Dress Barn & Affiliates
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. Today, the company is owned by a Miami, Florida-based corporation called Retail Ecommerce Ventures. Founded in 1962, the company has more than 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 rise of the company to prominence began in mid-1960s when Elliot Jaffe, a merchandising manager at Connecticut’s department store, was involved. 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.
Although Dressbarn had long been a brick-and-mortar retailer, it had never focused on ecommerce. Its success was due to its retail network, but ecommerce accounted for less than 20% of its overall revenue. Dressbarn’s new strategy still allows it to grow at a rate exceeding 100% per quarter. Its online retail network has expanded, and it has increased its ecommerce site’s growth by 45% since April.
The company’s original store opened 45 years ago. It has been managed by the same family since then. Although the company has had to change its name and focus many times, it has maintained its target customer base. The company’s current management team consists of Vivian Behrens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. It is not clear what the future holds for dressbarn, but its success was largely determined by how well it had managed its transition.
Dressbarn was founded in 1962 by Roslyn Jaffe and Elliot Jaffe. It has seen many changes over the years. In 2011, the company became part of the Ascena Retail Group. Tai Lopez bought the Dressbarn brand in 2015 and founded Retail Ecommerce Ventures. The company plans to relaunch its 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 are employed in “pink collar” jobs and have families. They want to feel stylish and keep up with the latest trends. The company has a number of unique marketing strategies to help them achieve that. 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 exact closing dates have not been revealed by the company. 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 be closed by December 26. In the meantime, customers can continue to shop for clothing at Dressbarn’s ecommerce site as usual.
In the 1970s, The Dress Barn, Inc. operated nearly 20 stores and was large enough to purchase products from famous designers. The majority of Dress Barns sold women’s apparel at prices 20 to 50% lower than department store counterparts. To expand their reach, the company acquired other chains. They are now one of the largest specialty clothing retailers for women in the U.S. They also own their own private label clothing.