Austin Dress Barn
Dressbarn.com is an online retailer of women’s clothing. The company’s name is connected to the former women’s clothing chain Ascena, which operated from 1962 to 2019. Retail Ecommerce Ventures, a Miami-based company, now owns the company. The company was founded in 1962 and has over 18,000 employees. The company also operates multiple brick-and-mortar stores. Founded by two brothers, the company has been growing at a rapid pace.
The company’s rise to prominence began in the mid-1960s, when Elliot Jaffe was a merchandising manager at a department store in Connecticut. Jaffe approached his wife, Roslyn, with a plan to open a women’s discount apparel store. They began to plan a test store together. Elliot kept his Macy’s job to support the family, but worked late to open the first Dress Barn.
Dressbarn was a brick-and mortar retailer for many years, but it never shifted to ecommerce. Its retail network was a major part of its success, and ecommerce represented less than 20% of the brand’s overall revenue. Still, Dressbarn’s new strategy has enabled it to grow at a rate of 100% per quarter. Its retail network has also expanded to online sales, as it has grown its ecommerce site by 45% since April.
Although the company’s first store opened 45 years ago, it has been managed by the same family ever since. Although it has changed its name and focus several times, it has managed to hold on to its target customer base. The company’s current management team consists of Vivian Behrens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Although it is unclear what the future holds for Dressbarn, its success was largely determined in part by how it managed its transition.
Founded by Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe in 1962, Dressbarn has experienced several changes over the years. The company was incorporated into the Ascena Retail Group in 2011. In 2015, Tai Lopez purchased the Dressbarn brand and formed Retail Ecommerce Ventures, which plans to relaunch the brand’s website in January 2020. Even though Dressbarn is closing many of its stores, the brand’s online success will be maintained by a new owner.
Dressbarn’s target audience consists of middle-income women aged between 35 and 54. These women have families and are employed in “pink collar jobs.” They want to be fashionable and keep up with the latest trends. To help them achieve this, the company has unique marketing strategies. Its employees also post live shows on social networks and hire fashion bloggers. These live shows provide customers with an in-person experience. Fashion bloggers and live show videos are designed to connect employees with customers.
After nearly 60 years of operating, Dressbarn is now winding down its retail operations. It will eventually close approximately 625 locations. The company has not yet revealed the exact closing dates. All Dressbarn employees are working with the company’s parent company as it transitions to a new direction. The company will continue to honor merchandise credit cards as well as gift cards. The stores will close on December 26th. In the meantime, customers can continue to shop for clothing at Dressbarn’s ecommerce site as usual.
The Dress Barn, Inc. had nearly 20 stores in the 1970s and was large enough for customers to buy products from well-known designers. The majority of Dress Barns sold women’s apparel at prices 20 to 50% lower than department store counterparts. The company continued to grow and acquire other chains to increase their size. They are now one of the largest specialty clothing retailers for women in the U.S. They also have their own private label clothing.