Long before it became fashionable to cater to full-figured women, an enterprising woman named Catherine Weaver opened a small clothing boutique in Memphis. The year was 1960. As a plus-size woman herself, Catherine hoped to bring style, beauty and confidence to a like-minded clientele whose fashion choices were decidedly limited.
Turns out, Catherine Weaver was on to something. Today with more than 400 locations nationwide, along with catherines.com, the Catherines brand continues to fulfill its promise to women everywhere as the fashion and fit authority for sizes 16W-34W and 0X-5X. As part of the Ascena Retail Group family of stores, Catherines serves a unique niche in the marketplace, offering beautiful fashions and intimates in hard-to-find extended sizes and a proprietary fit customers love.
But Catherines is far more than just a place to shop. Embracing the same sense of community on which it was founded, Catherines seeks to engage, connect, inform and inspire the women they serve, and deliver on an extraordinary brand promise, "We Fit You Beautifully." In 2012, Catherines became part of the Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
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