Most Innovative CompanyFor some women, online shopping does not compare to the real-life experience of visiting a store — mostly because it contains the risk of ordering something that might not fit. SAN FRANCISCO-( BUSINESS WIRE )-ThirdLove, the women's bra and underwear company that disrupted the lingerie industry, announced today the launch of the Company's first experiential retail store concept, opening on July 24, through the end of 2019, at 347 West Broadway in New York City.
For ThirdLove, now may be the best time to grow in light of difficulties at rival Victoria's Secret With that in mind, the intimates brand is pursuing every strategy, from opening stores in select markets to bringing on board creative agencies, to bolster its marketing and branding efforts.
Then we do filtering based on the size that we recommended or sizes that you've bought in the past because one of the interesting things about this space is they might not have a size that fits them properly, and so being able to showcase the products that we have that truly fit you is one of the important experiences for our brand and for our site.
ThirdLove, whose advertisements you've probably heard on whatever podcasts you listen to, has built a brand out of supplying an impressive number of sizes and colors of bras for women of varied body types—an obvious counterpoint to the homogeneous glamazon” look championed by Victoria's Secret—and ensuring they actually fit.
This was evident with many of their choices such as the ever growing list of requirements for the stylists that weren't even possible (it was incredibly hard to try and defend their decisions when stylists would often come to me stressed and overworked), micromanaging their employees to where you could get an occurrence for using the bathroom (I was in a meeting where a manager was scared she would have to write up a pregnant stylist for this), letting go SF teammates that worked with the Chico office for no reason, and most recently doing a restructuring of the company” forcing support teammates that worked hard for this company for years to move up to either get demoted down to a fit stylist (starting) position or quit though no one did anything wrong.
It asks about your current bra brand, size, and fit to determine if you're wearing the right size—the company even offers half-cup in-between sizes in many of its bras—and has you compare your breast shape and location to artist renderings to ascertain your best ThirdLove bra style.
ThirdLove, a lingerie brand based in San Francisco, said Wednesday it's rolling out extended bra sizes this month to include bands ranging from size 28 to 48, and cups from AA to H. The online retailer said it did a beta test of the new options last year, and they sold out in a little more than a week.
The timing of ThirdLove's first store may also be opportune as Victoria's Secret continues to struggle with falling sales and persistent criticism that it hasn't kept pace with changing consumer demand, including having more diversity in its products and advertising.
And Chico's Soma intimates brand recently partnered with retail concept b8ta to introduce customers to its "SOMAINNOFIT" bra to help shoppers find the right undergarment fit. While the pop-up is open, ThirdLove, which has raised $69 million in venture funding, plans to capture customer data and use it as a way to learn what customers want from the brand from a physical retail experience.
Beyond the positive feedback, there are also hard numbers that demonstrate a demand for the kind of personalized, fit-conscious approach that ThirdLove brings to the lingerie market. And ThirdLove's T-shirt bra, through which many women discover the brand, continues to lure customers and introduce them to its other products, such as sleepwear.