Innovative from the start, family-owned C&A contributed substantially to the creation of attractive, affordable, ready-to-wear clothing for everyday people. That´s our story, and we’re still doing it.
C&A starts in Sneek, Netherlands.
The Singer sewing machine is introduced.
C&A begins to specialize in ready-to-wear clothing.
1st major expansion: Amsterdam store opens.
1st international expansion: Berlin store opens.
C&A introduces fixed-price tags and a one-year guarantee.
C&A publicly supports giving German women the right to vote.
C&A offers fashion for Men, Kids & Ladies “under one roof”.
C&A institutes cash purchase & exchange.
1st store opens in the United Kingdom.
C&A opens its first men’s store in Germany.
C&A begins to air cinema advertising.
C&A begins to advertise on the radio & develop labels.
C&A initiates self-service.
1st store opens in the USA.
C&A standardizes employee training, emphasizing customer satisfaction.
C&A begins to offer clothing for small children in a separate department.
1st store opens in Belgium.
Introduction of beach fashion.
C&A stocks the new mini-skirt.
Twiggy designs fashion for C&A.
1st store opens in France.
1st store opens in Spain.
1st store opens in Brazil.
1st store opens in Switzerland.
1st store opens in Japan.
Yves Saint Laurent & Karl Lagerfeld begin to cooperate with C&A.
1st store opens in Luxembourg.
1st store opens in Austria.
C&A sets up an Environmental Working Group.
“The Berlin Wall” comes down.
Fur is discontinued in all C&A stores.
Dot Com Bubble: C&A opens its first website in the late nineties.
1st store opens in former East Germany.
1st store opens in Portugal.
C&A mandates ethical Code of Conduct for all of its suppliers.
1st store opens in the Czech Republic & Mexico.
1st store opens in Poland.
1st store opens in Hungary.
The first C&A XL shops open.
1st store opens in Russia.
C&A opens its 1,000th store.
C&A sets up the European Environmental Working Group.
1st stores open in Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and China.
C&A opens its first carbon-neutral store in Mainz, Germany.
1st store opens in Italy.
C&A becomes the No. 1 global retailer of organic cotton garments.
1st stores open in Romania and Croatia.
C&A receives the German Sustainability Award for supporting organic cotton.
C&A rated No. 1 online retailer in Germany.
C&A stops buying sandblasted clothing.
C&A begins using electric vehicles.
1st store opens in Serbia.
C&A is the world’s largest buyer of organic cotton.
1st Click & Collect Lounges.
C&A partners with the Water Footprint Network to improve water sustainability in the textile supply chain.
1st store reopens in Denmark.
C&A signs the “Fire and Building Safety Accord” in Bangladesh.
Publishing the first Bio Cotton brochure.