Husband-and-wife team Tom and Ruth Chapman, 55 and 56 respectively, began with a single boutique in Wimbledon, southwest London, in 1987. They now sell more than 450 luxury fashion brands online and in three London stores. Last year, private equity firm Apax Partners bought a majority stake, valuing the group — led by chief executive Ulric Jerome, 40 — at a reported £800m. In July, the company launched a new homeware range, including crockery by Gucci and blankets by Calvin Klein.
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