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My Life’s Work | Kate Percival, CEO and Co-Founder, Grace Belgravia

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Kate Percival, CEO and Co-Founder of Grace Belgravia, London’s only Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle Club for women, discussed her passion for preventative medicine and how, despite having a hugely successful career, her big break came when she gave it all up to study for a Master’s degree.

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Member of the Week | Smallbone of Devizes

It’s been a thrilling and industrious year for this dynamic global purveyor of bespoke fitted cabinetry. Smallbone of Devizes is rapidly evolving a diverse portfolio of wares, including a range of immaculately executed custom-made furniture for individual spaces.

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European Excellence Summit Berlin

Walpole is a founding member of the European Cultural & Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA); an orgnaisation which unites the European luxury goods industries by working in association with Comite Colbert (France), Altagamma (Italy), Circulo Fortuny (Spain) and Meisterkreis (Germany).

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CEO Letter | ‘The rich are different; they have more money’*

I have a new vantage point this week. Usually when I write, I stare out through my office window at the Houses of Parliament and the slow-flowing, timeless Thames, and my thoughts necessarily turn to Brexit and to the other legislative issues facing our sector.

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Meet the Maker | Miriam Hanid

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Miriam Hanid, artist and silversmith, and one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year’s Crafted programme.

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My Life’s Work | Frazer Thompson, CEO, Chapel Down Group

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. Today, Frazer Thompson, CEO of English winemaker, Chapel Down discusses how having a team that you can trust can be the best part of the job and how he finds inspiration in the things he cannot do.

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Sight by Nick Knight | Walpole editorial

This may come as a surprise, but I like to think that photography is not primarily about sight. A lot of people say it's what you see but in my experience it’s more about what you feel. I often think I have a mild form of synaesthesia, a condition where you mix up the senses and taste sounds, smell colours, see scents...

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Member of the Week | Wedgwood

Iconic luxury brand Wedgwood is a testament to British entrepreneurial spirit and craftsmanship. For over 250 years, Wedgwood Product and Design Development has taken place in the UK, guaranteeing English authenticity and values.

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Meet the Maker | Ana de Costa

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Ana de Costa, creative director and proprietor of Ana de Costa London, and one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year’s Crafted programme.

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Walpole is hiring | Head of Membership

Walpole is seeking a new Head of Membership to join our small but hardworking team in the heart of Westminster (with one of the best views in London!), reporting directly to our CEO. You will develop and maintain relationships with our unique alliance of 200 of Britain's finest luxury brands, as well as seek out new revenue-generating opportunities.

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My Life’s Work | Michael Ward, Managing Director, Harrods

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. Today, Harrods Managing Director and Walpole Chairman, Michael Ward on fairness, laughter and always balancing the books.

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Marketing and Communication Directors’ Summer Party

On a sweltering July night, Walpole took over the 1922 Edward Lutyens-designed Maison Assouline library on Piccadilly for our Communication and Marketing Directors' Summer Party.

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FT Business of Luxury Summit 2017 Lisbon | Walpole Report

Walpole travelled to Lisbon in mid-May for the annual FT Business of Luxury Summit; an unmissable, three-day event which brings together the world's luxury leaders for a programme of key notes, panel discussions and workshops.

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Member of the Week | Boodles

Today's Member of the Week is leading purveyor of gorgeous jewels, Boodles. Dedicated to championing exemplary British craftsmanship and creativity since 1798, Boodles designs are today a firm fixture on the red carpet and at the Royal Ballet, with a collaboration inspired by the iconic organisation.

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Meet the Maker | Hugh Miller

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Hugh Miller, designer and furniture maker, and one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year's Crafted programme.

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Instagram takeover with Consuelo Blocker

This week, we were thrilled to hand over the Walpole Instagram account to the fabulous and eternally elegant lifestyle blogger Consuelo Blocker.

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My Life’s Work | Sheena Gill, Chairman, GGMR and Shen London

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we are delighted to meet Sheena Gill, Chairman of GGMR – the creators of Walpole’s new website - and founder of luxury jewellery brand, Shen London. Sheena discusses her love of the royal family, good manners and maintaining ambition as an entrepreneur.

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Brand Snapshot | Hamilton & Inches

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, one of the most significant announcements for the Scottish jewellery industry in generations, luxury jewellery house Hamilton & Inches has been revealed as an official jeweller for Scottish Gold.

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Inaugural Woman’s Hour Craft Prize finalists announced

BBC Radio 4, Walpole Cultural Associate the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Crafts Council have announced the 12 makers in the running for the inaugural £10,000 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize.

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Member of the Week | Mark Wilkinson

Walpole's latest Member of the Week is leading luxury interior designer Mark Wilkinson. Creatively inspired, individual and hand crafted with meticulous attention to quality and detail: all hallmarks of the brand, whose kitchens and furniture are still made in the West Country of England, just a few miles from the birthplace of this much-loved British company.

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Meet the Maker | Noel Thompson, Bentley Motors

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Noel Thompson, a skilled coach trimmer and creator of beautifully crafted steering wheels for Bentley Motors.

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EU workers need transition period, Walpole urges Theresa May

A host of UK business leaders, including Walpole's CEO, claim that the Government’s new proposals on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit do not go far enough to ensure Britain will get the workers it needs to ensure growth.

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Brand Snapshot | Dovecot Tapestry Studio

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, Dovecot Studios’ exquisite Chris Ofili tapestry, on display now at The National Gallery.

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My Life’s Work | Michael Wainwright, Managing Director, Boodles

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, ahead of The Boodles Tennis Challenge, we meet Boodles Managing Director, Michael Wainwright, who discusses why he hopes family values will always be at the heart of the company.

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Member of the Week | The Savoy

One of London's most iconic hotels (and a founder of Walpole), The Savoy, built in 1889, was the UK's first luxury hotel. Today it is one of the capital's most celebrated landmarks, proudly standing on the northbank of the River Thames - and our third-ever member of the week.

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Meet the Maker | Vivien Sheriff

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Vivien Sheriff and her eponymous millinery brand.

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Brand Snapshot | RWD

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, RWD’s success at the World Superyacht Awards and the launch of its latest new project, the stunning Hasna.

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My Life’s Work | Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse

In this new weekly series, we meet a Walpole member senior executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, ahead of Royal Ascot, we meet Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse who discusses the importance of taking a moment to enjoy successes and her own experience of riding a racehorse.

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Walpole Editorial | Taste by Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing, owner of Walpole member Marcus Wareing Restaurants, and BBC MasterChef judge puts pen to paper as he discusses his culinary journey - from the Sunday roasts that were the highlight of his childhood to the importance of all six senses in creating Michelin-star-worthy food.

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Member of the Week | Harrods

Harrods began as a wholesale grocer and tea merchants in east London, first opening its doors in 1834. Since then, it has grown to become the world’s most famous department store, known for its unrivalled range of luxury merchandise.

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Meet the Maker | Callum G Robinson

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Callum G Robinson Creative Director at Method Studio.

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Brand Snapshot | dunhill London

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, fresh from London Fashion Week: Men’s, dunhill London’s stunning new Autumn Winter 2017 September collection, and a look ahead to its Spring Summer 2018 collection from new Creative Director, Mark Weston.

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My Life’s Work | Robert Ettinger CEO, G Ettinger

In this new weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Robert Ettinger, CEO of luxury leather goods specialists, G Ettinger, talks Royal Warrants, building a luxury brand and Sachertorte.

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Walpole comment | The General Election

The view from the Walpole office is usually an inspiring one. Today, Friday 9th June, we are pondering what the result of yesterday's General Election means for our industry.

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Member of the Week | Smallbone of Devizes

Every Thursday we profile a Walpole member who has featured in the 2017 Walpole yearbook A Sense of British Luxury. This week, the focus is on leading interior designer in handcrafted custom-made and luxury kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, Smallbone of Devizes.

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John Ray appointed Creative Director at Thomas Pink

Thomas Pink has announced the appointment of John Ray as Creative Director.

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Expect currency volatility over the election period

With Thursday’s election looming, you might be wondering what the outcome could mean for the currency markets. The following story is shared in association with foreign exchange experts and Walpole Corporate Partners, Global Reach Partners

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Meet the Maker | TJ Brown, Savoir Beds

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing TJ Brown, Master Craftsman at luxury bedmaker Savoir Beds.

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Subscribe to our Daily Luxury Press Digest

Walpole’s industry-leading Daily Luxury Digest service is a digital round up of key industry news from the past 24 hours, ensuring the industry is well briefed on latest happenings.

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Brand Snapshot | Temperley London

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns and launches from Walpole’s members. Today we take a look at Temperley London’s double-digit growth and Alice’s upcoming book launch.

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My Life’s Work | Balthazar Fabricius, CEO, Fitzdares

In this new weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Balthazar Fabricius, CEO of bespoke bookmakers Fitzdares, talks about the importance of finding a mentor and his joy in discovering the perfect gift.

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CEO letter | On luxury storytelling, and Walpole’s new website

Storytelling is the heart of luxury; it is what casts its enchantment over us, conjuring up emotions that pull us towards beautiful objects and make experiences unforgettable. It’s for this reason I’m so delighted we finally have the right platform to tell the story of British luxury, and our incredible member brands.

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LBS Programme in Luxury Management cocktail party

To celebrate the speakers, mentors and students who have participated in the Walpole & London Business School Programme in Luxury Management, programme Chair Mark Henderson, Chairman of of Gieves & Hawkes, hosted guests at a cocktail party at the iconic No. 1 Savile Row store.

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Walpole’s digital rebrand

Welcome to the new Walpole website, created in association with GGMR; we hope you like it. Within this site you will find all the information on how we promote, protect and develop the British luxury industry, as well as the incredible member brands which are at the heart of everything we do.

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Chalhoub Luxury in the GCC White Paper

Walpole was delighted to host the launch of corporate partner The Chalhoub Group’s white paper, Luxury in the GCC: Age of Digitalisation, at Home House on Friday 19th May. 

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An Evening at The Economist & 1843

On Tuesday 30th May, Walpole members were invited to join Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist and Editor of The Economist’s The World in… for an incisive and thought-provoking evening in the publication's Boardroom - which also boasted one of the best views in London.

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Women in Luxury Lunch 2017

On Wednesday 24th May, Walpole's fourth-annual Women in Luxury Lunch was held at the stunning Corinthia Hotel London, with guest speaker Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK.

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CEO Letter | The Auld Alliance

“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”, wrote Voltaire, and last week, as I luxuriated in my snug bed at The Balmoral, gazing through the window at the pale, early morning sunshine glinting on Edinburgh Castle, Scotland felt very civilised indeed.

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EU enquiry into Selective Distribution

As founders of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA), Walpole welcomed the recent publication of the European Commission’s final report on its e-commerce sector enquiry, particularly in light of the recent Coty selective distribution case.

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CEO letter | Curiosity & Craftmanship

I wrote last time of my delight in discovering the exceptional craftspeople working in British luxury, those who daily weave their own magic; their skills transmuting the ordinary into enchanted objects.

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CEO letter | Bond Street, Brexit and the Business of British Luxury

I must have walked up Bond Street at least daily for the last 20 years, turning left at De Beers on the corner of Piccadilly, dawdling outside Prada, stopping at the Asprey window, then crossing to the Churchill/Roosevelt bench before cutting right at the flower stall on my way to work.

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Introducing ‘The Salon’

Introducing The Salon: a new regular event as part of Walpole's Women in Luxury programme. Hosted at Home House, this intimate, invitation-only salon is designed to create a space for ideas to flourish and for stimulating discussion.

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Brands of Tomorrow and Crafted tour Harrods

The 2017 Brands of Tomorrow and Crafted mentees came together in early April for a joint workshop on Retail & Distribution, which included a tour of Harrods - now the home of many former Brands of Tomorrow, including House of Hackney, Charlotte Olympia and Emilia Wickstead.

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‘Beyond Article 50’ Walpole member briefing

Walpole's latest Brexit event followed the recent triggering of Article 50 and brought together Walpole members with panels of expert speakers to discuss the Politics, Policy, Process & Economic Outlook and the Legal & Business Outlook following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

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Meet the Crafted Class of 2017

Walpole is delighted to announce the six talented craftspeople selected for the 10th annual Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional mentorship programme, in association with patron Vacheron Constantin.

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CEO letter | An update to Walpole members

The Walpole office looks out onto Westminster Bridge and to the Palace of Westminster; it’s hard to think of a more impressive view, or a more British one, yet last Wednesday its picture-postcard familiarity was marred by tragedy.

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Marketing & Communication Directors’ cocktail party

Walpole was joined by the luxury industry's finest marketing and communication executives for our annual celebration of the sector at one of Walpole's newest members - the Rosewood London - on Tuesday 21st March.

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Bloomberg Brexit Breakfast

Walpole's Chairman and Managing Director of Harrods Michael Ward joined Bloomberg’s latest Brexit Breakfast series, which brought together experts from a variety of sectors to debate developments, threats and opportunities around Brexit.

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Think Tank on talent for the luxury sector

Every industry cites talent – and ensuring the talent pipeline – as critical to sustainable business success.

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Thriving After Brexit: Walpole’s EU referendum manifesto

Since last summer’s referendum, Walpole has been working with members to understand the British luxury sector’s position on Brexit.

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CBRE ‘Location & Luxury’ research launch

As demand for luxury has grown so has the number of locations that offer a luxury proposition. But how does one determine which city is worthy of the title ‘the luxury location’? To answer this question, Walpole partnered with CBRE for the launch of our research paper 'Luxury and Location', at Brown's Hotel, London on Thursday 9th February.

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A letter from Walpole’s new CEO to the membership

How exciting it is to join Walpole in the year it celebrates both its 25th anniversary and a decade of its flagship mentoring programmes, Brands of Tomorrow and Crafted.

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Walpole and Publicitas content marketing workshop

Walpole and Publicitas welcomed members to the London EDITION in Fitzrovia on Tuesday 31st January for a workshop and networking event focusing on content marketing.

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Walpole announces new Chief Executive

Walpole has today announced the appointment of Helen Brocklebank as Chief Executive, with immediate effect.

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Meet the MBA students | Walpole’s programme in luxury management

In our successful partnership with London Business School, the cohort of 12 students for the MBA Programme in Luxury Management 2017 have been selected, and have begun the programme.

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Applications now open for Walpole’s 2017 Crafted programme

Walpole and patron Vacheron Constantin invite traditional and contemporary artisans and craftspeople to submit applications for the prestigious 10th-annual Crafted programme.

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Introducing the 2017 Brands of Tomorrow

We are delighted to reveal the participants selected for the 2017 Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme, which this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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