We love backing visionary founders targeting large, global markets and changing the way people live, interact and buy and we’re very happy to have discovered Lisa Gautier and her socially conscious digital platform – The Pasta Haters – connecting vintage shops with vintage fashion lovers and to welcome them as the most fashionable new addition to the Seedcamp portfolio.
We are thrilled to lead the $250k pre-seed round into the Stockholm-based brand alongside Wave Ventures, STING and The Nordic Web Ventures and see huge global potential for the business targeting the second-hand fashion market that is expected to soon overtake ‘fast-fashion’ according to a report from US-based ThredUP.
Since launch in 2017, TPH has attracted more than 10k customers to the site in hunt of unique pieces unavailable anywhere else. TPH has been gaining traction not just among fashion-loving customers but among stores too with coverage from leading vintage stores and with much-loved retailers in France, the US and Japan all available via the site.
TPH is the brainchild of Lisa Gautier. With over 10 years experience in product development, user experience and art direction, Lisa has worked at some of the fastest growing startups in Europe including Outfittery (Curated shopping for men) and FYNDIQ (Bargain superstore) and has consulted for Spotify. On creating TPH she comments, “I’ve always been driven by the idea of creating a global impact, across borders but also in people’s minds. At TPH.co we’re reshaping the way you consume fashion, keeping your closet unique and environmentally friendly. The fact that we attracted investors from 4 different countries perfectly reflects and supports the international ambition and opportunity for TPH.”
On the investment, Seedcamp Managing Partner, Carlos Eduardo Espinal, comments, “We were hugely impressed from the moment we met Lisa by the global market potential for TPH, the promising early traction the business has experienced to date, and the social impact of the business. We look for founders who are genuinely passionate about their industry, and the founder-market fit between Lisa and her customer’s needs is spot on. We’re excited to work together as Lisa builds out her vision and offering that serves a growing market for vintage and conscious fashion lovers.”
TPH.co is currently expanding the team and welcoming experts in operations & marketing. The funding will predominantly be used to establish TPH.co as the premier destination for vintage shopping online.