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FoundedOctober 31, 1992; 28 years ago (1992-10-31)[1]
Wayne, Pennsylvania, US
FounderRichard Hayne[2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Number of locations
216 (September 2015)
Key people
David McCreight (CEO)
  • Clothing
  • accessories
  • cosmetics
  • footwear
  • housewares
ParentUrban Outfitters

Anthropologie is an American clothing retailer with approximately 200 stores across the U.S. and Canada [3]which offer an assortment of clothing, jewelry, home furniture, decoration, beauty, and gifts.

Anthropologie is part of URBN brands, which includes Urban Outfitters, Free People, BHLDN, and Terrain.[4][5][6][7]


In 1970, former Lehigh University roommates and later University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School classmates Richard Hayne and Scott Belair were in need of a project for an entrepreneurial class, and they decided to open a retail store called Free People.[8] According to some sources, Hayne's ex-wife Judy Wicks co-founded the company with him.[9] After opening up another store, Urban Outfitters, a close friend of Dick Hayne's came to him with a problem: where she was living, Philadelphia, did not have enough clothing store options for her sense of style. Hayne then came up with the idea of Anthropologie in hopes of giving creative, educated and affluent 30- to 45-year-old women a place to shop in a store that reflects their personal style.[10]

In autumn 1992, Anthropologie opened in Wayne, Pennsylvania.[11] This first free-standing store was opened in a refurbished automobile shop. In 1998 the brand launched a mail-order catalog.[citation needed] To further customer access, that same year Anthropologie launched a website.[12]

In 2009, Anthropologie opened its first international store in London, England. This brand followed the other brands in URBN to expand to the United Kingdom. Currently there are over 200 retail stores throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.[13] In some of the new stores built in recent years, there has been a petite shop and dining options in the store.[14]

In October 2019, Urban Outfitters revealed Anthropologie Home Outlet in Pittsburgh, which focuses only on home furnishings.[15]


Anthropologie sells clothing, shoes, accessories, home furnishings, furniture, and beauty products.[16]

In 2018, following an exposé of the mohair industry in South Africa, Anthropologie joined other fashion retailers in banning the sale of products that contained the goat-derived fur.[17] However, in 2020, Anthropologie became a target of protests when it ignored calls from PETA to ban the sale of items that are made with alpaca hair.[18]


Anthropologie often partners with artists and designers from around the world to create limited-run collections in apparel, accessories and home. Collaborators have included Tracy Reese, Peter Som, Collette Dinnigan, Mara Hoffman, Liya Kebede, Byron Lars, Ekaterina Kukhareva (2014), Chris Benz, Kit Kemp, Vera Neumann, Amber Lewis, and Claire Desjardins.[19][20]


  1. ^ "History". URBN. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Retrieved June 17, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Our Story". Anthropologie. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  4. ^ Kuczynski, Alex (June 1, 2006). "Peter Pan Collars in a Vintage Never-Never Land". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Anthropologie Company Profile". URBN Inc. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Business Week
  7. ^ Yahoo Finance
  8. ^ Brown and White Staff (March 8, 2013). "Lehigh alumnus Richard Hayne builds Urban Outfitters empire". lehighvalleylive. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  9. ^ McCuan, Jess (April 1, 2004). "Judy Wicks, White Dog Enterprises". Inc.. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "Our Story". URBN. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Danziger, Pamela N. "Urban Outfitters Gains As It Launches A New Vision For Anthropologie". Forbes. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "History". URBN. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "History". URBN. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Urban Outfitters Inc. aims to supersize Anthropologie stores". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "First look: Urban Outfitters debuts Anthropologie Home Outlet at Mount Nebo Pointe". October 25, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  16. ^ "Anthropologie – Women's Clothing, Accessories & Home". Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Inside Textiles Ltd., "Fashion brands ban mohair after PETA exposé,", 4 May 2018.
  18. ^ Jessica Testa, "How PETA Won Its Messy Fight and Took a Seat at the Table, The New York Times, 31 May 2020.
  19. ^ Bellucci, Tara (September 10, 2012). "Vera Neumann". Apartment Therapy.
  20. ^ "Anthropologie unveils new designer collaboration for home". Home Textiles Today. September 29, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2021.

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