Not a far-fetched idea: How one man built a $1.5bn fashion business

He’s the boss of one of the world’s fastest-growing luxury fashion websites, Farfetch, yet Jose Neves admits that he used to find the clothing industry “frivolous and uninteresting”. A self-confessed “computer geek”, it was instead information technology that stirred his passion growing up in Portugal. And while studying economics at Porto University he launched a software company. It was this venture, which created operating systems for Portuguese footwear and textile companies, that helped to quickly change his view of the fashion industry. “I began to understand the way the industry…

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