Dress Barn Closed?
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. Founded in 1962, the company has more than 18,000 employees. Multiple brick-and-mortar shops are also owned by the company. The company was founded by two brothers and has grown at a rapid rate.
The company’s rise to prominence began in the mid-1960s, when Elliot Jaffe was a merchandising manager at a department store in Connecticut. Roslyn Jaffe, Jaffe’s wife, approached him with a plan for a discount clothing store for women. 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.
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. Vivian Behrens is the current chief marketing officer and senior vice president of the company. It is not clear what the future holds for dressbarn, but its success was largely determined by how well it had managed its transition.
Founded by Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe in 1962, Dressbarn has experienced several changes over the years. In 2011, the company became part of the Ascena Retail Group. 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 is composed of moderate-income women between 35 and 54 years old. These women have families and are employed in “pink collar jobs.” 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. For example, its employees post live shows on social media and hire fashion bloggers. These live shows are meant to provide customers with an in-person experience, while its live show videos and fashion bloggers are designed to connect customers with employees.
Dressbarn has ended its retail operations after nearly 60 years of operation. It will eventually close approximately 650 locations. The company has not yet revealed the exact closing dates. All Dressbarn employees will be working with the parent company during this transition. The company will honor merchandise credit cards and gift cards for the time being. 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 own their own private label clothing.