• Regy Perlera, 28, is the founder and CEO of Seasons, a menswear rental platform. 
  • Seasons raised $4.three million in 2019 from traders corresponding to Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Notation Capital, and the rapper Nas. It at present presents over 500 merchandise and has 18 official model companions.
  • Perlera launched the corporate in November 2019 after noticing many rental platforms had been focused towards ladies, however few had been targeted on males. 
  • In an interview with Enterprise Insider, Perlera talks about his firm Seasons and the way he desires to redefine possession for the subsequent era. 
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In the summertime of 2019, Regy Perlera discovered himself scurrying round New York. He had simply left his job as a product designer at Nike and was on the hunt for traders for a brand new thought: a platform that might enable males to lease designer clothes. 

Perlera stated traders had been skeptical. Certain, Hire the Runway hit a $1 billion valuation in 2019 and different rental style platforms have appeared, however these principally cater to ladies. He stated traders puzzled whether or not males care sufficient about style or the surroundings to make use of this sort of platform.

“I keep in mind taking [investor] conferences in each borough,” Perlera, 28, informed Insider. “The primary few weeks had been powerful.” 

However he was capable of persuade at the least one large investor on his thought: Alexis Ohanian, serial investor and cofounder of Reddit. By the tip of July 2019, Perlera was capable of increase a $4.three million funding spherical from traders together with Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Notation Capital in Brooklyn, and the rapper Nas.

Perlera informed Insider that he desires his firm Seasons to redefine possession for the subsequent era, so customers will not have to purchase merchandise, solely to throw them out quickly after. “We’re making an attempt to vary the way in which individuals take into consideration possession,” he stated. 

The platform at present permits customers to lease archival luxurious from manufacturers corresponding to Prada, Gucci, and Dior, in addition to modern ones like Jacquemus, Marni, and Our Legacy. 

As for the identify? Nicely, its product choices change based mostly on the seasons, naturally. 

- The CEO who obtained Alexis Ohanian, Nas to put money into males's garments rental

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Reconnecting with an previous associate

After this funding spherical, Perlera reconnected with an previous buddy, Luc Succes, 30, who got here aboard as cofounder.

They gave themselves 4 months to construct Seasons, “a very tight deadline,” stated Succes, now the corporate’s chief expertise officer. 

After constructing the app and the web site, Seasons launched the subsequent November, though traders had been saying to attend till March 2020. “Now we all know how that might have gone,” Perlera stated, expressing his gratitude that he did not launch within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The corporate closed one other funding spherical in February, which helped it get by way of the yr. It nonetheless needed to quickly shut down its warehouses, and it started promoting extra classic clothes, a choice made by the corporate’s shopping for director, Jesse Hudnutt. These classic buys made up 40% of the corporate’s summer season purchases, on development with millennials’ growing curiosity throughout the pandemic in classic clothes, as Insider beforehand reported. 

Stock is an issue for Seasons, Perlera acknowledged, principally as a result of it is so costly to amass, and sizes typically promote out shortly. To handle demand, the corporate determined to implement a membership tier program in November 2020, with costs starting from $65 to $175 a month. 

Additionally, the platform at present companies only a restricted quantity of individuals, however customers have jumped on the alternative to signal on. When Seasons launched its membership program final yr, in search of to cap its customers at 300, Perlera stated greater than 200 signed up inside weeks. 

“If you consider letting anyone and all people come to the web site, you threat compromising the supply of sizes and kinds for those that had been already on the platform,” Perlera stated. 

- The CEO who obtained Alexis Ohanian, Nas to put money into males's garments rental

Courtesy of Seasons

Proper now, the corporate sources merchandise from greater than 18 official model companions. At first, it did not ask manufacturers for permission to promote their merchandise on their platform — Perlera and Succes merely purchased the garments in shops after which supplied them on the platform. This was, Perlera stated, to show that folks had been enthusiastic about renting quite than really shopping for menswear. At present, Perlera stated corporations come to them. 

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Presently, Seasons rents out greater than 500 items of males’s clothes and has expanded from its preliminary New York market to areas together with Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Phoenix.

- The CEO who obtained Alexis Ohanian, Nas to put money into males's garments rental

Courtesy of Seasons

Perlperiod says he simply wants individuals to care

Perlera and Succes have an extended working historical past — they beforehand cofounded one other tech startup, Typically, which lasted from 2014 to 2016.

“There was a second the place, after we went our separate methods after beginning the primary firm, Typically, I noticed that there was simply one thing actually particular about constructing product with someone that cared the identical quantity as you probably did,” Perlera stated.

They determined to provide entrepreneurship one other go, and that is when Seasons happened. Perlera stated they realized from their first startup expertise collectively when it got here to discovering traders for Seasons.”The second time round, I feel we needed to construct a status that we may construct a product,” Perlera stated.

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- The CEO who obtained Alexis Ohanian, Nas to put money into males's garments rental

Courtesy of Seasons

Subsequent-gen customers are recognized to purchase merchandise that align with their social missions and values, and Perlera stated next-gen menswear customers have grown up with values popularized by the web, interacting with their favourite manufacturers and merchandise on-line. Streetwear and sneaker communities have fostered environments which have proven fans “it is okay to care,” he stated. 

So in terms of discovering methods to maintain the planet alive, the web has informed younger people who there is not actually an alternative choice — they should care. Perhaps renting a Prada bucket hat will make it simpler. 


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