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Skims

In today's world, Skims plays a vital role in our lives. Whether on a personal, professional or social level, Skims has a significant impact on the way we think, act and relate to others. In this article, we will explore the importance of Skims and how it has evolved over time. Furthermore, we will analyze its influence in different contexts and its relevance in today's society. Skims is a fascinating topic that deserves to be examined in depth to better understand its scope and impact on our daily lives.

Skims
FormerlyKimono Intimates
Company typePrivate
IndustryApparel
Founded10 September 2019
Founder
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Key people
Jens Grede (CEO)
ProductsShapewear
Websiteskims.com

Skims is an American shapewear and clothing brand co-founded by Kim Kardashian, Emma Grede and Jens Grede. Skims has a focus on body positivity and inclusivity across the brand and practice inclusive sizing. The company was valued at over $4 billion in July 2023.

History

The company was founded in June 2019 by American media personality, businesswoman Kim Kardashian and Swedish entrepreneur Jens Grede. Kardashian's then husband, Kanye West, was credited as being her "Ghost Creative Director" and for creating the company's unique logo. Prior to creation of this line, Kardashian was inspired by her own creative work of altering clothes, stating she " designing shapewear for 15 years".

Skims's initial launch resulted in more than US$2 million in profit and the company selling out of merchandise in 10 minutes. The company claims to have sold more than 3 million products in its first year in business.

In April 2021, the company was reported to be worth over US$1.6 billion. After further investments, the valuation of Skims was reported at US$3.2 billion in January 2022.

In March 2022, Skims made it to TIME's List of 100 Most Influential Companies of the year 2022.

In October 2023, Skims announced the company's first venture into menswear with a collection of underwear, t-shirts, socks, and tank tops designed for men.

Products

Skims is notable for its wide range of sizes that range from XXS to 5XL. Skims shape wear also comes in nine different shades to accommodate different skin tones. In addition to shape wear, Skims has released many different collections in lounge wear, lingerie and accessories including bras, underwear, bodysuits, dresses, shorts, sweatpants, tops, hoodies, sweaters and slides.

Initially sold directly to consumers via SKIMS.com, Skims products are now being sold on a variety of websites and in Nordstrom stores.

Collaborations

Skims has collaborated with many companies. In 2021, the company established a partnership with the United States Olympics team providing Team USA and Skims branded athleisure for its athletes. The athletes wore the clothing during the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, and at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In October 2021, the company collaborated with Italian fashion house Fendi, creating a capsule collection of FENDI x SKIMS branded shapewear, leather dresses, and swimsuits. The collaboration was inspired by a Fendi collection previously released in 1978 by Karl Lagerfeld. Bloomberg News reported that the collaboration generated an estimated US$3 million in sales within 10 minutes of its release.

In September 2023, the company and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a multiyear partnership in making Skims the official underwear partner of the NBA, the Women's National Basketball League (WNBA), and USA Basketball. As part of the partnership, Skims will also receive media exposure across several league platforms, including on-court virtual signage during NBA and WNBA broadcasts, as well as on the leagues' official social and digital platforms.The company and its products will also be highlighted at USA Basketball marquee events, including the USA Basketball Showcase, which features USA men's and women's national team exhibition games before major international competitions.

Controversies

The company was originally named Kimono Intimates by Kardashian and Jens Grede. The company's initial name was criticized by critics which argued that it disrespected Japanese culture and ignored the significance behind the country's traditional outfit. The mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, wrote to Kardashian asking her to reconsider the company name and trademark for Kimono. Later, Kardashian announced that she would change the company's name to Skims.

Marketing

The company frequently utilizes influencer marketing by having celebrities and social media influencers wear their clothes. Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian have been seen wearing Skims numerous times on social media and in Skims advertising campaigns. Other celebrities that have participated in Skims campaigns include Paris Hilton, Megan Fox, Kate Moss, Precious Lee, Candice Swanepoel, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosalía, Paris Jackson, Becky G, Brooke Shields, Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert, Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Handler, SZA, PinkPantheress, Lana Del Rey, Ice Spice, and Sabrina Carpenter.

Financials

Skims's initial launch resulted in more than US$2 million in profit and the company selling out of merchandise in 10 minutes. The company claims to have sold more than 3 million products in its first year in business.

In April 2021, the company was reported to be worth over US$1.6 billion. In January 2022, Skims was reported over to be worth US$3.2 billion. After further investments, the valuation increased to US$4 billion in July 2023.

Awards

In 2021, founder Kim Kardashian was given a "Brand Innovator" award for her work on Skims by Wall Street Journal Magazine's Innovator Awards.

In November 2022, Skims received the inaugural "Innovation Award" presented by Amazon Fashion at the 2022 CFDA Fashion Awards. Cofounders Kim Kardashian, Emma Grede, and Jens Grede accepted the award at Casa Cipriani in Manhattan, New York.

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