North America-based, Ulla Popken Ltd is dedicated to offering clothing that is uniquely designed for today's plus size women who want style with quality, value, comfort and fit.
In 1880, Johann Popken founded the Popken Textile Company in Hameln, Germany. Three generations later, in 1968, Friedrich Popken and his wife Ursula, “Ulla”, opened their first maternity and baby wear store in Oldenburg, Germany-- Mami and Baby.
After observing an employee packing more than 15 items for one customer, Friedrich wondered why a pregnant woman would order so many items. The answer was unexpected: the customer was not pregnant! She had written to the company explaining that she had trouble finding youthful fashion in her plus size, but found clothing by Mami and Baby to be both young as well as comfortable. This was the spark that led to Ulla Popken, a business specializing in plus size fashion clothing.
Ulla Popken USA
The Ulla Popken success story soon crossed the ocean to North America, led by the next generation of the Popken family. Known as Ulla Popken Ltd, our USA division opened in 1993, with headquarters outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where it continues to grow more than 20 years later.
Today, Diane Cantor, a highly experienced merchant and direct marketing executive with extensive expertise in plus size fashion, is Chief Executive Officer of Ulla Popken Ltd. Diane is, “proud to be leading this business in the United States, which is built on the wonderful and innovative traditions of the Popken family. These include developing stylish, quality fashions for the plus size woman, and delivering the great customer service she deserves.”