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The RealReal Overview

San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Other Retail Stores
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The RealReal is the leader in authenticated luxury consignment. With an expert behind every item, we ensure everything we sell is 100% real. We have 60+ in-house gemologists, horologists and brand authenticators who inspect thousands of items available online each day. As a ... 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


    The RealReal Raises $115M in Series G Financing

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The RealReal, the leader in authenticated luxury consignment, today announced the closing of its $115M Series G financing. The round was led by PWP Growth Equity, the middle market private equity group of Perella Weinberg Partners, with additional participation from new investor Sandbridge Capital and existing investor Great Hill Partners.


    Dan Schulman

    On this episode of Never Stand Still, I speak with Julie Wainwright, CEO and founder of one of the fastest growing online luxury consignment retailers, The RealReal. After overcoming significant...

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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 - Senior Vice President, Merchandising

Rati joined The RealReal in 2011. 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

Matt joined The RealReal in 2013. Matt was previously with 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 - Chief Technical Officer

Fredrik joined The RealReal in 2013. He 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. 


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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    I have been working at The RealReal full-time (Less than a year)


    Extremely positive and friendly staff, willing to act as resources for new employees and fellow teammates.
    Open and creative environment - people are open to express themselves, there is heavy communication across departments, and fun team-building exercises for the whole office
    SO much room for growth - managers are constantly encouraging internal growth and looking to colleagues for referrals and innovative solutions
    The CEO has an amazing story and her strength and mindset are portrayed through the company and its team.
    Work is administered to employees as they can handle - I have yet to work extensive hours because I handle my time wisely. There is a firm value of a work/life balance!


    It's hard to meet all of the high-level directors or executives of each department because their plates are so full, but they are always open and friendly via email.

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The RealReal Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at The RealReal (New York, NY) in February 2017.


    Brief convo over the phone, asked if I would be open to working remote. Asked weakness and strengths. Wanted to hear more on my previous experience. Concerns about the job? Discussed hours, and availability.

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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
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious CE100 USA, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017
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