Fashion Pioneers | Natalie Massenet Says to Create the Future, Follow the Consumer

Jonathan Saunders

LONDON, United Kingdom — Over the last several months, all eyes have been on the world’s leading luxury fashion etailer: Net-a-Porter. And for good reason. In March, the business was acquired by Swiss luxury group Richemont at a total valuation of £350 million. In June, the company revealed the upcoming launch of Mr. Porter, a dedicated luxury menswear offering. And just a few weeks ago, Net-a-Porter, which was launched during the

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BoF Exclusive | Natalie Massenet shows us how Net-a-Porter works its magic

LONDON, United Kingdom — Natalie Massenet wowed them. Thousands of people tuned in for our second FASHION PIONEERS event — literally from all corners of the earth — joining the 200 strong sell-out crowd packed tightly into the stadium seating theatre in Net-a-Porter's 44,000 square foot headquarters in West London. Throughout the evening and afterwards, questions and commentary came in quickly via our hashtag #BoFLive, reflecting on all of the inspiring things Ms. Massenet had to say. The discussion touched on all the hot topics from the Net-a-Porter hive and beyond, including Mr Porter, the Richemont acquisition, bloggers vs. editors, the outdated fashion cycle, and more. But the undoubted highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the Net-a-Porter iPad…

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BoF LIVE | Fashion Pioneers with Natalie Massenet at 7:30pm London time today

LONDON, United Kingdom — The day has arrived. Tune in today at 7.30pm London time (that's 8.30pm Paris and Berlin and 2.30pm New York) for our second installment of FASHION PIONEERS to hear the inspirational, entrepreneurial story of Net-a-Porter's Natalie Massenet. We have teamed up with fashion blogs and websites around the world to bring FASHION PIONEERS straight to your computer screens. A big thank you to our coalition of style blogs for streaming the interview with us: United States: Tavi Gevinson | Fashionista.com | JC Report United Kingdom: Style Bubble | Fashion156 | Style Salvage France: A Shaded View on Fashion | Luxury Society Germany: Les Mads Spain: Kate Loves Me We invite you all to tune in. And…

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Fashion Pioneers | Natalie Massenet, One Week To Go Before Global Livestream

LONDON, United Kingdom — Any fashion follower who has been walking by a newsstand, flipping through a magazine or browsing the internet in the past few months is sure to have seen the huge interest in Natalie Massenet and her pioneering business, Net-a-Porter. From multi-page features in both British and American Vogue to a front page story in the Observer magazine to last week's wall-to-wall coverage of Net-a-Porter's 10th anniversary bash — attended by Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane, Christopher Bailey — Net-a-Porter has been everywhere. But, next week, only BoF will have the first in-depth live broadcast interview with Massenet since she sold the business to Richemont in April. Tickets for our second FASHION PIONEERS event sold out in four…

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BoF Exclusive | Who Will Be Part of The Online Fashion 100?

Who will be part of The Online Fashion 100 in 2010?

LONDON, United Kingdom — Last year, the online fashion community in London was abuzz when Leon Bailey Green and London’s Independent newspaper co-published the ‘Online Fashion 100,’ a list of the most “Inspirational, Interesting, and Influential people in the Online Fashion Industry.” Today, BoF has the exclusive scoop on a few of the names that will appear on this year’s list, due to be

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BoF Exclusive | Natalie Massenet on the backstory behind Mr Porter

[caption id="attachment_13199" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Natalie Massenet in her Net-a-Porter 'living room' 10 June 2010 | Source: BoF"][/caption] LONDON, United Kingdom —"I'm more excited about this than anything we've ever done," says Natalie Massenet about the new Mr Porter menswear shopping destination announced to the fashion world today in Women's Wear Daily. Just when some might have thought she was on cruise control after Richemont stepped in to acquire the majority of the Net-a-Porter business, fashion blogosphere, twittersphere and watercooler conversations were once again fixated on this remarkable woman who — lucky for us — is also our special guest for the next BoF Live Fashion Pioneers event which is already close to selling out only three days after it was…

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Save the Date | Fashion Pioneers, Natalie Massenet, 22 July 2010, London

LONDON, United Kingdom — Mark your calendars. In her first live, in-depth interview after Swiss luxury goods group Richemont acquired the online fashion retailer she founded — valuing the business at a cool £350 million — The Business of Fashion is delighted to announce that Natalie Massenet, Founder and Executive Chairman of Net-a-Porter, will be our next Fashion Pioneer at a very special event on 22 July, 2010. In a rare,

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Trapani’s choices, Entrepreneuring women, Lilly Pulitzer’s true colours, UK Property tax hit, Toronto’s troubles

Francesco Trapani photographed by Ko Sasaki | Source: NY Times

Strategic changes at Bulgari – Francesco Trapani (Europa Star) “In a watchmaking landscape that is seeing a shuffling of cards (economic crisis, the announcement by Nicolas Hayek that the Swatch Group is stopping distribution of component parts), what is Bulgari’s strategy?” Two women, two businesses, one £450m British success story (Independent) “One began by selling a few posh frocks in cyberspace. The

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Breaking News | Richemont confirms acquisition of Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter homepage | Source: Net-a-Porter

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s official and finally confirmed. Net-a-Porter, the world’s pioneering and leading luxury ecommerce retailer has been acquired by Richemont, which was already the largest shareholder in Net-a-Porter prior to the announcement of the transaction this morning, valuing the business at a whopping £350m. Natalie Massenet, Net-a-Porter’s Founder and Executive Chairman has long been a friend

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CEO Talk | Natalie Massenet, Chairman and Founder of Net-a-Porter

Natalie Massenet

  LONDON, United Kingdom – When Natalie Massenet talks, people listen. It wasn’t always that way. When Massenet first proposed the idea of selling luxury products online in 1999, she faced more than a few doubters. Nobody doubts her now. Frequently described as one of the most influential women in the fashion business, as Chairman and Founder of NET-A-PORTER, Massenet has built the pre-eminent online luxury

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