Rent the Runway, a US fashion company is to create 150 jobs in Galway with the opening of its first international technology hub in the city.

The New York-headquartered company, formally established an Irish subsidiary in January, and the company now says it intends to hire 150 engineers and developers over the next three years to coincide with the establishment of what will be its first operation outside of the United States.

The company’s chief technology officer Josh Builder speaking to today’s Irish Times, says that employees in Galway will be working “hand-in-hand” with the company’s US-based R&D teams to tackle core technology challenges that are critical to Rent the Runway’s operations.

The Galway team will be undertaking in-house software development unique to the company as well as offering support for its mobile and desktop platform.

Rent the Runway is seeking to disrupt the $2.4 trillion dollar global fashion industry by enabling women to rent, rather than buy, designer outfits for events such as weddings.

It carries designer apparel and accessories for rent from over 600 designers which are made available via a subscription service. Members pay $89 (€79) a month for a maximum of four items while an unlimited option is available for $159 (€141).

The service will not, however, be available to customers in Ireland.

The company’s Galway office will be temporarily located at the Portershed hub from next month on, with a more permanent home opening later this year at the newly-renovated Piscatorial School building, overlooking the Claddagh in the city centre.

 

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