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Subscribe to Walpole’s Daily Luxury Digest

Walpole’s Daily Luxury Digest service is a digital round up of key luxury news, interviews and events from the past 24 hours, ensuring the sector is well briefed on latest happenings.

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And the winners are…

Last night, Bentley, Chatsworth, Farfetch, Glenmorangie, Gucci, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnstons of Elgin, Kingsman & MR PORTER and MATCHESFASHION.COM accepted awards at the 16th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards at The Dorchester, Mayfair and hosted by the Oscar, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE.

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Brand Snapshot | Harrods unveils The Roastery and Bake Hall designed by David Collins Studio

Harrods has opened the doors to its new Roastery and Bake Hall, marking the largest redevelopment of its historic Food Halls in more than 30 years.

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Brand Snapshot | The Scents of Christmas Penhaligon’s Afternoon Tea at The Savoy

Once upon a time, two British icons came together at the most magical time of the year.

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My Life’s Work | Andrew Phillips, Global Director, Hamptons Wealth Partnership

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 meet Andrew Phillips, Global Director, Hamptons Wealth Partnership, on being inspired by sport and his family and how mentoring younger team members brings out the best in him.

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Meet the Maker | Gavin Insley, Insley & Nash

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Gavin Insley, Director, Insley & Nash, part of the Walpole Crafted programme in 2015.

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Meet the Maker | Theresa Nguyen

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Theresa Nguyen, Founder and Creative director of Theresa Nguyen Design Studio Ltd, and a 2016 Walpole Crafted mentee.

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Meet the Maker | William Hemming, Chef de Cuisine, Simpson’s in the Strand

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Willliam Hemming, Chef de Cuisine at the newly re-opened and utterly iconic Simpson's in the Strand.

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Brand Snapshot | The Spirit of Christmas with The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery introduce The Spirit of Christmas -  the Distillery’s first spirit-filled baubles.

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My Life’s Work | Chris Woodgate, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwood

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 meet Chris Woodgate, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwood, on maintaining a good balance between work and family, attention to detail and leaving a positive legacy.

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Walpole British Luxury Showcase at Spring Studios

On Friday 27th October we showed New York - the largest and most important luxury market in the world - what it means to be a British luxury brand: the long tradition, rich heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service that we're rightly renowned for, as we staged our Walpole British Luxury Showcase in the city's Spring Studios.

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Walpole British Luxury Showcase in New York | Dinner at the British Consulate General NYC

On Thursday 26th October, and as part of Walpole's British Luxury Showcase in New York, Walpole co-hosted a dinner with GREAT and WGSN in celebration of British luxury at the stunning residence of the British Consulate General in New York. With a sparkling guest list, Brit-inspired menu, wines from The Chapel Down Winery and gifts from Ettinger and Rococo Chocolates, the evening was a resounding success.

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Walpole British Luxury Showcase in New York

Recognising the USA as the largest and most important luxury market in the world, Walpole swapped London for New York for our inaugural North American trade delegation, bringing the best of British luxury to the City that Never Sleeps.

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CEO letter | The Special Relationship

When Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘America is not a country, it is a world’, he captured a sense of both the opportunity and the challenge for British luxury brands looking to break into the world’s largest market for luxury. How do you create impact in such a vast country? How do you build critically important trade links in the market more than three quarters of you said was a priority growth market over the next five years?

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Meet the Maker | Mark Tallowin, TALLOWIN

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Mark Tallowin, Designer/Craftsman at TALLOWIN and a Walpole Crafted alumnus from 2015.

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Your invitation to join the Walpole Book of Luxury

Walpole members are invited to tell their stories to key international consumers, media, political influencers and the wider luxury industry in Walpole’s most remarkable publication to date: the new-look Book of British Luxury.

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London Luxury Think Tank | 1st November

How are disruptors driving the future of luxury?

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Bazaar at Work Summit | Walpole member offer

Join Samantha Cameron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Emily Maitlis and more at Bazaar at Work's day-long event connecting and celebrating women in business.

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Brand Snapshot | CARDIN Pop-Up at Maison Assouline

Assouline Publishing celebrates its collaboration with legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin and the launch of their new book, with an exclusive CARDIN pop-up shop from 16-28 October at the publishing houses’ flagship store, Maison Assouline located at 196A Piccadilly in St James’s.

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Brand Snapshot | Corinthia London’s new BodySPace

London’s most respected fitness gurus have landed in Corinthia Hotel London. Stephen Price, of state-of-the-art Chelsea wellness consultancy SP & Co. and David Higgins, trainer to Hollywood’s elite and Godfather of Reformer Pilates as Founder of Bootcamp Pilates and Ten Health have joined in a dynamic partnership to bring a revolutionary new hybrid fitness concept BodySPace to the hotel.

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Practicalities around eCommerce conversion | An insight from digital experts GGMR

For any organisation with an eCommerce site, key to its success is driving visitors to the site. Great SEO, engaging social media and good PR can help with this, but what these visitors do when there is more difficult to predict. We spoke to Walpole corporate partner GGMR on the practicalities around conversion: how to turn these visitors into customers.

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Meet the Maker | Mika Nash, Insley & Nash

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Mika Nash, Director, Insley & Nash, part of the Walpole Crafted programme in 2015.

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Navigating data protection reforms | An insight from Charles Russell Speechlys

Creating and managing customer relationships is key to the luxury experience: by building up a wealth of data and information - previous purchases, past visits, personal preferences - on each and every customer who steps through your doors or visits your website, companies are able to offer a truly bespoke, highly personalised approach which is beneficial to both brand and consumer. However, the law on how this information is used and managed is changing - in what could have huge implications for the industry.

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Brand Snapshot | Adare Manor

Adare Manor, one of Ireland’s most renowned 5-star hotels with a list of prestigious accolades nearly as long as its history, is now taking bookings for its November 2017 re-launch following a multi-phase transformation to restore the castle property to its century splendor.

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My Life’s Work | Maria Hatzistefanis, founder, Rodial

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 meet Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of global beauty brand Rodial, on bestselling product 'Snake Serum' and her new book 'How To Be An Overnight Success'.

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Walpole announces new partnership with Careers and Enterprise

One of the challenges to sustain the continued growth of the British luxury sector is ensuring the right access to talent. This access begins at a very young age, with a need to encourage those at school-age to consider craftsmanship and apprenticeships within the luxury sector as a viable career path.

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Future-proofing Your Brand : Insights from Walpole Corporate Partner WGSN

We have been working with Walpole corporate partner and leading global foresight company WGSN, to create a new report which analyses how businesses can future-proof their brand with special consideration of the luxury market. 


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Meisterkreis meets Walpole | The future of Anglo-German luxury

Following Walpole's luxury delegation to Berlin in June, we were delighted to welcome a group of German luxury CEO's from our sister organisation in Deutschland, Meisterkreis, to London in October. The group enjoyed dinner at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, before visiting Harrods to take part in a lively panel discussion on Anglo-German luxury, and a tour of YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP's Tech Hub.

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Brand Snapshot | Troubadour Goods

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, Troubadour Goods, a London-based brand creating beautifully crafted, premium men's accessories.

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Applications for Brands of Tomorrow 2018 are now open

Applications for Brands of Tomorrow 2018 are now open.

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My Life’s Work | Chantal Coady OBE, Founder & Creative Director, Rococo Chocolates

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, to coincide with Chocolate Week, Chantal Coady OBE, Founder of Rococo Chocolates - a Brand of Tomorrow in 2010.

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Culture, Craftsmanship & Curiosity | An evening with Tristram Hunt at DCCH

On Tuesday 3rd October, the North Dome of the imposing Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour was transformed into a stunning dining hall where 140 of Walpole's member Creative Directors and CEOs, Brands of Tomorrow and Crafted alumni, joined speaker Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, for an evening of fine dining, wines from Chapel Down's award-winning Kent-based vineyards, and insightful discussions into 'Culture, Craftsmanship and Curiosity' - where the creative ethos behind all luxury brands was celebrated.

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Brexit impact on Trade Marks, IP and Immigration | An insight from Walpole Partner Charles Russell Speechlys

Walpole's latest Brexit insight event - Navigating Brexit - held in early September, featured a number of fascinating speakers, including experts from law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Walpole's Corporate Partner. During the event, Senior Counsel at CRS, Kate O'Rourke, discussed the impact of the UK leaving the European Union on issues including trade marks, IP, competition law and immigration.

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Meet the Maker | Rebecca Hawkins, Head of Design, Boodles

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Rebecca Hawkins, Head of Design at Boodles.

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Walpole & The Countess of Wessex | Debrett’s guide to the Royal Family

In mid-October, Walpole is co-hosting an evening of champagne and canapés with Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Chair of The Women in Business Committee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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Brand Snapshot | Stanley House, Hamptons Wealth Partnership

Hamptons Wealth Partnership is a bespoke service for high-net-worth individuals looking to acquire or sell private homes across prime London, national and international markets. Hamptons Wealth Partnership also specialises in sourcing investment opportunities for their clients in both the residential and commercial sector.

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My Life’s Work | Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman, Brands of Tomorrow

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 Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman, Brands of Tomorrow and Walpole Board Member, on being inspired by entrepreneurs and Paralympians. 

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Celebrating 10 years of Brands of Tomorrow

In 2007 Walpole launched 'Brands of Tomorrow' - an ambitious mentoring programme designed to nurture and support the next generation of British luxury brands with the long-term aim of securing the growth of the sector. 

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Brexit impact on Foreign Exchange | An insight from Walpole Partner Global Reach Partners

With Brexit at the top of every business agenda - and remaining there for the foreseeable future - Walpole is hosting a series of insight events dedicated to protecting the interests of the luxury industry during negotiations. Our latest event, Navigating Brexit, featured a number of speakers, including experts from foreign exchange specialists Global Reach who discussed the impact of Brexit on currencies.

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Meet the Maker | Lucy Hume, Head of Content, Debrett’s

Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Lucy Hume, Head of Content at Debrett's.

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My Life’s Work | Mark Henderson, Chairman, Gieves & Hawkes, The New Craftsmen & Proportion 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 Walpole board member Mark Henderson: Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, The New Craftsmen and Proportion London.

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Is email marketing dead? | An insight from Walpole Corporate Partner GGMR

The first thing most of us do each morning when we wake is look at our phones. We check social media and scroll through emails - however, it’s hard to disagree that emails from retailers are largely ignored. Despite this, by the end of 2017, the total number of business and consumer emails sent and received per day will reach 269 billion; a figure expected to continue to grow at an average annual rate of 4.4% over the next four years, reaching 319.6 billion by the end of 2021.

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Meet the Maker | Andy Saunders, Mark Wilkinson and Smallbone

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 Andy Saunders, Research and Development Designer/Maker at Walpole member Mark Wilkinson and Smallbone of Devizes.

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My Life’s Work | Nick English, Co-founder, Bremont

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 Nick English, co-founder of the award winning British luxury watch brand, Bremont on loyalty, passion and how life is too short.

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Meet the Maker | Gary Billingham, Factory Manager, Ettinger

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 Gary Billingham, Factory Manager at Ettinger, who describes his journey from pattern maker to factory manager - making over 1,000 different products for his customers along the way.

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Brand Snapshot | Boodles’ The Raindance Watch

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, trends, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, British fine jewellery brand Boodles and their exquisite new Raindance Watch.

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My Life’s Work | Christopher Sharp, Co-Founder of The Rug Company

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Christopher Sharp, co-founder of The Rug Company, who discusses Tibetan sheep, breathing new life into the rug industry, the importance of surrounding yourself with innovative people.

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Meet the Maker | Eleanor Lakelin

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 Eleanor Lakelin, artist and maker in wood, and an alumnus of Walpole’s Crafted programme.

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My life’s work | Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder of Studiofibre

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, Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder of Studiofibre, a multi-disciplined, award-winning design company.

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CEO letter | The Museum of the Manufactures

When she was small, my daughter’s favourite thing was to be taken to the V&A on Saturday afternoons. Her itinerary never changed: straight to the British galleries to spend the next hour or so in the 18th century, dropping curtsies and fluttering fans in Robert Adam surroundings, hunting for mythical beasts hidden on chimneypieces or for lion paws on chairs and staring in wonder at Wedgwood things in their cases – amphora vases, painted plates, jasperware buttons and buckles, a black tea cup and saucer.

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The ‘German Walpole’ to visit London

Walpole is delighted to welcome a delegation of German entrepreneurs and luxury brands from our sister organisation, Meisterkreis, to London in October.

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Meet the Maker | Craig and Rebecca Struthers

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 Craig & Rebecca Struthers, co-founding directors of award-winning watchmakers Struthers London.

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Walpole is hiring | Events Manager

Walpole stages over 50 member events a year, ranging from full-day thought leadership seminars and experiential workshops to cocktail parties and formal high-level dinners. We also host the prestigious British Luxury Awards, held annually, and attended by the UK’s best-known luxury leaders and personalities.

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Brand Snapshot | The Lakes Distillery

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, trends, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, The Lakes Distillery and their brand-new cocktail menu.

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Meet the Maker | Aiveen Daly

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 Aiveen Daly, founder and director of specialist luxury upholsterers, Aiveen Daly.

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Brand Snapshot | Focus/17 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, trends, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, the six-day event Focus/17 at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

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My Life’s Work | Renée Kuo, Managing Director, Debrett’s

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Renée Kuo, Managing Director of Debrett's on the importance of being happy in your own skin, yoga and faith.

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Member of the Week | Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie is renowned for its award-winning single malt whisky, expertly created in Scotland’s tallest stills since 1843. Each year lends the floral, fragrant spirit its own story – the most intriguing of which inspire the Highland Distillery’s vintage collection, Bond House No 1.

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Meet the Maker | Isatu Hyde

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 Isatu Hyde, a traditionally trained potter and product designer, and one of this year's hugely talented Walpole Crafted mentees.

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Brand Snapshot | Selfridges’ Ultralounge

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, trends, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, Selfridges' Ultralounge, part of their summer-long Music Matters campaign.

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My life’s work | Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin

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 Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin - makers of cashmere and fine woollen cloth, knitwear and accessories in Scotland - on ensuring the longevity of the 220-year-old heritage brand, and being inspired by the mills of Elgin and Hawick.

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My Life’s Work | Vartkess Knadjian, CEO, Backes & Strauss

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 Vartkess Knadijian, CEO of the world's oldest diamond company, Backes & Strauss.

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Meet the Media | Anne-Marie Curtis, Elle

The first not-for-profit members’ club run to support homeless people in London into work, the House of St Barnabas - named after the Patron Saint of Encouragement - is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in the heart of Soho - and the location of Walpole's August 'Meet the Media' event for our membership. 

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Member of the Week | Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour dedication to design excellence is impressive. With 120 showrooms and over 600 brands, nowhere else will you find such a high concentration of design’s biggest names shaping luxury interiors today – all at one address.

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Meet the Maker | Alexandra Llewellyn

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 Alexandra Llewellyn, creator of bespoke backgammon boards, and an alumnus of Walpole's Crafted programme, as well as a current Brands of Tomorrow participant.

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Brand Snapshot | The Connaught

Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, trends, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, the stunning new neighbourhood restaurant at The Connaught, headed up by internationally renowned chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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The Secrets of the Luxury Entrepreneurs | Walpole 100

Ever wanted to know what it takes to launch a successful luxury brand? Or learn what inspires some of Britain's most innovative luxury leaders? Walpole 100: the Secrets of the Luxury Entrepreneurs is an exclusive, insiders' guide to succeeding in Britain's world-renowned luxury sphere, authored by some of the best-known names in the industry.

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Meet the Maker | Nerida Fraiman

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 the milliner Nerida Fraiman, who is also one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year’s Crafted programme.

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My Life’s Work | Iain Watson, Founder and CEO, David Collins Studio

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 Iain Watson, Founder and CEO, of the world-renowned David Collins Studio on British luxury as the counter point between heritage and innovation and how he regrets not relocating to New York in the '90s.

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Innovation Watch | by CBRE

The importance of keeping abreast of the latest innovations has perhaps never been more important. Andrew Phipps, Head of Innovation and Retails Research, CBRE, has been tracking new store concepts, developing technologies, divine eateries and the most engaging cultural offerings and sharing these with a select group of brands through Innovation Watch, CBRE's quarterly report.

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Member of the Week | Hotel Café Royal

Previously the haunt of famed patrons, from royalty and celebrity, to the creative and the notorious, Hotel Café Royal, London has been an established and iconic landmark on the British capital’s social scene for over a century. In its recent reincarnation as a luxury hotel, Hotel Café Royal remains an established favourite for locals, while becoming a global destination.

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Smell by Richard E Grant | Walpole Editorial

My late father wore Old Spice, which in combination with the Brylcreem in his hair, made for an indelible combination that powerfully conjures up his presence more strongly than any photograph can. He was a fastidious dresser and liked his hair to be immaculate. Whenever I am in the company of men a generation ahead of me, there is usually someone wearing this scent combination, which I always find very nostalgic.

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Member of the Week | Champagne Laurent-Perrier

If you've ever attended a Walpole event you will no doubt have enjoyed a flute or two of delicious Laurent-Perrier; one of Walpole's longest-standing sponsors. Founded in 1812, the world-renowned Champagne house is guided by a respect for nature and wines, a passion for quality, and is today Walpole's Member of the Week.

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Meet the Maker | Karen Waller, Rococo Chocolates

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 Karen Waller, Head Chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates.

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Nominations now open | Walpole British Luxury Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Walpole British Luxury Awards, which will this year be held in the splendid setting of The Dorchester, London, on Monday 20th November.

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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 organisation 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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Communication Directors’ Summer Party with Jeremy Langmead, Editor-in-Chief of Times Luxx

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, where Editor-in-Chief of Times Luxx Jeremy Langmead told stories about luxury and craftsmanship.

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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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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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Communication Directors’ cocktail party with Lorraine Candy, Editor-in-chief of Sunday Times Style

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. The topic of 'trusting your editor' was discussed by Lorraine Candy, Editor in Chief of the Sunday Times Style, who discussed how luxury brands can place their faith in luxury publications.

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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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