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Delia's, Inc.
Former type Public
Industry Retail
Founded 1993
Defunct 2014
Headquarters New York City
Number of locations 113 stores (2012)[1]
Key people Tracy Gardner, CEO
Products Women's Apparel & Accessories
Revenue $217,152,000 (2011)[1]
Total assets $115,336,000 (2011)[1]
Employees 2,131[2]

Delia's, Inc. (stylized as dELiA*s) is a direct marketing and retail company composed of two lifestyle brands primarily targeting girls and young women around the ages of 13 to 19.[3][4] Delia's is also popular among college women, as many of its clothing and accessories are mature and affordable for college-age students. It was, in its prime, the leading marketer to teenage girls in the United States, selling to 10-24-year-old females.[5]


dELiA*s generates revenue by selling apparel (including pants, shorts, skirts, tees, jackets, blazers, and bikini tops and bottoms), accessories, footwear (including shoes and boots), makeup, and room furnishings to teenage consumers through direct mail catalogs, websites, and, for dELiA*s, mall-based specialty retail stores.[3][4][5] Its clothing has a casual, vintage feel, and is affordable.[3]


The company was launched in 1993 by two Yale University graduates.[6] The company was acquired by Alloy Inc. in 2003, for $50 million.[6][7][8] The combined company had annual catalog, internet, and retail sales of $300 million. It also had a database of over 20 million names, constituting 30%–40% of U.S. consumers who were 12–18 years old.[8] Alloy then spun off the company in 2005.[6] On December 29, 2005, the company announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission declared effective on December 29, 2005 the Post-Effective Amendment to its Registration Statement on Form S-1.[9] In January 2013 HRSH Acquisitions LLC bought Alloy Inc, now being marketed as Alloy Apparel, for $3.7 million in cash. HRSH also assumed $3.1 million in liabilities. On December 5, 2014, it announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and would be liquidating all of its 95 stores. Shortly after, its shares fell more than 80% to $0.02. [10]


One company trademark is its Gen Y understanding, as reflected in its use of the internet for furthering brand identity.[11] It direct-marketed teenage girls, and then in 1998 launched the non-commercialized girls website which focuses on issues such and sports and dating, and which it linked to its own homepage.[7][11] In 2001 it sold to the parent company of Seventeen Magazine.[7]


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