Here’s a relevant post for all my guy readers out there and their girls who are on to “insane” and “sick” brands such as Obey, Burton, Crooks and Castles, Skull Candy and all the top-tier street, skate, surf and contemporary men’s fashion brands. Enter JackThreads (www.jackthreads.com).
Launched in July 2008, JackThreads is the brainchild of Columbus, Ohio-native and OSU alum Jason Ross, 29. The Gilt.com for the guy who craves the latest and newest brands in street and active wear, JackThreads is a members-only, online shopping club that offers daily sales of up to 80% off on what’s hot right now. Their premise is simple: JackThreads scours the globe to unearth the freshest looks and the deepest discounts available, and then delivers them to your inbox every day. Their goal: “We want you to stay fresh for less.”
It’s an amazing success story for Ross, a Midwesterner with no connections to the fashion world. Raised a discount shopper with an eye for exclusive fashion – especially streetwear and sneaker brands – Ross started writing the JackThreads business plan in 2006, then launched the company in 2008 through a bank loan and his own personal savings. In May 2010, JackThreads was sold to Gen Y tastemaker Thrillist.com, a leading digital lifestyle publication for men with over 3 million subscribers.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed as it was a cash/stock deal, but Thrillist has reported that its operating profit is in the ‘seven figures.’ Not too bad a deal for a bootstrapped company by a guy out of college and “not in the fashion world.”
Anyway, check out this video of Jason Ross, JackThreads founder, for more insight into the building of the company, and of course, the site, which is currently featuring great deals from Replay Vintage, Lakai, Ezekiel and French Connection. It is ridiculously fresh!