrik, John and Patrick are active in the company as well.

  • Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg

In 1937, Fritz Cloppenburg (1914–2003), son of Anton Cloppenburg, entered the business. His son, James Cloppenburg, is the most recent generation now active in the company.


  • Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf

Peek & Cloppenburg is known as an international brand in overall 15 countries of Europe. These are run by two independent partnerships. The Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf runs 67 stores in Germany and yet another two in Belgium, three in the Netherlands and two in Switzerland. Its subsidiary, the Peek & Cloppenburg KG Wien (Vienna), runs 43 additional stores. (E.g. Austria, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia)*

  • Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg

Under the name Van Graaf there are stores in Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria.


  • Both Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg sell designer and own-brand fashion for men, women, teens and kids
  • Anson's sells fashion for men of designer brands and its own brands.
  • The brands McNeal (men's fashion) and Review (young fashion for men and women) have ties to the Cloppenburg family of Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf. The two sub-brands are also sold outside of P&C in competitors' stores and have their own shops in Germany and Croatia.


The Peek & Cloppenburg logo consists of a shield with the white letters "P" and "C" on it. The shield is divided into two colours. The left side is dark red and the right side is dark blue.

  • Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg has a white "&"-sign between the two letters.
  • Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf has a white small letter "u" for the word "und" (meaning and) between the two letters.


One son of founder Cloppenburg, James Cloppenburg (1877–1926), entered the business in 1901 and opened the second store in Berlin, Germany. The other (younger) son, Anton Cloppenburg, married the daughter of founder Johann Theodor Peek, Marie Peek (1879–1937) in 1901.Ten years later Anton Cloppenburg founded a separate private partnership of Peek & Cloppenburg in Hamburg in 1911. From this date, the Cloppenburg family was divided into the companies operating under the same name.[1]


  1. ^;-Cloppenburg-KG-Company-History.html

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