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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. The company was founded in 1962 and has over 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 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 retained his Macy’s job to support his family, but worked after hours to open the first Dress Barn store.
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. Still, Dressbarn’s new strategy has enabled it to grow at a rate of 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. The company’s current management team consists of Vivian Behrens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. 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. 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. 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 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 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. 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 have their own private label clothing.