Eight Plus Holdings

Integrating
media & ecommerce

August 13, 2019

Paddle8 Kicks-Off the Fall Season with New High-Profile
Auctions

The Program of Celebrity-Driven Sales Demonstrates Growth in New Sales
Categories and Showcases Robust Buy-Now Storefront Feature
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July 31, 2019

Eight Plus Holdings LLC Exits Investment in Fundao Young
Fashion Lda

Eight Plus Holdings LLC Has Sold Its 70% Ownership Interest in Fundao Young
Fashion Lda, the Fashion Manufacturing Business in Portugal.
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About

Eight Plus Holdings LLC is an integrated media & ecommerce firm that makes actively managed investments into companies that help influencers, cultural institutions and corporate brands to commercialize their intellectual property. Through the use of modern technology, specifically digital likeness, production of high profile events, and exploitation of various e-commerce channels, we aim to market and commercialize various goods and experiences to the carefully cultivated audience worldwide.
We also make passive value investments into those strategically relevant and well established small-cap listed companies that fit the above mentioned investment focus and can see significant upward re-pricing of their share price once embracing digital transformation, refocus on Millennial and Gen-Z audiences and/or internationalization of their business.
Eight Plus Holdings LLC is backed by a Paris-based investment firm StockAccess Holdings SAS, an active investor in the global luxury & entertainment industry both directly and through Olma Fund.

Team

Alexander Gilkes

Alexander Gilkes co-founded Paddle8 in 2010 to change the way that a new generation of collectors accessed art and rarities, and served as President until the end of 2018...
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Brian McConville

Brian McConville brings 25 years of experience providing effective fiscal and operations management leadership to new and expanding businesses...
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Aleksandr Rubin

Aleksandr Rubin brings 20 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, investment management and consulting covering...
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Portfolio Companies

Private Companies (actively managed through board participation):
The ecommerce company specialized on managing online auctions and ecommerce storefronts for influencers and cultural institutions
The content production and content marketing firm that supports well established brands with their business development strategies aimed at younger client demographics and new geographies
We operate from three locations, with our investment committee based in Paris (France), business development and ecommerce management office in New York (USA), and content production and digital marketing capabilities located in Warsaw (Poland).
12 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin
75009, Paris, FRANCE
13 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, 5th floor
00-071 Warsaw, POLAND
Norfolk 107
10002 New York, NY, USA

Contact

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July 31, 2019

Eight Plus Holdings LLC Exits Investment in Fundao Young Fashion Lda

Eight Plus Holdings LLC has sold its 70% ownership interest in Fundao Young Fashion Lda, the fashion manufacturing business in Portugal, to a local industrial group for an undisclosed cash amount, with an objective to keep its focus on ecommerce, marketplaces and other investments of global scaling potential.
“We are pleased with the terms of the exit and the fact that the new local owners of Fundao Young Fashion Lda will benefit from a generous financial backing of the European Union and State of Portugal, the financing facilities that had been put in place for Fundao Young Fashion Lda and remain undrawn and fully available for the drawdown at the time of the sale”, commented Julia Wasowska, Director for Controls & Operations (EMEA) for Eight Plus Holdings LLC.
August 13, 2019

Paddle8 Kicks-Off the Fall Season with New High-Profile Auctions

The Program of Celebrity-Driven Sales Demonstrates Growth in New Sales Categories and Showcases Robust Buy-Now Storefront Feature
P8H Inc (Paddle8), the global leader in cultural e-commerce, has launched a series of high-profile celebrity partnerships, including online auctions, sweepstakes and buy-now storefronts, demonstrating a marked expansion in sales categories and new revenue streams outside Paddle8’s historical art-focused offerings. Ed Sheeran x Heinz online sweepstakes showcases Paddle8’s best-in-class online content that will feature a new sweepstakes model and Toni Garrn Foundation’s Supermodel Flea Market features Paddle8’s full scope including a timed-online auction as well as a buy-now dedicated storefront.
Ed Sheeran x Heinz
A partnership between pop-star Ed Sheeran and Heinz Ketchup was born out of mutual love: Ed has the iconic brand’s label tattooed on his arm, Heinz took note and enlisted Ed to produce a series of limited-edition bottles featuring Ed’s iconic tattoo sleeve. 104 of these bottles will be available to fans worldwide via Paddle8 by entering to win with the option to donate to one of two charities: Ed’s selected charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Heinz’s selected charity; Rise Against Hunger. The unique sweepstakes pairs Paddle8’s key strengths: bringing to market rare and collectible items with proceeds benefitting vital causes.
Toni Garrn Foundation’s Supermodel Flea Market
Paddle8 is thrilled to partner with model and activist Toni Garrn for her foundation’s 4th annual Supermodel Flea Market. This year’s Supermodel Flea Market offers a series of online and offline activations including a timed online auction, a dedicated buy-now storefront and an in-person pop-up in New York City timed to New York Fashion Week. The series of sales offers rare fashion, accessories and collectibles donated from the personal collections of top industry names such as models, stylists, designers, including Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Amber Valletta, Christiane Arp and Hugo Boss among others. Proceeds will benefit Toni Garrn Foundation and its mission to empower women and girls in African countries including Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ghana and Burundi through establishing on-the-ground education, health care and childcare.
“These new auctions further establish Paddle8 as an industry leader in cultural e-commerce and an innovator in servicing Gen Z collectors,” states Izabela Depczyk, the founder of The Native Media who designed and executed the turnaround plan for Paddle8 following The Native’s strategic investment in Paddle8 in December 2017. “The new strategy for expanding collecting categories beyond art was adopted by Paddle8 under my vision for the kind of marketplace the GenZ and millennial consumer are looking for. Furthermore, since early 2018 with this pivot we’ve grown our customer base and improved economics of our business through both traditional auction formats and increasingly popular continuous online storefronts offerings built and operated on Paddle8 platform for our institutional, brand and celebrity partners.”
Paddle8 was founded in 2011 as an online auction house. Since early 2018, following a strategic partnership with the Native SA, Paddle8 has expanded collecting categories into fashion and rare collectibles, launched the first ever blockchain-based authentication service for a worldwide art marketplace, and launched a new buy-now content rich digital storefront feature.
ABOUT PADDLE8
Paddle8 is a trademark of P8H Inc, the global leader in cultural e-commerce backed by 8+ Holdings LLC and The Native SA among other investors. Powered by best-in-class technology and user experience, Paddle8 makes collecting and selling art and rare collectibles online an easy, secure, efficient and enjoyable experience. Paddle8 features specialist-curated auctions, non-profit auctions, private and buy-now sales in the categories of Contemporary Art, Prints and Multiples, Photographs, Street Art, Artist Collaborations and Collectibles. Paddle8 is especially proud to partner with more than 350 nonprofit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions to a global community of 500,000+ collectors, helping each organization expand its fundraising results through Paddle8’s online auctions and online storefront ecommerce formats. For more information please visit Paddle8.com.

Alexander Gilkes

Alexander Gilkes co-founded Paddle8 in 2010 with Aditya Julka and Osman Khan, to change the way that a new generation of collectors accessed art and rarities, and served as President until the end of 2018. He started his career at LVMH, where he was one of the youngest executives in the company's history and helped reshape the Krug brand and business into one of the LVMH's fastest growing companies from 2003 - 2008. He then joined the art world in 2008 as head of marketing and business development at Phillips de Pury. There he was trained as an auctioneer and became the company's Chief Auctioneer, setting new records and hammering down works including a $38MM Warhol and $56MM Rothko. As a charity auctioneer, he has helped raise over $100M for many notable individuals ands causes, including Elton John, Madonna, Sting, amfAR and UNICEF. Today he is a strategic advisor to Pace, a board member at the New York Academy of Arts, and an active investor in the CPG sector. He is also a co-founder of Squared Circles.

Brian McConville

Brian McConville brings 25 years of experience providing effective fiscal and operations management leadership to new and expanding businesses. After 10 years on Wall Street, and CFO positions in the technology sector, including telecom, Brian joined Artnet Worldwide Corp, leaving as Executive Vice President after 10 years. In 2013 he joined Collectrium LLC, the leading cloud-based collection management platform as President, Management Board Member, and equity holder and participated in its successful sale to Christies in 2015. Since then Brian served on the Supervisory Board of Directors of Artnews SA as Vice Chairman until its acquisition/merger with BMP, and a member of the Advisory Board of Vastari, based in London. Currently he is the CEO and founding Partner of Art2Score, a technology and Artificial Intelligence company focused on fine art pricing.

Aleksandr Rubin

Aleksandr Rubin brings 20 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, investment management and consulting covering a broad range of industries including consumer, technology, telecom & media. Aleksandr is a Managing Director of Fort Lawton Capital a boutique private equity firm focused on the business services and financial services sectors. Aleksandr also is a Business Partner at Glenwood Capital, a merchant banking firm specializing in the corporate finance requirements of closely-held, middle market companies. Aleksandr serves on the several boards of directors and advisers including: Heuro Health, InvestGlass and Maison d'Etto.