What began as an unorthodox line that debuted on the Los Angeles denim scene, is now a globally-known brand that has expanded its reach into athleisure and always kept its focus on streetwear. True Religion emerged from bankruptcy in October 2017 and is on its second interim CEO since November 2018, but it’s working to regain its hold on the culture of streetwear.
Current interim CEO Farla Efros told Ladders that the company is spending a lot of time “in-market” so that they can be leading on the design front. Read on to learn more about this design-led brand and how it just redefined its mission, vision, and values.
True Religion rundown
Size: Approximately 1,350 employees
Industry: Apparel & Fashion
Locations: The company’s headquarters is located in Manhattan Beach, California. There are also offices and showrooms in New York and the United Kingdom. True Religion stores can be found across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Founders: Jeff Lubell and Kym Gold
CEO: Farla Efros
Vision: To be the ultimate premium fashion and contemporary lifestyle brand with denim at the core.
Mission: “Building upon our strong heritage, our products resonate with our customers,” Efros said. “With the use of innovative fabrics and finishes, we continue to evolve from our premium denim roots.”
How much do True Religion employees make?
The average salary for a True Religion employee is $120,000 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.
True Religion is currently hiring for a variety of open positions, including a Senior Manager of Performance & Growth Marketing and a Senior Software Developer to join the team in the Manhattan Beach office. The New York, New York office is looking for an International Associate Account Executive and a Senior Account Executive in Wholesale. Find a full list of open roles on Ladders’ True Religion Jobs page.
“We have an incredibly cohesive leadership team and we very much foster open and honest communication,” Efros said. “Since we make and design product on site, for people who are passionate about the True Religion Brand and want to be part of creating it, this is the place for them.”
Advice on getting hired from CEO Farla Efros
The company looks for candidates who are fearless and focused, but also open and adaptable. According to Efros, the brand offers a collaborative culture that works together across departments in order to continually innovate.
The company puts a focus on values-based hiring, so making sure your values align with those of the company’s is very important.
“Our culture is what drives our engagement which is why our hiring practices revolve around our values and finding that cultural fit,” Efros said.
Technical skills are important, but adaptability is also key.
“The retail industry has gone through a significant transformation over the last several years and continues to evolve, and we have to do the same,” Efros said. “We seek out those that seize opportunities and have the determination to develop and grow.”
In their interviews, candidates should express their internal drive and show they can really roll up their sleeves to get the job done.
“If you want to work in a place that is in love with the brand, if you want to learn, stretch and be part of something incredible, then this is the place for you,” Efros said. “We work hard and play hard but we are all aligned with where we want to go.”
Company culture and values
Efros has worked with the team to redefine the company’s mission, values, and vision.
“To ensure we stay true to our values, our culture is marked by Drive, Passion, and Respect,” Efros told Ladders. “We work hard and are dedicated to our mission…it’s why we come in every day and what gets us up in the morning. And we make sure that we treat each other with consideration and kindness so that everyone feels safe and appreciated in our workplace.”
True Religion funding
True Religion was bought by TowerBrook Capital Partners for $824 million on July 30, 2013.
Employee perks and benefits
Maternity & paternity leave
Vacation & paid time off
True Religion employee reviews 2019
Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “wouldn’t recommend this company” to five-star reviews stating that the company has a “great environment.”