History.

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The MARC O’POLO founders: Göte Huss, Jerry O’Sheets and Rolf Lind

 

1967

MARC O’POLO is founded in Stockholm by the Swedes Rolf Lind and Göte Huss and the American Jerry O’Sheets.

The first MARC O’POLO collection piece is a patchwork shirt made from hand-woven Indian cotton. The motif of the first advertising campaign – a strawberry – attracts international attention.

1968

Werner Böck founds MARC O’POLO Germany under the name “MARC O’POLO Textilvertrieb Werner Böck GmbH” and headquarters it in Stephanskirchen, Germany.

1972

MARC O’POLO establishes the brand CAMPUS and creates the CAMPUS sweatshirt and the MARC O’POLO T-shirt, made of cotton and with a distinctive logo print.

1975

MARC O’POLO launches full-scale womenswear and menswear collections – MARC O’POLO Modern Casual Womenswear and MARC O’POLO Modern Casual Menswear – plus CAMPUS.

1979

The world’s first MARC O’POLO store opens in Düsseldorf, in a franchise partnership.

1983

For the first time, MARC O’POLO creates and produces two collections per season. Today, the company presents eight collections per year.

1987

Werner Böck takes over 40% of the Swedish parent company.

1990

MARC O’POLO initiates the licensing business with shoes, eyewear and underwear.

1997

Werner Böck takes over another almost 40% of the Swedish parent company and founds MARC O’POLO International GmbH, responsible for design, production, marketing and distribution. The company headquarters are relocated from Stockholm, Sweden, to Stephanskirchen, Germany. Since March 1997, MARC O’POLO International GmbH supplies all its European customers through its own central warehouse. MARC O’POLO issues a further license: An accessories line offering bags and small leather goods is launched.

2001

MARC O’POLO moves into a newly constructed administrative building in Stephanskirchen.

2003

MARC O’POLO’s largest store, with a sales area of around 900 square meters, opens in Munich’s Theatinerstraße. The MARC O’POLO eShop launches in Germany: www.marc-o-polo.com.

2004

Alexander Gedat (CSO/CFO) assumes 5% of MARC O’POLO AG.

2005

The license for MARC O’POLO Shoes is reclaimed. From now on, newly founded MARC O’POLO Shoes GmbH designs, produces and markets MARC O’POLO’s footwear.

2007

MARC O’POLO celebrates its 40th anniversary with the “since 67” collection in aid of the UNICEF project “Schools for Africa”.

With the opening of its franchise store in Uppsala, Sweden, MARC O’POLO runs 1,000 stores and shop-in-stores worldwide.

2008

The first MARC O’POLO store in Asia opens in Singapore.

Jürgen Hahn is appointed chief financial officer of MARC O’POLO AG.

2009

MARC O’POLO wins the fashion industry’s “Oscar”, the Forum Award of the German trade journal TextilWirtschaft. The company is chosen for its outstanding entrepreneurial and personal performance, which has had a sustained impact on the development of the fashion industry.

MARC O’POLO Accessories is awarded the ILM (International trade fair for leather goods) Award “BEST OF ILM”. With this prize the city and trade fair Offenbach honors both the innovative design of leather goods and exceptional trade fair presentation.

2010

The MARC O’POLO headquarters in Stephanskirchen is extended with a new logistics building of around 6,000 square meters, a new office building of 1,950 square meters and a multi-story car park with 140 parking spaces.

2011

The MARC O’POLO eShop launches in Switzerland and Sweden.

MARC O’POLO opens its first store in Poland in Warsaw.

MARC O’POLO presents its first 10 Pieces Collection Spring/Summer 2012 for Women & Men.

The first MARC O’POLO Design Award is presented in cooperation with Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden.

2012

MARC O’POLO opens a showroom and two stores in Paris, France. MARC O’POLO opens further stores in Poland (Warsaw, Katowice, Posen, Szczecin, Gdansk und Krakow), Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Amersfoort and The Hague).

MARC O’POLO redesigns its flagship store in Munich and establishes a new, high-value interior design.

Werner Böck, CEO and majority shareholder of MARC O’POLO AG, joins the supervisory board in October 2012 and passes his executive chair to Alexander Gedat, CSO of MARC O’POLO AG.

CAMPUS becomes an independent company on June 1st, 2012.

2013

MARC O’POLO eShops launch in Belgium and France.

The license for accessories is reclaimed and MARC O’POLO Shoes becomes MARC O’POLO Shoes & Accessories.

MARC O’POLO launches the FOLLOW YOUR NATURE advertising campaign with internationally renowned actor Jeff Bridges as testimonial.

MARC O’POLO successfully introduces RFID

2014

Garance Doré, André Saraiva and Jeff Bridges design T-shirt lines for MARC O’POLO.

Actress Uma Thurman becomes the new face of Womenswear for the Fall/Winter 2014 campaign.

MARC O’POLO opens its first store in Shanghai, China.

MARC O’POLO Pure is launched in June 2014.

MARC O’POLO successfully introduces RFID.

2015

CAMPUS GmbH turns into the MARC O’POLO DENIM & CAMPUS GmbH

MARC O’POLO Mr. launches in July 2015.

MARC O’POLO Mr. is launched in the stores in July 2015.

2016

Bernd Keller succeeds Andreas Baumgärtner and becomes Chairman for Design, Licenses, Marketing and Production.

2017

MARC O’POLO celebrates its 50th anniversay.

Just in time for its birthday, the company launches a new .com shop, becoming available online in 20 countries.