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The RealReal Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Other Retail Stores
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The luxury business is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry, and we’re
revolutionizing it one consignment at a time. Let us explain.
We started small. Working at her kitchen table and visiting consignor homes with a U-Haul, our fearless leader CEO Julie ... Read more

Mission: Authenticity
We stand by the authenticity of our products and strive for authenticity in everything we do.

We respect the heritage of the brands we sell, the trust we have with our consignors and customers, and the commitment of ... Read more

Company Updates

    Lena Dunham Is Selling Her Met Ball Gowns and Girls Wardrobe for Planned Parenthood

    Lena Dunham has officially pulled politics into the world of online consignment. Today she’s selling clothes out of her closet on The RealReal, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. There are 169 items ranging in price from $35 to $4,000. Dunham is offering up everything from a Hillary Clinton T-shirt to swimsuits she wore on TV to her Met Gala gowns, including her Elizabeth Kennedy stunner from this year’s event. Those who are lucky enough to procure something from Dunham’s diverse lot will also receive a handwritten letter from the Lenny Letter lady herself. The items are going fast and it’s a good thing too—though some may miss out on the chance to own a piece of Dunham’s quirky-cool style, it’s selling out for an incredible cause.

  • IPO? #Goals.

    The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch... “We really aren’t in the mood to sell the business, we’re in the mood to go public at some point in the future.”

    It makes sense that a startup that’s raised $173 million in funding would be expected to provide liquidity for its investors eventually. Just last month, the company announced a round of $50 million led by private equity firm Great Hill Partners...

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    The RealReal's CEO says the company's goal is to IPO

    The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch in a video interview that she's preparing the luxury consignment e-tailer to go public someday. "That's the goal," she said when asked about IPO plans. "We really aren't in the mood to sell the business, we're in the mood to go public at some point in the future."

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The RealReal – Why Work For Us?

The RealReal is the leader in authenticated luxury consignment. We offer the largest selection of pre-owned and authenticated luxury items including men’s and women’s luxury fashion, fine jewelry & watches and fine art. The RealReal sells pieces from designers such as Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton; jewelry and watches from Cartier, Rolex, and Van Cleef & Arpels; and blue-chip art from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis and hundreds of others. Our consignors earn 60-70% of the sale price, and items sell quickly, most within 3 days.


We make luxury consignment easy with free white glove pick-up in 16 U.S. cities, or free shipping via FedEx. Free pack and ship services are also available at no charge through FedEx Office Retail Centers. Consignors receive 60% of the sale price to start, and elevate to 70% when they reach $7,500 in annual sales.

All items received are thoroughly inspected and authenticated by our team, and then curated into daily sales. Consignors track their sales from a personal online dashboard.


We inspect and authenticate every item with our in-house team of experts including gemologists, horologists, art appraisers and luxury experts. 

undefinedJulie Wainwright-Founder & CEO

Julie Wainwright is a technology industry veteran, e-commerce pioneer, and brand management expert whose career spans more than 25 years. As a CEO for over 17 years, she was at the forefront of e-commerce as CEO of in 1997, and in 1999. She is a frequent speaker and presents at prestigious events and universities all over the country, most recently at Harvard University, Purdue University and CES. Recently, Julie was recognized as one of TechCrunch’s 40 Over 40, and one of the top female entrepreneurs by The San Francisco Business Times.A former board member of Baker and Taylor, Wizards of the Coast, The San Francisco Art Institute, Magic Theatre and Headlands Center for the Arts, Julie was raised by artist parents and developed an early love of fashion and design. She graduated from Purdue University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in General Management, and a minor in Art. She is passionate about beautifully made clothing and accessories and gravitates toward a minimalist aesthetic favoring clean lines and high, high heels! Her go-to designers include Lanvin, Balenciaga, Chloé and Louboutin.


undefinedRati Sahi Levesque-Chief Merchant

Rati Sahi Levesque was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Economics. She sharpened her chops in the financial industry and then launched her first entrepreneurial endeavor with the fashion-forward Russian Hill boutique, Anica. Setting out to fill the void of avant-garde designers in the city, Anica acquired a significant following, especially the store's luxury consignment selection which featured specialty and vintage pieces. Rati combined her consignment and e-commerce success when she joined CEO Julie Wainwright and The RealReal. Now a mother and an entrepreneur, Rati cites the creative selling process as the most fulfilling part of working at The RealReal, as well as access to the world's most beautiful luxury design. Rati was recently recognized by Luxury Daily as one of their 2015 Luxury Women to Watch.



undefinedMatthew Gustke-Chief Financial Officer

Matthew joins The RealReal from StubHub, an eBay company, where he was CFO and head of strategy. While at StubHub, the company achieved record high customer satisfaction and experienced accelerated growth for three consecutive years. Prior to StubHub, he spent 9 years at eBay in a variety of roles including investor relations, international finance and CFO for eBay SENE markets.


undefinedFredrik Björk-Vice President, Engineering

Fredrik was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. He made the move to San Francisco in 2010 after a startup he co-founded was acquired by Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life. He brings 15 years experience in e-commerce, social and mobile, and was an early adopter of cloud computing and mobile application development. Prior to joining The RealReal he was a founding engineer in multiple startups in the United States, Sweden and Spain. He earned a BS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Araci and 1 year-old son Erik.


undefinedChris Deyo-Executive Vice President, Operations

Chris has a career in consumer products and e-commerce that spans over 25 years.  He joins The RealReal with 10+ years of product and business model innovation, including one of the most successful launches in Nestle Dreyer's history, growing Slow Churned Ice Cream to a $500 million business. A president/GM for over 12 years, his e-commerce experience includes president roles at and Chris has worked across a wide range of consumer categories after starting his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble. Chris graduated from Syracuse University with a BS and an MBA, with a concentration in marketing.


undefinedMarc Viale-Vice President, Marketing

Marc joined The RealReal in August 2012. He is a dotcom veteran and a key player in several high growth startups. In 1999, Marc implemented's customer acquisition & retention programs which lead to the acquisition by Kodak in 2001. In 2005, Marc led direct marketing and loyalty efforts for bebe stores. More recently, from 2009-2012, Marc directed marketing efforts for Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life. Marc is a graduate of Marquette University.

04_teamimageJOIN OUR TEAM

The RealReal is the leader in authenticated luxury consignment and on a very fast-growth track. We are looking for smart and talented people who are creative, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and want to be part of a team that is reinventing the digital marketplace as you know it.


o   Health, dental, vision, life insurance

o   401(k) with vested company match

o   FSA – health and commuter

o   Tele-medicine and health concierge service

o   Stock opportunities

Other perks

o   First Look membership

o   Highest consignment rate for employees

o   Time off: paid holidays, PTO

o   Shuttle to and from the office in San Francisco and Secaucus

o   Employee referral bonus

The RealReal Reviews

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    "Growing Company with Lots of Opportunity!!"

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    Gem of a company to work for! Everyone is dedicated to see the company grow and be successful which is an inspiring environment to walk into everyday. The company is continuing to grow so excited to see the potential of growing within my career at a company that I believe in and the snacks help too! :)


    Start-up growing pains but I don't look at it as a con more of an exciting thing of what is to come!!

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The RealReal Interviews



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    Fashion Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brisbane, CA
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The RealReal (Brisbane, CA).


    It was phone interview first. That went well. She asked for my availability for an in-person interview. I left a pretty open window and specified the earliest was Tuesday. No specific time was mentioned though. Days went by without a confirmation. I emailed the day before asking if a date was set. I was then sent an interview confirmation at 9:15pm the night before to come in at 11am. Such late notice of a confirmed time and date but I agreed and went in anyways.

    The in-person interview felt like it went well. I was interviewed by 2 people, the hiring manager + assistant hiring manager. The AHR was only there for the first half. At the end of the interview, i was offered the position verbally by the hiring manager.

    I emailed a day or so later accepting the position and said i could start next week. No response. I followed up yet still no response.

    I think this company is very disorganized, disjointed, and unprofessional. There were other red flags i had noticed including illegal questions on the required application. I see it now as if i dodged a bullet.

    Moral of the story: don't give your current company your resignation because your job offer with The RealReal may not pan out.

    Interview Questions

    • A lot of the questions tested my knowledge on brands and fashion in general.   1 Answer
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The RealReal Awards & Accolades

  • Most Admired CEO, SF Business Times, 2014
  • Luxury Women to Watch List, Luxury Daily, 2015
  • Fashion Futures Awards(Innovators in Fashion and Retail), W Magazine and Decoded Fashion, 2015
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