Ann Taylor website.
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.