David's Bridal is a clothier in the United States that specializes in wedding dresses, prom gowns, and other formal wear. It is the largest American bridal-store chain.
David's Bridal currently operates 298 stores in 49 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It was acquired by May Department Stores in 2000, which was, in turn, bought by Federated Department Stores in 2005. On November 17, 2006, David's Bridal was purchased by Leonard Green & Partners, on the same day that Federated also divested itself of After Hours Formalwear. On October 11, 2012, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice announced the completion of its acquisition of David’s Bridal, Inc. In January 2019, David's Bridal emerged from bankruptcy. The retailer is now owned by a group of lenders including Oaktree Capital Group.
Beginning in 1945, David Reisberg decided that, instead of making wedding gowns for his pleasure, he would sell them to others for a profit. In 1950, David’s Bridal first started as a small bridal boutique in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 1972, Floridian Phillip Youtie purchased the salon with intentions to open new locations. Between that time and 1988, Youtie successfully grew his investment from a single store to 18 boutiques. Many of these boutiques were leased bridal stores that were in department stores under David’s Bridal name. Steven Erlbaum, a late childhood friend of Youtie, eventually joined forces with Youtie to help bring David’s Bridal to all 50 states. Erlbaum, having preexisting experience from creating the Philadelphia-based store chain Mr. Good Buys, was able to give knowledge to Youtie. Erlbaum and Youtie eventually incorporated the company, structuring it for the national market. A warehouse was built in Hallandale Beach, Florida—near Fort Lauderdale. The corporate headquarters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Highest paying job titles at Davids Bridal, Inc include Director, IT Operations, Merchandising Director, and Recruiting Manager