How ThirdLove Is DominatingThe brand now services an estimated 87 percent of women. Whether this is through using technologies such as automation and AI to design and manufacture products themselves or to help target and deliver those products to the right customers in the most convenient way possible, technology is now the driving force behind all successful growth strategies in one way or another.
The tense rivalry between the companies escalated when ThirdLove ran a full-page ad in The New York Times in November 2018, presented as An Open Letter to Victoria's Secret,” that called out L Brands CMO Ed Razek for demeaning” comments he made about plus-size and transgender models in an interview with Vogue.
Having the ability to get sized right at home is awesome but now that I have been wearing my ThirdLove bras for a few weeks I can tell you first hand it worked like a charm and I have also now learned that I have been buying the wrong size bra for years, lol.
But in 2013, Heidi Zak along with her husband David Spector (both ex-Google execs) set out on a mission to revolutionize that experience - using technology to improve the product in terms of fit and comfort, as well as how bras are delivered to the customer and how customer loyalty is maintained.
A key part of their strategy is to provide Instagram-able” experiences to lure shoppers into the new locations, including photo ops with Geoffrey the Giraffe, birthday parties and other events, Tru Kids Brands CEO Richard Barry said in a phone interview.
When they arrived, they were surprised to find Zak's husband and co-CEO, David Spector, highly involved in their day-to-day work, with a management style described as condescending” and bullying.” This about-face was compounded by company norms — don't negotiate your salary, don't leave before 6 pm, don't work from home, don't skip a happy hour — that felt out of sync with the brand's external image.
Heidi Zak, founder and CEO of ThirdLove (bras designed for the modern woman”), sure thought so. Knowing that bra shopping is such a difficult and frustrating experience for so many, Zak sought out to solve a problem” with the company, which is best known for innovative features like an online Fit Finder Quiz (no awkward dressing room required!), half-cup sizes, memory foam cups that re-form after wash cycles, a wide range of skin-tone bras meant for every complexion, a try-before-you-buy model, and more.
With the concept store, ThirdLove is seeking to replicate its digital experience by making shopping for a bra more convenient and more educational so women have the knowledge and support they need to know how a bra should properly fit, the company said.
After taking the measurements of millions of women, the company introduced the industry's first half-cup sizing and developed an algorithm using the data collected to match each woman with the right size for them. In the better quality bras, this fit will be consistent enough that you can order a bra in a new style and chances are high it will fit.
The search to finding a well-fitting bra can be a sport in itself, and often times, ends with many women resigning themselves to a lifetime of discomfort by purchasing the wrong size or fit. ThirdLove and Spector declined to comment on this accusation but through their legal representation did emphasize that it is Zak and not Spector who is truly running the company.