our history
1959
Karl and Marianne Lipsky open an Americana specialty store in the Berkshires and name it Jennifer House after their first daughter. Later they launch a catalog named for both of their girls, Jennifer and Jill.
1987–1996
J.Jill is bought by DM Management in 1987, which goes public in 1993 (NASDAQ: DMMC). J.Jill expands to three catalog titles: J.Jill, Nicole Summers and The Very Thing!
1997–1998
The J.Jill brand is defined and becomes focused on developing its private label collections. The Tilton contact and distribution center opens in New Hampshire in 1998.
1999–2003
In the fall of 1999, J.Jill becomes a multichannel retailer with the launch of its e-commerce website and the opening of its first retail stores in Natick, MA, and Providence, RI. Operations are integrated and by the end of 2003, J.Jill grows to 123 stores.

2004–2006
With an average of 36 new store openings per year, J.Jill focuses on retail acceleration and growth. By the end of 2006, J.Jill is a wholly owned subsidiary of Talbots, Inc.
2007–2008
Current management is hired in 2007 and 2008, and identifies business, retail and design initiatives to transform the brand and achieve profitable growth.
2009–2011
In 2009, J.Jill is acquired by leading private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, and in 2011 partners with global investment firm Arcapita. J.Jill successfully transforms the brand, growing the multichannel business.
Present
Headquartered in Quincy, MA, with a state-of-the-art contact and distribution center in Tilton, NH, J.Jill's multichannel business continues its success as a premiere national retailer of misses', petite, tall and women's clothing.