Last updated
Refinery29 logo.svg
Type of site
Media and entertainment
Available inEnglish
FoundedNovember 2005;14 years ago (2005-11)
225 Broadway, New York, New York
U.S. [1]
Owner Vice Media
Founder(s) Philippe von Borries, Justin Stefano, Piera Gelardi, Christene Barberich [2]
EmployeesOver 500 (as of October 2017) [3]
Alexa rankIncrease2.svg 1,246 (January 2016) [4]
LaunchedSummer 2005
Current statusActive

Refinery29 (R29) is an American digital media and entertainment website focused on young women owned by Vice Media. It was founded in 2005 by Justin Stefano, Philippe von Borries, Piera Gelardi, and Christene Barberich.



Justin Stefano, Philippe von Borries, Piera Gelardi, and Christene Barberich co-founded Refinery29 in 2005 as a fashion focused city guide, emphasizing unique fashion discoveries that were local to New York City. The name of the website alludes to the website distilling information into its essence. [5] The company headquarters is located in the Financial District, Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. [6]

Refinery29 has over 450 employees globally [3] and has offices in Los Angeles, [7] London, [8] and Berlin. [8] In 2015, the company launched a UK edition at and the following year in 2016, a German edition at In 2016, Refinery29 announced it had raised $45 million in funding led by Turner. [9] As of 2017, Refinery29 reaches an audience of over 500 million globally across platforms. [10]

On October 2, 2019, Vice Media (owned by Shane Smith (20%), The Walt Disney Company (16%), A&E Networks (20%), TPG Capital (44%), and recently by James Murdoch (minority stake)) announced that it would acquire Refinery29. The deal values the combined company at $4 billion. [11]


Refinery29 produces editorial and video programming, live events, and social, shareable content delivered across major social media platforms, and covers a variety of categories including style, health, food, entertainment, careers, technology, news, politics, and more. In August 2018, Refinery29 made an official section for music journalism on their website. [12] Although this official section was created in 2018, music writing on Refinery29 was widespread before this date. As early as 2013, Refinery29 published "The Best Music Blogs That Aren't Pitchfork," featuring other online music publications like The Fader , Obscure Sound and Earmilk . [13]

Refinery29 has become well known for the its series shows Try Living with Lucie and Lucie for Hire that are hosted by Lucie Fink.[ citation needed ] Refinery29 has accounts on Snapchat and Instagram, where they upload various photos, videos and articles on a range of topics for young women. One of the accounts is under the name "R29unbothered", which is made for and by Black millennial women. It covers every aspect from topics like hair and skin to work environment and relationships. It features different speakers in a series called "Go Off Sis", who share their experiences and views on a range of topics and controversial issues.

Refinery29 was listed three consecutive years on Crain's "Fast 50", [14] [15] [16] has won seven Clio Awards, [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] and seven Webby Awards. [23] [24] [23] [25] [26] [27]

The company produces an annual pop-up exhibition, 29Rooms, where visitors commonly take self-portraits for sharing on Instagram. [28] [29] 29Rooms was launched in 2015 on Refinery29's 10-Year Anniversary. [30]

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