Kim Kardashian Photos: US socialite Kim Kardashian poses for a photocall at the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring-Summer 2024 show as part of the Paris Fashion Week, central Paris, on June 20, 2023.
Kim Kardashian’s flattering shapewear brand Skims has entered its billionaire era about four times over.
With Skims having raised $270 million in a recent funding round, the company is now valued at $4 billion. Investors valued the company at $3.2 billion just last year, The New York Times reported.
Its only been four years since Kim Kardashian and business partner Jens Grede brought Skims into the world. The plan has always been to make the company the next big brand.
“It has grown quickly, and we’re so proud of that. We’ve had a really good flow of product launches,” Kardashian told The New York Times.
Skims exclusively sold shapewear to its customers at first but has ventured out into a wide variety of apparel like swimsuits and loungewear. They have plans to sell men’s clothing come fall.
Kim Kardashian Photos, The company also plans on opening physical stores in Los Angeles and New York City sometime next year.
Skims is right on track
Skims has been turning a profit since it launched in 2019 but according to its Chief Executive Jens Grede, Skims has only become profitable now. The company is set to make $750 million in sales this year up from $500 million in 2022, according to the New York Times.
While a majority of its sales, about 70% come from millennials or Gen-Z, only 15% of its sales come from items purchased outside of the U.S. Eleven million people have joined waitlists to buy Skim’s most popular items over the last year, Grede said.
What drew investors to Skims recently was its growth trajectory and popularity, said Grede. Wellington Management led the latest funding efforts, but other participating firms include Greenoaks Capital Partners. The existing backers are D1 Capital Partners and Imaginary Ventures.
“Skims has maintained unprecedented momentum since the brand’s inception. We’re thrilled to partner with the brand to support it through this pivotal growth stage,” Co-head of private investments at Wellington Michael Carmen said.
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One day Skims plans on going public
Out of all Kardashian’s ventures, Skims is one of her biggest successes. Both Kardashian and her business partner remain the company’s biggest stakeholders.
While company had to content with supply-chain disruptions in the pandemic that made it difficult to source fabrics for its clothing, the biggest issue now is managing inventory as the company expands its offerings and opens physical stores.
Kim Kardashian Photos, The company’s valuation, Wellington’s involvement and hiring a Chief Financial Officer raises questions about when Skims might go public.
Kardashian and Grede aren’t in a rush to take the company public, but investors had shown interest in recent months in consumer-facing businesses.
“At some point in the future, Skims deserves to be a public company,” he told The New York Times.
SKIMS was credited with saving this young woman’s life
The only thing that kept Angelina Wiley from bleeding out after she was shot four times on New Year’s was her Skims bodysuit, she said on TikTok in May.
Wiley and her friends went out to ring in the new year in Westport, Kansas City. They called on a Lyft to get them all home safely, but were caught in gunfire, according to the GoFundMe page created.
All of Wiley’s friends made it to safety while she did not. She was struck by three bullets, one that remained inside her body. Wiley suffered a ruptured bladder, a cracked pelvis, and needed medical attention to retrieve the bullet still lodged in her abdomen, the GoFundMe post states.
“It was so tight on me that it literally kept me from bleeding out,” Wiley said.
Kim Kardashian Photos, Wiley went on to say that she recommends the product and will be buying more.
“I mean I should wear it everyday. Its like body armor for women. Call it fate or call it Jesus, I’mma call it Kim,” Wiley said.
After followers tagged Kardashian in Wiley’s video, the Skims co-founder responded to the video with a “wowww” followed by a praying hands emoji, Cosmopolitan reported.
Kim Kardashian Photos, Skims followed up with Wylie to give her a refund and a discount after she told her viewers it was the first time she had worn the bodysuit. They will also be sending her some more Skim pieces, Cosmo reported.