AFROTECH reported that a Black and Asian owned second-hand boutique called Thrilling announced that it recently raised $ 8.5 million in a Series A funding round. Thrilling offers innovative tools to support small business owners and a personalized, uniquely enjoyable shopping experience. Further information will be used to attract key team members and further develop Thrilling’s core technology. The company confirmed in a statement that, according to AFROTECH, 95% of Thrilling shops and sellers are women and / or black, indigenous and colored people.
Photo- @ shopthrilling- Instagram
How does thrilling work? If you’ve been looking for unique, vintage, and second-hand clothing, Thrilling has items from hundreds of online stores. The website describes it as the leading online marketplace for vintage and second-hand items from the best US boutiques. Shilla Kim-Parker, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and Brad Mallow are the co-founders.
“We are a black and female owned company committed to living our personal values as we scale. That means advocating for causes we believe in: protecting the environment, helping small and local businesses, and celebrating diversity. Internally, we create a culture in which people enjoy coming to work every day and expressing themselves when we do amazing things, ”a company description reads online.
Instagram photo – @shopthrilling
Thrilling’s Instagram is full of colorful, high-quality looking clothing. According to AFROTECH, the online marketplace has attracted a number of celebrity fans, including costume designer Mona May and Zerina Akers, Beyoncé’s stylist and owner / CEO of Black-Owned Everything.
The company’s social media profile identified Thrilling as owned by black and Asian women, so the support from female creatives is not surprising. Instagram also mentioned that every purchase from Thrilling is supporting a small business.
Refinery29 said Kim-Parker is also a vintage lover. Kim-Parker’s actions reflect that she is also socially conscious. In the interview, it was found that Thrilling curated a collection of clothing from black-owned vintage stores after the murder of George Floyd, although black-owned vintage stores have been growing since the start of business.
“Second-hand and vintage entrepreneurs were very frustrated with the lack of support from the tech community to help more customers around the world expand their business. I started this company to really work with them and help them generate more income so they can grow their business and continue to be the cornerstone of their communities, ”said Kim-Parker.
Visit Thrilling by clicking here.