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Husband and wife team Tom and Ruth Chapman, 56 and 57, launched their business with a single London boutique in 1987. The retailer now sells more than 450 luxury fashion brands from three shops and its website, which delivers to 176 countries. The private equity firm Apax Partners bought a majority stake in 2017, valuing the group at a reported £800m, and sales grew 27% in 2019 to reach £371.8m. It is launching local versions of its website for international customers, including, this year, in France, South Korea and Japan. Chief executive Ulric Jerome, 41, left in August

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Company details
ActivityLuxury fashion retailer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*371.8
Operating profit £m*‡2.5
Main shareholders

Apax Partners (>50%), management (<50%)


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* supplied by company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda