Boating is fun, but it can leave you wet and cold. Pretty Rugged’s waterproof, windproof, and stylish blankets are made to protect you from harsh weather conditions wherever your ship takes you. Pretty Rugged was founded by Tracy Slocum who appeared on Shark Tank and got a deal with Lori and Robert. As of 2023, Pretty Rugged is worth $800,000.
About the Founder
Tracy Slocum hails from Latham, New York and comes from a family of sailors. Her great-great-grandfather is Captain Joshua Slocum, he was the first person to single-handedly sail around the world!
Because of the family’s genes, she always loved boating as a hobby. Despite her love of the sea, she studied psychology at Le Moyne College. After graduating in 1996, she wanted to start her own business.
Tract is a serial entrepreneur and already has two successful businesses. Her first startup, J. Slocum, produces clothing lines and she also owns an award-winning specialty food store in Albany.
Founding Pretty Rugged
Despite having a busy lifestyle, Tracy always made time to go to Lake George and drive boats. However, she didn’t like that she always went home wet and cold. To tackle this problem, she tried making a blanket that was both practical and fashionable.
She noticed that her great-great-grandfather used a fur blanket to wrap himself up during his long travels. Tracy consulted with fashion experts and came up with luxe faux fur blankets that were resistant to water and wind. And unlike many fur apparels, they are washable.
Pretty Rugged officially launched in 2017. Not long after that, the company got recognition from NY NOW and famous television host Oprah Winfrey. After five years in business, she has sold over 30,000 units.
Getting on Shark Tank
Tracy has been a long-time fan of Shark Tank. Initially, she applied to appear on season 13 of the show but didn’t get a callback. Still, this didn’t discourage her from trying again in the future.
With the new season nearing, a Shark Tank producer convinced her to apply again and this time around she got accepted! The savvy entrepreneur pitched her business on episode five of season 14 with Emma Grede as the guest Shark replacing Barbara.
After Shark Tank
The 48-year-old expressed that pitching her business to the Sharks was one of the most challenging moments of her life. Nevertheless, appearing on national television in front of 4 million live viewers will drive a lot of attention to her brand.
You can only purchase her product on two platforms: Amazon and their website, PrettyRuggedShop.com. But after Shark Tank, these distribution channels may expand. Her products are expensive, so she may struggle to convince Shark Tank fans to open their wallets. Some of the faux fur blankets alone retail for $290!
Many of their blankets have 5-star reviews on their website. Apart from blankets, they also sell luxury coats, vests, and bags. Their product line is expected to grow along with the company’s value in the coming years. Currently, Pretty Rugged is valued at $800,000.