This online retailer of menswear brands such as Comme des Garçons, Barbour and Stone Island started life as a shop in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005. After 12 months, its co-founders, university friends John Parker, 36, and Christiaan Ashworth, 35, saw the potential of the internet and set up an online store. In 2014, the private equity firm Index Ventures bought a minority stake for an undisclosed sum. It opened a Glasgow store in 2016, helping last year’s profits grow to £16.2m, and plans to launch a flagship London store in Soho this year.
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