Husband-and-wife team Tom and Ruth Chapman, 55 and 57, launched their business with a single boutique in Wimbledon, southwest London, in 1987. The retailer now sells more than 450 luxury fashion brands online and in six physical locations. Its website delivers to 176 countries, with America its biggest market. Exports hit £227.8m in the year to January 2018. Private equity firm Apax Partners bought a majority stake in 2017, valuing the group — now led by chief executive Ulric Jerome, 40 — at a reported £800m.
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