Mercato leads $30 mln Series D financing in Stance


Mercato Partners led a $30 million Series D financing in Stance, a premium apparel company. Other participants included returning investors August Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Menlo Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Sherpa Capital.

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Mercato Partners, a trusted growth capital partner for rapidly scaling companies, recently led a $30M Series D financing in Stance, a premium lifestyle apparel company that seeks to uncover the uncommon side of creativity. Mercato is joined in the Series D financing by returning investors including August Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Menlo Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Sherpa Capital, among others.

Since its inception, Stance has strived to deliver innovative products to men and women across a variety of lifestyle and performance categories. Through its inimitable brand DNA, the company has ignited a movement of art and self-expression that has drawn athletes, performers, and iconic cultural influencers into a cohesive group known as “Punks and Poets.” This financing and bolstered partnership will enable the company to continue its rapid growth and expansion into strategic, direct-to-consumer initiatives.

“We have had the pleasure of working with the Stance team since the company’s inception, and we could not be more excited to deepen our relationship with such a talented group of brand builders through their next evolution of growth,” said Greg Warnock, Mercato Partners managing director and Stance board member. “A massive market and growth opportunity lies in front of the company as they continue to aggressively attack new products, categories, and sales channels.”

“We are excited for the road ahead and our bolstered relationship with Mercato,” added Jeff Kearl, CEO of Stance. “Mercato has supported our team since day one and brings a wealth of strategic insight through its prior experiences with leading consumer brands and functional expertise around sales channel optimization. Building a premium brand is a deliberate effort that takes time. Our team feels like we are in early innings, but this financing will enable us to more quickly activate our plans for rapid expansion to reach new customers and to better serve our existing, loyal customer base.”

About Mercato Partners
Mercato Partners is an active growth investor in technology, branded consumer, and digital media companies and is one of the top-performing funds in the nation. Mercato seeks equity investments in high growth, market-leading businesses and has a distinct competency in helping companies accelerate sales, develop new channels, and expand to new markets. For more information about Mercato Partners and its portfolio of companies, visit www.mercatopartners.com.

About Stance
Stance is dedicated to the spirit of individuality, with a design philosophy that believes in expression that creates an emotional visual connection and function that provides comfort and performance. Building outstanding products with the best fit and performance characteristics from the highest quality materials is Stance’s unspoken priority. The outward-facing personality of the brand is driven by the creative and artistic stories that go into every product they make. For more information about Stance, visit www.stance.com.

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