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Torrid Enters Resale, Marking ThredUp’s First Plus-Size Partnership

Torrid is bringing its fashion to the secondhand market.

The direct-to-consumer women’s apparel, intimates and accessories seller says it is the first plus-size brand to leverage ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) platform and deploy its Clean Out program. Torrid will offer a broad assortment that includes tops, bottoms, denim, dresses, intimates, activewear, footwear and accessories.

Torrid customers based in the U.S. can generate a prepaid shipping label from, fill any shippable box with apparel, shoes and accessories from any brand, and ship it to ThredUp for free. Only 50 percent of items in the average kit qualify to be listed, says ThredUp, which claims to responsibly recycles the rest.

Sellers will receive a Torrid shopping credit for items sold, which can be used to purchase any items in-store or online. For a limited time, sellers can earn an extra 15 percent in Torrid shopping credit.

“We’re pleased to offer our customers an exciting and convenient opportunity to earn value by extending the lifetime of their clothes,” Torrid CEO Lisa Harper in a statement. “Working with ThredUp is a natural step in our mission to become a more impactful brand, as we leverage its RaaS platform to contribute to a more sustainable future for fashion.”

ThredUp’s RaaS enables brands to plug into its proprietary operating platform and deliver scalable, secondhand shopping experiences to its customers.

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Torrid is the latest to launch resale programs powered by ThredUp’s RaaS, with brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Hot Topic and Francesca’s also recently partnering with the firm to further their circular economy efforts. In total, ThredUp says it remains on track to serve 40 brands through the RaaS platform by the end of 2022.

“As the first plus-sized brand to leverage our RaaS platform, Torrid is a leader in its industry and making secondhand available to even more customers,” said James Reinhart, ThredUp CEO, in a statement. “Torrid’s resale program offers a tailored and unique experience that provides consumers with a responsible way to give their preloved clothing a second or even third life.”

ThredUp expects the secondhand market to more than double by 2026 to surpass $82 billion, or three times faster than the overall apparel market.

ThredUp president Anthony Marino told Sourcing Journal in May that the number of fashion firms that have dipped into secondhand soared by 275 percent from 2020, further illustrating the sector’s monumental growth.

Another report from BCG and Vestiaire Collective said that secondhand clothing could account for 27 percent of a typical resale shopper’s closet by next year, up about 2 percent from current numbers.

Additionally, Torrid gets a chance to enter the sustainability conversation that has been driven by elevated consumer demand for more eco-friendly fabrics and production methods.

This conversation has only become more relevant as inventory levels soared across apparel in 2022, creating many concerns about where or how the excess product was offloaded. Luckily for Torrid, the plus-size brand had a relatively modest inventory jump in its most recent quarter, at 17.2 percent year-over-year growth.

Both companies are also seeking to accelerate their slowing sales growth. In September, Torrid launched its Studio by Torrid collection, a new line designed of professional work options aiming for comfort and fashion. With 60 pieces in the collection, this marks the retailer’s largest launch to date.

Aligning with more returns to the workplace, Studio by Torrid offers a swath of suits, dresses, tops, blazers, pants and skirts, as well as clothing like vegan cashmere sweaters, wide leg trousers and monochromatic pant suits.

For ThredUp, the consignment company is trying to expand beyond its retail partnerships, recently teaming up with sustainable home building supplier The Azek Company on a joint recycling initiative transitioning plastic waste into outdoor living products. ThredUp also launched its first ever upcycled holiday collection with sustainable fashion designer Zero Waste Daniel, with the line made entirely of secondhand clothing that wasn’t fit for resale.

The company is currently seeking ways to keep costs down, having cut 15 percent of corporate staff in August and revealing last month that returns had a $3 million impact on revenue in the third quarter. The impact is expected to be the same in the fourth quarter.

The secondhand platform is also restricting the number of clean out bags it accepts and sends to suppliers in accordance with demand.