Victoria’s Secret plans to close 53 stores this year as more women desert the brand for lingerie startups and big retailers.
Sales at stores open at least a year fell 7% during Victoria’s Secret’s most recent quarter, parent company L Brands said Wednesday. The company’s other flagship brand, Bath and Body Works, did well.
Other retailers, including Walmart and Best Buy, have performed strongly in recent months. And the economy is strong. But Victoria’s Secret and its teen brand PINK have struggled.
Victoria’s Secret has failed to adapt to consumer demand for more custom-fitted bras and inclusive messaging and advertisements. Although marketing trends in lingerie have changed, Victoria’s Secret has mostly stuck to the same playbook that helped it dominate the industry: push-up bras and celebrity models.