The global strength of the British luxury industry was celebrated at the 13th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards on Monday 3rd November, as a collection of the UK’s most exciting and innovative brands were rewarded for their contribution to this thriving industry.
The annual Walpole Awards ceremony, in association with Coutts, was held at the V&A and attended by key figures from across the British luxury industry. The event saw eleven of these luxury brands collect their award from Walpole CEO Michelle Emmerson and presenter Jodie Kidd.
The winning brands were chosen for having pushed the boundaries in luxury and excelled in quality, design, craftsmanship and service. The winners represent the best of Britain’s luxury offering, and are:
Joan Burstein CBE, founder of Browns: Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Coutts, and presented by Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue.
Charlotte Tilbury: Emerging British Luxury Brand, sponsored by Swarovski
Burberry: British Luxury Brand Advertising Campaign, sponsored by LONDON Advertising
Dovecot Studios: British Luxury Craftsmanship, sponsored by The Balvenie
Barber & Osgerby: British Luxury Design Talent, sponsored by Moleskine
Royal Shakespeare Company: British Cultural Excellence, sponsored by The Financial Times
Stella McCartney: Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by James Cropper
Bottega Veneta: International Brand, sponsored by McArthurGlen
Claridge’s: British Luxury Service, sponsored by Mischon de Reya
Farfetch: British Luxury Brand Digital Innovation, sponsored by Elite Associates
Bentley Motors: British Luxury Brand Overseas, sponsored by Fairmont Raffles International
Jaguar: British Luxury Brand, sponsored by Laurent-Perrier
Michelle Emmerson, CEO of Walpole, said: “As strong British luxury brands, such as Burberry and Stella McCartney, continue their exceptional growth trajectory they are trailblazing the way for new luxury brands from all corners of the country – from Hoxton to Camberwell and Somerset to Scotland. The upswing in interest in genuine craftsmanship and British heritage products has meant that we are seeing significant export success across the board.” Guests at the awards were treated to bespoke cocktails from The Balvenie handcrafted single malt and Laurent-Perrier, while canapés and bowl food were served by the pioneers of luxury party planning The Admirable Crichton.