C&A 1977

C&A advert from way back in 1977

C&A is an international chain of fashion retail clothing stores, with its European head offices in Brussels, Belgium and Düsseldorf, Germany. It has fashion retail store branches in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and opening soon in Egypt. Its brands include Canda, Clockhouse, Westbury, Yessica, Yessica Pure and Your Sixth Sense.

The company was founded by brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer (German: Brenninkmeyer) in 1841 as a Dutch textile company, taking its company name from their initials, who were originally from the German Brenninkmeyer family that traded in linen and textiles since the 17th Century from their hometown in Mettingen, Germany. Since 2007, C&A has also ventured into high-street retail banking, creating C&A Bank GmbH in Germany, with its primary focus on providing consumer credit under its product “C&A Money”.

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