Urban Outfitters - a short bio


Urban Outfitters - a short bio

Urban Outfitters, Inc. has headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa and is a multinational premium retail company. This operates in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, and the UAE. The business Urban Outfitters provides young people with a variety of casual clothes, footwear, make-up and fitness items, accessories, active-wear and appliances and housewares for women and men, as well as music, mainly vinyl albums and cassettes. Most of the merchandise is imported and distributed through the wholesale division of the company, under many private labels. The company was founded in 1970 by Richard Hayne, Judy Wicks, and Scott Belair as Free People retail store as a project for an entrepreneurship programme at the University of Pennsylvania. This was renamed in 1976, and sold as Metropolitan Outfitters. Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) runs various URBN secure retail stores including Anthropologie, Free Men, Landscape, BHLDN and The Vetri Party. Urban Outfitters is a fashion focused retailer specialised in selling shoes, lifestyle accessories, and apartment pieces. This specifically concerns teens and young adults participating in hipster subculture and trendy styles. In 2007, Urban Outfitters received the National Heritage Honor Award for the Campus of the Urban Outfitters Corporate Office built on Philadelphia's Naval Shipyard from the National Trust for Historical Heritage. Urban Outfitters received the Global Award for Creativity 2007 from the Urban Land Institute for the same project. In March 2008, the company visited the Philadelphia Flower Show to promote the new Terrain brand, and won the Alfred M. Campbell Trophy, the Earth Trophy, People's Choice Award and Best in Series. On November 27, 2009, the organisation gained the attention of the Swedish press for denying collective bargaining privileges at its Stockholm store by leaving all 38 workers unemployed and re-hiring them through the employment agency Academic Service. Ombudsman Jimmy Ekman called for more restrictive regulations in relation to the move to prevent more businesses in this direction that breach collective bargaining rights. In 2011, it decided to sell exclusive models of Polaroid ONE600 instant cameras and Type 779 instant cinema, in partnership with the Austrian billionaire Florian Kaps, who bought the rights to produce 700 versions of the discontinued brand. In January 2013, it hired the former Republican Sen. Spencer Abraham's lobbying company Abraham & Roetzel to lobby in Washington, D.C. On top of it on industrial market strategy. In Q4 2015, the company announced plans to buy the Philadelphia Vetri Family restaurant business. The buy represents the retailer's strategy shift as the company is facing a slowdown in the same store sales and foot traffic. It covers the Amis Trattoria, Bar Amis, and Pizzeria Vetri restaurants. Philadelphia has two branches in Pizzeria Vetri, with other locations in King of Prussia, PA and Washington DC. The company gained attention in 2019 by advertising the selling of recycled VHS tapes for $40. For some of its products, brands from Urban Outfitters have also been the subject of various demonstrations and attacks, including from national, legal and cultural rights organisations including a NAACP state affiliate, the Anti-Defamation League and the Navajo Nation. Established in 1970 in a small street space across the street from the University of Pennsylvania, Urban Outfitters opened as a boutique retail destination and cultural centre for college-age artists. In a few short years, the first UO had developed into a small convenience store with an increased variety of merchandise and added services, offering a wider community atmosphere with restaurants, concerts, and hang out spots. Today, Urban Outfitters has more than 200 stores in the U.S., Canada and Europe offering experiential shopping offers that include a tailor-made range of women's, men's, apparel and home items with an eye for creativity and cultural sensitivity in mind. The idea of Urban Outfitters as a place for likeminded creative people and the creation of green spaces is progressing today. We respect our clients ' interests and values, represent society at all levels and encourage social media interaction, events, community involvement and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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