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Type of site
Media and Entertainment
Available inEnglish
FoundedNovember 2005; 13 years ago (2005-11)
225 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Founder(s)Philippe von Borries, Justin Stefano, Piera Gelardi, Christene Barberich[2]
EmployeesOver 500 (as of October 2017)[3]
Alexa rankIncrease 1,246 (January 2016)[4]
LaunchedSummer 2005
Current statusActive

Refinery29 is an American digital media and entertainment company focused on young women.


Justin Stefano, Philippe von Borries, Piera Gelardi, and Christene Barberich co-founded Refinery29 in 2005 as a fashion focused city guide, emphasizing unique fashion discoveries that were local to New York City. The name of the website alludes to the website distilling information into its essence.[5] The company headquarters is located in the Financial District, Manhattan neighborhood of New York City.[6]

Refinery29 now has over 450 employees globally,[7] with offices in Los Angeles,[8]London,[9] and Berlin.[9] In 2015 the company launched a UK edition at and the following year in 2016, a German edition at In 2016, Refinery29 announced it had raised $45 million in funding led by Turner.[10]

In 2017, Adweek reported that Refinery29 now reaches an audience of over 500 million globally across platforms.[11]


Refinery29 produces editorial and video programming, live events, and social, shareable content delivered across major social media platforms, and covers a variety of categories including style, health, food, entertainment, careers, technology, news, politics, and more. In August 2018, Refinery29 made an official section for music journalism on their website.[12][13] Although this official section was created in 2018, music writing on Refinery29 was widespread before this date. As early as 2013, Refinery29 published "The Best Music Blogs That Aren't Pitchfork," featuring other online music publications like The Fader, Obscure Sound and Earmilk.[14]

Refinery29 has accounts on Snapchat as well as Instagram, where they upload various photos, videos and articles on a wide range of topics for young women.

Refinery29 was listed three consecutive years on Crain's "Fast 50",[15][16][17] has won seven Clio Awards,[18][19][20][21][22][23] and seven Webby Awards.[24][25][24][26][27][28]


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  2. ^ "How Two First-Time Founders Went From $28,000 Salaries To Owning A $100 Million Media Brand". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Refinery29 Aims to Help Brands Connect With Women IRL". Adweel. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "life's essentials include a budget". Archived from the original on 2010-06-05.
  6. ^ Michael Nunez (12 December 2011). "Refinery29: Boutique Fashion and Design for All". International Business Times.
  7. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (2017-03-01). "Refinery29 Charts New Course of Growth Amid Restructuring". WWD. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-06-29). "Refinery29 Hires MTV Vet Joanna Bomberg as Head of Talent (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved .
  9. ^ a b Crook, Jordan. "Refinery29 launches in Germany". TechCrunch. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Refinery29 raises $45M more led by Turner at a $500M valuation". TechCrunch. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Refinery29 Aims to Help Brands Connect With Women IRL". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Top Music 2016, Best Concert And Music Festival News". Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Wayback Machine". Retrieved .
  14. ^ "The Best Music Blogs That Aren't Pitchfork". Retrieved .
  15. ^ "No. 12 Refinery29 - 2014 Fast 50 | Crain's New York Business". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "With $50M funding round, Refinery29 could join the ranks of Buzzfeed and Vox". Archived from the original on 2017-03-30.
  17. ^ "Seven media and entertainment companies make Crain's Fast 50". Archived from the original on 2017-03-29.
  18. ^ "Refinery29 - 29Rooms". Clios. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Refinery29 - Refinery29's 2016 Stick Out! Calendar". Clios. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "Refinery29 - Daughter of Paradise". Clios. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Refinery29 x H&M - In Motion". Clios. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Refinery29 - Refinery29 This AM". Clios. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Refinery29 Short Cuts x Cancerland - Cancerland". Clios. Retrieved .
  24. ^ a b "Fashion & Beauty". Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Refinery29 | The Webby Awards". Retrieved .
  26. ^ "The Skinny | The Webby Awards". Retrieved .
  27. ^ "Refinery29 | The Webby Awards". Retrieved .
  28. ^ "Refinery29 Social Content & Marketing Submission | The Webby Awards". Retrieved .

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