We are delighted to reveal the participants selected for the 2017 Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme, which this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The selected brands, all trailblazing innovators paving the way for generations to come, were revealed on Tuesday 24th January, at Hotel Café Royal, London. The renowned hotel, always keen to support emerging British talent, will showcase the chosen Brands of Tomorrow across the hotel following the event.
The programme, in association with Mishcon de Reya and Sloane Point Partners, provides the 12 chosen brands with a 12-month programme of workshops and one-to-one mentorship from senior executives heading up some of Britain’s finest luxury brands and cultural institutions.
THE SELECTED 2017 BRANDS OF TOMORROW AND THEIR MENTORS
Agi & Sam, mentored by Jim Sharp, Sirius Equity
Capstar, mentored by Richard Carter, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Helen Amy Murray, mentored by Lucy Whitfield, Soane Britain
Tessa Packard, mentored by Jonathan Heilbron, Thomas Pink
Alexandra Llewellyn, mentored by Maurice Helfgott, Amery Capital
Duke & Dexter, mentored by Michael Ward, Harrods
Hillier Bartley, mentored by John Ayton, MBE, Annoushka
The New Craftsmen, mentored by Martin Bartle, Arthur Ridley Esq
Camilla Elphick, mentored by Tania Foster-Brown and Sebastian Manes, Selfridges
Exmoor Caviar, mentored by Dr Frederick Mostert, Oxford University
Rory Dobner, mentored by Diane Metcalfe
Troubadour Goods, mentored by Sarah Elton
Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman of the Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme, Walpole Board Director and CEO of Thomas Pink commented: "We are immensely proud to be celebrating ten years of the Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme and the Class of 2017 is a group of superb talent who we cannot wait to work with over the next twelve months, alongside a team of some of the luxury industry’s very best brains. These brands, designers and craftspeople are leading the way for the future of luxury and to be able to give all of them the opportunity to grow and develop through such a unique platform is a huge honour."
Michelle Emmerson, Walpole CEO commented: "The Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme continues to go from strength-to-strength and now in its 10th year the class of 2017 is as strong and exciting as ever. This programme enables Walpole and its members to play a vital and proactive role in supporting the next generation of talent and emerging luxury brands. We are incredibly proud of this initiative and the many brands who have taken part over the past decade."
THE 2017 BRANDS OF TOMORROW
Agi & Sam
Agi & Sam is a forward thinking fashion design studio examining the world through a truthful but humorous lens to create product with integrity and meaning. With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and textiles, Agi & Sam believe that fashion should never be taken too seriously, whilst aiming to sit firmly in the middle of brands that fear creating something different, and those that push collections too far. Since the company’s inception Agi & Sam has been stocked in such prestigious stores as Joyce, 10 Corso Como, Dover Street Market, Mr Porter, Matches, Isetan and Galleria, and has been recipient to numerous awards including a British Fashion Award for emerging menswear and the GQ Man of the Year award for breakthrough designer of the year. Collaborations include Lacoste, Jaeger, Topman, Converse, UGG and Disney.
London-based designer Alexandra Llewellyn creates backgammon boards and custom-made games tables and games, all made in the UK. Alexandra Llewellyn Designs stock a collection of in-house designs that are available immediately or can be personalised with engraved or painted messages, initials, and dates, and commissioned with exquisite semi-precious stone and brass playing pieces. Alexandra Llewellyn Designs also takes one-off commissions for games tables and boards. Alexandra Lewellyn Designs works with a team of master craftsmen in the UK who each specialise in different techniques and materials, making each unique commission an original to be enjoyed by generations to come.
Camilla Elphick is a young British footwear brand which launched over two years ago, and has garnered critical acclaim in four seasons. Camilla’s designs are defined by a feminine yet playful aesthetic and focus on premium, ethically sourced materials and bespoke prints. Camilla attended Parsons and Cordwainers, and her graduate shoe collection gained widespread attention from fashion editors with the ‘Pez’ shoe. The collections are stocked by international retailers including LuisaViaRoma, Harvey Nichols HK, Level Shoe District. Camilla Elphick has won several accolades, as the Premium Young Designers Award F/W 2016, the Future British Prize and Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark.
Capstar is a luxury services brand providing risk management and security, luxury travel and lifestyle services to corporate and private clients in Europe and the United States of America. Capstar was founded in 2013 by two former British Army Officers. Capstar’s vision is to be the leading international luxury services brand and in doing so, provide employment opportunities to former military and security services personnel. Their military backgrounds guarantee a reassuringly secure service to Capstar clients, whilst promising the highest possible standards of operational delivery. Capstar go the extra mile for their clients and pride themselves on their ability to plan and deliver services with military precision, discretion and an immaculate attention to detail.
Duke & Dexter
Duke & Dexter is a British born footwear brand specialising in men’s loafers. All their shoes are designed in London and handmade in Sheffield, England. They seek to revitalise historical English craftsmanship and innovate the conventional through their designs whilst drawing on traditional British heritage as well as global inspiration. Duke & Dexter is an internationally recognised brand, selling to over 100 countries online and with stockists in all five continents. They also hold a strong presence in their native England, selling in reputable retailers such as Liberty, Fenwick, and Harvey Nichols.
Set up in 2012, Exmoor Caviar is the UK’s first and only caviar producing farm. Having been trading in caviar both in a retail and wholesale capacity for years prior to this, founder Kenneth Benning saw an opportunity to create a truly unique caviar that would rival any fine caviar from the continent. Based in North Devon at the foothills of the Exmoor National Park, the farm uses naturally filtered spring water to raise its sturgeon. Their focus is to produce a sustainable and natural caviar using traditional production methods in the modern world.
Helen Amy Murray
Helen Amy Murray’s eponymous London studio hand sculpts leather, suede, silk and other textiles into unique three-dimensional decorative surfaces. Helen’s clients range from the owners and designers of super-prime residences, flagship stores, multi-star hotels and ultra-luxury brands, to international art collectors. Helen has worked with Candy & Candy, Peter Marino, Mandarin Oriental, St Regis, Peninsula, Van Cleef & Arpels, Christian Dior, Piaget, Longchamp and Cartier. Hailed by Vogue as “one to watch”, she has lived up to expectations receiving many accolades for her work, and appearing in numerous publications.
Hillier Bartley was founded in 2015 by long-term collaborators Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley. The brand specialises in ready-to-wear, bags and jewellery, to create collections with personality and integrity, which correspond with a modern sense of femininity. Since launching in Autumn Winter 2015 Hillier Bartley has received an excellent response from press, established a selective distribution of some of the best stores worldwide, and developed a loyal following from a wide variety of inspirational women. As an independent British brand, Hillier Bartley are delighted to participate in the Brands of Tomorrow programme, and look forward to collaborating with the broader Walpole organisation.
Rory Dobner aims to put a little piece of England in homes across the world. Our mission is to provide luxurious and unique home accessories which add style and quirkiness to any room of any home in any country. Rory hand draws each playfully eccentric original Intricate Ink Illustration in his Hampstead studio and each design is then applied to a wide range of beautiful homewares which are all Made In England including exquisite Fine Bone China pieces such as plates, cake stands and teapots through to cushions, candles and coasters.
Tessa Packard London is the eponymous fine jewellery label by London-based founder and creative director Tessa Packard. Launched in 2013, the brand has become internationally recognised for its eclectic bi-annual collections that celebrate individuality, storytelling and unique design. The award-winning brand also specialises in the production of bespoke jewellery, on behalf of private individuals and larger corporate clients. A fervent philanthropist, Tessa acts as a business mentor for several education-focused charities and is a regular speaker at entrepreneurial workshops and Women in Business events. A strong believer in British industry, Tessa’s jewellery is all manufactured and hand-finished in the UK.
The New Craftsmen
The New Craftsmen works with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles. Founded in 2012 in Mayfair, The New Craftsmen currently represents a network of over 100 makers to sell furniture, lighting, decorative pieces, gifts, tableware and jewellery through its Mayfair shop and website. They present objects that are deeply connected to culture and place, with a distinct position to forge collaborations between brands, designers and makers. From this they offer customers, interior designers, and architects a range of services that enable them to customise, commission and collaborate on bespoke pieces.
Troubadour is a London-based design house specialising in beautiful handcrafted bags and accessories made from the finest materials. The Italian vegetable-tanned leather anchoring every product ensures these elegant, understated pieces age beautifully over time. The Troubadour aesthetic combines incredible craftsmanship and a deep respect for clean design with the guiding vision that less achieves more. Performance is at the heart of the design process – technical fabrics and innovative technology are used to create performance-based products for active lifestyles in different environments. After a great reaction from women to Troubadour’s men’s products, the brand will introduce a women’s line in 2017.