Ann Taylor�s rich heritage dates to 1954, when founder Robert Liebeskind, the son of a dressmaker, opened his first shop. Back then, �Ann Taylor� represented a best-selling dress style that had been gifted to the storeowner by his father. The �Ann Taylor� design embodied the well-dressed woman, and the Ann Taylor legacy was born. By 1983, Ann Taylor had grown from a regional, primarily East Coast brand, to a national brand with 47 stores across the United States. Today, the Ann Taylor brand is represented by two brands with four channels of distribution: Ann Taylor Stores, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. At the end of fiscal 2008, Ann Taylor operated 935 stores throughout the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and generated nearly $2.2 billion in sales.
The new Ann Taylor offers beautiful, luxurious, refined fashion�seen through a modern lens and designed for how women live today. Ann Taylor operates 320 stores across the United States, as well as online at anntaylor.com. Ann Taylor is a division of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation (NYSE: ANN).
Ann Taylor Celebrations, was launched in August 2005, it is a signature collection featuring dresses, wraps, sashes, shoes, and bags designed for life's finest moments and special occasions. Each piece in the Collection is dyed to match, head to toe. The Collection can be worn for occasions from wedding parties to black tie and special events. In 2009 this line is continued online only.
Ann Taylor Collections, was launched 2007 and consists of luxury apparel, accessories, and shoes crafted using on the finest Italian made fabrics and yarns. The craftsmanship is of an elevated value and the price point is higher than other pieces.
Ann Taylor Beauty, consisting of fragrance and bath and body products, that will be available in all Ann Taylor stores beginning late 2007 or early 2008. The Possibilities fragrance was released in November 2007. The body care line consists of body mist, lotion, and body wash, and comes in 6 scents. The scents are Sugar Vanilla Orchid Bloom, Almond Vanilla Warm Fig, Peach Honey Sheer Musk, Orange Nectar Honeysuckle, Silver Tea citrus Flower, and Creamy Blackberry Sandal Wood.