Despite the "retail winter" that Amazon (AMZN) has wrought on the industry, investors remain interested in finding defensible niches in the business. One meme that has gained some momentum is around "brands that control their product, distribution, and destiny." 

J. Jill (JILL) is a woman's clothing brand that started out as a catalog business in 1959. It was acquired by Talbots in 2006 for $517M. Just three years later it was "unloaded" in a sale to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $75M. Reports suggested that J. Jill lost $76M in 2008. Since then JILL has . . .

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