Brands of Tomorrow helps aspiring British luxury companies of the future to fulfil their potential. These are brands with a turnover of under £5 million that will pioneer growth, export goods and services, create employment and drive innovation in luxury in the coming decades. Founded in 2007, Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow has helped develop and nurture over 95 emerging luxury brands through a 12-month programme of networking and mentorship, and proudly seen them become leaders in their respective fields. Please click here to read the latest Brands of Tomorrow brochure.
Alumni from the programme include numerous success stories such as shoemakers Charlotte Olympia; men’s leisurewear designers Orlebar Brown; jewellers Astley Clarke and Shaun Leane; and British watchmakers Bremont; as well as fashion brands Emilia Wickstead; Zoe Jordan; Osman and Goat. All of these companies have seen accelerated growth, international development and access to inspirational business leaders in the luxury community.
To be eligible, companies must have an annual turnover between £200,000 and £5 million, be a UK registered company, no older than 10 years and demonstrate the highest standards of quality, design and craftsmanship, together with an aspiration to develop into full Walpole members.
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ASCENO, at its core, is a brand ushered by both an insatiable desire to travel the world and the absolute necessity to look effortlessly cool while doing so. The brand takes inspiration from the laid-back tomboy spirit of the early 90s adding impeccable tailoring to make its pieces sophisticated and timeless. This sleek brand is best known for its bold stripes, vibrant prints, and unexpected use of colour. Fluid sandwashed silk pyjamas and premium swimwear are all perfectly proportioned for luxuriated globetrotting. Founded in 2013, ASCENO was almost fated for partners and best friends Poppy Sexton-Wainwright and Lauren Leask.