I can’t tell you how proud I am of Mr. Mary Going and his incredible crew of “Saints” for this amazing accomplishment. A lot of hard work has been put into this visionary company to get it where it is today. This opportunity will take this vision and style innovation for woman and trans who love masculine fashion to a whole new level.
Here’s the announcement:
Saint Harridan has been accepted into Batch 14 of 500 Startups, the Silicon Valley seed fund & accelerator founded by alums of PayPal & Google.
When we applied to the program, we explained that masculine women and transmen have been largely dismissed by mainstream clothiers. They must think we’re on to something. Over 1,000 companies from around the world apply to each cohort, and only 30-35 are accepted, making 500 Startups statistically more difficult to get into than Harvard.
As you know, our team spent 2014 creating “Pop-Up Shops.” We traveled to 15 US cities, and have personally measured, chatted with, and listened to the stories of around 2,000 of you. You keep telling us you love our suits for special occasions, but what you really need is a pair of pants and a shirt to wear in your regular life. (”I need a pair of pants with pockets that aren’t skin tight or curvy!” -Cal Light, a regular at our shop in Oakland, California.)
Based on these conversations with you, we are ready to add everyday wear to our line.
That’s where 500 Startups comes in. 500 Startups is a four-month accelerator program that offers hot startups a leg-up in rapid growth. We started with 500 Startups on July 14 and will be working at their incubator space in San Francisco for the next four months. (Our Oakland Flagship store is still open on Fridays and Saturdays.)
Long story short:
Expect us to be announcing a lot of new, interesting, cool things over the next few months.
Thanks for rooting for us as we root for you!
Saint Harridan Team
PS: If you want to bump along with us on our journey, you can follow Mary on twitter @mgogoing.