Fashion firm Vestiaire Collective raises €59m

Ahead of Earth day’s 50th anniversary and in this unprecedented period of uncertainty, Vestiaire Collective, the global platform for pre-owned fashion today announces the completion of a €59 million round of financing, existing shareholders reinvest alongside new investors Korelya Capital, which is backed by Korean technology conglomerate Naver, funds managed by Fidelity International, Vaultier7, a specialist female-led consumer fund, and Cuir Invest, which is backed by the French Leather industry.

The current economic and ecological crisis are accelerating an existing shift in consumer mindset, driven by growing criticism of waste-producing business models, and increased desire for purpose-driven brand action. 

Vestiaire Collective is committed to limiting the waste produced by the fashion industry, by keeping clothes out of landfill and increasing the number of times they are worn today, for a better tomorrow.

As the leading global resale platform, this round demonstrates that the Vestiaire Collective model embodies the future of the fashion industry and unifies growing consumer sentiments. Following the COVID-19 crisis the company expects further adoption of online shopping, but more importantly an increased focus on social values and communities, with more people supporting each other.

This new round of funding will also allow for further acceleration of Vestiaire Collective international business beyond the countries where the company’s community is already well established.

Currently, over 80% of the French headquartered company’s transactions are already generated cross-border.

Max Bittner, Vestiaire Collective’s CEO comments: “I am personally convinced that this unprecedented period of disruption will not only challenge where we shop but how we shop.

“Vestiaire Collective was built during the 2008 crisis, and proves today how it can help people in their daily life to make the most out of their belongings, but also to access fashion in a sustainable and conscious way. Everyday, I feel proud and amazed by our global community of fashion activists who are leading the way towards a brighter future”

Paul Degueuse, General Partner of Korelya Capital says,”As we all take a step back and contemplate the way we live, we believe consumption patterns are on the verge of a deep structural evolution, and C2C platforms have a strong role to play here.

“We see in Vestiaire Collective an emerging leader and catalyst of this upcoming disruption. We are extremely enthusiastic to support Vestiaire Collective and its founders in its expansion. There are tremendous opportunities for growth in Asia, and we look forward to helping the company accelerate its expansion in this part of the globe.”

Vaultier7 comments: “Vestiaire Collective has transformed the way people consume desirable and luxury fashion with its trusted and inspirational resale model and we are truly proud to be there at this time to support them in their mission, and support buyers and sellers across the globe on their path to cautious, minded consumption, values which are more important than ever and which are at the core of Vaultier7.”