Our Story

Serving plus size women since 1960


Long before it became fashionable to cater to plus size 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 limited.


Turns out, Catherine Weaver was onto something. Today with nearly 400 stores nationwide, along with catherines.com, the Catherines brand continues to fulfill its promise to plus size 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 we serve — and deliver on an extraordinary brand promise, “We Fit You Beautifully.”