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Tom Chapman

London, UK

Investor

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Tom Chapman

Biography

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.

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Founders of Matchesfashion named in New Year’s Honours list

Matchesfashion.com 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."

"Leaders must rethink what's possible and deliver meaningful change"

"Businesses, whatever their size, must remain agile. They need to challenge pre-conceived ways of operating," says angel investor Tom Chapman. Chapman set up luxury retailer matchesfashion.com in 1987 with his wife, Ruth. The pair started out with a single bricks-and-mortar store in Wimbledon and expanded across London throughout the nineties, bringing luxury brands such as Versace, Prada and Bottega to the UK. Matches was one of the first British luxury fashion retailers to go online in 2007. "With every single decision we made, we put our customers first above everything else," says Chapman.

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Tom Chapman’s Background

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Investor
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

Investor
Apr 2019 - Present
London, UK
OHNE is a UK-based tampon subscription and feminine health brand.
Investor and Board Member
Mar 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.
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