Dress Barn Hodgkins
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. Multiple brick-and-mortar shops are also owned by the company. 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. Roslyn Jaffe, Jaffe’s wife, approached him with a plan for a discount clothing store for women. 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 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.
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. Although Dressbarn is closing most of its stores, the brand will continue to thrive online under a new ownership.
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. 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.
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 will be working with the parent company during this transition. 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. Most Dress Barns sold women’s apparel at prices that were 20 to 50 percent below those of department store competitors. 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.