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Tom Chapman


Chapman Family Office

London, UK

Tom Chapman
Ben Francis
Gymshark Ltd
John Grayken
Lone Star Funds


Tom Chapman OBE is an investor in early-stage companies and co-founder of MATCHESFASHION.COM.

He invests in committed founders to grow disruptive mission-driven businesses that leverage technology to deliver a better service to customers.

His work as an investor builds on his experience founding MATCHESFASHION.COM , operating at the forefront of the changing face of retail for more than 30 years. With his wife Ruth, they grew the company from a single store to a global luxury fashion brand with a reputation for nurturing talent and introducing designers, such as Versace and Prada, to the UK.

Under his leadership, MATCHESFASHION.COM invested heavily in technology, enabling the company to better understand the lives of its customers; provide a fast, convenient and highly personalised service; and connect with customers in new ways through rich content and storytelling.

MATCHESFASHION.COM was one of the first luxury brands to go online in 2007. From website launch, the company grew at up to 100 percent annually, raising £20 million in 2012 for a minority stake, before accelerating from a valuation of £76m to an acquisition price in excess of $1 billion five years later. It also pioneered blended retail, complementing digital with private-shopping concepts such as No. 23 and 5 Carlos Place.

Like MATCHESFASHION.COM , Tom's investments challenge the status quo and have strong brands that build deep, personal relationships with customers, and place special importance on social responsibility, inclusiveness and environmental impact.

Having been named as "trailblazers" by The New Times and "pioneers" by VOGUE, Tom & Ruth were awarded Draper's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Described as a "retail innovator", he was inducted into the Business of Fashion Hall of Fame in 2018.

Tom Chapman’s Newsfeed

Matchesfashion Founder Leads $5 Million Investment in CDLP

WWD, a fashion industry magazine, discusses the $5 Million Investment in CDLP led by Tom Chapman, the founder of Matchesfashion.

Founders of Matchesfashion named in New Year’s Honours list co-founders Tom and Ruth Chapman have been awarded OBEs in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for their services to the international fashion retail industry. Commenting on the honour, Tom and Ruth Chapman said: “We are delighted to accept these awards on behalf of the many extraordinary individuals we were lucky enough to work with while founding and leading Matchesfashion."

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Tom Chapman’s Background

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Chapman Family Office
Sep 2017 - Present
London, UK
Tom is an early-stage investor with an investment portfolio that spans multiple industries including technology, logistics, beauty, fashion, health, and medical cannabis.
Co-founder and Board Member
Jan 1987 - Present
London, UK
MATCHESFASHION.COM has grown from a single store in London to a global luxury fashion brand, with more than 95 percent of sales online and 85 percent internationally. It was one of the first luxury brands to go online in 2005 and one of the first to launch 90-minute delivery in 2016. In 2017, MATCHESFASHION.COM won Luxury Brand of the Year at the prestigious Walpole British Luxury Awards.

Other Business Interests

Nov 2019 - Present
Stockholm, SE
CDLP is a Swedish design company offering a line of luxury men's essentials. Founded in 2016, the brand has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, GQ, and Vogue.
Apr 2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
A personal male grooming subscription company. Hawthorne provides its customers with luxury, high-quality body care products personalised and tailored to their skin type, hair type, body chemistry, and scent preference.
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Current Board Positions

Investor and Board Member
Jun 2019 - Present
Cerebelly is a US-based baby food business which focuses on nutritional requirements around the developmental stages of growth from birth to the age of three.

Current Advisory Roles

Universal Standard
Investor and Adviser
May 2017 - Present
New York, US
Universal Standard aims to erase the sizing and style barrier separating women into what has historically been the-haves, and the-have-nots of fashion. By creating well-made, elevated essentials for all women, the brand is spearheading the apparel industry’s move toward inclusivity and diversity.

Awards & Endorsements

Draper's Lifetime Achievement Award
London, UK
The Draper's Lifetime Achievement Award recognises and celebrates fashion's finest. In 2017, Tom and Ruth Chapman won the award for all that they have done for the fashion industry.
Business of Fashion Hall of Fame
London, UK
The Business of Fashion Hall of Fame is the professional index that determines the individuals molding and developing the $2.4 trillion fashion industry. In 2018, Tom and Ruth Chapman were admitted to the Business of Fashion Hall of Fame.

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