Monday, 19 May 2014

Power Dresser

Natalie Massenet

























Founder of the online retail giant NET-A-PORTER, Natalie Massenet is now one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK (The Power List 2013).

Here are ten fashionable facts about the women who revolutionised shopping...   


1. She was born in Los Angeles in 1965 to an American journalist father and an English model mother who met at Café de Flore in Paris.

2. She later spent part of her childhood in the city of light, before moving back to LA.

3. She started her career in fashion working as a journalist for W Magazine, WWD and Tatler.

4. She once worked as an assistant to none other than Isabella Blow. It was whilst working at Tatler, aged 33, she had the idea for NET-A-PORTER.

5. The business started life in a Chelsea flat with five employees. The bedrooms were used for stock and the now-famous black boxes. They were housed in the bathroom!

6. Natalie is fluent in French and also counts conversational Italian, Spanish and Japanese in her language repertoire.

7. She describes herself as "lazy" and counts sleep as one of her favourite things: "I wish I could set the alarm and get up when I’m supposed to."

8. In 2010, she sold NET-A-PORTER to luxury conglomerate Richemont (which own's Cartier and Chloe) for a reported £350 million.

9. Natalie was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to the fashion and retail industry.

10. In 2013, she replaced Harold Tillman CBE as Chairman of the British Fashion Council.



Source: LDN Fashion

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