Curiosity and Craftsmanship | An update from Walpole’s CEO

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.

Bond Street, Brexit & the Business of British luxury | An update from Walpole's CEO

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. Idle as a flâneur, my magpie eyes would alight on gleaming things in Bond Street windows - a 10-carat canary yellow diamond ring here, a tweed suit with gilt buttons there, a perfect pair of hand-made brogues, a crimson satin handbag, a square steel watch with an alligator strap - displayed in their vitrines as if in glass cases in my own private museum of luxury.

The Salon Series

Introducing The Salon: a new three-part series of Walpole events exclusively for women.

'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.

Next steps | An update from Walpole's CEO to the membership

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.

Marketing & Communication Directors' Cocktail Party

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. Over Laurent-Perrier champagne and canapes, the aim was to help our 165 guests make meaningful connections and share knowledge – helping ensure the innovative things their brands – and the British luxury industry – are doing is heard throughout the world.

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.

Think tank on talent for the luxury sector

Every industry cites talent – and ensuring the talent pipe line – as critical to sustainable business success. From a Walpole perspective, we have established three very successful mentorship programmes – Brands of Tomorrow, Crafted and the Walpole Programme in Luxury Management at London Business School – with the latter designed specifically to seek out and nurture future luxury brand business leaders and managers.

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. The outcomes of those discussions have been captured in our report Thriving After Brexit which can be read here.

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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