July 27, 2021,
Come on. We know you’re thinking about. If not today, tomorrow.
It’s right around the corner or coming down the road and that date is getting nearer.
The corporate gala.
It’s just a matter of time.
Just ask the movie industry.
There are so many films about weddings it would take you ages to go through them all.
One of our favorites is The Princess Bride.
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest.
What is the storyline?
Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
The film was first released in the United States on September 25, 1987, and was well received by critics at the time, but was only a modest box office success.
Like any great Cinderella story, over time the movie has become a cult film.
The film is number 50 on the Bravo‘s “100 Funniest Movies”, number 88 on The American Film Institute‘s (AFI) “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions” list of the 100 greatest film love stories, and 46 in Channel 4‘s 50 Greatest Comedy Films list.
In 2016, the film was inducted into the National Film Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. The film also won the 1988 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
The costumes are award worthy as well.
When we need it, the right formal wear is unbelievably important because when we take that photograph it will be viewed by us and those we love for the rest of our life.
According to the team at researchnester.com, “Women formals wear market is one of the fastest growing markets across the globe. Global women formal wear market stood at around USD 460 Billon in 2017 with a growth of 4.9% in the same year. The market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of around 6% during the period 2017-2024 with the revenue reaching to more than USD 690 Billion by 2024.”
Very powerful indeed.
There is a new and evolving powerful player in the formal wear marketplace. You really should meet them.
The global business and news source Forbes Magazine (forbes.com) educates, “Queenly, a marketplace and search engine for women’s formalwear, is poised to expand following a recent funding round. The company on Thursday said it has raised $6.3 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing its total funding to date to $7.1 million.”
They add the cash infusion will help the company grow its team to keep up with demand in the post-Covid-19 pandemic era.
That princely amount of funding places Queenly in a strong position to emerge as the new beautiful princess in the formal wear market place.
The ultimate Cinderella story.
At their home queenly.com they wave their magic wand, “Queenly is the leading marketplace and search engine for the formalwear industry. Whether it’s for prom, quinceanera, or a wedding, we help women of all ages and all sizes find the exact dress they’re looking for.”
They have a wonderful website. You should check it out.
Queenly Raises $6.3M in Funding Led by Andreessen Horowitz
Female-founded Queenly is using their ML-driven search engine and computer vision technology to reimagine the $15B formalwear industry.
News provided by
Jul 23, 2021, 10:56 ET
SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Queenly, the leading marketplace and search engine for the formalwear industry, announced today that it raised $6.3 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, bringing their total funding to date to $7.1 million.
By leveraging a proprietary ML-driven search engine and computer vision technology, Queenly is tackling the large, underserved formalwear market–a market that has survived decades, even the recent pandemic, with little to no disruption from Silicon Valley. The formalwear market in North America is currently a $15B industry, with substantial additional value being created and exchanged offline. In the US, “prom season” alone gives way to a $4B industry every year.
By combining a personalized, resale marketplace experience with small-business sales and data analytic tools, Queenly provides the industry its first comprehensive search engine for the formalwear industry. Cofounders Trisha Bantigue and Kathy Zhou have combined their national & international pageant experiences and professional domain expertise to build Queenly.
Queenly categorizes dresses through their computer vision and machine learning system, built in-house by Zhou, who also engineered and launched the company’s iOS, Android, and website. The company has proven its resilience after the pandemic by growing to over 125,000 users, 60,000+ unique dresses listed on their platform, and a total inventory value of $15 million.
The recent funding from the leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) will help the company grow their team to keep up with industry demand and efficiently scale out their operations and engineering features. Connie Chan, general partner at Andreeseen Horowitz, led the round for the firm.
To date, Queenly has raised $7.1 million in funding with investors that include Y Combinator, The House Fund, Interlace Ventures, Dragon Capital, NextView Ventures, MyAsiaVC and Shakti Venture Capital. Queenly also has A-list angel investors such as the former CTO of Uber, Thuan Pham, CPO of Uber, Manik Gupta, CEO of Lambda School, Austen Allred, CEO & cofounder of Mercari, Ryo Ishizuka, CEO of FitBit, James Park, CMO & cofounder of ScentBird, Rachel ten Brink, and the cofounders of Caviar, Jason Wang, Shawn Tsao, and Andy Zhang.
Founded in 2019, Queenly is the leading marketplace and search engine for the formalwear industry. For more information visit https://queenly.com/.
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