Singapore's Love, Bonito brand owner to open first US store in 2023, eyes IPO

Lovebonito Holdings has 16 stores spread across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Hong Kong. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore’s Lovebonito Holdings, owner of the Love, Bonito female fashion brand and backed by investors including Chinese buyout firm Primavera Capital Group, is targeting opening its first physical store in the United States in 2023, its top executive said.

“The US is really one of the big bet markets for us that we want to double down on,” Ms Dione Song, chief executive of Lovebonito Holdings, told Reuters on the sidelines of an event on Tuesday.

“There is a huge Asian diaspora market, Asian expats, Asian population there – they really want the right products that can really fit them well, that really speak to them,” she said, adding that the firm had set up a team for its US strategy.

Founded in 2010, Lovebonito Holdings has 16 stores spread across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Hong Kong.

The company counts Primavera Capital, an early investor in billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group, as one of its investors. The Chinese private equity firm led a US$50 million (S$71.3 million) funding round in Lovebonito Holdings in October 2021.

Among the other investors are Singapore-based Openspace Ventures, Japanese comparison-shopping site Kakaku.com, Shanghai-headquartered venture capital firm Ondine Capital and Japanese fashion chain store Adastria.

Other Singapore brands that operate in the female fashion-wear market include The Editor’s Market, which was set up in 2010.

Ms Song, 33, said Lovebonito Holdings’ plans for an initial public offering were “definitely in the midterm horizon”, but she declined to give specifics.

“We are moving towards that direction,” she said.

Reuters could not immediately obtain a valuation for the company, or its financials.

This week, Lovebonito Holdings announced the acquisition of butter, a women-led activewear brand, and a small investment in Moom Health, a Singapore healthcare start-up. It did not provide any deal value. REUTERS

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