And the winners are...!

Walpole British Luxury presents Burberry's Angela Ahrendts with a special Medal of Excellence

Host Ben Fogle presents awards to notable brands including Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Celebrated architect David Collins awarded posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award & former Walpole CEO Julia Carrick a Lifetime Achievement Award

The Walpole British Luxury Awards for Excellence 2013, in association with Coutts, took place on Monday 18th November at Banqueting House in London. Presented by adventurer, presenter, author and broadcaster Ben Fogle, the event recognised some of the industry’s most exciting and innovative brands and individuals; highlighting the level of quality, design, service, and talent within Britain and the international luxury industry.

Over 500 leading figures from the luxury industry attended the event, with guests including Angela Ahrendts; Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council; Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods; Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen; luxury shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood; celebrity jeweller Shaun Leane; Demetra Pinsent, CEO, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty; and Bec Clarke, Founder of luxury jeweller Astley Clarke, welcomed by a Champagne, Chivas Regal and canape reception before the Awards themselves took place.

Ben Hughes, Chairman of Walpole British Luxury and Michael Morley, CEO of Coutts and Walpole Board Director, then gave their introductions before Ben Fogle, category sponsors and judges announced the 2013 Walpole award winners as:

British Luxury Brand: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Accepted by Director of Global Communications at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Richard Carter

Emerging British Luxury Brand: Nicholas Kirkwood         
Accepted by Nicholas Kirkwood, Founder

British Luxury Brand Overseas: Alexander McQueen
Accepted by Sarah Burton, Creative Director

International Luxury Brand: Gucci
Accepted by Niccolò Moschini, Worldwide Corporate Communications Director

British Luxury Design Talent: Paul Smith
Accepted by Head of Marketing & Communication, Jonathan Towle and Head of Press UK, Hazel Cross

British Cultural Excellence: The National Theatre
Accepted by Rosalie Craig star of The Light Princess, and Samuel Adamson, co-writer

British Luxury Brand Online: Business of Fashion   
Accepted by Imran Amed, Founder

Best Luxury Service: Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
Director of Marketing and Communications, Tracey Clinton and Deputy General Manager, Gurval Durand

Best Luxury Craftsmanship: Shaun Leane 
Accepted by Shaun Leane, Founder

Corporate Social Responsibility: Cartier
Accepted by Executive Chairman UK Mr Arnaud Bamberger and Managing Director UK Mr Laurent Feniou

This year the Walpole Medal of Excellence was presented to one of Britain’s most celebrated CEOs, Angela Ahrendts of Burberry. In the eight years Angela has been at the helm of the luxury fashion house, she, along with an outstanding team, has transformed it into the world-class luxury brand it is today. The Medal was awarded to honour her monumental success in reinventing Burberry, and her significant contribution to putting British luxury brands back on the map.

Walpole also presented its first posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award to the late interior designer and architect David Collins. David was responsible for creating the interiors of some of the most celebrated and glamorous institutions across the capital, including The Wolseley, Claridge's Bar and The Connaught's bar, as well as innovative store concepts for luxury brands such as Harrods, Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen. A truly gifted and inspirational figure, his tragic and untimely passing earlier this year was mourned by many in the worlds of interiors, fashion, architecture and beyond.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Julia Carrick, who was Chief Executive of Walpole British Luxury for 13 years. During her tenure, Julia transformed Walpole from a small industry body to one of Europe’s largest luxury membership organisations, representing over 175 of the greatest British brands and cultural institutions. Julia has contributed significantly to the British luxury industry, launching the award-winning Financial Times How to Spend It and working tirelessly to protect and promote the luxury industry and all it represents. Julia will continue to work closely with the British luxury industry as Walpole’s first-ever Global Ambassador.

Walpole British Luxury would like to extend huge thanks to all those who helped make the evening such a success, especially our Award sponsors: The Admirable Crichton, Swarovski, Chivas Regal 25, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Ettinger, McArthurGlen Group, Mishcon de Reya, Locate Jersey, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, and Laurent-Perrier. 

We would also like to give recognition to our partners Chance, Historic Royal Palaces, James Cropper, Lewis Moberley, Bell Pottinger and World Wide, who were so vital in making this celebration possible. And, we extend a very special thank you to Coutts, who, as a founder of Walpole, constantly excel themselves in support of our event.

Thank you to all our incredible winners, medalists, nominees, sponsors, judges, esteemed guests and Walpole members: we hope to see you all again next year.

To watch highlights of the event, please click here.