About Walpole

Walpole is a unique alliance of 170 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, including Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Rolls-Royce, Boodles, Harrods and Jimmy Choo. Walpole promotes, protects and develops the unique qualities of UK luxury: the long tradition, rich heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service at the heart of the industry – currently worth over £32 billion to the UK economy, a leading creator of jobs and major contributor to the British economy. Dedicated to nurturing the next generation of Britain’s luxury brands, Walpole also runs the annual mentoring programmes Brands of Tomorrow, Crafted and the Programme in Luxury Management at London Business School. These initiatives connect Britain’s most talented up-and-coming entrepreneurs, craftsmen and leaders with a network of senior mentors from Walpole’s established membership.


Walpole was founded in 1990 by top tier British companies and takes its name from the great statesmen Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745).

With five levels of entry, membership is by invitation or recommendation from an existing member. Strict membership criteria applies.

Michael Ward is Walpole’s Chairman and heads up the board of esteemed industry experts from a breadth of different luxury sectors.