Barcelona, an emerging fashion and apparel brand for men has raised INR 5 crores equity-free capital from GetVantage, India’s leading non-dilutive funding marketplace and growth platform.
Based in Ahmedabad, Barcelona is a premium men’s apparel brand that caters to all kinds of clothes ranging from shirts, t-shirts, jeans, trousers, shorts, and other fashion accessories. Founded in 2015 by Jaimin Gupta, it is one of the largest and fastest-growing apparel brands in the country and is leading the D2C space in apparel. Barcelona has over 130 Exclusive Brand Outlets (EBOs) in 70+ cities in the country and also operates a B2B app to create a single Brand to Retailer channel, where the stock is sold wholesale to Apparel retailers. They have over 7000 garment retailers registered on the app and are aiming to onboard 1 lakh retailers in FY 24.
The funds raised from GetVantage will be used to open around 50 outlets across the country in the new financial year, and in stepping up its marketing efforts. Barcelona has also roped in Sonu Sood as its brand ambassador to create a brand recall in towns beyond the metros.
Jaimin Gupta, Managing Director, Barcelona said, “Our vision is to build India’s largest retail network of multibrand outlets through our men’s Fashion brand BARCELONA and we are quite close to attaining that target. Businesses like us are capital intensive and we are constantly looking for equity-free and collateral-free working capital. Fortunately, revenue-based finance in India is gaining popularity and helping SMEs like us grow exponentially. We have seen a massive spurt in our business after raising funds from GetVantage. We got funds in just a few days without any hassle. Such alternate finance helps us to focus on our business instead of chasing funds.”
Barcelona, which has filed for an IPO, has been growing at a CAGR of 7.6% and has closed FY 23 with a topline of Rs. 175 crores. The company is betting big on the burgeoning demand for men’s fashion in India coming especially from the Tier 2 and 3 markets on the back of increased awareness about fashion on various social media platforms.
Karun Arya, Chief Growth Officer, GetVantage shares “Menswear is having a bit of a renaissance movement in India as the male consumer becomes more discerning in their taste for fashion. This evolving consumer behaviour is helping new-age brands grow the overall market significantly. At GetVantage, we are excited to help businesses like Barcelona capitalize on this whopping $20 billion-dollar apparel opportunity. We’re thrilled to support founders like Jaimin who can spot trends not just in fashion but in funding too on their way to a successful IPO!”
Founded in 2019 by Bhavik Vasa and Amit Srivastava, GetVantage has amassed a sizable portfolio of over 500 new-age businesses, especially in D2C while diversifying into more sectors such as B2B SaaS, eCommerce, EV, and Cleantech this year. Mumbai-based GetVantage, which announced its investments in cleantech a few months back and its partnership with angel investment platform IPV is focused on scaling its funding marketplace 20x in 2023. It is bullish on its investments in the D2C space, given over 40% of its portfolio consists of D2C brands. GetVantage, which also has its own NBFC license under a separate entity also works with marquee NBFCs and Family Offices to facilitate growth capital investments for the D2C and new-economy brands that are looking to scale up.
GetVantage is India’s leading equity-free funding marketplace & growth platform providing fast, fair, flexible non-dilutive capital to SMEs. Launched in 2020 by seasoned fintech entrepreneur Bhavik Vasa and Tech & Ops veteran Amit Srivastava and headquartered in Mumbai, GetVantage makes data-driven investments from INR 20 lacs to INR 20 crore to supercharge growth for businesses. The platform provides various non-dilutive working capital solutions for marketing, inventory, logistics, and other recurring CapEx to businesses across sectors including B2B SaaS, eCommerce, D2C, ed-tech, cloud kitchens, and many more. The company which has registered over 9,000+ signups on its platform has a broad investment portfolio of over 500+ of the most exciting new-age businesses in India.
In early 2021, GetVantage launched www.foundersforfounders.org, an initiative to give back to the growing community of founders and entrepreneurs. The company announced a US$36m strategic growth round led by Varanium Nexgen Fintech Fund, DMI Sparkle Fund, and returning investors Chiratae Ventures and Dream Incubator Japan. Other new investors who participated in this round include Sony Innovation Fund, and InCred Capital. For more information, please visit: www.GetVantage.co or @GetVantage_Co
Barcelona is India’s largest and fastest-growing branded apparel brand in the retail sector for men’s wear. Barcelona has introduced premium international labels, enabling Indian consumers to buy the most prestigious global fashion wear and accessories within the country. An initiative of Stitched Textiles Private Limited, the brand personifies style, attitude, luxury, and comfort. Barcelona has a monthly manufacturing capacity of 1.2 Million fabrics for suiting and shirting and 2.2 Lac garments manufacturing capacity in Men’s wear. Barcelona develops an exclusive range of fabrics and garments for its store which are designed and crafted by highly experienced and skilled people.