Etsy is well known and a major player in the handmade and vintage arena with a marketplace that offers curated collections and suggestions.
Etsy to acquire Brazilian marketplace Elo7
Etsy have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Elo7, a privately held marketplace for unique, handmade items, ranked as a top 10 ecommerce site in Brazil.
Etsy were likely lured by Elo7’s success in being a leader of ‘custom and made-to-order’ products in Brazil, something that lines up nicely with Etsy’s niche marketplace for handmade goods. The Elo7 marketplace connects approximately 1.9 million active buyers with approximately 56,000 active sellers and currently has approximately 8 million items for sale, the majority of which are made to order. The marketplace includes items from over 40 retail categories, with more than 50% of gross merchandise sales from “special event and life moment” categories such as wedding, baby, home decor, and children’s parties.
“Elo7 is the ‘Etsy of Brazil,’ with a purpose and business model similar to our own. Following our recent agreement to purchase Depop, we’re excited to bring another unique marketplace into the Etsy family. This transaction will establish a foothold for us in Latin America, an underpenetrated ecommerce region where Etsy currently does not have a meaningful customer base. We look forward to welcoming Elo7’s talented leadership team and employees to the Etsy family.”
– Josh Silverman, CEO, Etsy
Following the close of the acquisition of Elo7 and the recently announced transaction with Depop, Etsy, Inc. will operate four highly differentiated, non-commoditized and loved ecommerce brands: Etsy, Reverb, Depop and Elo7. These businesses all share similar levers of growth to unlock value, including improving search and discovery, building human connections, and making selling and buying easier. The marketplaces will operate independently, while benefiting from shared expertise in product, marketing, technology, and customer support.