With ambitions to “scale rapidly”, US sneaker and apparel marketplace Stadium Goods has expanded into China through an exclusive partnership with Tmall Global, an extension of Alibaba Group’s B2C Tmall.com business.
Stadium Goods co-founder/MD Jed Stiller says the company had already had “tremendous growth” in China.“More importantly, we have helped legitimise the resale model by making it more relevant and accessible to all types of consumers.
“We’re thrilled to have found the perfect partners in Forerunner Ventures and The Chernin Group, among others, to build on our successes to date as we look to innovate and scale rapidly.”
Meanwhile, Stadium Goods has just raised more than $4.6 million in fresh equity funding. This will help fuel its expansion into the mainstream footwear market.
Founded by Still and John McPheters in late 2015, Stadium Goods unveiled StadiumGoods.com and its Soho retail location in New York City, offering sneaker consumers around the world a service-focussed approach to buying and selling collectible footwear, apparel and lifestyle goods.
“Stadium Goods has transcended a seemingly niche market, proving it can be a critical player in the larger global athletic footwear retail market,” says Forerunner Ventures founder Kristen Green. “There hasn’t been a company of its kind offering this level of aesthetic, product mix or services to date, so we’re very excited to partner with it.”