We are delighted to announce the launch of Walpole Crafted mentorship programme for 2013.
Recognising that many luxury brands rely heavily on the work and experience of artists and craftmakers, Crafted was established in 2007 by Walpole and Arts & Business to provide one-to-one mentorship and a series of educational workshops for up to 10 individuals and businesses each year.
The aim is to foster a sense of entrepreneurialism in developing crafts businesses and provide opportunities to help them grow beyond the traditional owner/maker scope of many businesses.
Craftmakers have included cabinet makers, milliners, textiles designers, jewellers, ceramicists and tailors. Mentors involved with Crafted include business leaders from the Luxury Industry such as Guy Salter of Walpole, Mark Henderson of Gieves & Hawkes, Robert Ettinger of Ettinger, Alistair Hughes of Savoir Beds, Stephen Etheridge of Church’s English Shoes, Shona Campbell of Mulberry and Christopher Sharp of The Rug Company.
Candidates have until Friday 16th November to submit their applications; you can download your application form from the bottom of this page. A shortlist will then be selected and applicants will be invited to London for a final judging day where you will be expected to prepare a presentation, including a pitch of your business and work as well as a business plan for the next three years.
Crafted candidates should demonstrate drive, talent and ambition for future growth, as well as a willingness to engage with the luxury industry. Each member of the panel has a fundamental belief in craftsmanship and a thorough understanding of the benefits of connecting established luxury brands with the next generation of skilled craftsmen.