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Friday, March 1, 2019

Farfetch (FTCH) reported earnings on Thur 28 Feb 19 (a/h)

Farfetch is an online luxury fashion retail platform that sells products from over 700 boutiques and brands from around the world.
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Founder: José Neves
  • Founded: June 2007
  • Number of employees: 3,000
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  • Generated Record Gross Merchandise Value of $1.4 Billion in 2018 and $466 Million in Q4 2018
  • Continued to Capture Share in Online Personal Luxury Goods Market with Platform GMV Up 56% in 2018 – Growing More Than Twice as Fast as the Overall Online Industry – and Up 51% in Q4 2018
  • Q4 2018 Revenue Grew 55% with Platform Services Revenue Up 68% in Q4 2018
  • Active Consumers Up 45% and Number of Orders Increased 58% in Q4 2018
  • Expands Partnership with to Complete Its "Premier Gateway to China" for Luxury Brands
  • Farfetch Limited (FTCH), the leading global technology platform for the luxury fashion industry, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

“By all measures, 2018 was a blockbuster year for Farfetch,” said José Neves, Farfetch Founder, CEO and Co-Chair. "We continued to lead the online personal luxury goods market, growing GMV 55% for the year – more than twice as fast as the industry."

China's teams up with Farfetch to attract luxury shoppers

PARIS (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company is folding its high-end Toplife venture into fashion retailer Farfetch's business in China, hoping to expand in the luxury goods market where it is vying with Alibaba to attract shoppers.
The companies, already partners in areas such as logistics, said on Thursday that Toplife - which has brands like Kering's Saint Laurent and Balenciaga on its platform - would merge into Farfetch China.
The deal raises the stakes in a battle to corner China's burgeoning online luxury goods world, where Alibaba has already teamed up with Cartier-owner Richemont and its Yoox Net-A-Porter online retailer to create new applications.
Chinese consumers make up a third of luxury goods purchases worldwide, and more of that spending is shifting away from European shopping capitals to mainland China, and onto the Internet.
Foreign brands have struggled to crack China's fast-moving online world alone, which has pushed them to try out partnerships with local players.
Chinese e-commerce firms, meanwhile, lack the luxury expertise of the likes of Farfetch, which was launched over 10 years ago, and are experimenting with different formats to reach shoppers., China's second biggest e-commerce company, set up Toplife in mid-2017, touting it as a standalone platform separate from its mass-market site, and where luxury brands had control over their own online stores.
Alibaba has a similar venture called Luxury Pavilion, aimed at giving labels like Italy's Valentino a more exclusive space than on its mainstream TMall platform. did not say what would happen to luxury brands' "shop-in-shops" that currently appear on Toplife, which will no longer exist as such.
Farfetch is London-based but listed its shares in New York last year. The company, already present in China, counts as one of its biggest shareholders.
It will now be accessible via's mobile application, potentially giving it access to the Chinese platform's 300 million customers.
Rather than hold inventory like some online fashion retailers, Farfetch connects buyers with high-end boutiques around the world.

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