April 2015 News:
TowerBrook Capital Partners announced that they will be
purchasing J.Jill. Read more about
TowerBrook buying J.Jill on the Fashion Blog.
October 2013 Summary:
The J. Jill Group's fortune has been catalog fashion, and catalogs aren't
so fashionable anymore. To mend its bottom line, the direct marketer turned
to retail outlets and online sales, with aggressive plans to open new stores
across the US; it currently operates about 225 stores nationwide (down from
nearly 280 several years ago). The firm targets active, affluent women ages
35 and up, and banks on its J. Jill brand. The catalog and the website offer
private-label casual wear made in the US and abroad. J. Jill is owned by
the Bahrain-based global investment firm Arcapita Bank, which acquired a
majority stake in the business from the private equity firm Golden Gate
Capital in 2011.
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