Our 5 step guide to identifying Anthropologie clothing:

1. Check for the RN #66170

Take a look at the tag(s) of the clothing and find the RN#. The RN is the unique registered ID from the Federal Trade Commission. Anthropologie is owned by Urban Outfitters shares its RN#. As does its sister company Free People which is also owned by Urban Outfitters. All in-house brands produced by Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People have the RN#66170.

In the 1990s and early 2000s there was some overlap of which brands were sold where, but by 2003 in-house brands became exclusive to each store.

2. It has the RN #66170, but is it Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters or Free People brand?

This is where it gets a little confusion and can take some research. As we said in the first section: in-house brands are no longer sold at both. For house brands that are still in production it is easy enough to go to Urban Outfitter’s website or Anthropologie’s website and search for a specific brand.

You’ll quickly see that LUX, Pins & Needles, Ecote, and more are sold at Urban Outfitters. Likewise you can find current piece for brands like Odille, Maeve, Elvenses, etc at Anthropologie.com. While this is helpful for lines still in production, there are brands that are no longer active or rarely so. For example SNAK, Jethro, and Lithe are discontinued Anthrologie lines.

3. Guest Brands or non RN#66170 clothing

“Guest brands” (brands that are sold at Anthropologie but not produced by them) do not carry their RN#. Brands like Tracy Reese, Weston Wear and Ana Sui have created dozens of Anthropologie exclusive designs over the years. These items are a slim slice of everything that they’ve produced in that time frame.

In other words, just because a piece is by guest brand does not make it Anthropologie or even statistically likely it was sold at Anthropologie. That’s when resources like this Archive come in, finding the specific piece can validate it as an Anthropologie.

4. Exceptions to the rules
There are a few rule bending exceptions:
– Tabitha: A Beth Bowley line produced exclusively for Anthropologie and does not have the RN#66170
– Tiny: Has had several RNs over the years but has been consistently sold Anthropologie.

5. Googling = Pick your references carefully
There are many label guides and blogs are out there with Anthropologie information. Like everything on the internet these sources span the full spectrum from spot-on detailed resources to some fairly misguided attempts to bend the truth for profit. Consider your sources and their motivation when digging through search results.

So our final rule of thumb: if you think that you’ve found the name of a piece you are looking of in google or on a blog, try confirming that information with at least one other source.

In general Ebay is not your friend for research. The level of misinformation there is staggering (and in part motivation for this guide). There are a handful of outstanding Anthropologie resellers who really know their Anthro. But, many sellers just don’t know and are following the example of others. Others are using Anthropologie in there title to drive traffic when the item has nothing to do with Anthropologie. Just because 780 listings say Ecote is Anthropologie doesn’t make it so.

Lastly a word about Pinterest as a resource. We love it! We use it daily! We maybe (very) addicted! But there are quiet a few hundreds of mislabeled pins over there. What’s happening? Well, when an image is pinned from websites that didn’t attach meta data/descriptions to each image Pinterest will grab whatever data it can from that page. Sometimes that it is gibberish. Sometimes it is the header of another post on the page. Again, try validating what you find with an alternate source.