Modern. Original. Sophisticated. Quality.
During the 2009 recession, our founder, Todd Barket, got laid off as the Director of Brand Fashion at the Gap. So he took a trip to Japan. There, he noticed a style of twisting retro American clothing that made it fresh. So inspired was Todd that he packed up, came home, and opened a store and brand based around that concept.
Since 2009, we've been selling well-made, versatile, and long-lasting clothing -- a.k.a. clothes we'd want to wear ourselves. It's not an accident we sold 75,000 units to more than 25,000 customers worldwide in 2017, leading to $6M in sales.
Our clothes come from more than 80 brands stemming from 5 different countries. Worn by some of the most famous celebrities on the planet - John Mayer, Usher, Harrison Ford, and Reese Witherspoon among them - our clothes have the long-lasting quality of designer clothing without the normal price tag.
Loyalty Through an Elevated Store Experience
Over the last nine years, we've turned thousands of first-time buyers into dedicated, loyal customers. Many of those people buy all their clothes in our store and don't ever visit our website. That's because we offer a different kind of shopping experience, as personal and intimate as it is unique.
A Store as Nice as the Clothes
From the music to the burning candles at the register to the shirts on the table, it's all a differentiated experience.
Old-Fashioned Customer Service
We work with each customer individually and keep old-fashioned notes on each one of their visits.
Middle of the Road Pricing
We're not an expensive designer clothing store that unnecessarily jacks up prices. We're also not Old Navy.
We Pushed Through CA - Mandated 2017 Challenges
In 2017, California required our building to be earthquake retrofitted, forcing a move to a new temporary location. The state doesn't provide financial assistance for retrofits, usually making them a death sentence for small businesses. While our revenue toward the latter half of the year dipped, we still did $6M in yearly sales. Now, with our store back, a rebranding of our women's line, and an online relaunch in September, we're ready to continue pushing, innovating, and growing.
Our Progress So Far
If we hit our minimum raise of $100K on Wefunder, we'll be able to use the capital for business development, including increasing our women's business. If we hit our maximum of $1M, we'll use the funds for product development (25%), business development (20%), marketing (20%), operational expenses and inventory (20%), new store research and development (10%), and Wefunder intermediary fees (5%).
Our Flagship Store Opens
We open our first store at 493 Sanchez Street in San Francisco’s Castro district.
Third Location Opens
Unionmade Larkspur opens at the Marin County Mart in Marin County.
Unionmade SF Expands
This becomes our flagship store after taking the 495 Sanchez Street space and doubling its square footage.
Unionmade Brentwood closes
Unionmade SF Moves
After our earthquake retrofit, we move into a newly remodeled flagship store on 18th Street.
Unionmade Larkspur is remodeled into Unionmade Men’s and Women’s
This store is designed similarly to the SF flagship stores.