On May 4, 2016
Aéropostale, Inc. filed voluntary petitions under
Chapter 11 of the U.S.
Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Southern District of New York. The Company
expects to use the Chapter 11 process to optimize its
store footprint, access additional tools to shed or
renegotiate burdensome contracts, resolve its ongoing
disputes with Sycamore Partners and achieve long-term
financial stability. The Company intends to emerge
from the Chapter 11 process within the next six months
as a standalone enterprise with a smaller store base,
increased operating efficiencies and reduced SG&A
expenses. Learn more about
Aéropostale Chapter 11 filing.
Aéropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), is a mall-based,
specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories,
principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and
men. The company provides customers with a focused
selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and
fashion basic merchandise at compelling values.
Aéropostale maintains control over its proprietary
brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all
of its own merchandise. Aéropostale products can only be
purchased in its stores or on-line through its
Aéropostale store was opened in 1987 in the New York
Area. The history of the Aéropostale name dates back
to the 1920's. Compagnie Generale Aéropostale, a pioneer
airmail company, was the first ever to fly between
France, South Africa, and South America. Most
definitely a spectacular achievement for its day. The
early Aéropostale stores even captured the essence of
this airmail voyage both in the original store design
and in the aviation styled leather bomber jackets that
The company currently operates
over 900 Aéropostale stores in 47 states, Puerto Rico
and Canada (year 2009).
In June 2009, Aeropostale, Inc.
has opened its first "P.S.
store in the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New
York. The Company plans to open additional
stores, as well as an e-commerce site at
The new P.S. from
Aeropostale(TM) brand offers trend-right merchandise at
compelling values for girls and boys ages seven to
twelve. The P.S. from
Aeropostale store provides an
experience that is cool for kids and enjoyable for
Aéropostale uses numerous initiatives to maximize the
impact of their marketing and advertising programs. Over
the past few years, they have developed a marketing
program that allows them to gain additional exposure
for their brand on college campuses. Aéropostale
sponsors a number of collegiate athletic conference
tournaments by providing co-branded apparel and donating
to various scholarships. In addition, they sell and
market their products on various large campuses through
organized sales events.
Their designers travel both internationally and
domestically to get inspiration for the merchandise of
the next several seasons. Designers work carefully
with their merchants, who have an understanding of the
current market, to ensure that their styles reflect the
latest trends. The merchandise-planning department,
along with our merchants, determines how many units are
needed and when the styles should be brought into their
fiscal 2007, they sourced approximately 69% of their
merchandise from their top five merchandise vendors.
Most of their vendors maintain sourcing offices in the
United States, with the majority of their production
factories located in Europe, Asia and Central America.
Aéropostale engages a third party contractor to assess
the compliance of their facilities with, among other
things, local and United States labor laws and
regulations as well as fair trade and business
Aéropostale is an active supporter of collegiate
academics offering various scholarships throughout the
year to potential candidates looking to further their
Their corporate headquarters are at:
112 West 34th Street
New York, New York 10120
Aéropostale at their website.