A startup announced Studs wants to reinvent the ear-piercing experience for Generation Z. Today, purchasers only have two options to choose from when they want their ears perforated — the traditional” plaza piercing” event that uses perforating guns often exerted by novices, or professional thrust parlors whose wide range of services often is an indication that merely a limited selection of jewelry for ears is made available. Studs, instead, aims to combine brick-and-mortar storefronts for needle piercing with an online retail end where customers can shop for after-care parts, single earrings, accumulations, earscapes, and more.
The company has now opened its first retail store in New York’s Nolita neighborhood as well as its online shopping site, and plans to expand to more physical locatings by 2020.
The idea for Studs comes from entrepreneurs Anna Harman and Lisa Bubbers, both of “whos had” backgrounds with in-person service startups. Harman , now Ornaments CEO, was previously the Chief Customer Officer at Walmart’s personal patronize work Jetblack, as well as Head of Operation at in-home closet organizing startup Fitz. Bubbers , now CMO at Stud, was previously VP of Marketing at interior design startup Homepolish.
Harman speculates world markets for ear penetrate is split between the offline retailers who do the pierces themselves — either at mall stores or tattoo and impaling parlors — and the online retail side of the business, which draws it difficult to develop a relationship with customers.
” Earring retail is an entirely separate entity are always dominated by[ direct-to-consumer] brands exclusively leveraging Instagram ads to target and engage with customers. It’s more competitive than ever to captivate clients in the multi-billion dollar fashion jewelry industry ,” Harman shows.” Without an genuine offline service to build a meaningful client tie-in and captivate data for re-engagement, it’s almost impossible to survive in today’s retail climate as an online-only brand ,” she says.
Studs, on the other hand, aims to connect the experience of going impaled to the next intuitive gradation of obtaining earrings, Harman adds.
” We give consumers a simple way to navigate their pierce and jewelry options and are the firstly to combine a brick and mortar retail knowledge with an e-commerce platform, so purchasers can seamlessly continue the experience ,” she says.
Like professional tattoo and perforating parlors, Studs merely utilizes professionals who are trained to pierce with needles , not guns. The expense arrays from $35 for one puncture to $50 for two, on any part of the ear. Piercing jewelry is $30 to $180 per earring, while Studs’ fad jewelry is $14 – $175 per earring.
After getting pierced at Studs, customers are then directed to the website for after-care information and resources, as well as a shoppable end for buying new commodities. In addition, the area is open to anyone — not just those who already got impaled at Studs’s shop.
In addition to traditional earring options, the websites find “earscapes,” who the hell is personalized combinations of pierces where you mix-and-match different jewelry to create unique gazes, often across a larger number of faults going up the ear. Studs also collaborates on collects with indie decorators like Susan Alexandria, Yumono, and Man Repeller. At propel, it’s offering an exclusive collect from Anna Sheffield, the founder and decorator at NYC jewelry brand, Bing Bang.
Though not limited to anyone of any gender, Studs was designed with the goal of better catering to Gen Z girls who are getting perforated for the first time or perhaps including additional piercings further up the ear. Ornaments says its “sweet spot” is anyone ages 14 to 25. However, parents can bring in a child as young as 8 to get pierced.
In other statements, it’s a step up from a storage like Claire’s, where mothers are often turned off by the use of thrusting artilleries held by non-professionals. Instead, it offers the safe, more hygienic, and more precise needles that many of today’s first-time-piercers prefer.
The NYC area store is meant to test out this concept, but if all goes well, future locatings may involve in-mall shops, kiosks, or even mobile units.
To date, the startup has raised$ 3 million in funding led by First Round Capital, with participation from Lerer Hippaeu and other angel investors. The company plans to use the funds for its retail places, enhancing its e-commerce site, and expanding its team.
The Studs Studio, located at 12 Prince St. in NYC, opened alongside the Studs website on November 19.