{alt missing} Getty

Arun Gupta

Co-Founder & Chief Executive, Grailed

What is the BoF 500?

The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, hand-selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on hundreds of nominations received from current BoF 500 members, extensive data analysis and research.


Arun Gupta is the founder and chief executive of Grailed, a peer-to-peer e-commerce platform which in 2018 closed an investment round of $15 million, led by Index Ventures.

The site developed a rapid following among collectors and other men's fashion obsessives looking to score high-end second-hand menswear and streetwear from brands such as Raf Simons , Supreme, Number (N)ine and Helmut Lang. In 2018, the most expensive item sold was an 18-year-old Raf Simons bomber jacket which went for $47,000.

A Yale University graduate, Gupta coded the Grailed website himself after realising there was no used clothing sites that catered specifically to men. Officially launched in early 2014, the peer-to-peer service is highly curated — the team evaluates every item posted on the site. Items are categorised as “Grailed” (upscale, rare finds), “Hype” (new releases and streetwear) and “Basics” (mass-market and vintage).

By February 2019, Grailed had 3.7 million users, with its ease of use and navigation becoming a point of differentiation from niche sites like Reddit or StyleForum.

In late 2016, the company announced Grailed 100, a collation of the 100 most sought-after menswear pieces on sale on the site. The site also offers “white glove services,” helping influential people track down certain rare pieces of menswear. Clients include rappers A$AP Rocky and Kanye West .

Grailed has also launched a sister-site for women, Heroine, which launched in September 2017.


Yale University

Yale University

Share This Profile

Vital Statistics


United States

United States

Similar Profiles

Matthew Schneier

Features Writer, New York Magazine

Sally Singer

Creative Director, Digital, Vogue.com

Maureen Chiquet

Former Chief Executive, Chanel

Valerie Steele

Director & Chief Curator, Museum at the Fashion Insititute of Technology