Peek & Cloppenburg
Peek & Cloppenburg is an international chain of fashion department store
Department store
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s. The chain is made up of two separate groups, Peek & Cloppenburg KG Düsseldorf (known as P&C West) and Peek & Cloppenburg KG Hamburg (known as P&C North) which operate independently from each other.


In 1869, Johann Theodor Peek (1845–1907) and Heinrich Anton Adolph Cloppenburg (1844–1922) founded Peek & Cloppenburg in The Netherlands
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. Both men had moved from Germany to The Netherlands to learn the trade. In 1900 they founded a separate company in Germany, also called Peek & Cloppenburg. Why the company celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 1931, 30 years after the opening of their store in Berlin
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.45 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union...

, although the first store was opened in 1900 (Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.Düsseldorf is an important international business and financial centre and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Located centrally within the European Megalopolis, the...

), is unknown. From then on the year 1901 was the reference for anniversaries.
One son of founder Cloppenburg, James Cloppenburg (1877–1926), entered the business.
The other (younger) son, Anton Cloppenburg, married the daughter of founder Peek, Marie Peek (1879–1937) in 1901.
Anton Cloppenburg founded a separate company Peek & Cloppenburg in Hamburg
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 in 1911.
From this date, the Cloppenburg family was divided into the companies operating under the same name.
  • Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf

In 1926, James Cloppenburg junior (died 1986), son of James Cloppenburg senior entered the business. The third generation, Harro Uwe Cloppenburg (born 1940) is now the head of the company. His sons Hendrik, John and Patrick are also active in the company.

John founded the separate company Anson's in 1991.
In 1998, the until then separate P&C companies in The Netherlands and Belgium were added to Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf.
  • Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg

In 1937, Fritz Cloppenburg (1914–2003), son of Anton Cloppenburg, entered the business.
His son, James Cloppenburg, is the most recent generation now active in the company.


  • Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf

There are stores in: The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
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, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.
  • Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg

Under the name Van Graaf there are stores in Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria.


  • Both Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg sell designer and own-brand fashion for men, women, teens and kids
  • Anson's sells fashion for men of designer brands and its own brands.
  • The brands McNeal (men's fashion) and Review (young fashion for men and women) have ties to the Cloppenburg family of P&C Düsseldorf. The two sub-brands are also sold outside of P&C in competitors' stores and have their own shops in Germany and Croatia.


The Peek & Cloppenburg logo consists of a shield with the white letters "P" and "C" on it.
The shield is divided into two colours. The left side is dark red and the right side is dark blue.
  • Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg has a white "&"-sign between the two letters.
  • Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf has a white small letter "u" for the word "und" (meaning and) between the two letters.

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