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.

A celebration of the sector’s inspirational females, guests enjoyed a Nyetimber Wines reception, followed by a three-course lunch. We were joined by speaker Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK, in conversation with Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank, who discussed the incredible women who have shaped their lives and careers: “Working women work for Bazaar, write for Bazaar and read Bazaar. We are better equipped because we are the women we are speaking for and to.”

Following lunch, we staged a charity raffle in support of Mosaic Network, a Prince’s Trust charity that creates opportunities for young people in deprived communities through their network of business professionals who act as volunteer mentors. Prizes included an overnight stay at The Corinthia with a bottle of Champagne; an Ettinger Overnight Pursuits Hurlingham bag; a Rachel Vosper seven-wick crystal bowl candle; a Rococo Chocolates Melchior Wicker Hamper; a Jo Malone London gift set; and a Magnum of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage.

Thank you to all our guests for attending, and a huge thanks to Justine Picardie, The Corinthia, The Real Flower Company, Nyetimber, and to our incredible member brands who contributed to our charity raffle.

Helen’s introduction to the event can be read below:

“I’m delighted to welcome Justine Picardie, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, here to talk about how the 150 years since the launch of Harper’s Bazaar has mirrored the rise of women in the luxury sector. When I worked for Justine during my time at Harper’s Bazaar, she was for me, a tremendous role model for what it means to be a women in luxury, and every day I’m conscious of trying to follow her example. Women are often the unsung heroes of luxury – sometimes not so unsung – I’m thinking of the extraordinary achievements of Rosemary Bravo and Angela Ahrendts at Burberry, of Alice Temperley, of the Bentley Girls, of Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and many more – all beacons of the exceptional, dynamic, entrepreneurial spirit of women in luxury, driving their businesses forward, nurturing new talent, fostering creativity and pushing change – these are the hallmarks of women in luxury.

You may ask yourself why Walpole – named for a man, the visionary politician and tastemaker, Robert Walpole – believes that women are so central to its mission, and why a Women in Luxury programme is so essential to its work. Walpole may have been named for a man, but all of its achievements are down to its women: for most of its 25 years, it has been led by three women. Julia Carrick, who joined in 2000, built the programmes on which its reputation rests – Brands of Tomorrow, for example, and ECCIA, our spearhead into Europe; Michelle Emmerson; and I now hope to carry the baton forward into the next 25 years. But it’s together, all of us, who will join together to make a difference, to make British luxury a place where creativity thrives, where change happens, where we work with purpose and with generosity. Together we can build a great sorority in British luxury, because, as Justine always says, when you bring women together, incredible things happen.”