A black run ski slope in the French resort of Val d’Isère, called La Face, inspired the name of this clothing retailer, launched in 1988 by Jules Leaver and Tim Slade to fund their skiing activities. Based in Hampshire and with more than 240 shops, it is led by chief executive Liz Evans, 48, who joined the business in March. The firm has continued to expand in America, opening 18 stores since 2015.
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