Online fashion coordination service, iQon, which recently fundraised 300 million yen (or about $3.2 million), has announced a partnership with a global online fashion mall Yoox.com. Yoox was founded way back in 2000 in Italy, and has now expanded to over 67 countries including Japan.
On iQon, users create their favorite looks using photos of accessories and dresses available on the website. In order to provide users with the items they’re looking for to complete their looks, iQon has teamed up with companies such as online fashion mall Zozotown to expand their items database. The company has partnered with over 40 ecommerce companies in total.
I exchanged emails with Yuki Kanayama, the CEO of Vasily, the company behind iQon. He shared some interesting information about the service:
Many of the looks are created on weekdays and weekends after 9pm. This is probably the time when the users are relaxed and maybe flipping through their favorite magazines — when they have the iQon app on their hands to create looks. On weekends, there are over 2,000 looks created per day.
Only 20% of iQon’s users have experience buying online. Many of the users encounter fashion items they like online, and then go buy them at retail stores. In a way, this is a good indication that iQon’s users are mainstream users, not the tech savvy users we typically see using the latest tech services. iQon is considering adding offline store information where certain items can be bought to enhance the user experience. What began as a fashion coordination service has now grown into a community, where some popular users have gained over a few thousand followers.
iQon’s users are currently almost all Japanese, however, with the partnership with Yoox, users can enjoy popular fashion items from around the world. This may be a footstep towards expansion to other countries. But Kanayama explains that at this point, the startup is still focused on growing the service within Japan.
As for future developments, he explained that community features will be important.
Since we have over 1,000 looks created each day, we want to allow users to create their own magazine-like page using these looks. The core value of iQon is that it helps you to discover new fashions. We want to help users find their favorite items in different ways.