A subscription box company selling “ugly” fruits and vegetables hired its first in-house counsel from online glasses retailer Warby Parker as food delivery surges due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jill Savage joined Misfits Market as general counsel June 1 after more than three years on Warby Parker’s legal team.
Misfits Market, according to its website, specializes in “rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away” due to factors like size variations and blemishes, that in reality don’t have bearing on the produce’s quality. The Pennsauken, N.J.- based company was founded in 2018, and now delivers its produce boxes to all zip codes in over 25 states.
Social distancing measures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic have led new customers to turn to food delivery services like Misfits Market in order to get grocery delivery without having to leave home.
“It’s really exciting and invigorating to join a company that’s growing this quickly, and rewarding to know that we’re providing a crucial service,” Savage said.
Savage said she must learn “what’s going on under the hood” as Misfit’s first legal hire, and get an understanding of the company’s legal risks and liabilities. This includes ensuring the company complies with regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
Her experience as a commercial, senior, and managing counsel at Warby Parker equipped her well to serve as counsel in another “highly regulated” industry, Savage said. Prior to joining the eyeglasses retailer, Savage was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and at Hand Baldachin & Associates.
Once Savage finds her footing in the food industry, she will consider expanding Misfit’s legal team to support the company’s growth. In the past three months, customer growth has increased 400 percent, Savage said.
Savage left New York-based Warby Parker because she thought it was “about time” in her career to take on a general counsel role. Warby Parker is searching for someone to fill a senior counsel position, according to the company.
Savage was “picky” in choosing her next gig, and landed on Misfits Market because “reducing food waste and increasing access to healthy food are both issues that have been really important to me,” she said.
She said she wanted to work for a younger company, where she’ll have the opportunity to build its legal and regulatory functions from the ground up.