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Bombfell on the top 6 fashion subscription services to try this month from CNN

Bombfell on the top 6 fashion subscription services to try this month from CNN

Bombfell featured on the CNN underscore top 6 fashion subscription services to try this month. Building your dream wardrobe has never been easier, thanks to today's popular subscription services. From clothing to shoes to accessories, there seems to be a service for just about anything that your wardrobe may lack. 

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Manly Subscription Boxes Dad Will Enjoy Month After Month

These are the gifts that keep on giving—literally

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Shopping for Father’s Day can be tough. In addition to actually finding him something he’ll like, you have to spend time at the store, spend time in line, spend time schlepping all of the stuff back…you get the point.

For the, ahem, lazier sons out there, subscription box services can make your gift-buying experience a breeze. These companies curate the boxes for you, and then send them to any desired location—in this case, your father’s front door step. And if you like, you can send dad the gift that keeps giving. Many of these boxes have monthly delivery options, so you can make sure he gets a new microbrew or grill kit every month.

Whether dad wants to stay fit as a fiddle (check out this guide for more fitness gift ideas) or enjoys the feeling of a fresh shave, these ten subscription boxes will have him covered.

BOMBFELL

Does your dad need some help in the style department? If yes, Bombfell is here to help (and so is our style gift guide). The service has three simple steps: One, have your dad take the style quiz (yes, a quiz) to find out his fit and fashion tastes. Two, he has seven days to try on the clothes picked by one of Bombfell’s stylists. And three, he only pays for the clothes he likes—the rest are shipped back.

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The 8 Best Subscription Boxes for Guys

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Buy a man a shirt, as they say, and he’ll have something to wear for a day. Buy him a subscription box service, and he’ll have an entire wardrobe.

If you think that's plain genius, well, there are plenty of options now for gift givers. Since the launch of Trunk Club in 2009, box services, in which a box full of clothing or product arrives on a regular basis, the range of services and models has expanded rapidly. Today, it' s possible to dress like all you do is shop, when in fact all you really do is sign for UPS shipments. We subscribed to a whole pallet of boxes, testing which ones were the best. Just in time for Father’s Day, here are our picks:

Bombfell

What is it? Like Trunk Club, the five-year-old Bombfell places a heavy emphasis on personal styling. The U/X is extremely simple, if a little bro-tastic. Unlike Trunk Club, boxes arrive monthly.

Who's it for? The guy who wants more of the same, but just a little better.

What’s inside? A rather standard range of brands but well-curated and natural-fitting. Ben Sherman shorts, just in time for spring, a ribbed French Connection sweatshirt, plus a Penguin blazer and Life/After/Denim chinos.

Do you have to keep everything? Users have a 10-day try-on period then must return what they no longer wish to keep.

Cost? There is no membership fee but items, on average, run around $70. Mine ranged from $75 up to $199 for the blazer.

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Bombfell Gives Men a Personal Stylist to Help Find New Clothes

 

Shopping for clothes online is already a crap shoot when you can’t be sure about your sizes, but nailing a style on clothes you can’t try on is even worse. Bombfell solves both these problems with a personal stylist and mail-order clothes.

Like most online clothing stores, Bombfell will ask some initial questions about your size, body type, and fit to determine the best suggestions for your wardrobe. Unlike most online stores, however, Bombfell then has an actual human person make some final choices about which items to suggest for you.

Once Bombfell picks out a few items of clothing, you’ll have a chance to review those items. Then, if you like them, you’ll receive a box in the mail with everything your stylist picked out. You then have ten days to try out the items to see if you like them. If you don’t, simply pack them back up in the box and send them back. You don’t pay a dime for anything you don’t keep.

Bombfell seems to aim mostly towards the more expensive end of clothing. Even choosing the cheapest ranges for clothes, I was suggested a $90 hoodie, a $100 dress shirt, and a $150 blazer, which aren’t necessarily bad for the items themselves, but they’re not exactly friendly towards anyone pinching the purse strings.

Regardless, having a human involved in the selection process can help give you better ideas for what to wear than an algorithm will. And since there’s no charge if you don’t like (or can’t afford) any of the clothes that are sent to you, the only thing you stand to lose is a bit of your time. There’s still the obvious downfall that Bombfell only caters to men, but hopefully like Cladwell before it, Bombfell will release a version for women soon.

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Volition Capital has rounded up $250 million for its third fund

 

Volition Capital, a Boston-based growth equity firm, just closed its third fund with $250 million in capital commitments. It’s a sizable step up from the firm’s previous fund, which closed with $170 million in 2013.

You can understand why its investors might be enthusiastic about the six-year-old firm, which says it just added a dozen new backers to its roster. It focuses on software, enterprise and consumer internet applications, tech-enabled services, and mobile companies that are already seeing annual revenue of between $5 million and $25 million, and annual revenue growth of between 25 percent and 100 percent. Those happen to be companies that financial buyers in particular like right now.

We talked with Larry Cheng, one of the firm’s four managing partners, to learn a bit more.

TC: Volition was formed when all of Fidelity Ventures, save two partners, decided to leave the fold and form an independent firm. What have been your biggest exits since doing that?

LC:  Our biggest exits have been iPipeline’s sale to Thoma Bravo, and PingID, sold to Vista Equity Partners.

[Ed: iPipeline is an insurance software firm that was founded in 1995; it sold to Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm, in August of last year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. PingID, a firm that was founded in 2002 and manages employees’ digital identities, was acquired by the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners in June. Again, terms weren’t disclosed, though The Information has reported that the price was $600 million. PingID was founded in 2002.]

TC: What are some of your newest consumer and enterprise bets?

LC:  We’ve backed the pet specialty retailer Chewy.com and the online personalized men’s clothing retailer Bombfell in the consumer e-commerce space. In the SaaS world, some of our newest investments are [customer intelligence startup] Pramata, [customer communications management software company] Prinova, and Assent Compliance [ a company whose software helps organizations with their compliance strategies].

TC: Is there anything that interests Volition now that it wasn’t focused on several years ago in terms of sector?

LC: We’ve done more e-commerce investing over the last few years than we did several years ago.

TC: Do you have any concerns about this still-sluggish IPO market or do you expect most of your exits to come through acquisitions anyway?

LC: Most exits come through M&A.  Financial buyers are as aggressive if not more aggressive than strategic buyers, though I’m not sure if that is sustainable.

TC: Why is that? I think a lot of people are still confused about why these private equity firms are suddenly snatching up so many software companies.

LC: Boy, that’s a longer conversation.  Access to debt is critical to some of these financial transactions.  Whereas strategic buyers can gain value through “synergized” operations, financial buyers can gain value through the impact of debt and leverage on the transaction, so that’s impacting things.

Additionally, a lot of these financial buyers like to acquire software companies because they are strongly recurring, and if your goal changes from revenue growth to driving EBITDA, there’s usually a lot of inefficiency that they can take out of the business.

TC: You said you’re not sure if this trend is sustainable. What do you see happening?

LC: What will end it?  I don’t know, but it’s a good trend for those of us who are investing at the smaller end of the market because they’ve become a great exit path for us.

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