New York & Company, Inc. is a nationwide specialty retailer of women's fashion and accessories. Lerner Shops was founded in 1918 by Samuel A. Lerner and Harold M Lane in NYC. Samuel Lerner was the uncle of Alan Jay Lerner. New York & Company, Inc., its current name under new ownership, is an American specialty retailer of fashion-oriented and moderately-priced women's apparel. The Company's proprietary branded New York & Company merchandise is sold exclusively through their national networof New York & Company retail stores. The retailer's target customers are fashion-conscious, value-sensitive women between the ages of 25 and 45. The company is widely known for their pants. They are also known for their clothing being appropriate for work and casual wear.