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Vestiaire Collective bolsters executive leadership team to “accelerate expansion”

Tom Bottomley
09 February 2023

Luxury Paris-based resale platform Vestiaire Collective has appointed Samina Virk as CEO of North America, and Marie-Christin Oebel as Global Chief Marketing Officer, to help to accelerate the company’s growth – particularly in the US market.

Virk, pictured right, is a leader in the fashion e-commerce industry, with a strong background in building brands at the intersection of fashion and technology - most notably at eBay and Target. More recently, she was CMO and President for the US market at Threads Styling.

In 2015, Virk initially launched Vestiaire Collective in the US market, establishing the brand and leading the company to its first growth milestones.

Oebel, pictured left, will be joining the company’s Paris HQ, having spent the last 15 years in marketing and strategy roles at Zalando, L'Oréal, McKinsey and most recently, at French unicorn Doctolib as Marketing and Strategy Director.

Fanny Moizant, President and Co-founder of Vestiaire Collective, said: “We are very excited to welcome Samina and Marie-Christin to Vestiaire Collective. They will be leading our global efforts in strengthening our visibility and brand development, especially in the US market. Through their previous experiences, they perfectly embody Vestiaire Collective's values of women empowerment, dedication and greatness.”

Samina Virk commented: “The fashion industry has reached a turning point. It’s an exciting time to join Vestiaire Collective, leading the movement to a circular fashion economy. With an increasing global presence, we will now accelerate the company’s expansion and further build the brand and business in North America.”

Oebel said: “I’m thrilled to join Vestiaire Collective to support the company's expansion and global visibility. In this new role, I will have the opportunity to amplify Vestiaire Collective’s mission through growth and performance marketing, campaign management, social media, PR and influence.”

In December 2022, Vestiaire Collective secured a £64.4 million (€75 million) credit facility from Crédit Agricole CIB, Societe Generale, HSBC, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs.

Prior to that, in September 2022, the company raised £152.8 million (€178 million) in new investment.

The business also recently announced a ban on the resale of fast fashion on its global platform as part of its mission to “fight fashion waste”.

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