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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."
"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.