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José Neves Biography

Founder, Co-Chairman & CEO

In 2008 José Neves launched Farfetch, bringing together his interests in fashion and technology, as well as his experience in design, wholesale and retail, to create a business that would celebrate and support the diversity of the global fashion industry. His vision was to create a single portal, offering independent boutiques the opportunity to compete with the leaders of fashion e-commerce.

Farfetch now comprises of around 500 partner boutiques and almost 200 partner brands, offering over 100,000 pieces from more than 1,500 brands. With customers in almost 190 countries, the site receives an average of 10 million monthly hits.

José has been involved in the fashion start-up world since the mid-1990s when he launched footwear business SWEAR. José later founded SIX London, a fashion licensing and wholesale company selling to 600 retailers worldwide. In 2001 José opened the renowned bstore, which won the British Fashion Award for Retailer of the Year in 2006.

José and Farfetch have received numerous accolades, including Financial Times and ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Smaller Company Award (2016), Fast Company 2016 list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies, Business of Fashion’s 500 People Shaping the Fashion Industry (2016 & 2015), Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year and Vogue’s DirectorsOf.COM Top Entrepreneur in 2011. In July, 2016 José joined the British Fashion Council’s board as a Non-Executive Director.

 

About Farfetch

Farfetch is the online platform to shop the world’s greatest selection of luxury. The e-commerce platform partners with the world’s best luxury boutiques and brands, located from Tokyo to Toronto and from Milan to Miami. This unique business model guarantees an unparalleled range of pieces to shop; from established luxury brands to the most interesting new designers and one-of-a-kind styles.

Founded in 2008 by the Portuguese entrepreneur José Neves, Farfetch is translated in 9 languages and services customers as a website and on-the-go app, making it easier than ever to shop luxury fashion. Offices are found in 11 cities globally and Farfetch express ships from partners to over 190 countries worldwide.

In 2015 Farfetch developed proprietary business units Farfetch Black & White and Store of the Future to provide key technology and business solutions for brands and retailers to facilitate growth and champion innovation. The Brand also added renowned London boutique Browns to its portfolio in 2015.

In May 2016 Farfetch secured a Series F round of investment of US $110 million, led by new investors Temasek, IDG Capital Partners and Eurazeo with existing investor Vitruvian Partners also participating in the round. The company is currently valued at over US $1 billion.