How ThirdLove Is DominatingThe disruptive lingerie retailer ThirdLove is set to open its first ever physical store later this year, introducing its Fit Finder” technology to bricks-and-mortar for the first time. The startup, which launched in 2012 and positioned itself as a body-positive bra option, will open a temporary boutique in Manhattan's SoHo district—a 10-minute walk from the nearest Victoria's Secret—where it will cull data from customers on their shopping and dressing-room preferences.
Around the same time, Kira told a consultant at the company, a leadership coach who worked closely with Spector, that she wanted to meet with the executive: Almost verbatim she said ‘Dave is a deeply insecure man, make sure you pat his ego throughout your conversation and that you don't surprise him.
As an online company, ThirdLove relies upon millions of data points from customer feedback to engineer its new products — and for the last four years, one request has been constant: A cotton bra that women can live in. For the last two years, ThirdLove has been designing its response.
The pop-up offers personalized bra fittings from "fit stylists" who introduce consumers to styles and help them navigate ThirdLove's Fit Finder, a short questionnaire that uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the best fit from among 78 total sizes.
Over at Vox, reporter Zoe Schiffer has an interesting story about ThirdLove, the upstart bra company that positions its lingerie as by women, for women.” Turns out that contrary to its feminist public image, actually working for the company seems pretty awful: employees complain about a bunch of things, including low pay, shitty benefits, and a co-CEO that bullies them.
In the midst of his many incendiary comments objectifying women and essentially describing the brand and the fashion show as a male fantasy, Razek also seemed to single out the upstart lingerie brand ThirdLove—dismissively—as the counterpoint to Victoria's Secret.
None of us really agreed with it from the beginning.” Plus, the company had just come out with another campaign celebrating women's individuality with the slogan To each, her own.” It was like ‘what if a woman wants to be in the show or watch it, why are we telling them what to do?'” a source we'll call Kate said.
But after changing the first-touch experience for new visitors to provide more foundational and introductory content for the start of her journey, ThirdLove saw a significant impact at the top of the funnel, increasing its Fit Finder quiz completion rate by 75%.
For our ThirdLove bra and underwear review, we tried out a half-size smaller and larger than our normal size. One of its major innovations was developing half-cup sizes, since the brand's data found that 37% of women did not fit neatly into the traditional range of cups.
The brand's commitment to diversity — offering half-cup bra sizing and promoting body positivity in their advertising — has helped them dethrone the once dominant Victoria's Secret. We're their first love.” This comment was widely—and fairly—interpreted as a jab at David Spector, which, as Vogue added in an aside in their interview, has gotten an investment from a former Victoria's Secret CEO.