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    YOOX GROUP: THE LUXURY TECH PIONEER

    The first 15 visionary years: driven by passion and innovation

    Fashion & Luxury, Art & Design, Innovation and Sustainability appear distant and diverse worlds, yet they seamlessly combine in the unique story of YOOX Group. This remarkable journey will transport you through the most iconic initiatives of YOOX’s first 15 years to its globally recognized luxury tech giant status today.     

    The name YOOX evokes a human touch fused with technology:  X and Y, the male and female chromosomes embrace the zero of the binary code, the fundamental language of this information age.  Its pioneering technology is successfully utilized not only as a medium to create a customer’s unique individual style, but also one that transmits emotions and has built YOOX’s distinctive “Entertailer” nature.

    Founded by the entrepreneurial and creative mind of Ravennate Federico Marchetti, aged 31, YOOX first opened its online doors with the go live of its multi-brand online store yoox.com on June 20th, 2000. 

    A simple idea with far-reaching ambition – to combine the Internet with fashion. As other fashion e-commerce dot.coms disappeared that year, YOOX gained momentum, kick-starting its mission to become “the global Internet retailing partner for the leading fashion & luxury brands” as stated in its initial business plan.  

    By tailoring e-commerce to the fashion and luxury brands YOOX has transformed the luxury fashion industry during the past 15 historic years. Along with the first-born yoox.com, a further two globally applauded multi-brand online stores – thecorner.com and shoescribe.com – and numerous mono-brand online flagship stores for leading fashion & luxury brands complete today’s “Powered by YOOXGroup” reality.  In 2015 a new luxury tech giant was created via a ground-breaking merger between YOOX Group and The Net-A-Porter Group, creating the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer.

     

  • Federico Marchetti envisions THE IDEA of combining Internet and Fashion: YOOX’s concept is created

    The Millennium Bug eats the world

    The millennium bug looms
    The New York Times, US

    Year 2000 – a ticket to disaster
    San Francisco Chronicle, US

    A date with disaster
    Washington Post, US

    The day the world crashes
    Newsweek, US

  • LAUNCH OF YOOX.COM, selling 100 fashion brands on the Internet for the first time and active in all of Europe, reaching 14 different countries. The first fashion e-commerce in Italy
    Visit yoox.com
    yoox.com, the first Italian Website to sell merchandise from prestigious fashion houses
    The New York Times, 2000

    The dot.com bubble burst causes the 2000 stock market crash.

    British online fashion retailer Boo.com collapses in May 2000, just six months after its launch

  • yoox.com launches its VINTAGE section celebrating the greatest designers of the last century, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Maison Martin Margiela, as well as special curators and collectors like Rosamond Bernier, Iris Apfel and Lynn Yaeger. Great fashion never dies
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    Wikipedia is founded
  • LinkedIn is founded
    PayPal becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay
    For the project STAR DREAMBOX, celebrities and artists choose yoox.com as their style destination for selecting their favourite looks. Throughout the years, more than 70 celebrities have collaborated as guest editors: Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, Yoko Ono, Rosario Dawson, Mika
    and Kylie Minogue are just a few
    BUSINESS WEEK defines yoox.com as the big hit with young Internet-savvy fashionistas everywhere
  • YOOX Group enters the US market, following the Foundation of YOOX CORPORATION
    Skype, WordPress & Android are founded
  • Foundation of YOOX JAPAN KK for the Japanese market
    YOOX is mentioned in “LA SETTIMANA ENIGMISTICA“, Italy’s most famous crossword puzzle magazine
    yoox.com, founded in Italy, is the most fashionable virtual space around and the online shopping Website accessed more often than any other site in Europe
    25 Ans, 2004
    Facebook & Flickr are founded
    Gmail is announced to the public
    yoox.com launches its FIRST FASHION TALENT SCOUTING, commencing with a limited edition by Alexandre Herchovitch exclusively for yoox.com. To date it has promoted over 25 initiatives supporting fashion talents, among them Bernhard Willhelm, Jeremy Scott and Hussein Chalayan
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  • yoox.com launches its KIDSWEAR section
    Visit the Kidswear section on yoox.com
    Initiator of the punk movement and creator of the band Sex Pistols, MALCOM McLAREN designs the kidswear capsule collection FASHIONBEAST 8-Bit Clothing exclusively for yoox.com
    The exhibition “DRESSING OURSELVES” – produced by yoox.com and curated by Alessandro Guerriero – presents self-portraits dresses designed by 30 world-famous architects, designers, musicians and artists such as Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, William Alsop, Antony Hegarty, Enzo Cucchi, Patrick Tuttofuoco/Ciboh and Mimmo Paladino. It was held at the Milan’s Triennale Museum
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    YouTube is founded
    Internet reaches 1 billion users worldwide
    Launch of YOOX4LOVE, THE CHARITY PROGRAMME that enables YOOX Group to support projects of non-profit organisations. Over the years, YOOX Group has supported over 30 different charitable initiatives
    Discover YOOX4LOVE
    yoox.com starts collaborating with artists for the creation of a yearly limited edition YOOX CALENDAR. Artists include Matteo Guarnaccia, Miguel Angel Martin, Scott Musgrove, Zhou Fan, Fulvia Mendini and Chiho Aoshima, among others
    MALCOM McLAREN celebrates YOOX’s 5th Anniversary with the limited edition VINYL RECORD The Party featuring 5 songs exclusively for YOOX
  • JEREMY SCOTT creates the capsule collection “Tabloid” exclusively for yoox.com, also showcased at the Colette concept store during Paris Fashion Week
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    Opening of the DESIGN section on yoox.com
    Visit Design section on yoox.com
    YOOX anticipates the mobile revolution with the creation of the first YOOX GROUP MOBILE TASKFORCE
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    Twitter is founded
    Launch of the first mono-brand ONLINE FLAGSHIP STORE POWERED BY YOOX GROUP: marni.com. Today YOOX Group manages nearly 40 mono-brand online stores of the most prestigious fashion and luxury brands
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  • ANTONY Hegarty, Antony and the Johnsons’ frontman, designed a one-off dress exclusively for yoox.com, in aid of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit organization that fights for the rights of all people to self-determine gender identity and expression
    Apple releases the iPhone
  • Launch of THECORNER.COM, selling full-price menswear on the Internet ahead of competition. Since 2009, thecorner.com also offers women’s collections
    Visit thecorner.com
    First smartphone to run with the Android operating system
    YOOX is a pioneer in launching the innovative SHOP FROM THE CATWALK feature – online shopping directly from the runway video – presented for the first time at the New York Fashion Week and then at Milan Fashion Week
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  • thecorner.com collaborates with NICOLA FORMICHETTI, stylist and creative director, for the project “STYLING AROUND THE WORLD
    See the video
    YOOX Group is listed on the MILAN STOCK EXCHANGE on December 3rd, 2009. It is the first IPO in Italy after 18 months and the only one in 2009
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    YOOXYGEN has been recognised by Time Magazine’s Green Design 100 list which features the best and brightest in environmentally conscious design, including eco-pioneers, companies, architecture, hotels, home furnishings, websites and initiatives around the world. Time Magazine, Green Design 100, 2009
    YOOX Group launches its first iPHONE APP for yoox.com
    Introduction of YOOX’S ECOBOX™, the responsible packaging composed of 100% recyclable materials, certified internationally by RESY, FSC, PEFC and SFI
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    YOOX is the 1st fashion e-commerce company to release a yearly SUSTAINABILITY REPORT  
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    YOOXYGEN – the environmental sustainability programme of YOOX Group – launches in 2009, with the objective of raising the environmental awareness of the company’s millions of users. YOOXYGEN has featured numerous exclusive creations and initiatives in collaboration with KATHARINE HAMNETT, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, LIVIA FIRTH and AMBER VALLETTA, just to name a few
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    YOOX Group starts its adventure in filmography as the first e-tailer to launch a FASHION FILM, created by NICK KNIGHT exclusively for thecorner.com. It is followed one year later by a new short film by HEIDI SLIMANE 
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  • First iPad is released by Apple
    Pinterest & Instagram are founded
    YOOX Group launches iPAD APP FOR YOOX.COM, on the same day as the device’s official launch in the US. This was one of the very first shopping apps for iPad
    YOOX Group launches the AUTOMATION of its GLOBAL TECHNO-LOGISTICS PLATFORM in Interporto (Bologna, Italy), combining RFid technology and automation before any other competitor
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    On the occasion of YOOX’s 10th Anniversary, ANNA DELLO RUSSO – Fashion Director at Large and Creative Consultant of VOGUE Japan – creates a limited edition T-shirt collection and a unique scent exclusively for yoox.com
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    YOOX Group enters CHINA as the first mover in fashion e-commerce with the launch of Emporio Armani’s Chinese online flagship store Powered by YOOX Group
    Visit yoox.com.cn
  • Thecorner.com begins its collaboration with Vogue Italia for THE VOGUE TALENTS CORNER.COM, a scouting project aimed at supporting international emerging talents. The initiative also lands in China in collaboration with Vogue China to promote local emerging talents. To date, thecorner.com has participated in more than 20 different scouting initiatives, including the ANDAM Fashion Award and London Show Rooms in Europe, and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Funds in the US
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    thecorner.com opens its doors in China with the dedicated version THECORNER.COM.CN. To celebrate the launch, a unique film by WING SHYA, the exclusive photographer of the acclaimed film director Wong Kar-Wai, was produced
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    Foundation of YOOX Group’s subsidiary in HONG KONG to expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region
    YOOXYGEN exclusively launches VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S bags collection for the Ethical Fashion Africa Project with the International Trade Centre. The limited edition is handmade in Nairobi by Kenyan artisans. The famous fashion photographer JÜRGEN TELLER dedicates an exclusive reportage to the initiative
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    WeChat is released
  • THE NEW YORKER dedicates an in-depth feature to YOOX Group’s Founder & CEO, defining him “THE GEEK OF CHIC

    “THE GEEK OF CHIC – How Federico Marchetti brought e-commerce to fashion “
    The New Yorker, 2012

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    yoox.com debuts in China with its dedicated version YOOX.CN. To celebrate the launch, the supermodel NAOMI CAMPBELL and the non-profit organisation Fashion for Relief, create a capsule collection of T-shirts exclusively for yoox.com
    Visit Art section on yoox.com
    We decided to partner with YOOX to make sure we can use the same platform and the same technology, best-in-class functionality, brand by brand, without waiting. YOOX is the best player when it comes to e-commerce and logistics platforms in the world of luxury and technology.”
    François-Henri Pinault, Chairman & CEO of the Kering Group, Businessoffashion.com, 2012
    yoox.com launches its ART section which has collaborated with artists such as DAMIEN HIRST, GRAYSON PERRY, FRANCESCO VEZZOLI and TAKASHI MURAKAMI, as well as world-famous museums and companies such as Tate, Magnum Photos and Other Criteria
    Visit Art section on yoox.com
    YOOX Group and KERING partner to create a JOINT-VENTURE dedicated to managing the mono-brand online stores for several brands of the French luxury goods group
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    YOOX Group launches SHOESCRIBE.COM, the online destination for women dedicated entirely to shoes. Throughout the years shoescribe.com has presented exclusive capsule collections by internationally renowned designers, including J.C. Rousseau, Aquazzura, Pierre Hardy, Tabitha Simmons, to name just a few
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  • Actor, producer and director JOHN MALKOVICH designs the men’s beachwear capsule collection TECHNOBOHEMIAN, exclusively for yoox.com
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    L’UOMO VOGUE
    First edition of yoox.com’s innovative Christmas SHOPPABLE VIDEO “Dinner Party in Milan”: an interactive movie produced by YOOX featuring famous actors and shoppable content. Users can buy a selection of fashion, art and design directly from the video. In 2014 it is followed by the new edition, Dinner Party in Venezia
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    Real customers are selected as the face of yoox.com for its FIRST TV COMMERCIAL. The campaign is created and produced internally by YOOX Group Video Editing and Art Direction team
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    YOOX Group makes its debut as a film producer with the short movie “Io non ti conosco (I Do Not Know You) directed by STEFANO ACCORSI, which receives the prestigious film award Nastro d’Argento for Best Directorial Debut in 2014
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    YOOX Group is listed on the FTSE MIB, the main index on the Milan Stock Exchange
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  • WIRED UK dedicates its cover to YOOX Group’s Founder & CEO
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    Internationally feted jewellery designer, DELFINA DELETTREZ presents the capsule collection FROZEN GARDEN exclusively for yoox.com
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    yoox.com launches its SPORTSWEAR section
    Visit Sportwear section on yoox.com
    YOOX is recognised as an expression of the third millennium by being included in the Lexicon of the XXI century of Italy’s TRECCANI ENCYCLOPAEDIA
    yoox.com launches the FORNASETTI online pop-up store, entirely dedicated to the historic atelier, along with a limited edition of aprons with an iconic depiction of Adam and Eve. In 2015, yoox.com supports the realisation of the Piero Fornasetti: La Folie Pratique exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris
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    Internet reaches 3 billion users worldwide
    Launch of the NEW YOOX.COM APP, available in 11 languages
    YOOX Group inaugurates its “Milanese home”, THE PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA, celebrating the genius Leonardo da Vinci
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  • MARGHERITA MACCAPANI MISSONI AMOS chooses yoox.com as the online destination to launch her kidswear brand, MARGHERITA.
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    YOOX Group celebrates its 15th Anniversary
    YOOX Group and The Net-A-Porter Group to merge in the second half of 2015 to create the leading online luxury fashion retailer worldwide
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