Brian Spaly was CEO of Trunk Club, a personal shopping service that connects shoppers with stylists and sends a cardboard “trunk” of options to their homes. In 2014, department store chain Nordstrom bought the company for $350 million.
In 2011, Nordstrom invested in another Spaly-led venture — Bonobos, an e-commerce company specializing in tailor-made men’s pants.
Trunk Club was launched in 2009 in Bend, Ore., as an online operation that linked customers and stylists via Skype. That same year, Spaly moved the company to Chicago and opened a physical site. Shoppers outside of the Chicago area can still talk to stylists via phone and Internet. There are now Trunk Club locations in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Spaly founded Bonobos while getting his MBA from Stanford University. He also has a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University.
In January 2017, Nordstrom announced that Spaly would be stepping down from his position as CEO.
“I am a big believer that timing is everything — with my first child on the way, a determined and seasoned leadership team in place and a business primed to scale, the time has come for me to move on from Trunk Club,” Spaly said in an email.