Gilt Groupe is an online retailer based in the United States. Founded in 2007, Gilt Groupe stages online 'flash' sales, offering women's and men's designer apparel and accessories as well as as high-end travel destinations at discounted prices in a limited time sale format, typically 36 to 48 hours.
The company was launched in 2007 by Doubleclick co-founder Kevin P. Ryan, early eBay executive Alexis Maybank and Louis Vuitton and Bulgari merchandising executive Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. The company launched women's clothing and accessories in November 2007, men's in April 2008, Gilt Groupe Japan in February 2009, Gilt Fuse in August 2009 and a travel site named Jetsetter in September 2009. Gilt Groupe is based in New York, NY with warehouses in Brooklyn, NY and Andover, MA.
Gilt Groupe visitors must be members in order to view sales, and must be invited by other members to join. New sales typically start at Noon ET, last 36–48 hours, and feature merchandise from a single brand or small groups of brands at prices 50%-70% off of manufacturer's suggested retail prices. An email announcing the start of each day's sales is sent to all members shortly before the sale starts, and orders are taken on a first come, first-served basis. As orders are received, they are shipped directly from warehouses in either Brooklyn, NY or Andover, MA.
Gilt Groupe has raised a total of $48 million to date, its investors include Matrix Partners and General Atlantic.
Not everyone can afford the luxury of shopping at Barneys. At Gilt Groupe (Gilt.com) I was able to find discounts from 40%-70% off designer clothing: BCBG, Kate Spade, Burberry, Ed Hardy, Fendi are just a few. I found that most items are at least 50% off retail price. The sales last 36 hours and on a first come basis, so clothing are sold fast! It feels great knowing that I'm saving a lot of money, and able to wear beautiful fitted clothing. … more