Rolf Lind, Göte Huss & Jerry O‘Sheets
Marc O’Polo AG
Marc O’Polo is a German clothing brand of Swedish heritage. Marc O'Polo is synonymous with modern, casual and easy-to-wear fashion, predominantly in natural fabrics and materials with the goal of being the most desirable premium casual lifestyle brand on the European market. The target group comprises both fashionconscious consumers and qualityconscious individualists.
Marc O'Polo AG, with its head office located to the south of Munich in Stephanskirchen, is the strategic and operational headquarters of the premium casual brand.
The head office of Marc O'Polo International GmbH now offers 8 collections / 10 delivery periods per year and supplies 1,200 customers in Europe, over 1,000 sales area partners, 120 Marc O'Polo franchise stores and 79 own Marc O'Polo Stores at international level.
In 1967, the Swedes Rolf Lind and Göte Huss and the American Jerry O'Sheets had a vision in Stockholm. Their idea: "To use natural materials like cotton, wool, linen, silk. Because only natural materials can give our clothes the look we want them to have! We use synthetics only when we have to." "Nature's materials" was and always remained the heart and soul of Marc O'Polo as the core of its brand identity. Today the brand is the epitome of premium casual wear of mostly natural materials.
In 1968, Marc O'Polo Germany was founded by Werner Böck under the name “Marc O'Polo Textilvertrieb Werner Böck GmbH”, headquartered in Stephanskirchen, Germany.
In 1975 Marc O'Polo launched full-scale Womenswear and Menswear collections with Marc O‘Polo Modern Casual Menswear and Marc O‘Polo Modern Casual Womenswear, plus CAMPUS by Marc O‘Polo.
The world’s first Marc O‘Polo Store (franchise store) opened in Düsseldorf n 1979.
In 1983 Marc O'Polo first presented two collections per season. Today, the company has 10 delivery periods.
In 1987, Werner Bück took over 40% of the shares in the Swedisch parent company. In 1990 Marc O'Polo launched licensed shoes, eyewear and underwear lines.
Werner Böck took over a further near 40% of the Swedish parent company and founded “Marc O'Polo International GmbH”, responsible for design, production, purchasing, marketing and international sales. The company headquarters were relocated from Stockholm, Sweden to Stephanskirchen, Germany. The GmbH had maintained its own central warehouse from which all its European customers were supplied.
Marc O'Polo launched licensed accessory line.
In 1998 Marc O'Polo launched licensed Junior, Beachwear, Legwear, Silver & Gold and Fragrance lines.
Marc O'Polo moved to newly constructed administrative premises in Stephanskirchen in 2001.
In 2003 Marc O'Polo’s largest store, over 900 sqm in area, opens in Munich’s Theatinerstrasse.
The same year saw the launch of Marc O‘Polo E-Shop www.marc-o-polo.de.
In 2004 Alexander Gedat, Corporate Sales and Finance Officer, and Andreas Baumgärtner, Corporate Design/Production, Marketing and Licensing Officer, each took over 5% of Marc O‘Polo AG.
In 2005 the licence of shoes was reclaimed and the company designed, produced and marketed its own shoe products by “Marc O'Polo Shoes GmbH”
in 2006 Marc O‘Polo opened new showrooms in London, Dublin and Hamburg to complement its list of international showrooms:
Germany (Stephanskirchen, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg), Switzerland (Zurich), Austria (Salzburg), the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Belgium (Antwerp), Sweden (Stockholm), Denmark (Copenhagen, Ry), Finland (Helsinki), Norway (Oslo), England (London), Ireland (Dublin), Greece (Athens), Spain (Barcelona) and Russia (Moscow). The first Marc O‘Polo watches appeared in the stores.
The mens’ tailoring line Marc O‘Polo Grey was launched in 2007.
The opening of the franchise store in Uppsala, Sweden, marked Marc O'Polo’s 1,000th store or shop-in-store worldwide.
The first Marc O‘Polo Store in Asia opened in Singapore in 2008.
Jürgen Hahn was appointed to the Marc O‘Polo AG as Director of Board. He took over the responsibilty for Finances.
In 2010 the internationally active Marc O’Polo headquarters in Stephanskirchen was extended by a new logistics building with around 6,000 square metres, a new office building with 1,950 square metres as well as a multi-storey car park with 140 parking spaces.
Christof Macke was appointed to the Marc O‘Polo AG as Director of Board. He took over the responsibilty for Marketing.
Marc O'Polo is synonymous with modern, casual and easy-to-wear fashion, predominantly in natural fabrics and materials. Five keywords reflect the values and philosophy of the company and the collections: Natural, Simplicity, Quality, Personality, Innovation.
The Marc O'Polo Men's Look is relaxed, casual and authentic. The used materials are mostly washed or tumbled and they have a time-aged-finish. Heavy knit, colourful sweaters, masculine cargos are important for the masculine look.
For the Marc O'Polo Women's collection the focus theme is all about indigo: Girl sweats, print shirts and vintage leather biker styles. Cargos and cabans inspired by military details are very important. Schoolboy blazers, loose organic sweats and lightweight washed boyfriend shirts complete the collection.