- Lifetime Revenue: $12.6M
- Compounded Annual Sales Growth: 194%
- Over $12.6M in Lifetime Sales
- Over 180k items sold to more than 63.6k customers
- 192% growth in first-half 2017 sales versus first-half 2016 sales
- 208% compounded annual growth in customer base since inception
- Average customer lifetime value of $360 with a 4.5x payback on the cost to acquire that customer
- Total Amount Raised: US $2,966,371
- Total Investors: 1744
- Total Round Size: US $10,000,000
- Series A-2 :
- Minimum Investment: US $1,000 per investor
- : Preferred Equity
- US $30,000,000 :
Of the $225BN US apparel market, Fast Fashion leaders Uniqlo, H&M, and Zara have a market capitalization of $200BN combined. Moreover, $80BN of all apparel and accessory sales are currently happening online, with $50BN in apparel predicted to move online in the next four years. As a digitally native brand that combines Fast Fashion affordability with Premium (Contemporary) quality and experience — delivered via a data-driven omni-channel platform, DSTLD is at the forefront of the growing e-commerce movement (with online sales set to grow 20%+ in the next four years, compared to just 10% six years ago). Our goal is to combine utility, quality, and a contemporary aesthetic to remove the guesswork in getting dressed. We like to say "There’s a reason why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same thing everyday."
Our LA-based brand launched in 2014 under the premises that ethically produced, well-crafted clothing shouldn’t cost so much, and that Fast Fashion is an excessive and unsustainable industry. Inspired by the creatives that constitute Los Angeles, filmmakers, writers, entrepreneurs, artists, and designers, Corey Epstein and Mark Lynn set out to build a contemporary brand based on the modern uniform they saw around them: Jeans, t-shirts, and other luxury-level basics no person can live without.
DSTLD’s approach to modernize retail, and fundraising, has generated returns: we have been able to efficiently allocate resources from our first Regulation A+ raise ($1.7M) toward marketing and key hires to bring our current lifetime sales to over $10M, up from $3M in June of 2016, for a compounded annual growth rate of 194%. And in the last year alone, DSTLD's monthly sales have grown by 186%. Additionally, DSTLD continues to acquire customers, selling more than 134.4k items to over 50.4k customers, yielding a 208% compounded annual growth rate since inception. We've also boosted customer’s average order value by 8% through our ability to efficiently go to market in a diverse number of higher priced categories, like accessories, outerwear, leather goods, silk, cashmere, and wool.
What the Press is Saying
“The Best Figure Flattering Denim” VOGUE
“A pair of premium, quite perfectly cut jeans.” GQ
“Meet the denim company that will change your life (and wardrobe) for good.”AOL
“Our favorite denim brand just released our favorite new jacket” InsideHook
“The Best New Jeans for Men” Men’s Journal
"The DSTLD team has developed incredible fit technology that emphasizes 'body-mapping'." ELLE
"I can truly say that the style hugged my curves in all the right places." PopSugar
Customer & Investor Feedback*
"The first time I tried on my DSTLD jeans, I was immediately hooked by the quality, fit, and convenience. I have yet to find a pair of jeans thats fits better.” Wesley T. | Investor | Customer since December 2015
"DSTLD is taking the art of style and simplicity to a whole other level." David | Investor | Customer since May 2015
"They are the most comfortable and soft jeans I've encountered. An absolutely fabulous job on the jeans, one can see and feel the quality that has gone into them." Garrett M. | Customer since September 2015
"Great quality jeans. I never thought I'd find a pair that I love as much as my AG jeans, but these have surpassed my expectations. The skinny Black Powerstretch pair is my favorite -- great stretch without it loosening up too much and giving a baggy butt look. After several washes the black has not faded at all. Customer service is superb." Christina O. | Customer since November 2014
"Your jeans are simply the best and I want more." Shea L. | Customer since September 2015
"A unique product line that stands out above the rest with quality and design. " Andy B. | Investor | Customer since May 2016
"DSTLD is the fabric of America, with quality made staples for any wardrobe. The best investment is one that you use and becomes a staple in everyone's life, DSTLD has that product. " Robert H. | Investor | Customer since July 2016
"The clothing industry is ripe for re-imagination and DSTLD is forging that path." Joe C. | Investor | Customer since October 2014
"In an industry where fast fashion dominates, it's refreshing to have a brand that's focused on providing stylish, high-quality and affordable clothing." John P. | Investor | Customer since September 2016
*Disclaimer: The above individuals were not compensated in exchange for their testimonials. In addition, their testimonials should not be construed as and/or considered investment advice.
According to some estimates, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, only behind oil. In fact, the average American discards about 82 pounds of clothing each year. Between the cheap mass production of fast-fashion brands and the high cost of premium brands, the fashion industry has become unsustainable, excessive, and inefficient.
DSTLD was built from the ground up in opposition to these pervading ethics of waste in the fashion industry - our name is derived from the word ‘distilled,’ meaning to extract only the essentials. As such, DSTLD boasts an unembellished line of key wardrobe pieces in a fundamental color palate of black, white, and denim. We focus on simplicity to guarantee quality: Our collection consists of well-crafted, ready to wear staples for men and women, like premium denim, silk tops and t-shirts, outerwear, denim jackets, cashmere accessories, and small leather goods.
DSTLD’s commitment to revolutionizing retail and fashion’s impact on the world is achieved through utilizing eco-friendly fabrics and sustainable production partners wherever possible. It works with a small circle of best in class suppliers, manufacturers, and wash houses to ensure its factory partners are 100% sweatshop free. And by by cutting out Department Stores and Boutiques, they provide their premium denim and luxury essentials at 60-80% off retail prices via a streamlined e-commerce experience.
Do stylish, high-quality garments require a luxury price tag? At DSTLD, our answer is a resounding no.
We have always valued a top-quality product and customer experience over the name on the label of our clothes. But as educated consumers living in Los Angeles, the denim capital of the world, we found it impossible to find well-made jeans and go-to essentials without the premium price tag. With backgrounds that span from photography, design, and creative direction, to operations, e-commerce and consulting, we knew we could build a brand that set us apart from traditional premium labels. A brand that was different, better, and had an edge. A brand for the modern consumer.
Our distinct vision and progressive platform has made it easy to find a multi-talented crew of like-minded individuals. Modest yet agile, the DSTLD team comes from some of the top household name brands and companies in the world, all who left corporate culture to endure the even more demanding startup world. At DSTLD’s inception, we focused on denim. Los Angeles being the epicenter of premium jeans, combined with the nearly mandatory denim uniform worn by today's creative class, made it a clear choice. A year in, our focus expanded to include luxury essentials like made in LA cotton tees, French Terry sweatshirts, and Italian-made leather accessories.
DSTLD is barely three years old, yet is proud to be backed by leaders in the investment community, such as Plus Capital, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Wavemaker Partners, Baroda Ventures, Amplify.LA and CrunchFund. DSTLD is based in Los Angeles, California and helmed by Corey Epstein, Co-CEO, Co-Founder, and Creative Director, and Mark Lynn, Co-CEO and Co-Founder.
We're offering exclusive perks* to the following investors on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- 30% off (through March 2018) to participants contributing to the first $1M raised
- 20% off (through March 2018) to participants contributing to the second $1M raised
The investors above, as well as all other investors will receive the following:
- Investor-only offers throughout the year, including events, sales, and product launches
Access to the Investor Portal
VIP customer service
*Perks will become available to investors once the individual's investment has been closed
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
The Global Apparel market is massive and fragmented, but the Fast Fashion industry is predominantly controlled by three players: Zara, H&M, Uniqlo. Fast Fashion companies have succeeded by making fashion affordable for the mass market. While dozens of contemporary brands compete with $200+ jeans, the average price of jeans sold in the U.S. is $45, and Fast Fashion retailers are able to reach a much broader swath of customers.
DSTLD combines Fast Fashion affordability with Premium quality and experience, delivered via a best in class digitally native platform.
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Frequently Asked Questions
"The SEC has qualified this offering" means the SEC has permitted DSTLD to offer for sale the securities described in the Offering Circular to investors such as you. The SEC is not judging the merits, accuracy, or completeness of the offering and information in the Offering Circular. Rather, the SEC is merely ensuring DSTLD has met all legal disclosure and regulatory requirements necessary to make these shares available to you.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by DSTLD. Once DSTLD accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to DSTLD in exchange for your shares. At that point, you will be a proud owner in DSTLD.
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- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or government-issued identification
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
Until a closing occurs, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares. Right now DSTLD does not plan to list these shares on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point DSTLD may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when DSTLD either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
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This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in DSTLD’s profile and Offering Circular.