|THE ULLA POPKEN VISION:|
Ulla Popken is the "better" choice" in plus size fashion.
THE ULLA POPKEN MISSION:
Our Mission at Ulla Popken is to offer plus size women exclusively-designed, stylish
merchandise of finer quality with the most consistent fit.
Ulla Popken will exceed customer expectations making women look and feel their most
beautiful at a fair price.
in 1880 when Johann Popken founded the Popken Textile Company in the town
of Hameln on the banks of the Weser River in northern Germany. The family
business operated until 1960 when Johann's son Karl Friedrich Popken was
forced to lease out the company on a long-term basis due to ill health. Eight
years later, Karl's son Friedrich and his wife Ursula (Ulla), young parents of a
baby daughter (Astrid), continued the family's tradition in textiles by opening
a shop in Oldenburg called "Mami and Baby," specializing in maternity and
baby wear (see current photo, right).
By 1978, the business had blossomed into what would become a nationwide
chain of retail maternity shops. The next three stores opened in Bremen,
Hannover, and Hamburg in 1978 quickly followed by more. From there,
the business expanded into the mail order market, initially operating from
the attic of the Popken family home in Rastede. With the start of franchising
operations in 1984, the company became the market leader in maternity wear.
However, this tale of accomplishment and expansion was only the beginning
of a greater success story, discovered only by chance.
One day, Friedrich observed an employee packing more than 15 maternity items
for a single mail order customer and wondered why a pregnant woman would order
so many items. The answer was unexpected. The customer was not pregnant! She
was a regular customer who had written to the company explaining that she had trouble
finding young fashion in her plus size, but found our maternity fashion to be both young
as well as comfortable. This was the spark for the entire niche market for "young fashion
in plus sizes", and Ulla Popken.
After extensive testing through the mail order operations,
the Popkens registered their new company as "Ulla Popken,
Young Fashion Starting at Size 16" in March 1987. Within
a year, 10 new Ulla Popken retail stores were open and
paving the way for unparallel success and expansion.
The company now includes a chain of over 300
company-owned or franchised retail stores (photo left)
across Europe and beyond, as well as a substantial catalog
and internet presence.
The Popken's daughter Astrid and her husband,
Thomas Schneider, brought the company's vision
to North America, opening Ulla Popken Ltd in the United States in 1993. The company
headquartered in a rural setting outside of Baltimore, Maryland where it is dedicated to
offering apparel uniquely designed for today's women who want style with quality, value,
comfort and fit.
In the spring of 2008, the Popkens transferred the majority interest in the European
operations to Astrid and Thomas Schneider, and Thomas began his new role as that
firm's managing partner that July. While still retaining ownership, Thomas and Astrid
appointed Phyliss Sorese Mosca to assume the role of President of Ulla Popken Ltd
enabling them to focus on the European operations.
Phyliss (photo right) has a long history with the company, and is an experienced plus
size industry insider dedicated to offering the most contemporary and stylish collection
of quality plus size clothing at moderate prices, anywhere.
by opening four Johann Popken menswear stores in Germany. Phyliss attended
the grand openings of these four new stores (photos below) during her trip to Germany
in September of 2011. One of the store locations is in Munich, where she was able to
experience the start of Okotberfest. Phyliss even wore an authentic dirndl that Ulla
Popken Germany is selling (photo left).
Ulla Popken USA is proud to be an American company; however, Phyliss' trip to
Germany helped her appreciate our strong German roots.
DISCLAIMER: I WASNT COMPENSATED IN ANY WAY FOR THIS REVIEW. HOWEVER
I DID RECIEVE A SAMPLE PRODUCT TO TRY. THESE ARE ALL MY OWN OPINIONS.