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Dressbarn.com is an internet retailer of women’s clothes. 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. The company also operates multiple brick-and-mortar stores. 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. Jaffe approached his wife, Roslyn, with a plan to open a women’s discount apparel store. Together, they began planning a test store. Elliot retained his Macy’s job to support his family, but worked after hours to open the first Dress Barn store.
Dressbarn was a brick-and mortar retailer for many years, but it never shifted to 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 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. 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. 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 is composed of moderate-income women between 35 and 54 years old. These women are employed in “pink collar” jobs and have families. They want to feel stylish and keep up with the latest trends. To help them achieve this, the company has unique marketing strategies. For example, its employees post live shows on social media 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 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. 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. Today, they are one of the largest specialty women’s clothing retailers in the U.S. They also have their own private label clothing.