About Us

Our History

  • 1962

    An entrepreneur and an innovator, Roslyn S. Jaffe saw the opportunity to provide wear-to-work dresses and clothing for the working woman during a time in the U.S. when women were entering the workforce in greater numbers and there were few options for buying more stylish and affordable workplace women’s clothing. Along with her husband, Elliot, she opened the first dressbarn store in February 1962.

  • 2009

    In 2009, we expanded into the girls’ clothing market by purchasing Tween Brands, the owner of the Justice chain.

  • 2011

    On January 1, 2011, The Dress Barn, Inc. reorganized, with each of the retail operating brands becoming subsidiaries of ascena retail group, inc., or ascena.

  • 2012

    One year later, ascena continued to grow the portfolio by acquiring Lane Bryant and Catherines brands in 2012.

  • 2015

    Then in 2015, ascena acquired ANN INC., the parent company of retail brands Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey.

    Since that time, ascena has reinvented itself as a collective of brands that is an agile competitor in the transforming retail industry.