Urban Outfitters has been a staple in the retail industry for over 40 years. They first opened their doors as Free People back in 1972 and have since grown to be one of top retailers across 4 different fashion brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, and Terrain. With 4000+ locations globally it is not surprising that they make up 15% of all US apparel sales!
Richard Hayne, the owner and now Chairman of Urban Outfitters started out as Free People in 1972 with a focus on “funky” fashion. After noticing how well that was going for him he changed his company’s name to Urban Outfitters.