In 1987, husband and wife Tom and Ruth Chapman, 54 and 55, started this business as a single boutique in Wimbledon. It now sells more than 450 brands of luxury men’s and women’s fashion online and in five London stores and a private shopping townhouse. Led by chief executive Ulric Jerome, 39, turnover grew 61% to £203.7m, helped by international expansion across Asia, America and Europe, and the success of a website that draws 3m unique visitors every month. In August, private equity firm Apax Partners acquired a majority stake, valuing the group at £800m.
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