Dress Barn Foundation
Dressbarn.com is an online retailer of women’s clothing. The company’s name is a reference to Ascena, a former women’s clothing retailer that 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. 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. Together, they began planning a test store. 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 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 the company has had to change its name and focus many times, it has maintained 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. The company was incorporated into the Ascena Retail Group in 2011. Tai Lopez bought the Dressbarn brand in 2015 and founded Retail Ecommerce Ventures. The company plans to relaunch its website in January 2020. Although Dressbarn is closing most of its stores, the brand will continue to thrive online under a new ownership.
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. 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 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.
After nearly 60 years of operating, Dressbarn is now winding down its retail operations. It will eventually close approximately 650 locations. The exact closing dates have not been revealed by the company. 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 be closed by December 26. 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. Most Dress Barns sold women’s apparel at prices that were 20 to 50 percent below those of department store competitors. 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.