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 Popken Fashion Group USA LLC , our USA division opened in 1993, with headquarters outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where it continues to grow more than 20 years later.