Zelig – a new fashion technology company – recently announced it has secured $15 million in Series A funding to support the launch of its AI-powered virtual try-on and styling technology (VTO-S). And international financial services firm Hilco Global led the funding round, and they were joined by global luxury investor Bezikian Zareh, bringing the company to a $100 million valuation.
Launched by MadaLuxe Group co-founders Sandy Sholl and Adam Freede (who have privately funded Zelig’s development for three years), Zelig will use the capital to deepen its personalization capabilities and build additional features.
Zelig’s patented technology was the first to offer a hyper-personalized online shopping experience that recreates the in-store fitting room experience. And the company’s B2B2C technology platform combines AI, machine learning, and computer vision to show shoppers high-quality images of how clothes, footwear, and accessories would look on their body type. Through an interactive interface, shoppers can instantly swap out items and change their looks. Plus, users can also save their complete looks and share them with friends.
Upon launching, shoppers can choose one of Zelig’s models from a range of photos of people with diverse body types, skin tones, and hair colors. And Zelig users will soon be able to upload a photo and virtually try on and style outfits and individual items using their own image.
The company’s technology will give retailers and brands access to valuable shopper journey data and provide them with a next-level understanding of how customers combine garments, shoes, bags, sunglasses, and other accessories to create complete looks.
Zelig’s advisory board consists of executives with deep expertise in technology innovation and luxury — including Michelle Lee, former VP of Artificial Intelligence at AWS and Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and Kirk Posmantur, Co-Founder of 25 Madison and Chairman & CEO of Axcess Worldwide.
“The technology provides a high-quality, virtual try-on experience that allows online consumers to create different looks and see themselves in those outfits as they shop across an e-commerce site. This first-of-its-kind solution gives consumers more confidence in their selections and the ability to make more qualified purchase decisions, which will significantly increase AOV and reduce returns. Zelig also provides brands with valuable data insights they can use to automate personalized marketing that drives customer retention and loyalty.”
— Sandy Sholl, CEO of Zelig
“Sandy Sholl and Adam Freede are innovators in the luxury fashion business with whom I’ve had success with on previous investments, and Hilco Global is proud to be partnering with them again. While many tech companies are building solutions for an industry they don’t know well, Zelig was founded by fashion experts with firsthand knowledge of how to solve the retail industry’s biggest challenges. I’m thrilled to be bringing one of the most promising retail technology solutions I’ve seen to market.”
— Jeffrey B. Hecktman, CEO of Hilco Global