Fashion app The Hunt launches in the UK

The Hunt, a US-based social media fashion website and mobile app, has
launched in the UK. The San Francisco-based tech platform, whose backers
include actor Ashton Kutcher and model Tyra Banks, allows users to post a
picture of an item they see on the street or on social media along with
their size and budget, and the community will help them to track it down.

The site, developed by tech entrepreneurs Tim Weingarten and Simon Peck,
rolled out in America last November, and has already accumulated three
million registered users who have started over five million hunts, with
most users enjoy following each other’s hunts, resulting in more than 50
million ‘follows’ of hunts since launch.

“Try typing ‘little black dress’ in Google and you get 331 million
results. Try finding the perfect one – conservative or edgy or silky or
flowing – and you’ll see how time-consuming this task can be,” said Tim
Weingarten, CEO and co-founder of The Hunt. “The Hunt is the first solution
to shoppers’ deep-rooted frustration in trying to find exactly what they’re
looking for, faster. If you have a photo of a dress you really like but
can’t find, chances are our community of like-minded shoppers will have a
suggestion for you, probably within a day. It’s like having a whole team of
personal shoppers and stylists at your fingertips, wherever you are, on the
go.” launches in UK and names Rosie Fortescue as its brand

The app and website send users to third party e-commerce sites to
complete the ‘hunt’, and has already recommended products from UK sites
such as Topshop, River Island and According to the fashion site
it has driven more than eight million visits to third party e-commerce
sites since launch, and the conversion rate from ‘hunts’ to sales is
between 1.5-1.75 percent, which they claims validates that users who use
the community “intent to shop”.

On average a user will visit two e-commerce sites per session,
including 30 percent of member visits and 16 percent of non-member visits
leading to a referral to a third party e-commerce site.

To help launch the fashion platform in the UK, The Hunt has named
reality TV star Rosie Fortescue as its brand ambassador. The free app is
currently only available for iPhones but it is expected to extend to
Android devices in the coming weeks.