In 2001, young, passionate, luxury real estate dealer Michael Bruno visited the historic Paris Marché aux Puces and found items of such beauty and authenticity, he was moved to purchase several for his own collection. But, like stumbling upon a great new restaurant or overhearing a juicy secret, Bruno couldn't keep this discovery to himself. He created the website as a vehicle for sharing his find with the world. In just over a decade, 1stdibs has grown quickly to become the premier online luxury marketplace. It's a testament to the quality of items and services made available and the enduring reputation of the dealers featured on our site.
Our Story 2001
Oui, Paris!
1stdibs launches in Paris. By the end of the year, 1stdibs posts 100 new items per week.
Our Story 2003
We Call New York Home
1stdibs moves to NYC and features dealers from the Hamptons and New York City.
Our Story 2004
Westward Expansion
1stdibs continues to grow its leading dealers and expands to Los Angeles, New Orleans and Chicago.
Our Story 2006
Introspective Magazine
1stdibs dives into the world of editorial with the launch of Introspective, our weekly online magazine featuring interviews with leading dealers, interior designers and style icons.
Our Story 2008
Beautiful Additions
1stdibs adds prestigious dealers from the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America (AADLA), establishing a new level of high-quality, vetted antiques, and debuts the category Estate & Fine Jewelry.
Our Story 2009
Setting a Higher Bar
1stdibs establishes the new categories Vintage Haute Couture, Designer Fashions and 21st Century Design & Editions.
Our Story 2010
Fine Art Debuts
1stdibs expands to include dealers based in Paris, and adds the new category Fine Art, with a roster of top New York City art galleries and shows.
Our Story 2011
Also Curating the World's Best Investors
The 1stdibs vision is further validated by two noteworthy events: an investment from Benchmark Capital — an early investor in eBay, Yelp, and Zillow — and the appointment of David Rosenblatt, the former CEO of DoubleClick and current board member of Twitter, as Chief Executive Officer.
Our Story 2012
European Shores
1stdibs strengthens its presence in Europe by acquiring, the UK's premier antiques portal, and establishing an office in the UK with a dedicated sales and dealer support team. The company also launches dealers in the Benelux region, Italy and Spain and secures investments from Spark Capital and Index Ventures.
Our Story 2013
New Look and New Markets
1stdibs rebuilds the website to make it faster and easier for collectors and designers to make online purchases and arrange for simple worldwide shipping. Additionally, the company expands globally to include wonderful dealers in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Austria and adds Alibaba Group as an investor.
Our Story Today
A Global Marketplace
1stdibs continues to innovate and grow by developing a singular marketplace experience with dedicated services for dealers, designers and collectors around the world.