Ulla Popken
Ulla Popken is a German
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 clothing retailer with more than 320 stores across Europe
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The company markets its products in the United States
United States
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 through a monthly 48-page catalog. Their American headquarters are located in Glen Arm, Maryland
Glen Arm, Maryland
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 in a former Grumman aircraft manufacturing warehouse.

The company specializes in allowing women to develop their own fashions, regardless of size.


In 1880, Johann Popken, the grandfather of Ulla Popken's husband Friedrich, founded a textile company in Hameln. During the 20th century, his son Karl operated the business until he stopped in 1960 due to failing health. Eight years later, Karl's son Friedrich and his wife Ulla took over operations. By 1978, the company had three stores in Bremen
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, Hanover, and Hamburg
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. In 1984, the company expanded to a mail order operation, specializing in maternity clothing
Maternity clothing
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In 1993, the company started marketing in the United States. Their first U.S. store opened in Towson, Maryland
Towson, Maryland
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in 2000.
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