Which Fashion Companies Have the Coolest Perks? One Editor Investigates

Fashion often gets a bad rap for propigating cutthroat, overwhelming environments, but that’s as much a myth as the one that claims the industry is endlessly glamorous. It’s not all scary and intense—in fact, there’s a lot of fun to be had in the fashion world! And the emergence of startup culture, with its preference for innovation and taking the road less travelled, has only contributed to fashion’s playful side.

Fashion companies today—startups or not—simply must add some fun into the mix if they want to compete. Prospective employees have grown more discerning about their career choices as their options have grown considerably more appealing. To find out which fashion companies were truly taking notes and bringing to life the “work hard, play hard" ethos I dug around and found the below businesses to have the coolest perks around.

Scroll down to find out which companies would be a blast to work for!

WHO: An e-commerce company known mostly for Gilt.com which provides members with exclusive access to private sales of their favourite brands, such as Missoni or Levi's, at up to 70% off retail. 

WHAT:

- Unlimited vacation

- Speaker series with industry leaders

- In-office game room

- Seasonal food + events, including but not limited to: spiked hot chocolate bars, sangria bars, cider and doughnuts, a "Make Your Own Bouqet" event, and a guacamole bar for Cinco de Mayo.

- In-office massages and weekly visits from the nail service Manicube (for a fee)

- A food service called Fooda that delivers to the office from a new gourmet vendor daily

- Damage sales where lightly damaged items are sold for very cheap

- Substantial employee discounts and a shopping allowance

WHO: The app that Vogue claimed would "change the way you shop forever," with 700+ brands that you can purchase from with one easy tap. Collections curated by top influencers and editors include brands ranging from Marc Jacobs to American Apparel.

WHAT: 

- Unlimited vacation

- Free food: a fully stocked kitchen, catered hot breakfast 3x/week, catered lunch 2x/week

- Bonding events: cooking classes, karaoke, retreats, happy hours, trivia night, kickball tournaments, game nights, movie nights, etc. every 3 weeks for entire company; individual departments have events once every week

- Dog-friendly office

- Frequent "swag" from the brands they carry

WHO: The recently revamped fashion vertical under the Yahoo news umbrella which boasts fashion favourite Joe Zee as it's Editor-in-Chief. That, paired with exclusive celeb content, has made it one to watch.

WHAT:

- On-site fitness centres with yoga, cardio kick-boxing, pilates, and golf classes

- All offices equipped with ergonomic support chairs and the healthiest snack options

- Discounts abound at numerous ski resorts and theme parks

- An annual Oktoberfest party

- Company transport to and from work/residence

- A cafeteria that's open 24/7

- Day care center and work-sponsored baby showers

WHO: A design-focused e-commerce platform, Fab.com is known for it's quirky selection of clothing and homegoods. Their mission? "To bring personality to every corner of your life."

WHAT:

- Employee discount and sample sales

- Corporate gym and spa discounts

- A full in-office bar and monthly happy hours

 - Team charity walks

- Weekly team yoga and/or boot camp classes

- Daily, free hot lunch from popular NYC spots like The Meatball Shop and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

- Kitchens stocked with breakfast food, salad and sandwich fixings, and a variety of snacks, along with a soft-serve ice cream machine

- Dessert parties every Friday in celebration of any recent birthdays

- Regular office theme parties and karaoke

WHO: A hip American brand of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses that significantly lowers their costs by designing in-house and selling directly to consumers.

WHAT:

- 4 free glasses per year, with discounts for family and friends

- A welcome package complete with the founder's favourite pretzels and a gift certificate to a Thai restaurant, because that's the type of food the founders lived off of when they were starting out

- A health and wellness stipend

- Citi Bike membership

- Free lunch 3x/week from NYC hotspots like Parm, The Meatball Shop and Cafe Habana

- Weekly team meetings catered by Murray's Bagels and Stumptown Coffee

- Frequent in-office happy hours with beer (on tap), wine, prosecco and gluten-free beverages

- A weekly "lunch roulette" in which two different teams are selected to go out to eat on the company's tab

- Office-wide bonding activities, such as a wine-tasting class, ice skating and DJ training

WHO: An e-commerce platform specializing in vintage, vintage-inspired and indie clothing, accessories and decor. They debut new items daily and maintain a popular blog called The Written Wardrobe.

WHAT: 

- Unlimited vacation

- Employee discounts and a flexible spending account

- A welcome package with branded pens, notepads, water bottle, mug, mousepad and tote

- Relaxation rooms and in-office yoga

- Dog-friendly office

- A daily "recess" period

- Constant activities including ping pong tournaments, potlucks, and scavenger hunts

- A gamers' club, runners' club and book club

- An in-office library

- Clothing exchange racks where employees can swap pieces from their respective closets

 

WHO: service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals that The New York Times has referred to as "a Netflix model for haute couture."

WHAT:

- Unlimited vacation

- Free dress rentals

- Free bagels every Friday

- Culture club sponsored activities: ski trip, beach day, scavenger hunts, monthly in-office beer cart

- Monthly lottery lunches for people on different teams to get to know each other

- Free fitness classes

WHO: A monthly service that delivers high-end beauty, grooming and lifestyle samples (customised according to your preferences) straight to your door.

WHAT: 

- Free Birchbox subscription, with a 20% employee discount and $200 a year to spend at their store

- A gym/workout reimbursement, and frequent in-office workouts

- A kitchen stocked with snacks and endless coffee

- A welcome gift in the form of a Birchbox hoodie, and customised Birchbox sneakers after your first year at the company

- Regular mixers with other startups like Tumblr, Venmo and Lot18

- Ability to test out each and every product on the site for free

WHO: An e-commerce platform that brings curated products from the best boutiques all over the world together in one place.

WHAT:

- A kitchen stocked with snacks, coffee and free Red Bull

- A book club paired with free lunch at NYC restaurants like Delicatessen and Soho Park, reading optional

- Monthly team dinners at popular places like Cafe Habana or Public

 

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Which of these perks did you find most surprising? Let us know in the comments!