Startups

How Honest Company’s IPO Will Impact Other Startups Like Warby Parker
February 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

Honest Company, the consumer products retailer from Jessica Alba that started by selling diapers online, is working with bankers on an IPO, according to a source familiar with the process. Whether the company makes it out into the public market, and how investors value it along the way, will likely be a barometer for what…

Money Matters
February 3, 2016 at 3:52 pm

In the fourth quarter of last year, I sent a list of questions to four leading venture capitalists &

Dov Charney Takes on American Apparel
February 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

Dov Charney may not be where he wants to be, back at the helm of American Apparel, but that doesn't mean that he's out of the retail game. The ousted founder of the basics chain is launching his own label — and it sounds pretty familiar. His new company is a "basics brand for men…

Birchbox Cuts 15% of Staff Amid Tech Startup Belt-Tightening
February 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

Birchbox Inc., a startup that sells subscriptions for personalized beauty samples, said it’s cutting 15 percent of staff and suspending operations in Canada. The cutbacks, which affect 45 people out of a staff of 300, are the latest sign that technology startups are struggling to create sustainable businesses as venture funding begins to cool.

Threadflip Suddenly Shuts Down, Will ‘Partner’ With Le Tote
January 14, 2016 at 11:02 am

Online consignment is competitive. Threadflip, a San Francisco-based online consignment startup, will shut down as of midnight Wednesday night, the site told users earlier this week. Founded in 2011, the company had gathered 1.5 million users and raised $21.1 million in venture funding from Norwest Ventures Partners, Shasta Ventures, Baseline Ventures and First Round Capital.

Meet the Millennials Changing How We Shop
January 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

Between them, they’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture funding. They’ve launched high-tech e-commerce platforms and Main Street brick-and-mortar stores. They’re turning media sites into customer bases, creating affordable bespoke and luxury products and making the historically murky supply chain more transparent. Meet the retail and e-commerce 30 Under 30 class of 2016.

Shoes of Prey's Jodie Fox on Nordstrom Investment
December 14, 2015 at 9:18 am

On-demand customized shoe retailer Shoes of Prey made headlines last week when it announced that it had secured $15.5 million in a round of financing from various investors, most notably Nordstrom. In episode 16 of Total Retail Talks, Jodie Fox, co-founder and chief creative officer of Shoes of Prey, discusses the brand's partnership with Nordstrom.

Nordstrom Invests in On-Demand Shoe Retailer
December 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

The latest to take its turn on the fashion catwalk is Shoes of Prey, the Khosla Ventures-backed, on-demand customized shoe retailer, which has raised $15.5 million from a syndicate of investors including the retail giant Nordstrom. Shoes of Prey sells customizable shoes in a range of materials and designs online and in specialty retailers like…

Wary Of The “Next Warby”
November 17, 2015 at 10:16 am

Warby Parker is astonishingly successful, whether you judge it by the rave reviews of customers, its valuation or, more impressively, by the number of startups that compare themselves to the iconic eyeglass innovator. Over the last couple of years, I’ve met with dozens of entrepreneurs who have pitched themselves as the “Warby of ________.” Disrupting…

Bill Blass is Back
October 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Hedi Slimane's revamp of what we then referred to as Yves Saint Laurent was easily the most radical — and, at the time, controversial — brand makeover of recent memory. But what Chris Benz has done at American sportswear label Bill Blass will make Slimane look downright precious about the brand he took creative leadership…