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The latest news from Britain’s finest luxury brands

Discover the latest news, events, offers and insights from Walpole's membership of 200 of the UK's best-known luxury brands.

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Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Ormonde Jayne’s Linda Pilkington

Perfumer Linda Pilkington, founder of Ormonde Jayne, is in the hot seat for today's Holiday with... where she gives advice on prolonging your scent in the heat, hosting the perfect al fresco drinks party, and what to wear to keep cool and stylish this summer.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… DCM’s Amelia Wrighton

Amelia Wrighton, Client Lead at Digital Cinema Media, favourite holiday destination? Theoule-sur-Mer in the South of France which boasts 'endless charm and rosé'. Discover Amelia's other top tips in today's Summer of Luxury 'Holiday with...' profile.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Fiona Barratt-Campbell

Today on a 'Holiday with...' we meet internationally acclaimed interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell, whose travels often provide rich inspiration for her furniture brand FBC London - as well as take a look at her newly redesigned website which launched earlier this month.

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A Summer of Luxury | Luxury Leader William Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares

In this regular series, we meet a senior executive of a Walpole member brand to discover their big break, their greatest achievement to date, and what they'd be doing in a parallel life. This week: the new CEO of Fitzdares, William Woodhams, on his plans for the world's finest bookmakers AND the summer...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… YOOX NET-A-PORTER’s Bruno-Roland Bernard

Our final 'Holiday with...' for the week is Bruno-Roland Bernard, the Group Communications Director of YOOX NET-A-PORTER who may dream of summer in the Loire Valley but is just as happy enjoying an 'elegant English picnic' at Glyndebourne - all while taking sartorial advice from the MR PORTER team.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… G. F Smith’s Margaret Sweeney

Today on a Summer of Luxury, we 'Holiday with...' G. F Smith's Director of Business Development Margaret Sweeney, for whom a holiday is spending time with family, and switching off completely from the pressures of work.

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CEO Letter | The Engine of British Luxury

Luxury’s showroom may have always been London, but its engine room is entirely national. There are Walpole members the length and breadth of the British Isles, from the Highlands and Islands to Land's End and everywhere in between.

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Want to set up your own fashion business? Read this first.

If you are sitting on a sun-lounger contemplating leaving your city job to set up a fashion brand here are five fundamental questions that will help you ALIGN your strategy before you take that plunge.

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Luxury Leader | Dagmar Smit, Co-Founder & CEO, Elegantes 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 shine a light on Dagmar Smit, Co-Founder and CEO of the perfume house, Elegantes London.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Robert Ettinger

From the season's must-have accessory to little known idyllic island getaways, Robert Ettinger, CEO of luxury leather accessories brand Ettinger, shares his hottest tips with Walpole, as we move into week two of Summer of Luxury.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Dorchester Collection’s Rosanna Fishbourne

Rosanna Fishbourne, Dorchester Collection's Area Director of Communications, is today's 'Holiday with' subject, discussing her take on a Summer of Luxury – from favourite al fresco drinking and dining spots to how to celebrate the sun with a very special Walpole member offer at Coworth Park.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Boodles’ James Amos

It is day two of Walpole's Summer of Luxury campaign, and we have Boodles' director James Amos in the hot seat discussing his plans for the Official Month of Summer - from where to holiday to what to read.

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A Summer of Luxury | Cross-cultural courtesies by Debrett’s

Despite our recent spate of sunny weather, August is typically the time to escape the UK, travel abroad and experience another culture. Whether that means sipping an exotic cocktail on a secluded beach or traipsing through every museum and archaeological site in a 50-mile radius, chances are you may find not only the language foreign, but the manners and behaviour, too. To prevent any potential cross-cultural catastrophes, Renée Kuo, Managing Director at Debrett's, navigates us through the etiquette of travelling courteously this summer. 

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Harrods’ Michael Ward

Kicking off our Summer of Luxury Campaign - a celebration of the year's most carefree of months - we spoke to Michael Ward, Walpole's Chairman and Managing Director of Harrods, on how to navigate the season of sun in style.

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British Luxury: Timeless products in a changing world

An evening in conversation with Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole and LONDNR Magazine at Maison Assouline.

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Luxury Leaders | Iain Watson and Simon Rawlings celebrate 50 years at David Collins Studio

2018 is proving to be a defining year for the legendary David Collins Studio, with Founder and CEO Iain Watson celebrating his 30th anniversary at the Studio, and Creative Director Simon Rawlings celebrating his 20th.

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Luxury Leader | Aino Grapin, CEO, Winch Design

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 shine a light on Aino Grapin, CEO of the award-winning British design studio, Winch Design.

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Walpole Strategic Partner profile | Buffalo

Clever, elegant design is the hallmark of Studio Buffalo, whose creative concept and execution breathed renewed life into this year's Walpole Book of British Luxury. We spoke with Buffalo's Creative Director Neil Tookey, who has built a career on helping luxury brands communicate more creatively, on the inspiration behind the Book of Luxury and his best luxury for under a tenner...

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Five minutes with the Founder | Rae Feather

In this new series, we take five minutes with the founders of our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow to shine a light on the personality and the motivation behind these new British luxury brands. This month, we spoke with Rae Feather, founder of her eponymous accessories brand, on how and why she founded Rae Feather, where she hopes to be in 10 years, and what she might be doing in an alternative life.

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A Summer of Luxury | Join Walpole’s August content campaign

Britain may be experiencing the longest heatwave in 40 years, but August will always stand out as the Official Month of Summer: 31 halcyon days of Out Of Offices – holidays, weddings, parties and al fresco fun – before the 'back to school' mindset of September kicks in.

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Tax-free shopping for overseas visitors | An update for the luxury sector

The government is considering how best to digitalise the Retail Export Scheme (tax free shopping) to make it faster and more efficient than the current paper-based system.

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CEO letter | The Digital Detox

Walpole's CEO is on holiday for the next two weeks, and, for the first time since 2005, is undergoing the full digital detox - no iPhone, no email, no laptop, no nothing. Below she outlines the reasons behind this rather radical experiment, where she will be 'Out of Office in mind, as well as body'.

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The luxury sector’s response to the Brexit white paper

"Britain finally has a negotiating position for a post-Brexit partnership with the EU. The UK’s 98-page white paper, published on Thursday, seeks to recreate many aspects of the existing economic relationship between Britain and the EU for goods and services, short of the bloc’s free movement of people rules. On security, home affairs and participation in EU institutions, the document recognises the UK will not have a vote, but Britain still wants an active voice." - FT.com.

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Walpole appoints ANM Comms

ANM, the prestige brand communications agency - formerly Neville McCarthy Associates and APR Communications - has been appointed with immediate effect to handle the PR and Communications for Walpole, the sector body that represents the interests of the British luxury industry.

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Tell your brand stories to 21,000 people

Walpole's Daily Luxury Digest is evolving. With the continued brief to make 'British luxury famous', we have refined and enhanced our offering to include more profiles on the people behind Walpole's member brands. We have also increased the opportunities to tell your company stories - be it an event, new product launch, current campaign or key piece of news - to an audience of over 21,000.

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‘A pro-business Brexit’ | An update from Walpole’s CEO

Dear members, I wanted to thank you so much for supporting the statement Walpole put out ahead of last Friday’s meeting at Chequers. I also wanted to thank you for your swift response and for sharing your views, both public and private, so frankly – this could not have been more helpful when it came to putting forward the thoughts of the British luxury sector on the status of the Brexit negotiations.

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The British luxury sector joins call for a pro-business Brexit

Walpole today added its voice to the call for the Government to deliver a pro-business Brexit

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Brexit: The time to act is now

Helen Brocklebank, Walpole’s CEO has sent the following letter to member CEOs asking them to add their support to a press release that Walpole issued to the media ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting at Chequers.

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Walpole editorial | Have a Heart by Lorraine Candy

When it comes to luxury brands, ethical is cool and kindness is key, says The Sunday Times Style's Lorraine Candy.

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Walpole editorial | What’s in a word? By Justine Picardie

The meaning of luxury is evolving. Justine Picardie looks at its etymology, from lust and guilt to today’s need for stillness and contemplation.

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Walpole editorial | Best in Class by Alex Bilmes

His tech may come from other countries, but from his hat to his shoes and everything in between only British will do for Alex Bilmes.

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Promoting British Luxury in Europe

Walpole to take a delegation of member CEOs to the European Excellence Summit in Madrid, Europe's fastest-growing luxury market, from 11th to 12th September 2018.

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The Medium is the Message: Cinematic Storytelling with Digital Cinema Media & Belmond

"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", wrote Walpole's CEO Helen Brocklebank this time last year. And on Wednesday 27th June, Walpole members experienced the full impact of this sentiment as they joined us at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue for our first event with DCM, the market leader in cinema advertising, for an inspiring morning on the power of cinematic storytelling.

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Meet the Media | Breakfast with Lucy Yeomans, Editor in Chief of PORTER

Walpole members enjoyed breakfast with Lucy Yeomans, Editor in Chief of PORTER and Global Content Director of NET-A-PORTER at Claridge's on Thursday 21st June for the fourth of our Meet the Media series.

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Black tie dressing for the Walpole Awards with Henry Poole

Celebrating outstanding work in the luxury sector, the 2018 Walpole British Luxury Awards take place on Monday 19th November at The Dorchester, London. Befitting such an illustrious event, and for the first time in its 17-year history, 'black tie' will be de rigueur for this year's Awards. This new dress code is inspired by Walpole member Henry Poole, who created the universal standard for eveningwear in 1865.

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Royal Ascot | Lifting the Silverware, a guide by Garrard and Fitzdares

With Royal Ascot drawing to a close tomorrow, we spoke with iconic jewellery and silverware house Garrard, the 'Official Trophies and Silverware Supplier' of the prestigious race meet. The two British institutions have a shared heritage dating back to 1842, when Garrard created the first Gold Cup; this year, the legacy continues with the House revealing the new designs for the iconic gold cups and Group 1 trophies. Meanwhile, we once again consulted with private bookmakers Fitzdares, who divulge who they believe will be lifting these awards on day four of the world's best-known equestrian event.

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Royal Ascot | Styling Ladies Day with Suzie Turner and Fitzdares

Day three of Royal Ascot plays host to two prestigious events: Ladies Day and the historic Gold Cup race. To succeed at both requires good taste, insider knowledge and an understanding of the (style) stakes - something which couturier Suzie Turner and private bookmaker Fitzdares have in spades. From the Royal to the Windsor enclosure, Suzie Turner's beautiful bespoke pieces will turn heads for the right reasons, while Fitzdares' professional tipster Glyn Warne has yet more gold dust for those wondering which horse to back. 

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Nominations now open

The Walpole British Luxury Awards celebrate and reward brands and individuals for their outstanding work in the luxury sector both in Britain and abroad. 

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Royal Ascot | Dressing and Drinking with DAKS and Chapel Down

On day two of Royal Ascot, we turn our attention to the etiquette of dressing and drinking during the world's most prestigious race meeting. We spoke with British luxury fashion house DAKS - who have been clothing racegoers since 1894 - on ​navigating the notoriously tricky dress code, and to English winemakers Chapel Down on their tipple of choice to toast (or commiserate) a big win (or loss!) on the horses.

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Walpole member exclusive: Attend the Fundraising Gala for the Invictus Games UK Delegation

The Invictus Games - It’s more than just sport. It’s life-changing. It’s life-affirming. Capturing hearts. Inspiring minds.

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Royal Ascot | Talking Hats with Vivien Sheriff and Katherine Elizabeth

The world's most prestigious equestrian event where the style stakes are as high as the prize money, Royal Ascot is as famous for its dress code as it is for its racing. In celebration of the annual meet which begins today, Walpole has discussed sartorial standards and etiquette with several of our members, with our first focus for the week on headwear.

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CEO Letter | The Anglo-Italian Relationship

What’s your favourite luxury under a tenner? Mine costs even less than that: €7.50, the price of a single ticket on the Vaporetto Uno, buys me 40 minutes of speechless wonder on Venice’s Grand Canal.

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Royal Ascot | Fitzdares share their top tips

The highlight of the equestrian calendar and an event synonymous with sartorial elegance, Royal Ascot - and its legendary dress code - returns tomorrow. We spoke to a number of Walpole members - from milliners to winemakers - on what to wear, what to drink, and, of course, what horse to have a flutter on during this, our week-long Royal Meeting takeover.

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Final call for New York City | Walpole US Trade Delegation

Walpole is finalising plans for our second-annual Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showcase in New York this October, and invites all Walpole members to join our activities.

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Exclusive opportunity to partner with the FT Weekend

This is your exclusive opportunity to partner with the Financial Times as they bring the pages of the FT Weekend to life.

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Three days in New York City | Walpole US Trade Delegation

This week, we have been focusing on the importance of the US market to Britain's luxury brands as we prepare for our second Trade Delegation to New York City.

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A slice of the Big Apple | The appeal of British brands to Americans

As Walpole's preparations for the 2018 US Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showcase gather pace, we focus on the almost-universal appeal of the UK's luxury brands on our transatlantic cousins.

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ECCIA visit to Strasbourg

This week, Walpole is in Strasbourg to discuss issues affecting the luxury industry with our counterparts from within the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance: Spain's Circulo Fortuny; Comité Colbert of France; the Italian Fondazione Altagamma; and Germany's Meisterkreis, as well as MEPs from across the EU.

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New York: The most important market in the US for luxury

New York, New York, a city so good that it accounts for almost a third of the total US luxury market size, with a value of $25.5 billion - and the key reason why the Big Apple is the destination of Walpole's second-annual Trade Delegation and Showcase.

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Walpole US Trade Delegation and Showcase 2018

The largest market for luxury worldwide at $85 billion, the US is a key priority for 75% of Walpole's member brands, and the location of Walpole's second-annual US Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showcase from 23rd to 25th October 2018.

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Walpole editorial | A Special Relationship by Jessica Fellowes

As we prepare for the second-annual Walpole Trade Delegation to New York City, Jessica Fellowes – niece of Julian – asks what makes Americans fall in love with British historical drama, particularly Downton Abbey?

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Chief Financial Officers’ Dinner 2018 in association with haysmacintyre

Chief Financial Officers from Walpole's member brands were brought together at The Goring hotel on Wednesday 30th May for a dinner and discussion with Professor Sarah Churchwell, author of the thought-provoking Behold, America; A History of America First and the American dream, in conversation with Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank. 

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My Life’s Work | Huw & Rossella Beaugié, Founders, The Thinking Traveller

In this regular series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Huw and Rossella Beaugié, founders and managing directors, The Thinking Traveller.

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Wedgwood strikes gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Wedgwood’s inaugural garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 has won Gold with multi award-winning UK designer, Jo Thompson.

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London Craft Week | Walpole Crafted alumni party

On Thursday 10th May, Walpole celebrated a decade of Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional at a special cocktail party hosted at Battersea Power Station. This exclusive, invitation-only event was for Crafted alumni, mentors and supporters of the programme over the past decade. The event also featured the works of Crafted alumni, on display as part of London Craft Week.

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CEO Letter | Accidental ambitions: Women, Power and Sarah Sands

You’ve probably heard that well-worn statistic that suggests men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report and has been quoted in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean in, in The Confidence Code and in countless features about why women still struggle to break through to the top jobs, yet with a little digging one discovers that the 100% vs 60% figure is built on anecdotal evidence, rather than on robust statistical analysis.

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The Royal Wedding | Chewton Glen

As the world turns its attention to the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there's still time to celebrate like a royal with and indulge in a weekend of events at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in Hampshire.

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The Royal Wedding | The Lakes Distillery

As the Royal Wedding is fast approaching, get into the celebratory spirit with The Lakes Distillery specially created Elderflower Royale Spritz cocktail, the perfect Summer drink.

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The Royal Wedding | Royal Salute

Royal Salute, the exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky with a very fitting name, has launched a one-of-a-kind Royal Wedding Edition in tribute to the upcoming marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle. Continuing Royal Salute’s long legacy of celebrating British royal milestones, just 70 bottles of this incredible whisky have been produced - and is a true collector’s item fit for a King or Queen (or Duke and Duchess).

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The Royal Wedding | Garrard

With the most anticipated wedding of the year just two days away, discover how some of the world’s most iconic jewels were initially created for royal weddings by Walpole member Garrard.

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The Royal Wedding | Cadogan

In our third installment of Royal Wedding fever, discover how the capital's most Royal borough - Kensington and Chelsea - will be celebrating the upcoming nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, thanks to Cadogan.

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The Royal Wedding | The Savoy

In the second of our series on how Walpole members are marking the upcoming wedding between His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, we take a look at how The Savoy - a hotel with a decades-long association with the Royal family - are celebrating this most auspicious of occasions.

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The Royal Wedding | Fortnum & Mason

To celebrate the upcoming wedding between His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May, we spoke with Walpole members to discover how they are celebrating this most Royal of occasions, beginning with Royal Warrant Holder Fortnum & Mason, who have devised a new range of gifts and a special afternoon tea.

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Mentoring with Walpole

One of Walpole's main objectives is to secure a pipeline of talent for the British luxury industry.

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London Business School Retail & Luxury Goods Conference

London Business School’s 5th annual Retail & Luxury Goods Conference on Wednesday 6th June brings together MBA students from top European schools and industry professionals to explore the future of physical retail.

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Walpole International Marketing Seminar with Premier Tax Free

Walpole's International Marketing Seminar with Premier Tax Free was held on Tuesday 1st May at The Financial Times and featured expert speakers from the worlds of luxury and business, including Harrods, American Express, the BBC, Rosewood London, Bicester Village, The Future Laboratory, CBRE, Roja Parfums, Dorchester Collection and Notable London.

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Walpole editorial | Crafting a future by Guy Salter

Ahead of London Craft Week from Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th May, LCW Chairman Guy Salter OBE MVO examines the craft renaissance and asks: is it here to stay?

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My Life’s Work | Dr. James Stuart Espey OBE, Chairman, The Last Drop Distillers

In this regular series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Dr. James Stuart Espey OBE, Chairman, The Last Drop Distillers.

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Walpole Crafted at London Craft Week

Discover the Walpole Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional alumni that are participating in this year's inspiring London Craft Week, from their base at Battersea Power Station.

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Walpole Members at London Craft Week

Discover the Walpole members participating in this year's inspiring London Craft Week, from 9th to 13th May, at various venues across London.

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Survey on the Access to Finance of Companies from the Cultural and Creative Sectors

Access to funding is one of the key barriers encountered by companies and organisations working in the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS).

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AGM report | March 2017 – March 2018

As I begin my second year as Walpole’s Chief Executive, the report of Walpole’s activities over the previous 12 months offers an excellent opportunity to look back at what the organisation has achieved on your behalf, and also to share with you how we have been investing your membership fees in the work we do to protect, develop and promote the British luxury sector.

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Helen Brocklebank reveals how to build customer loyalty in the rising British luxury market

Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, discusses how the likes of Burberry have been able to successfully transform themselves into “global superstars”, and identifies how British luxury brands can build and sustain customer loyalty through strong storytelling, creative myth-making and going beyond ‘Brand Britain’.

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CEO letter | On beauty

Following the recent Walpole and Chalhoub Group white paper launch on Beauty in the GCC, Helen Brocklebank ponders the cultural significance of cosmetics, the value of the sector to the British economy, and the Walpole member brands wholly dedicated to the body beautiful... 

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FT Business of Luxury Summit & Walpole member dinner

We are delighted to announce Walpole’s continued support of the annual FT Business of Luxury Summit, which brings together leading industry executives, creatives and financiers to look at where the luxury revolution is going.

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Digital Book of British Luxury 2018

The digital version of the 2018 Walpole Book of British Luxury is now live.

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My Life’s Work | Chris & Clare Turner, CTO Lighting

In this regular series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Chris & Clare Turner, owners of CTO Lighting.

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Beauty in the GCC | Chalhoub Group White Paper 2018

Luxury beauty brands, entrepreneurs, influencers and journalists joined Walpole and the Chalhoub Group for breakfast at Corinthia London on Tuesday 10th April for our latest insight event focusing on Middle Eastern luxury beauty trends.

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Trade Mission to Sweden | 22-23 May 2018

Are you a UK retailer with plans to enter the Swedish market? Join the Department for International Trade for two days filled with business opportunities and insights into the Swedish retail market.

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Call for business news in Commonwealth markets

Walpole have been asked by the DIT to gather information from member companies about any commercial announcements between the UK and Commonwealth member countries – for example investment, new market openings, joint ventures connected to Commonwealth markets that can be announced by Senior Government officials during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place here in London from the 16th-20th April.

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The power of personalisation with Ettinger

Founded by Gerry Ettinger in 1934, Ettinger is one of the few remaining British luxury leather goods companies still manufacturing in the UK. They pride themselves on designing and handcrafting only the finest leather goods, many of which can be personalised with the recipient's initials to create a bespoke product.

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Meet the Maker | Tessa Packard, Founder & Creative Director, Tessa Packard London

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 Tessa Packard, founder and creative director of Tessa Packard London.

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Britain’s most luxurious Easter eggs

With Easter weekend fast approaching, here we bring you the most eggs-travagant Easter eggs from Walpole members:

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Luxury in South Korea | Walpole member update

Over the last 18 months Walpole has developed a strong relationship with the British Ambassador to Korea and the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Sean Blakeley. Following two members events here in London, the latest of which was held on Tuesday 20th February at Corinthia Hotel London, we now have nine member companies all in discussion with the teams locally in South Korea about market entry plans. 

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My Life’s Work | Martine Assouline, CEO, Maison Assouline

In this regular series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Martine Assouline, CEO, Maison Assouline.

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Grace Belgravia | Where the self-care cognoscenti go

With what looks to be luxury's long-term trend towards all things wellbeing, we hear directly from Grace Belgravia CEO, Kate Percival on what inspired her to establish her London health club for women.

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CEO Letter | A focus on International Luxury Marketing

It was my birthday this weekend, so I know you’ll forgive that this week’s newsletter is briefer than usual. However, I didn’t want to polish off the last slice of birthday cake without flagging up Walpole’s thought-provoking International Marketing Seminar, for which tickets go on sale this week. Held on Tuesday 1st May at the Financial Times, and open to everyone, it promises to be a day full of insightful data and actionable insights to take back into your businesses.

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Walpole Member Survey | Opportunities in the Luxury Workplace 

Thursday 8th March marked both International Women's Day and the launch of Walpole's first-ever survey of the luxury workplace.

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Kate Reardon becomes Editor-in-Chief of Times Luxx

Last week it was announced that Walpole member LUXX, The Times' gorgeously glossy magazine focused on 'the best of everything' has appointed Kate Reardon, former editor of Tatler, as its new editor-in-chief.

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Chinese visitor numbers reach record highs | UKCVA briefing

In 2012, when the UK China Visitor alliance was founded by Walpole, the New West End Company, London First, Global Blue and McArthurGlen to work with the government to grow significantly Chinese visitors, the UK issued just 210,958 visitor visas in China. 2017 figures released by the Home Office this month show that figure has risen to 531,967, a 152% increase since 2012. 

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Walpole Book of British Luxury 2018 launch party

Monday 12th March saw the launch of the 2018 Walpole Book of British Luxury at Simpson's in the Strand. Our biggest publication to date, this year's book includes compelling editorial from 11 of the UK's best-known writers, gorgeous stories from 48 of Walpole's finest members, and a stunning cover designed by Rory Dobner, a former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow.

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My Life’s Work | Tessa Packard

In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Tessa Packard, Founder & Creative Director, Tessa Packard London, a Brand of Tomorrow 2017, and now a Walpole member.

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CEO letter | What does British luxury mean?

What does British luxury mean? What is it about the British bit of British luxury that makes it so alluring? Is it tangible things like craftsmanship and creativity, design, quality and attention to detail, service and experience?

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International Women’s Day: Why it is more important than ever for women to have a voice

Today we celebrate International Women's Day by recognising the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women all over the world. We continue the piece we started on the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK last month by asking more members of our Women in Luxury network why it is more important than ever for women to have a voice:

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Brand Snapshot | Farrow & Ball More Than Colour

To help illustrate what makes Farrow & Ball paint so extraordinary, the British craftsmen in paint and paper have drawn on the simple analogy of artisanal coffee roasting.

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CEO Letter | International Women’s Day

Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to be invited by Astley Clarke CEO, Scott Thompson, to a Theirworld #changetheculture breakfast, hosted by Theirworld founder Sarah Brown, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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Burberry appoints Riccardo Tisci as Chief Creative Officer

As Burberry taps Riccardo Tisci as Chief Creative Officer, Walpole's CEO Helen Brocklebank muses on what his appointment will mean for the British fashion house.

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The GREAT Festival of Innovation | Hong Kong

Walpole is a partner of the Government’s GREAT campaign, having worked with GREAT since inception and collaborating on their Festivals of Creativity in Istanbul and Shanghai and then latterly working with GREAT on our inaugural New York trade delegation and press showcase in October 2017.

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Britain’s Trading Future Department for International Trade

On 27th February, international trade secretary Liam Fox MP gave a speech about Britain's trading future post-Brexit. The speech, which was delivered at Walpole member Bloomberg's new London headquarters, outlined the government’s vision for the UK’s commercial future and our leadership role in the global economy. Read a full transcript below.

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CEO Letter | Hands across Europe

By the time you read this, I will be on a plane to Madrid for a meeting with my colleagues in the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance, of which Walpole is a founder member. The ECCIA brings together all the luxury and high end sector associations across Europe to work on shared issues – protection of IP and governance of the internet, including work on Selective Distribution; market access, trade and tourism; and highlighting the role of the cultural and creative industries as a key driver of Europe’s overall economic health, competitiveness, innovation and employment.

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Walpole and Careers & Enterprise: Connecting schools with luxury businesses

Thursday 22nd February saw the launch of Walpole's newest programme in association with The Careers & Enterprise Company: a national network that connects schools and colleges, employers and business to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people. 

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CEO letter | Global Britain: What London Fashion Week says about British Luxury

Inspired by Amy Johnson, the record-breaking British aviator of the 1930s, Temperley London’s Autumn/Winter 2018 show at London Fashion Week was as thought-provoking as it was beautiful.

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My Life’s Work | Mark Cropper, Chairman, James Cropper PLC

In this weekly series, we meet a senior Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Mark Cropper, Chairman of speciality paper makers James Cropper.

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Meet the Maker | Silvia Weidenbach

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 Silvia Weidenbach, jewellery and Walpole Crafted mentee in 2015.

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Meet the Maker | Sam Morgan, Head Chef, Heathrow VIP

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 Sam Morgan, Head Chef, Heathrow VIP.

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My Life’s Work | Sophie Coller, Managing Director, Kitesgrove

In this weekly series, we meet a senior Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Sophie Coller, Managing Director, Kitesgrove.

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Introducing the 2018 Brands of Tomorrow

Last night, Walpole unveiled the emerging luxury brands selected for our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow programme at the iconic London department store, Fortnum & Mason.

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Brands of Tomorrow | Q&A with Programme Partner, Mishcon de Reya

So far this week we’ve heard from several Brands of Tomorrow alumni, today long-standing programme partner Mishcon de Reya, who not only invest in the programme but also give generously of their expertise, providing each brand with a legal mentor to work alongside their luxury mentor give their advice. Mishcon's London HQ, the beautiful Africa House, was also the setting for the Brands of Tomorrow birthday party last September which brought together alumni, mentors and Walpole members in celebration of 10 years of the programme.

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Brands of Tomorrow | Camilla Elphick and Linda Pilkington

With only two days left until we announce the Brands of Tomorrow 2018, we continue our series hearing from alumni about their experiences on the programme.

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Bazaar At Work celebrates International Women’s Day | Walpole Member Offer

"Courage calls to courage everywhere, and its voice cannot be denied." A century since women first won the right to vote, the rousing words of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett seem more relevant than ever.

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Brands of Tomorrow | Jonathan Heilbron, House of Hackney and The New Craftsmen

In anticipation of the class of 2018 launch on Thursday, today we preview Brands of Tomorrow Chairman, Jonathan Heilbron's thoughts about this year's participants. We also hear from Frieda Gormley, Co-Founder of luxury interiors and fashion brand, House of Hackney, on her inspiration for starting the business and The New Craftsmen Co-Founder, Natalie Melton, gives her top tips for lauching a luxury business.

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Centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK: Why it is more important than ever for women to have a voice

February 6th 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which meant women over the age of thirty were able to vote in the General Election later that year for the very first time. To mark the centenary, Walpole asked members of its Women in Luxury network why it is more important than ever for women to have a voice:

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Walpole is hiring | Intern

Walpole is seeking a bright, organised intern to join us for a full-time, six-month paid contract, working alongside the CEO.

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Brands of Tomorrow and British luxury entrepreneurialism

This week, as Walpole prepares to announce the class of 2018 Brands of Tomorrow, we look at what it takes to be a British luxury entrepreneur and how Walpole supports the growth of the sector by helping to secure a long-term pipeline of brands.

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CEO letter | Seven things I’ve learned in my first year as a CEO

By the time you read this, I will have been at Walpole exactly a year. It’s been an exhilarating 12 months, characterised by missionary zeal and relentless graft, pushing Walpole forward into its next quarter century, and focusing on the ambition of getting British luxury the recognition it deserves.

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My Life’s Work | Clive Christian OBE, Creative Director, Clive Christian Holdings Ltd.

In this weekly series, we meet a senior Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Clive Christian OBE, Creative Director, Clive Christian Holdings Ltd.

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CEO Letter | The Millennialisation of Luxury

One thing I'm always struck by when attending luxury insight events or hearing members' marketing plans is how millennials appear to cause the greatest excitement. I’m wracking my brains to think of a research paper I’ve read in the last few years that didn’t offer new insights in to those born between 1980 and 2000.

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The BBC on Storytelling: Lessons for Luxury Brands

On Thursday 25th January 2018, Walpole members were invited to the BBC’s new Broadcasting House to discover the secrets of impactful storytelling.

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CEO Letter | What will Walpole do for you? A look ahead to what 2018 holds for British luxury

Last week I wrote to you to review Walpole’s 2017; today I set out Walpole’s goals and priorities for 2018 – and how you, our members, can help play a key role in what is set to become a defining year for the British luxury industry.

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Chairman & CEO Dinner 2018 with Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director General

Monday 15th January may be the most depressing day of the year, but the Walpole Chairman & CEO Dinner held on this inauspicious date at the Rosewood London - a byword for contemporary luxury - was anything but.

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CEO Letter | Happy New Year! (And a review of Walpole’s 2017)

I’ve always loved New Year, not so much for the parties (though who doesn’t love a party) – but for the opportunity to analyse the 12 months gone by, to think about what has been achieved, what you’d like to do more of, what you didn’t get done, and setting goals for doing even better in the coming year.

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My Life’s Work | Simon Burvill, Co-Founder & Managing Director

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 Burvill, Co-founder and Managing Director, Gaze Burvill.

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The Healing Power of Music | by Hannah Peel

According to neuroscientists, we develop sound receptors in the auditory cortex of the brain at 16 weeks in gestation, so we have our first audio experiences from the word go.

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Meet the Maker | Sean Harrison, Master Distiller, Plymouth Gin

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 Sean Harrison, Master Distiller for Plymouth Gin.

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My Life’s Work | Iain Burnett, The Highland Chocolatier

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 Burnett, Master Chocolatier & CEO of "Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier".

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Brand Snapshot | Gaze Burvill at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Gaze Burvill is thrilled to announce that Butter Wakefield will be designing its 25th anniversary garden stand at next year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

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Brand Snapshot | Winter Sample Sale at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Save the date for the winter sample sale at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour on the 8th - 13th January 2018.

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Brand Snapshot | The Highland Chocolatier

Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett is a truffle specialist who has become known as the Highland Chocolatier. His Velvet Truffles have received over 40 awards, twice awarded the Best Truffle in the World, and created for Michelin star chefs and some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

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My Life’s Work | Paul Dimond CMG, Deputy Chairman, DAKS Simpson 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. This week, Paul Dimond CMG, Deputy Chairman, DAKS Simpson Group.

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Help Walpole evaluate the impact of Brexit on the Luxury Sector

Walpole conducted its first survey into the impact of Brexit at the end of 2016.

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Celebrating GREAT British Luxury in Milan

In Milan this winter, the Montenapoleone District Christmas celebrations include a unique showcase dedicated to British luxury tableware and giftware. From the 5th December to the 7th January a glass case titled 'Luxury is served: a selection of Art de la Table from the UK' has been installed on Via Montenapoleone.

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Member Offer | The Lakes Distillery

Walpole member the Lakes Distillery, who provided the delicious vodka cocktails at the Walpole Awards, are offering members a special 10% off in their online shop.

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Justine Picardie, Mark Harvey and Philippe Warnery join Walpole’s board

Walpole is delighted to announce the appointments of Justine Picardie, Mark Harvey and Philippe Warnery to its board.

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Brand Snapshot | Charbonnel et Walker’s Miniature Paper Theatres

Charbonnel et Walker's new Christmas collection is inspired by Victorian Miniature Paper Theatres.

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Brand Snapshot | The Twinkle of Christmas at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Miranda Hart, ‘Queen of comedy’, bestselling author and screenwriter, switched on the Christmas lights at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour in London.

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Insights from Mishcon de Reya | Coty – The ECJ sides with owners of luxury brands

The European Court of Justice ("ECJ") has ruled that a supplier of luxury goods can prevent its authorised distributors - part of the supplier's selective distribution system - from selling those luxury goods via third-party platforms such as 'amazon.de'.

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Walpole welcomes the judgment regarding the selective distribution of luxury products

In a landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice, it was today announced that luxury good producers have the right to block retailers from selling products on online marketplaces which do not preserve the ethos and quality of luxury products. As a founding member of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA), Walpole has been working with its sister organisations across Europe to ensure that the validity of the luxury distribution models is recognised and upheld.

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My Life’s Work | Alex Beard, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House

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, Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House.

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Meet the Maker | Pippa Small MBE

Published in the 2017 Walpole Book of British Luxury, jewellery designer Pippa Small MBE discusses precious stones and 'their permanence and ancientness... as if they contain some kind of quiet, unspoken wisdom.'

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Brand Snapshot | Tracey Emin’s 2017 Christmas Tree for The Connaught 

The Connaught hotel has unveiled its 2017 Christmas tree designed by widely acclaimed British artist and long-time friend of the hotel, Tracey Emin, CBE.

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Brand Snapshot | BOAT International | Superyacht Design Symposium 2018 & The Superyacht Interiors Book

Next year will see BOAT International, Walpole member and the leading authority on superyachts, present its tenth Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbuhel, Austria (28-30 January 2018) and also launch it’s first ever Superyacht Interiors Book at Salone del Mobile in April.

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My Life’s Work | Sophie Gallois, Managing Director, The Gin Hub, Pernod Ricard

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, Sophie Gallois, Managing Director, The Gin Hub, Pernod Ricard.

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My Life’s Work | Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole

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's own CEO Helen Brocklebank, on getting British luxury the recognition it deserves, what she would be doing in a parallel life, and her guiding principle.

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Meet the Maker | Olivia Lowdell, Head of Events, Walpole

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 our own Olivia Lowdell, Head of Events at Walpole, and the driving force behind Monday's Walpole British Luxury Awards.

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And the winners are…

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, which was 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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Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE to host the Walpole British Luxury Awards & 2017 nominations unveiled

Bentley, Farfetch, Kingsman + MR PORTER, Mulberry, Wedgwood and the V&A join an illustrious cast of British luxury names nominated for the 2017 Walpole British Luxury Awards, which this year are hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, at The Dorchester on Monday 20th November 2017.

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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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