CHICO, Calif. — May 16, 2018 — Lulus, a digitally native apparel brand for women, today announced that it has closed a $120 million investment from IVP, a premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a global investment management firm.
Founded in 1996 by Colleen Winter and Debra Cannon, Lulus is a rapidly growing lifestyle, fashion brand. Headquartered in Chico, Calif., Lulus has emerged as the go-to brand for affordable luxury by offering curated, quality products at reasonable prices, superior customer service, and a personalized online shopping experience. Featuring a unique product assortment from the Lulus label and a curated selection of on-trend designers and brands, the company utilizes a data driven approach to be able to deliver not only what customers want when they want it, but to be able to leverage scarcity and urgency of sale. Lulus has employed this differentiated merchandising strategy to foster a highly-engaged and loyal millennial customer base.
“My mother and I started Lulus together and are extremely proud of how the company has been able to delight millions of women over the last 20 years,” said Colleen Winter, co-Founder and CEO of Lulus. “We took our first outside investment from H.I.G. Growth Partners four years ago, and they have been valuable partners as we’ve grown the company significantly. As we look to the next phase of our journey, we are excited to work alongside visionaries like IVP and CPPIB to help strategically guide us through this next wave of growth.”
IVP has a 38-year history of backing innovative consumer companies like Glossier, HomeAway, The Honest Company, MasterClass, Snap, Supercell, and Twitter. As part of the company’s investment, Eric Liaw, General Partner at IVP will join the Lulus Board of Directors.
“What Colleen, Debra, and the Lulus team have been able to accomplish over the years is nothing short of incredible. From humble beginnings in Chico, today they serve customers worldwide,” said Eric Liaw, General Partner at IVP. “We are honored to join them to help expand the company in the years ahead.”
“Lulus’ business is exposed to a number of long-term growth drivers that align with CPPIB’s Thematic Investing strategy. Lulus’ proven track record as a successful retailer targeted to millennial women and as an early participant in the e-commerce space demonstrates their ability to thrive in the rapidly changing retail segment where customers are increasingly shopping online,” said Poul Winslow, Managing Director, Head of Thematic Investing and External Portfolio Management, CPPIB. “We look forward to working with the Lulus team, H.I.G., and IVP to continue building the brand.”
John Kim, a Managing Director with H.I.G., commented, “Since our initial investment in 2014, Lulus has continued to demonstrate spectacular growth, and is now one of the leading digitally native brands in the United States. We are very proud of the Lulus team as they have only begun to scratch the surface of the company’s potential.”
H.I.G. Managing Director Evan Karp added, “Lulus’ mission to offer affordable luxury shopping and unparalleled customer service to millennial women online has created a passionate, rapidly growing, and brand loyal customer base. We are pleased that IVP and CPPIB, each of whom have substantial consumer and technology investment experience, will be joining the Lulus Board of Directors.”
Posted May 16, 2018