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FoundedOctober 31, 1992; 29 years ago (1992-10-31)[1]
Wayne, Pennsylvania, US
FounderRichard Hayne[2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Number of locations
216 (September 2015)
Key people
Tricia Smith (CEO)
  • Clothing
  • accessories
  • cosmetics
  • footwear
  • housewares
ParentUrban Outfitters

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

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, Hayne imagined the concept behind Anthropologie, aiming to give 30- to 45-year-old women a store that offers products reflecting 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, Anthropologie launched a website that same year.[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. In some of the new stores built in recent years, there has been a petite shop and dining options in the stores.[13]

In October 2019, Urban Outfitters revealed Anthropologie Home Outlet in Pittsburgh, which focuses only on home furnishings.[14]

In April 2021, Hillary Super stepped down as CEO of Anthropologie and Tricia D. Smith, a 26-year veteran of Nordstrom, took over as Anthropologie’s global CEO.[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]

In 2019, Anthropologie launched a line of plus-size women's clothing.[19]


Anthropologie partners with artists and designers from around the world to create 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, Joanna Gaines [20] and Claire Desjardins.[21][22]


  1. ^ "History". URBN. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Retrieved June 17, 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Unraveling Anthropologie's Intoxicating Store Experience". Anthropologie. Retrieved May 24, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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. ^ "Urban Outfitters Inc. aims to supersize Anthropologie stores". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "First look: Urban Outfitters debuts Anthropologie Home Outlet at Mount Nebo Pointe". October 25, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Dunn, Catherine. "Urban Outfitters Inc. names new CEO of Anthropologie after pandemic hurt sales". Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  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. ^ Mull, Amanda (March 18, 2019). "A Sea Change in Plus-Size Fashion". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  20. ^ "My Collaboration with Anthropologie". Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  21. ^ Bellucci, Tara (September 10, 2012). "Vera Neumann". Apartment Therapy. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012.
  22. ^ "Anthropologie unveils new designer collaboration for home". Home Textiles Today. September 29, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2021.

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