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Nick Brown

Managing Partner, Imaginary

He co-founded a venture capital firm that has backed some of the hottest start-ups in fashion’s direct-to-consumer space.


Nick Brown is the co-founder and managing partner of Imaginary, a venture capital firm specialising in early-stage retail tech and direct-to-consumer start-ups that he established with Natalie Massenet following her departure from Net-a-Porter.

Imaginary, which had a debut fund of $75 million, has invested in some of the hottest start-ups in the fashion and beauty space, including Glossier, Reformation, Everlane, Farfetch, Good American, SKIMS ( Kim Kardashian West ’s new “solutionwear” business), Hawthorne, Hum Nutrition, Necessaire, Kosas, Mejuri, Appear Here, Heist and Universal Standard, among others.

Before Imaginary, Brown was a partner at venture firm 14W, where he focused on consumer-facing technology in fashion and e-commerce. He invested in or led investments in companies including Glossier, Everlane, Goop, Reformation, Outdoor Voices, Moda Operandi, The RealReal and others.

Brown sits on the boards of Everlane, Universal Standard, SKIMS, Hawthorne and Good American (previously also Reformation and Glossier). He holds a degree from Harvard University and is based in New York with his long-time partner Derek Blasberg .

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