Instagram: @therealreal
Twitter: @therealreal


Total funding: $358 million

Valued: $1.7 billion

Revenue: As of 2018, $207 million

The RealReal is a digitally-native luxury consignment retailer offering women’s clothing and accessories online and in its retail stores. The RealReal’s vast network of sellers, its messaging around sustainability and the circular economy along with its collaborations with designers, have made The RealReal a preferred luxury reseller in the U.S. But as the company has come under fire for controversial authentication practices, it will need to enforce a more streamlined process to avoid the sale of counterfeit products and maintain its reputation.

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  • Opens a permanent store in the Union Square district of San Francisco, CA.
  • Partners with LeadsOnline, an online investigation service, to help law enforcement catch criminals who traffic stolen luxury goods.


  • It comes under fire for inaccurate product authentication processes. 
  • Files an IPO and goes public on Nasdaq under the Symbol REAL.
  • Opens its second New York City location in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City. 
  • Launches a pilot program with Burberry offering sellers of Burberry pieces on The RealReal platform a  personal shopping appoint at select Burberry stores.
  • Opens a half-million square foot e-commerce fulfillment center in New Jersey.


  • Processes 1.6 million orders, 42% more than in 2017.
  • Opens a permanent store in the Melrose district of Los Angeles, CA.
  • Raises $115 million in Series G funding. It previously raised $288 million from investors.
  • Introduces the Sustainability Calculator on National Consignment Day and reports it has offset the equivalent of 65 million car miles in energy savings since 2012. 


  • Opens a pop-up store in the Union Square district of San Francisco, CA.
  • Opens its first permanent store in the Soho neighborhood of New York City.
  • Launches “The Future of Fashion is Circular” campaign with Stella McCartney to raise awareness on the circular economy, marking the first time that a luxury brand partners with a resale platform.


  • Raises $40 million in Series E funding led by Greenspring Associates.


  • Raises $40 million in Series D funding led by Industry Ventures.


  • Raises $20.4 million in Series C funding led by Caanan Partners.


  • Raises $14 million in series B funding led by InterWest with Canaan Partners, Greycroft Partners, Novel TMT Ventures and Panarea Capital.
  • Raises Seed Funding from One Planet. 


  • Julie Wainwright launches The RealReal to create an online e-commerce platform pre-owned luxury goods that customers could trust completely.