Rent the Runway raises $60 Million in Series E funding
Rent the Runway announced this week that it has raised $60 million in Series E funding. Fidelity Management and Research Company led the funding round that included participation from existing investors Technology Crossover Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, and Advance Publications, Inc. To date, Rent the Runway has raised $190 million in funding.
"We are coming off of our most successful year since the company's inception, with the launch of our Unlimited subscription business, our partnership with Neiman Marcus and our new flagship store in New York," said Jennifer Hyman, co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway. "We are excited to bring on Fidelity as a partner as we continue to disrupt the closet and remain at the forefront of the access economy."
The rental service company plans to use the funding to accelerate its growth in four areas: a la carte rental, its Unlimited subscription business, retail, and operational capacity.
Rent the Runway’s funding follows the opening of its first New York City flagship store in December and the opening of its shop-in-shop at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. The company partnered with Neiman Marcus in order to gain more exposure and introduce itself to a new customer base.
To date, Rent the Runway operates seven retail locations in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Las Vegas. The company plans to open more brick-and-mortar locations in 2017.
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