Anthropologie is a retailer of high-end casual clothing and other merchandise run by Urban Outfitters, Inc. A somewhat new apparel retailer, Anthropologie has used unique marketing and branding techniques to become a forerunner in womens fashion. [http://retailtrafficmag.com/mag/retail_anthropologies_cultured_approach/index.html Anthropologie's Cultured Approach to Style ] ]
1992, the brand is designed to follow customers of its parent company, Urban Outfitters, into the next stage of their life. Founder Richard Haynemoved Anthropologie away from the focus of Urban Outfitters, which targeted hip and mod trends. Rather, this new concept was designed to appeal to 30- to 40-something affluent professional women with total family annual income above $200,000. [http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/65/sophisticated.html Sophisticated Sell | Fast Company ] ] Picturing an ideal audience, the corporation targeted sophisticated women wanting unique, one-of-a-kind designs. This marketing technique is often compared to that of Kate Spade, selling a lifestyle rather than products.
Thus, Anthropologie became a pioneer in retail, becoming the first corporation to intentionally avoid advertising. Though the company does not advertise, its shoppers stay longer than most chain stores, averaging nearly 1 hour and 15 minutes. The company allots the extra money towards furnishing individual stores. Every store is divided into retailing quadrants, each acting as its own store, displaying a theme and flavor of its own.
David Brookshas cited Anthropologie as the "apotheosis" of the bourgeois bohemianlook in his book " Bobos in Paradise". [David Brooks, "Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There". New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000. Page 59.]
Anthropologie sells a wide range of merchandise. Though focusing on women's apparel and accessories, the company also sells furniture and home furnishings through its stores, catalog, and website. The company takes pride in its one-of-a-kind items. "Within the store are Indian hand-beaded picture frames, a hand-painted floral sconce based on a 1940s Italian original, glazed Japanese ceramics, and a rattan and teak British colonial sleigh bed."
To maintain its image, the company avoids enclosed malls, preferring to locate on streets or open-air centers. Today, there are over 90 stores in 24 states and the District of Columbia. [http://www.anthropologie.com/companyinfo/store_locations.jsp, accessed on
November 30 2006] The brand has quickly gained popularity throughout the United States, averaging 40% annual revenue gain for the past 5 years. [ [http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2004/1101/154.html Urban Cowboy - Forbes.com ] ] The brand now stands for nearly 50% of Urban Outfitters' annual revenue, at nearly $400 million in sales.
* [http://www.anthropologie.com Anthropologie Official Website]
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