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In 1962, Roslyn Jaffe, mother of three opened the first dressbarn store in Stamford, CT. At a time when women were wholly underrepresented in the workplace, Roslyn dared not only to work, but also to launch a new era in women's fashion. Designer label wool pencil skirts, sheer blouses, flares, furs, and leather coats were all the rage. Roslyn offered her customers the very latest in women's designer styles. A year later the second dressbarn store was opened.
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The maurices story began in 1931 with E. Maurice Labovitz opening a single store in Duluth, Minnesota. Today, maurices is part of the Ascena Retail Group, Inc. family and has grown to over 750 stores in 44 states across the country.
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Headquartered in New Albany, Ohio, Tween Brands is the largest premier tween specialty retailer in the world. Through our Justice brand, Tween Brands provides the hottest fashion merchandise and accessories for tween (age 7-14) girls.
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In 1900, Lena Bryant founded Lane Bryant in New York as the first women's apparel retailer in America devoted exclusively to plus-sizes. Today, Lane Bryant is the most recognized name in women's specialty plus-size clothing. Its emphasis on fashion and fit - not merely size - makes Lane Bryant a style leader and the premier destination in its category, offering fashionable items from casual to wear-to-work outfits as well as accessories and shoes.
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Long before it became fashionable to cater to full-figured women, an enterprising woman named Catherine Weaver opened a small clothing boutique in Memphis. The year was 1960. Today with more than 400 locations nationwide-along with catherines.com-the Catherines brand serves a unique niche in the marketplace, offering beautiful fashions and intimates in hard-to-find extended sizes and a proprietary fit customers love.
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In January of 2011, a new holding company was formed: Ascena Retail Group, Inc., and shares of ascena common stock began trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "ASNA". The introduction of 'ascena' led to the questions: What's in a name? And, what does ascena stand for? ascena is about ascending to new heights.

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