All The Startup Ladies

Gilt Cofounder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Leaves to Become GLAMSQUAD CEO

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (Photo via GLAMSQUAD)

A cofounder of Gilt is leaving her company to become president and CEO of GLAMSQUAD.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is moving from the retail company she cofounded to head up the on-demand beauty service app, which currently offers hair and makeup service in the comfort of your own apartment. She served as strategic advisor and cofounder at Gilt, according to a release. Read More

Eye Candy

Swappable Lens Startup ‘Frameri’ Is Coming For Warby Parker’s Throne

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Warby Parker is one of the hottest ecommerce companies of the past five years, and has been awarded all of the startup buzzwords (disruptive, innovative) for their great user experience and direct to consumer business model. But you can’t be an insurgent company without someone else coming up fast for your number one spot.

Frameri, an online eyewear site that makes glasses with interchangeable lenses, officially launched this morning. They’ve set their sites on the trail blazed by Warby, but claim that their product is actually something new in eyewear, as opposed to being the same old product in a new shape, style, or designer label. Read More

Fashion Tech

Reverse Disruption: Online Retailer Bonobos Lands $55 Million to Open Brick & Mortar Stores

Nothing in this room is for sale. (Photo via Bonobos)

Bonobos closed their Series D funding this morning at $55 million, bringing their total VC investments over $127 million. This time around, the injection will be used for building out the online retailer’s physical locations.

To the Cult of Disruption, opening physical stores may sound like innovation suicide, but the thing is, Bonobos stores don’t actually Read More

Profiles

Hatched: Anastasia Leng on Leaving Google to Start a Million-Dollar Company

Ms. Leng (second from left) and the Hatch team. (Photo by Jordyn Taylor)

If you’d looked for Anastasia Leng five years ago, you’d find her on Google’s New Business Development team in London, working on products like Google Wallet and Google Chrome years before they were released to the public.

But when we found Ms. Leng, it was in the tiny Manhattan office of Hatch, the ecommerce company she founded with fellow ex-Googler Ryan Hayward. Ms. Leng is also Hatch’s chief business officer. Launched in November 2012 — just a few months after Ms. Leng quit her job at Google — the site lets users commission personalized gifts from vetted makers, artists and designers. Read More

Shopper's Delight

Keaton Row, the Online Matchmaker for Ladies Seeking Stylists, Names New CTO

A smattering of stylists. (Screengrab via Keaton Row)

Keaton Row, the ecommerce site that matches stylists with clients, is beefing up its tech offerings with a new chief technology officer.

If you haven’t heard of Keaton Row yet, think of it like an Avon for personal styling. After you sign up, you’ll answer a few questions about your body type and fashion preferences. Then, the site gives you a choice of five stylists. You pick one, and she emails you to talk about what you’re looking for. Answer a few more questions and, within 48 hours, she provides you with your own look book full of clothes that meet your requests. Read More

Shopper's Delight

Farfetch Nabs Whopping $66M in Funding

She looks really excited about it! (Screengrab via Farfetch)

Upscale ecommerce mecca Farfetch is getting even more swanky thanks to a $66 million capital injection, led by the private equity firm Vitruvian Partners.

Farfetch’s existing investors Condé Nast International and Advent Ventures participated, according to a prepared release, along with new investor Richard Chen from Chinese VC firm Ceyuan.

Portuguese entrepreneur José Neves founded Farfetch Read More