Victoria’s Secret has became world-famous for their lingerie that appeals to young and old women alike. However, despite all the time the brand has spent under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. Here, we present our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Victoria’s Secret. Check out part one of our list below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: The Founder Wanted to Make Buying Lingerie More Acceptable. Before Victoria’s Secret came to be, the process of buying bras and underwear could be quite an uncomfortable experience for women. VS was founded by Roy Raymond, who wanted to create a place where people shopping for lingerie didn’t have to feel like they were being stared at by department store employees.
Number Fourteen: There Is No Victoria. You might think the “Victoria” in Victoria’s Secret is based on Queen Victoria, but the truth is that there’s no real Victoria. Raymond chose the name because he thought it perfectly captured the store’s chic, upscale appeal.
Number Thirteen: They Had a Fake Headquarters. It’s true! When VS first opened, the company listed its headquarters at “no. 10 Margaret Street, London.” However, the actual headquarters of the company were in Ohio.
Number Twelve: The Current Owner Is a Billionaire. The person who currently owns VS is Leslie “Les” Wexner. Wexner is also responsible for founding The Limited and Express, and L Brands, which also owns Bath & Body Works in addition to VS.
Number Eleven: It Nearly Has a Monopoly. Though there are other upscale lingerie brands, Victoria’s Secret is number one by a long shot. In fact, 40 percent of all intimate apparel sales are with VS, and there are more than 1,000 VS stores in the United States alone.
Number Ten: Their Foreign Business Is Good, But Not Without Hurdles. Thanks to franchisees overseas, VS has been able to open more branches in the Middle East. However, Qatari officials have banned the sales of VS’ fragrance titled “Strawberries and Champagne.” The officials have argued that the reference to champagne goes against the country’s religious beliefs and values.
Number Nine: It’s Easy to Shoplift There. Shoplifters often flock to VS because it’s so easy to get away with stealing expensive merchandise there. In fact, between 2007 and 2014, up to $20,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from a single store in Connecticut. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Victoria’s Secret, coming soon!