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Modern Media For Women

Leading global media company focused on young women.


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Justin Stefano


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Philippe von Borries

Founder & Co-CEO

  • Location
    New York, NY
  • Since
  • Status
    Realized (Vice Media)
  • Stage

Refinery29 was formed by two high school friends, Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano in 2005 with the goal of connecting people with their favorite independent designers, stores and restaurants in up-and- coming neighborhoods around New York and Los Angeles. Following an investment by a well-known clothing designer, Refinery29 developed a cult-like following of style enthusiasts and trendsetters across the country. Today, Refinery29 is one of the leading fashion and style destinations in the world with over 25 million highly-engaged visitors each month.

Refinery29 is a leading online destination for millennial women, with a diversified portfolio of content that reaches an audience of 253 million globally.

Dan Marriott met Philippe and Justin a few years back and came away deeply impressed with the brand they were building and their vision for the future. As they got to know each other better, the idea of partnering to build a next generation media brand seemed like a natural and exciting step in the right direction. Stripes invested in late 2013 and is thrilled to partner with such talented entrepreneurs.

The information noted above is representative as of the time noted/September 2019 and has not been updated.