Material World began in 2012 with two friends who worked in the NY fashion industry. While the industry continuously promoted consumption of fashion that inspires self expression and style evolution, they grappled with the guilt and frustration of owning too many clothes they no longer wanted to wear. The available services to get rid of fashion pieces were either too time-consuming or harmful to the environment. They set out to create a socially conscious business that would enable the modern day woman to feel great about her fashion decisions by providing a smarter way to shop and sell. With this, Material World was born.
We believe women should love what they wear every day and be able to seamlessly evolve. We’ll handle yesterday’s clothing so you can focus on tomorrow.
Growing up, fashion enabled Rie and Jie to self-express and experiment with their identities in their international upbringings. After meeting at Harvard Business School, they bonded over their mutual appreciation for quality fashion and socially good businesses. After grad school, with backgrounds in digital marketing, PR and operations, both women moved to New York City to pursue careers in fashion e-commerce. Rie went on to work for Coach, where she launched the company's wildly successful flash sale site, while Jie launched the popular international e-commerce websites for both Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. They believe fashion is an enabler and built Material World to make the closet refresh a part of everyday life.
We are a team of fashion and technology enthusiasts based in Brooklyn, New York. We are passionate about creating a service that promotes quality and sustainability while encouraging self discovery. Obsessed with improving our service, we push new code and new merchandise live to the world every day.
Interested in joining our team?
We’re seeking smart, passionate, enterprising and highly motivated people to join our growing team. We offer a creative and collaborative work environment where you can make a huge impact while revolutionizing the fashion industry.