An affiliate of New Water Capital has acquired The Worth Collection, a direct-to-consumer women’s fashion apparel company, from private equity firm L Catterton.
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Worth Collection was founded 25 years ago by Caroline Davis, Richard Kaplan and Jay Rosenberg. Rosenberg remains an active member of the management team and will continue to serve as chief merchant.
Headquartered in New York, Worth Collection designs, supplies and distributes luxury and contemporary women’s apparel through an omni-channel approach via its stylist network, by-appointment showrooms, online and retail outlets.
“Our partnership with New Water will provide Worth with the strategic, operational and industry expertise to enable us to further expand our network of over 1,000 stylists and to continue to provide our customers with the latest fashion, quality and selection in luxury and contemporary apparel,” says Dave DeFeo, CEO of Worth Collection. “This acquisition comes at a time when the retail industry is embracing dynamic change through buy-now-wear-now and direct-to-consumer business models. We appreciate L Catterton’s partnership and counsel over the years, and believe Worth is now poised to grow further through new investments in digital marketing and technology, while remaining true to our core strengths built over our 25-year history.”
“We are impressed with the strength and stability of the Worth Collection brands and by the fierce loyalty exhibited by its extensive customer base. We are excited to partner with Dave, Jay and the entire Worth team, and look forward to assisting the company to achieve its strategic initiatives,” says John Disa, partner at New Water Capital.
Rothschild acted as sole financial adviser for The Worth Collection.