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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Renewal Workshop Closes $6 Million Round to Grow Apparel Resale

The Renewal Workshop (TRW), a provider of impact driven white-labeled resale and renewal solutions to enable apparel and textile brands to compete in the second-hand market, is announcing a $6 million financing round.

The round includes Rubio Ventures, Shift Invest, Quadia, Closed Loop Partners, Gratitude Railroad, Portland Seed Fund, Fashion for Good, DOEN, Mosiaco Management, Mistletoe, and Volta Circle.

With second-hand retail as the fastest growing segment of the fashion industry, brands without TRW’s services are ceding the second sale of their products to marketplaces like ThredUp, TheRealReal, and Vestiaire Collective.

Leveraging TRW’s technology, operations, and fulfillment services, The North Face Renewed expanded its U.S. program to Germany in May. Following that launch, Tommy Hilfiger’s Tommy for Life program expanded to France, employing TRW’s technology that offers a user-centric resale experience in multiple languages, currencies and countries.

“After their successful expansion to Europe, TRW is the leading full-service solution that supports recapture, renew and re-commerce for apparel companies today on a global platform. Given the fast-changing landscape of consumer sentiment, every brand needs to have a resale solution to stay competitive and TRW is the ideal partner from both a technology and execution perspective,” said Caroline Brown, TRW board member, investor, and managing director at Closed Loop Partners.

TRW also welcomes new executive leadership with the hiring of Sridhar Krishnan as CFO. Krishnan was  whos previously CFO of eBay in the Benelux region.

Also, Shay Gipson has been hired to lead business development. Gipson has a long history in the apparel industry with Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, and as the director of sales and brand relations for the Project and Magic Tradeshows.

The Renewal Workshop is the technology enabled service provider that powers circular business for brands. It connects resale and renewal services for apparel and home goods brands looking to increase their revenue through resale while reducing their negative environmental impact. Its user-centric white-label re-commerce platform and trade-in application are available in multiple languages and currencies in the United States and across the European Union for partners such as The North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, and Coyuchi. TRW has facilities in Oregon and Amsterdam.

 

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