Both& Apparel

One-stop shop for the nonbinary generation

Last Funded January 2023

$56,535

raised from 87 investors

Highlights

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👑 Trans owned and operated
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💸 AOV has gone from $58 to $97.
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💫 32% repeat customer rate— 3x national average.
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⭐ Top percentile of 5 star reviews on Shopify.

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Our Team

As a trans man who has spent my whole life waiting for someone to solve this problem, I got tired of sitting on my hands and decided to solve it myself. I am dedicated to being the boots on the ground founder who listens to the community, advocates for the needs of the product, and develops a brand with unwavering loyalty and trust.

Why Both&, Why Now?

25% of Gen Z, globally, identify as nonbinary. This isn't a fad. This isn't a niche. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about gender identity and presentation that impacts over 600 million people. 

And yet despite this radical shift, and despite the fact that trans and nonbinary people have different needs and wants than cisgendered people, all consumer goods are designed with a cisgendered consumer in mind. 


Both& is the response to this gap in the market. With founder-consumer fit, a proven ability to solve this community's design challenges 100x, and extraordinary early traction, we are well on our way to be the Nike of the nonbinary generation.



Our Model

What do all of the brands that have captured a generation have in common?

They start off myopically focused on a niche group, solve a problem 100x, build an evangelist community and ethos around the brand, and scale. (Gap solved the problem of ill-fitting jeans. Supreme served skaters. Nike served elite runners. Lululemon served early yoga adopters. All went on to be billion dollar brands). 

Both& is following this model, entering the market through the first beach head of transmasucline apparel. Why this as this first market?

Because we aren't building solutions and then looking for problems. We started with deep consumer research, understanding what the most acute pain points and desires of this demographic are. Of the thousands of transmasculine and nonbinary people we interviewed and surveyed, 99.4% reported "severely struggling to find clothing that fits."



From our research (and lived experience), we understood that this problem can't be solved at the marketing or branding level. It has to be solved at the level of product innovation. 

So we spent nine months gathering data and working through five prototype rounds before launching our first 'test' capsule of three shirts. The designs were an immediate and unanimous success--we sold out in weeks and immediately rolled out more colors and sizes as well as began developing new categories.

Over the last year, we have:

  • Nearly doubled our average order value, from $58 to $97
  • Grown our social following to over 50,000 and established absurdly high engagement and reach metrics.
  • Established a return rate that is less than half the national average (<7%)
  • Hit the top percentile of 5 star reviews on Shopify
  • Have three times the average repeat customer rate
  • Established an absurdly good LTV to CAC ratio of 13:1
  • Most importantly, won over an avid early adopter community:

The Future

Both& is starting with apparel, using this category as the space to prove product-market fit and establish our evangelist community. But we see the opportunity here as much larger than fashion: our plan is to systematically tackle each of the verticals that require innovation for this emerging market segment, ultimately making the name Both& synonymous with the nonbinary worldview. 

Investing in Both& is an enormous opportunity, both in terms of impact, and in terms of financial potential. It is an investment in a group of people who have historically been marginalized, shunned, and when it comes to design, completely ignored. 

It is an investment in gender joy, in the belief that we deserve so much more than a constant fight over basic human rights: we deserve the opportunity to be prioritized, for our needs and desires to be seen and respected, to be given the tools and space for self-realization and empowerment. 

Both& is building that space. By investing in this community round, you are now a part of our story. 

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