Guess outlet stores sell clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. As of 2015, there are 157 Guess outlet stores in the United States. Guess refers to these locations as factory stores, which are similar to outlet stores. At these stores, Guess sells its products at a discount.Continue Reading
Two brothers, Paul and Maurice Marciano, founded Guess in Beverly Hills in 1981. It was one of the first companies to introduce designer jeans, and during the 1980s, its jeans were popular. Michael J. Fox wore Guess jeans in "Back to the Future" in 1985. During the 1990s, Guess faced increased competition from retailers such as Gap, and its sales dipped.
During the 1980s the company expanded its products to include accessories such as watches as well as a children's clothing line. In the 1990s, the company offered a Guess Home line featuring bedding and towels but later discontinued it due to poor sales. During the early 2000s, the company's sales began to improve. As of 2015, there are 826 Guess stores worldwide.
The first factory stores originated in the United States in the 1930s. Manufacturers initially sold damaged or excess items to their employees but later began selling these items to the public. Eventually, companies opened outlet stores, which were separate from the factories. In the 1970s, outlet store malls began opening in the United States.Learn more about Clothing