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Ohana & Co. exclusive financial advisor of Bandier on its $34.4 millions growth equity raise

March 2019

Bandier, the leading luxury activewear retailer, has raised a $34.4 million growth equity round, led by Eurazeo Brands. Ohana & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Bandier.
Bandier was founded in 2014 by namesake Jennifer Bandier, a former music executive turned retail entrepreneur. Jennifer founded the multi-label retailer with a mission to fill the white space of easily accessible and stylish activewear product. The first Bandier store opened in Southampton, NY with an experiential retail model. Today, the company has seven retail stores in key U.S. markets and a strong e-commerce business which accounts for approximately half of the company’s revenue. Bandier also operates Studio B, a boutique fitness location, and has a loyal following of nearly 300,000 fitness enthusiasts.

“Our vision for Bandier is to be the premiere multi-channel platform for an active woman who loves fashion, fitness and wellness” said Jennifer Bandier, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer. Neil Boyarsky, Co-Founder and Chairman went on to say, “Eurazeo Brands’ retail expertise and global approach make them the perfect partner for our next phase of growth.”

The round was led by Eurazeo, a leading global investment company with approximately €17 billion in assets under management. Eurazeo Brands, the division of Eurazeo which focuses on differentiated consumer and retail brands with global growth potential, is investing $25 million in Bandier, in partnership with company founders Jennifer Bandier and Neil Boyarsky, and venture capital firm C Ventures, led by Adrian Cheng and Clive Ng.

The total capital raised is $34.4 million. Bandier was advised by Ohana & Co. on this investment.

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With six stores and a burgeoning e-commerce business that accounts for half of total sales, Bandier has influenced the ath-leisure category since opening its first store in the Hamptons in the summer of 2014. From the start, husband-and-wife founders Jennifer Bandier and Neil Boyarsky offered stylish activewear from an assortment of global brands. To build a loyal customer following, the retailer hosts talks, special events and on-site fitness classes. Accessories, footwear and limited-run products are also part of the company’s assortment.

Headed by cultural entrepreneur and K11 founder Adrian Cheng, C Ventures is a new venture capital fund that focuses on connecting emerging fashion, media and creative businesses for the next generation. With an expanding portfolio, C Ventures strives to map out a cultural ecosystem to meet the fast-changing needs of global millennials and Gen Z. C Ventures also benefits immensely from Cheng’s expansive scope of businesses in China and Asia, which include world’s largest jewellery chain Chow Tai Fook, cultural enterprise New World Group, world’s first museum-retail concept K11, international hospitality group Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, luxury fashion distributor Luxba and leading Chinese media group Modern Media. C Ventures was founded in 2017 and is currently managed by Cheng and his business partner Clive Ng.

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