Depop raises £51m Series C to meet rising demand from US Gen Z

Funding | International | Retail | South East

Depop, the fashion marketplace for the next generation, has secured a £51m Series C round led by General Atlantic.

Depop intends to use the funds to accelerate its expansion in the US and internationally, grow its London-based engineering and data science teams and invest in new tools and functionality for the platform’s more than 13 million users globally.

Existing investors HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Balderton Capital, Creandum, Octopus Ventures, and TempoCap also participated in the round, alongside angel investor Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Founder and CEO of Swedish fintech company Klarna.

Depop was founded as a mobile marketplace for the creative community. It has since grown to amass a significant following among Generation Z, drawn to the app for its social connectivity and vast inventory[1] of original streetwear, independent brands, vintage designer, one-of-a-kind creations and more.

Approximately 90% of Depop’s active users are under 26, and an estimated one-third of 16 – 24 year olds in the UK are registered on the platform. The average daily user opens the app several times per day, discovering content and connecting with other users as well as buying and selling. Each month, Depop community members like, follow and message one another 85 million times.

Depop has seen strong organic growth, particularly in the U.S., which the company projects will soon become its largest market. Since January 2018, Depop has grown its global user base to 13 million, almost doubled U.S. sales, and opened physical stores in New York’s Chinatown and the Silverlake area of Los Angeles. Depop is now among the top 20 most popular shopping apps in the U.S. by daily active users, and expects to grow its community of U.S. users to 15 million over the next three years. The vast majority of Depop’s new users in 2018 came to the app organically.

Depop CEO Maria Raga said: “The next generation of young people want an experience the fashion industry is struggling to provide. They want authenticity and to set their own trends. They’re influenced by real people. They want choice and individuality, the ability to buy on demand and sell on with ease. At the same time, they want to reduce waste. Depop is set up to meet these changing demands. We exist to empower the next generation to transform fashion.”

“Social shopping, independent brands and resale are gaining popularity around the world, but particularly in the US where Generation Z will be the largest consumer group by 2020. Over the past 18 months, our growth in the US has been almost entirely organic, driven by the community of creative young people on Depop.”

“This latest investment will enable us to scale further and faster in the US and beyond, building a platform that helps to find and grow the fashion stars and trends of the future.”

There are currently 16m items for sale on Depop, with 110,000 new items listed every day.

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