Natalie Massenet: 10 Things You Might Not Know

In celebration of Natalie Massenet’s 48th birthday today, we thought we would bring you 10 facts you may not know about the woman who revolutionized up the fashion industry and world of e-commerce with the launch NET-A-PORTER 14 years ago.

1. Massenet 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. Massenet 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 5 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, Massenet sold NET-A-PORTER to luxury conglomerate Richemont (they own 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

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