The UK and the US has agreed a five-year truce in the long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute which had resulted in tariffs of up to 25% on exports of key luxury goods. This follows the news announcement on Tuesday from the US Trade Representative (USTR) that a similar ceasefire had been achieved with Brussels.
The future of wine is English - so says Chapel Down's Chief Commercial Officer Mark Harvey - and for very good reason, as sales at the Kent-based winery continue to thrive and ambitious expansion plans are afoot - despite the trials of the past 16 months. Read on for today's Leader in Luxury interview, as Mark talks to us about Chapel Down's latest round of Crowdfunding; what this investment will go towards; and why demand for England's 'rare, harder to copy, and more distinctive' wines is accelerating.
Here at Walpole HQ we were disappointed, if unsurprised, when it was confirmed on Monday that we’d be in for another month of restrictions. We had hoped to fling open the Walpole doors once more and celebrate the Great Unlock with Great Gravitas -the return of our annual Future of British Luxury Summit - followed by Great Glamour - a seriously hedonistic party around The Londoner’s rooftop firepit, toasting the sunset over Trafalgar Square with a cocktail made by a professional, rather than one bodged by me at home. Walpole's inspiring insight and fabulous cocktails will be yours, but it seems we must wait a little longer.
Whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail will release the world’s oldest single malt Scotch whisky this September - an 80-Year-Old from Glenlivet Distillery - in partnership with Sir David Adjaye OBE, who has been commissioned to create a unique decanter and oak case to house the world’s most precious whisky to date.
Sustainability is increasingly a part of conversations with investors, business customers and consumers. A significant opportunity exists for luxury businesses of all sizes to build brand loyalty by engaging consumers with their sustainability stories. In particular, with consumer trust in smaller brands on the increase, there is a real impetus for small brands to articulate the social and environmental benefits of their products. However, moving beyond business and investor communications to share simple, inspiring stories of business endeavours on sustainability can be an uphill struggle.
Our final 'Five Minutes' with the Founders of the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2021 features Sacha Newall, the CEO/Co-Founder of luxury rental platform MY WARDROBE HQ, who - fresh from making headlines for supplying Carrie Symonds' wedding dress for her marriage to the PM (and her suit for the G7 Summit) - tells us who inspires her, how the sharing economy will become the new norm, and why eggs from Fortnum's are the best luxury you can buy for under £10.
There is an adage in luxury marketing; if you want a reliable timepiece the price is $10. But if you want a story the sky is the limit. In the luxury watch sector, exciting features, stunning design and engineering excellence come as standard. So what differentiates a Rolex from a Breitling from a Patek Philippe?
In a word. Stories.
Aleks Cvetkovic's latest column exploring 'what is British about British luxury' looks to the great whisky producers in the north - from Cumbria to the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides - and examines how the UK's best distillers are leading the way in innovation and sustainability, and "shoring-up whisky’s rightful place on the world stage as a leading British luxury export".
Last week, Walpole’s Charlotte Keesing hosted a Sustainability Session with Molton Brown’s Beatrice Descorps, McKinsey & Company’s Anna Granskog and Harrods’ Ankita Patel. The panel discussed how packaging remains a prominent consideration for all luxury sectors, and a key concern for consumers, with 79% stating they consider it to be an important issue, according to McKinsey.
In today's Sustainability Report Case Study, we hear from Charlotte O’Sullivan, Mulberry's Global Marketing & Digital Director, on how the brand communicates sustainability progress in a way that engages consumers and other stakeholders in its journey.
In this week's 'Five Minutes with the Founder' profile we meet Liam Young, the CEO of luxury 'last mile' concierge service, a 2021 Brand of Tomorrow that enables luxury retailers to provide an elevated, try-before-you-buy shopping experience to customers at home. Click below to discover how Liam made the leap from systems engineering to fashion. and why he believes that 'at-home' will become as important as in-store or online within a decade.
In association with Woven.
Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank recently co-hosted a digital masterclass with Woven Agency’s ECD Mark Bower and best-selling author and academic, Sarah Churchwell. Sarah talked guests through the four classic novels that taught her the art of storytelling and shared her thoughts on how the archetypes they contain have built characters that stay with you long after the final page has been turned.
In today's Luxury Leader interview we meet Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Macallan Esate, one of Walpole's newest members. Stuart's role reaches across every aspect of The Macallan Estate, from commercial management to retail operations, and working with the team to deliver luxury experiences for guests from across the globe. Here we hear how he made the pivot from founding member and musical director of the world-renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers to GM at one of the world's finest whisky producing estates.
The United States announced that the US trade representative (USTR) has approved 25 per cent tariffs on imports worth more than $2 billion from six countries, including Britain, over their digital services taxes but has immediately suspended them for six months to allow more time for international tax talks to continue. The move comes after an investigation under Section 301 of the US Trade Act of 1974 concluded that proposed unilateral digital services taxes from the UK and other countries discriminated against American companies. A US trade office posits that the suspended tariffs, based on 2019 import data, would equal the digital taxes that would be collected from American companies.
Walpole member YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, the world’s leading online luxury and fashion retailer, and The Prince’s Foundation, of which HRH The Prince of Wales is President, are offering a life-changing opportunity for recent fashion and textiles graduates based in the UK with the launch of the second edition of The Modern Artisan, a 10-month paid training programme in responsible design and luxury textile craftsmanship.
“It’s like being a cook. Each blacksmith has their own recipe, and you just have to keep at it until it works.”
Craftsmanship is at the heart of most iconic British brands – whether that’s engineering a car engine, sewing a handbag or knitting a cashmere cardigan. In the first of a monthly series highlighting local makers, Times LUXX' Lisa Grainger visits Peckham to meet the young blacksmiths whose hand-forged knives are in the hands of some of the world’s finest chefs.
In this week's focus on the Case Studies shared in Walpole's British Luxury Sustainability Report, we hear from Kate Neale, Sustainability Manager at Cadogan, the Chelsea landowner, developer and investor, on how the business is leveraging its knowledge and partnerships to promote employability in the community.
The British Luxury Sustainability Report is created in association with Investec.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) legislation. This will enable the UK to determine its future approach when the current legislation expires in May 2022. The review involves a formal consultation with industry stakeholders.
The CMA’s consultation provides the luxury sector with an opportunity to a) ensure that its current protections continue, enabling the sector to maintain the necessary control of our distribution channels to continue to meet customer expectations; and b) to advocate for a UK approach that minimises divergence with EU law in respect of the protections afforded.
The CMA consultation closes on 6 July 2021. Once the review has concluded, the CMA will present its final recommendations to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the autumn.
"For storytelling is essential for that paradox of luxury – a story well told renders a brand timeless yet relevant. In this age of uncertainty, we cannot help but be drawn to those compelling brands that evolve the cultural conversation, and are bold in their ingenuity while staying true to who they are."
In today’s Walpole Editorial, Harper’s Bazaar’s Helena Lee discusses how ‘stories transport us and connect us’; and how – from Fortnum & Mason to Manolo Blahnik – the best brands have an intriguing tale to tell.
Following the Chancellor’s decision to abolish the VAT Retail Export (tax-free shopping) Scheme for visitors from all countries in the UK, Heathrow Airport, Global Blue and WDFG UK mounted a judicial review to challenge the way the Government had made its decision.
We continue our focus on how British luxury brands are fulfilling their sustainability goals with a case study from the iconic Harris Tweed - which has produced its fabric on the remote archipelago of the Outer Hebrides for centuries: "reflecting both the beauty and vivid colours of the landscape, and providing employment for the islands’ people".
"For me, proof-of-concept is probably the closest definition of success. Financial benchmarks, peer validation and all those things are moving targets but the simple confirmation that your idea is viable is the real feeling of success.
You start out on these journeys with an idea and a wild sense of belief and determination. It can take months before you even have the first suggestion that your concept was worth all the long days, the hard work and tears. Anything affirmative to that is a real success, no matter how small."
In today's 'Five Minutes with the Founder' we meet Graham Blakey, who seized an opportunity to purchase Scottish raincoat manufacturer Hancock and take the business in a new direction. Here we hear from Graham just how he's been doing that, what success will look like for Hancock, why Martin Margiela is his greatest inspiration, and why his favourite luxury for under £10 is the humble rollmop...
With a global pandemic and summer staycations impacting on the nation's sartorial sense of style, we meet Sam Kershaw, MR PORTER's Buying Director who talks us through his typical day at the menswear e-tailer, the trends emerging in the category, and why clothing with a purpose will always be in fashion.
Hot on the heels of securing a £50m for digitally-led premium brands, seed stage investors Redrice Ventures tell Walpole about the post-Covid entrepreneurial spirit, the art of story-telling plus why venture capital is getting excited by luxury’s shiny new tech future…
Today we meet Lisa Grainger the Deputy & Travel Editor of Times LUXX, and the latest writer joining Peter Howarth and Aleks Cvetkovic on Walpole's roster of talented luxury commentators. We speak to Lisa about what inspires her writing; the stories she'll be sharing in her columns - the first of which will be published next week; and why - as the Travel Editor of LUXX - she sees the future of travel post-Covid as "experiences that are more authentic, less bland – and more about giving rather than taking."
Over the last two years Walpole has actively driven the sustainability agenda on behalf of members, enabling British luxury brands to collaborate and embed sustainable practices across their organisations. Now we want your input on how the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) tackles waste in England.
Protecting employees’ and workers’ human rights and creating a diverse, inclusive workplace are central to a thriving, successful business, and Walpole's Sustainability Report highlights the importance of advocating for equal and respectful working conditions, with an emphasis on labour rights, fair pay, and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Today we take a look at how Walpole member and founding Signatory of the Walpole British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto Burberry is creating a diverse and inclusive culture within the organisation.
"Getting positive feedback on our spirits, no matter who from, always makes my day. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of the business but that feedback is a reminder that we have achieved our primary aim of making world-class spirits."
In today's 'Five Minutes with the Founder' we meet Alex Christou, who, together with his stepfather Alasdair Locke, established the Eight Lands distillery on the family estate in Speyside in 2018. Here we interview Alex on how he's building the Eight Lands brand, where he finds his inspiration, and his favourite luxury under £10 - clue: it's created in Scotland by a fellow Walpole member!
With today seeing a significant step on the roadmap out of lockdown, experts are predicting a spending boom as the opportunities to spend on travel, gatherings, meals out and entertainment return. But how do we help shore up the economy without overspending? And how do we ensure we look after our money following one of the most turbulent 18 months in living memory? Education is key, says Rebecca Tunstall, Investment Director at Rathbones, ahead of our first Financial Skills Session this Friday.
On 6th May, we held the first in a series of Sustainability webinars, in which we discussed the transition to a circular economy. Walpole’s Helen Brocklebank and Charlotte Keesing were joined by McKinsey's Corinne Sawers and three past-and-present Brands of Tomorrow founders who are leading the way in the reuse, resale and rental markets: My Wardrobe HQ’s Sacha Newall, Kresse Wesling, Elvis & Kresse and Emily John, Co-Founder of The Restory.
Tom is an industrial designer with a love of beautiful things and almost limitless attention to detail. Dina is inspired by connecting with people, improving lives and having a positive impact on the environment. Together, they run eto from their London base. Eto is an award-winning wine decanter which uses a unique patented design to preserve wine, while also looking beautiful on your dining table.
“I was scared. And if I was scared, the probability was that a lot of other people were scared too”.
Manolo Blahnik CEO, Kristina Blahnik, talks to Walpole’s Helen Brocklebank about why the brand’s support of mental wellbeing has taken on new resonance during the pandemic, her work as an ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation, and why, whoever you are, it’s ok to say ‘I’m not ok’.
Monday 12th April saw retail brands open their doors for the first time in many months; last week, we were joined by key retail leaders for a Walpole Webinar to discuss how they have managed this reopening and how customers have responded.
"The process of designing the interior of hotels versus super yachts is remarkably similar. New super yachts are now so colossal that old age considerations of size and weight are no longer an issue. Therefore the spaces one inherits are much the same as land based projects, beset with some challenges but no more or less challenging. I must add that truly good interior design can overcome any physical obstacle, aided of course by the steadying hand of the appointed naval architect, with whom one is working from day one."
In this double interview with LINLEY's creative directors we learn just what it takes to create beautiful interiors that preserve all the charm and important details of the existing space, whilst creating something totally new. Michael and Graham share insight into how they were able to put the LINLEY stamp on the suites they designed for Claridge's whilst keeping the hotel's Art Deco feel, and just what it takes to design interiors for superyachts.
A conversation with an elegant Italian - Bulgari's Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani - and an espresso with a British cultural provocateur - the legendary Stephen Bayley - leads to some interesting ideas, says Walpole's star columnist Peter Howarth in his latest editorial.
Inside Burberry's environmental protection strategy, as revealed in Walpole's British Luxury Sustainability Report.
With a longstanding commitment to placing sustainability at the heart of its future growth, Burberry has a robust strategy to lower its environmental footprint, implementing company-wide programmes and collaborating across the wider sector to help transform the way apparel is designed, made and consumed.
Lockdown closures, the absence of international tourism, and less-than-luxurious, mask-laden shopping experiences have compiled to alter the landscape of luxury retail. Luxury is shifting to digital at speed. Iconic labels must emulate the premium experiences they’ve created in-store, online. If they are to appeal to the younger buyers of today and the future, brands must fully embrace digital. Retail networks must be redesigned, collections presented in new ways and customer engagement reconsidered. So, how can brands redesign luxury shopping for new digital channels? Where are the opportunities now and in the future? And what organisational changes must brands make to become truly consumer-centric? These were the questions discussed at our latest online Skills Session.
On April 22nd Walpole’s Helen Brocklebank and Charlotte Keesing were joined by VistaJet VP Marketing and Innovation Matteo Atti, Belmond VP Trains and Cruises Gary Franklin, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group CMO Jill Kluge and Matthew Rowlette, Area Director Sales and Marketing, The Dorchester Collection for a fascinating webinar on the high-end traveller; how to engage them as the New Normal takes root; the new travel trends emerging; and the factors critical for a successful hospitality re-opening.
With the UK emerging from the Covid crisis, we today speak to Tom Marchant, the co-founder of luxury travel brand Black Tomato about the outlook for the sector; how he's navigated the business through the past year; and the key trends he's seeing in post-pandemic travel. Plus, we find out where in the world he most likes to visit.
In today's interview Walpole's star columnist Peter Howarth - the founder of creative agency Show Media and former editor of Esquire, Arena and Style Director of GQ - talks to us about his time at the helm of the UK's best-known men's magazines; his most memorable interviews; and what he sees as the future of luxury ahead of publication of his next feature: 'What is the British Design Aesthetic?'.
"Sustainability, which has been very close to our hearts for many years has become even more important as a key consideration when choosing a travel brand. We have been at the forefront of removing single use plastic from all aspects of our business and our guests strongly support our efforts."
As the chief marketing officer for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Jill Kluge oversees the hotel group’s global sales and marketing strategies. We spoke to Jill about her vision for the business, her career journey and 'big break' moment, and what inspires her everyday.
Following the recent launch of the British Luxury Sustainability Report, we are profiling the brands featured in the report each week, and taking a look at how they are pledging their commitment to a more sustainable future. This week, we turn our attention to Harrods, and how the iconic Knightsbridge store is building a rapid momentum on managing food waste.
To mark its 50th anniversary, and timed to coincide with Earth Day, Walpole member Mulberry announces the launch of the Made to Last Manifesto, laying out an ambitious commitment to transform the business to a regenerative and circular model, encompassing the entire supply chain, from field to wardrobe by 2030.
"Now is the time of the tailor."
The purported ‘death’ of formalwear has dominated the men’s luxury press over the past 12 months. Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a once-in-a-generation disruption to our normal patterns of behaviour, and has temporarily changed the need to put on a suit or sharp-looking sports coat in the mornings. Some pundits predict we’ll be living in sweatpants forevermore, others think that by summer we’ll all be dressing up again.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we meet Chloë Luxton, who shares her journey: from shop floor to Head Office at Paperchase, via Gucci, Cowshed and Green & Spring, and finally the purchasing a Wiltshire pub - which is where the Bramley brand was born.
Ahead of the publication of his first article next week, we speak to Walpole's newest columnist Aleks Cvetkovic about what he sees as the future of luxury; where he finds inspiration for his writing; and what a typical day as a freelance journalist and founder of HandCut Media looks like.
Since the start of the year, Cookson Adventures has seen a 27 percent increase in requests for family reunion trips that aim to make up for milestone birthdays and occasions that they missed out on celebrating in 2020.
Closing the loop on luxury bags.
Following the recent launch of the British Luxury Sustainability Report, we are profiling the brands featured in the report each Wednesday, and how they are pledging their commitment to a more sustainable future. This week, we continue our focus on the Circular Economy with The Mulberry Exchange and hear from the brand's Global Marketing and Digital Director, Charlotte O’Sullivan.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we meet Alice & Rosie, co-founders of Equi London, the award-winning brand creating the finest supplements and formulas that nourish body and mind. Here the lifelong friends share their story, how, and why, they decided to go into business together with Equi London.
Walpole announces that international award-winning design studio Accouter Group of Companies (AGC) has joined the membership alongside leading British brands such as Burberry, Fortnum & Mason and Claridges.
Uwern Jong is “Experientialist-in-Chief” of OutThere magazine, a luxury and experiential travel and lifestyle journal rooted in diversity, discovery and discernment. Alongside his co-Founder and Creative Director, Martin Perry, Uwern has for over a decade stewarded OutThere to become a leading, multi-award-winning media brand - read on to find out how.
Following the launch of the British Luxury Sustainability Report last week, we will take a look at the luxury brands featured in the report each Wednesday, and how they are pledging their commitment to a more sustainable future. We begin with a focus on the Circular Economy: those brands Pledging to make 100% of plastic packaging reusable or “widely recyclable” and include at least 30% post-consumer recycled content; demonstrating a Commitment towards extending product life through circularity initiatives; and sending Zero wastage to landfill and incineration across own operations.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we meet Sarah Haran, founder of her eponymous brand, who shares her journey with us: why she decided to leave a highly successful career in IT to set out on her own, and all the challenges and opportunities that she's faced since.
Like everywhere in the world, the GCC – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain – has been critically affected by the pandemic, with the twin shocks of Covid-19 and the fall in oil prices and demand plunging the region into a deeper economic recession than the rest of the world. However, it has also seen a quicker recovery than elsewhere, and the crisis has pushed the GCC countries to accelerate reforms: from peace agreements to tourism strategies, resulting in new social dynamics across the region. As a major market for British luxury brands, Walpole partnered with the Chalhoub Group – the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East – for our annual insight into the luxury market, its customers and the trends that will shape the future outlook.
Walpole has published a comprehensive report on the progress its members have made in powering their businesses towards a net carbon and zero waste future, one year on from the launch of the Sustainability Manifesto. Request your copy today.
The British Luxury Sustainability Report is created in association with Investec.
In 2002 Walpole partner Pureprint became the first CarbonNeutral® printer in the world and since then has reduced 28,236 tCO2e – the equivalent of 110 million economy flight miles. Today, the business shares its insights into luxury packaging and how it can be practical, clever, beautiful AND sustainable.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we meet Daisy Knatchbull, founder of The Deck, Savile Row’s first tailoring house with a shopfront for women. Here Daisy shares her story, her inspiration, and her ambitions for her brand.
Sustainability is fast becoming as an important a signifier of luxury as craftsmanship and heritage, and in the run up to the COP26 climate change conference in November there is a huge opportunity for British luxury to demonstrate the advances already made in the sector.
"I think being luxury is less about the (high) cost of a product or service, and more about having a positive purpose, so make sure your values are aligned with whichever luxury brand you choose to work for."
Today we meet Toby Edwards, the co-CEO of award-winning private air charter business Victor. Click below for an interview with Toby, where he discusses the impact the last 12 months has had on his business; how he has been inspired by the resilience of his team and the NHS; and why Summer 2021 is set to be their busiest ever.
Selective distribution is a central pillar of the luxury goods business model and refers to the carefully selected and managed network of partners and distributors through which brands are able to distribute their products to maintain and enhance the luxury retail experience for the customer and, importantly, preserve the aura of luxury.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we meet Georgia Dant, founder of Marfa Stance, the brand that focuses on seasonless, reversible, and modular garments with complementary buildable accessories that can be bought alongside each piece. Here Georgia shares her sources of inspiration and motivation, and what success looks like to her.
'Post Pandemic' 2021 will undoubtedly be a time of transition as the luxury sector takes full advantage of the incredible digital gains of the past year, and truly capitalises on the opportunities for the 'great reset' that lie ahead. Many commentators predict that we will see a revival of 'the roaring 20s': a decade of growth, transformation and fresh opportunity - a renaissance of not just arts and culture, but for businesses and their people.
Walpole member Charlotte Tilbury MBE has joined 114,000 independent retailers, entrepreneurs, and leaders to support #SAVETHESTREET, a new campaign launched by Appear Here, the world’s largest marketplace for retail space - which aims to secure lifelines for a sector hit by multiple lockdowns with little government support.
March would normally be Carrier’s annual glitzy trade awards, last year they were held at BAFTA, where Carrier awarded and recognised their key travel agent partners in the industry for sales. 80% of Carrier’s business comes from their trade partners, but as events are off the cards and most of these agents have been unable to sell travel for the past 12 months, Carrier still wanted to mark the occasion with something special for their highly valued partners.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we kick-off with Vicki Rothschild, who together with Mark Bickers, is the co-founder of Rothschild & Bickers, creators of exquisite hand-blown lighting which adorns stylish hotels, restaurants and homes across the UK.
"Starting up or running your own business isn’t for everyone. It’s like writing a book - a lot of people say they’re going to do it and very few do, and even less succeed at it", says Walpole partner Kevin Chesters, partner at Harbour. Read on for his advice...
"The starting point for any successful business is a really unique proposition and I think many women conceive their businesses with a real passion for their product and the idea behind it. E-commerce has given many more people the chance to try out ideas and find a market."
Harriet Hastings founded Biscuiteers after identifying an opportunity in the food gifting market for an e-commerce brand that delivered a stylish and personalised gifting solution. Fourteen years on Harriet shares her advice for others looking to start off in the luxury industry.
"Hire the best people you can who share your vision and values. Look after them, engage them well and nurture their gifts and talents that they bring to the team. Purpose should be at the heart of your brand!"
Frieda Gormley co-founded her maximalist interiors brand House of Hackney with her husband Javvy. Here she shares their journey, and how their brand champions the idea of buying less and instead investing in good-quality 'future heirlooms' that last.
Rounding off our Female Founder profiles - in support of this week's International Women's Day - is Carol Lovell, founder of luxury leather accessories brand STOW, and yet another former Brand of Tomorrow. Inspired by female adventurers of the past, Carol was inspired to set up her brand at the age of 47, after discovering a niche in the travel market.
Joanna Dai, founder of sustainable performance wear for women - and a former Brand of Tomorrow - Dai, is today's first Female Founder profile. Click the link below for a short interview with Joanna as she discusses why she swapped investment banking for fashion design, and how she succeeded in making workwear feel like yoga yet still look like a power suit.
What is it about British luxury that means new, female-led brands thrive? Why have so many women chosen to start their own luxury business? And what can all women in luxury learn from these amazing pioneers? On March 11th Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank and luxury marketing and comms specialist Jo Glynn-Smith were joined by a panel of British luxury’s female founders: Joanna Dai, founder and CEO of Dai; Carol Lovell, founder and CEO of Stow; Frieda Gormley, co-founder of House of Hackney; and Harriet Hastings, founder of Biscuiteers.
"I remember a quote I read in a Bain & Company report that said “this crisis may be transforming the luxury industry for good, but it could also be a transformation for the good”. The luxury industry has always been a pioneer when it comes to leading the way and questioning itself and I believe it will once again. Purpose and inclusiveness will be at the heart of the industry."
To complete our week-long celebration of the women of Walpole we speak to Aude Villebrun, Global Head of Channel Development - Meta Luxury at William Grant & Sons. Here Aude shares what she sees as the future of the luxury, as well as her advice for those starting out in the industry, and her thoughts on why elegance is underrated.
International Wedding Planner Sarah Haywood founded her eponymous company to create world-class weddings and celebrations across the globe. Since the pandemic, Sarah has emerged as a leading campaigner and lobbyist for her sector, co-founding the UK Wedding Taskforce to try and assist the ‘forgotten’ wedding sector, which is on the verge of collapse. Read on for Sarah's galvanising interview.
“Luxury brand values are defined by craftsmanship, exclusivity, innovation, sense of place & time, sophistication & design aesthetic, creative expression, relevance, heritage, and responsibility. I believe female-led brands have these values at the heart of everything they do."
Georgina Attwood, the founder of elite party planners Moriarty, is next on a roll call of creative women whose job it is to bring people together and inject joy and elegance to every event they touch - something we will need in spades from June onwards. Click below to read a short interview with George on why she founded Moriarty, and why businesswoman Dame Stephanie Shirley has had such an influence on her career.
"My mother was a huge inspiration. She taught me that anything is possible... Women like my mum and those that came before her did everything they could to allow my generation and future generations to thrive. We stand on the shoulders of giants."
Beloved by the A-list for her beautiful, vintage-inspired bridalwear, Kate Halfpenny - founder of her eponymous brand Halfpenny London - discusses the women who inspired her brand, and gives her advice to the next generation of Female Founders in the first of today's IWD-inspired profiles.
"Women can combine strength with intuition, enterprise with passion, creativity with empathy. We adapt well to change, are very people orientated and like to create inclusive working environments."
So says Leanne Roberts-Hewitt, Founder of Wildabout, a company with a mission to create innovative and beautiful floral designs using the finest quality flowers. Here Leanne shares with us her advice for the next generation of female founders, and who has inspired her on her journey so far.
"I wanted to be in control of my own destiny, by creating an inclusive tailoring business I can make all styles of garments for men and women; my world of bespoke, my approach, my vision."
A former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow and the first female tailor on Savile Row, Kathryn Sargent founded her eponymous bespoke tailoring brand in 2012. In today's first Female Founders profile, Kathryn discusses launching her business, and why starting out on your own doesn't have to be a lonely place.
"Starting a business was instinctive, it was the only way to be able to spend my days not restricted by set boundaries and collaborating with the like-minded bunch at AGC has led to us exceeding every expectation we have ever set ourselves."
In our female founder focus today we speak to Stella Gittins, Co-Founder & Group Director of AGC, a company with a mission to produce intelligent, carefully considered interior design and furnishing solutions. Here Stella shares her journey, and how to thrive in the luxury industry women must empower one another, be quietly determined, and surround themselves with individuals who are the right cultural fit.
"I feel women expect the best of themselves, and life generally, so seek to find solutions and improvements at every step."
Continuing with our IWD-inspired female founders focus today we speak to Araminta Campbell, founder of her eponymous brand, and a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow in 2020. Here Araminta shares with us her inspiration, and her advice for the next generation of aspiring female founders.
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'Life in Luxury’ explores the everyday working lives of all areas of Walpole’s membership from makers to merchandisers, PR to HR, chefs, housekeeping, designers, gardeners, layers and everyone in between, this feature encourages members share their working day - their life in luxury – to examine what makes the sector and its people tick. Today we meet Yelena Ford, MD at The New Craftsmen. The New Craftsmen were a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow in 2017, and have recently joined Walpole as one of our newest members.
In 2017, Walpole set up its Women in Luxury programme with a single goal of gender parity in the British luxury C-Suite by 2025. Today, 75% of Walpole's Brands of Tomorrow are either founded or co-founded by women: an impressively high proportion.
"I feel so lucky to have been surrounded by kind, strong women as I have built my business."
In this week's Daily Digests we will profile some of the female founders within the Walpole membership who have built their own businesses, as we ask what is it about British luxury that means new, female-led brands thrive - and who are the women that have inspired their success? We begin with Jessica McCormack - designer of exceptional diamond jewellery for the modern woman - who tells us what compelled her to start her own brand in 2008.
By Jayne Alexander, CEO of Walpole corporate partner, The Dovetail Agency and Founder of The Champion of Women Awards.
This March 8th, International Women’s Day, women have more to applaud themselves for than ever before. We have coped with an incredibly difficult year, which has impacted every area of our lives. We have worn multiple hats whilst working, keeping our positions viable, our staff supported and our businesses afloat. Domestic life has become closer and business life has become remote. Without that face to face interaction, how is that we have been able to lead and motivate teams from a distance?
Walpole welcomes the joint announcement from the new US administration and the UK Government that the US will suspend retaliatory tariffs of 25% imposed on single-malt whisky, cashmere, wool, tailoring, and bed linen products for four months.
In 2020, we launched the Walpole British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto: an ambitious and comprehensive aim to support the British luxury sector in lowering carbon emissions, reducing environmental impacts, and ensuring more sustainable future growth. Since launch, 70 Walpole members have joined founding signatories Harrods, Burberry, Mulberry, dunhill, Johnstons of Elgin, The Savoy and Chivas Brothers in support of the manifesto - all of whom share an ambition to make the UK’s luxury sector the most sustainable in the world.
In a modern blizzard of digital marketing, direct mail is an outlier. Effective, trackable and with great ROI, for many it is still not seen as the glamorous option. However, during the pandemic, clever luxury marketeers have challenged this and the lowly, slowly absorbed physical mail-out has emerged as a secret weapon.
The total value of British craft sales increased from £883m in 2006 to over £3b in 2019, and the number of contemporary fine craft buyers has increased by almost 280% in the last 12 months, according to global platform Artsy.net. The pandemic has propelled an underlying trend to acquire the unique and handcrafted – with Millennials the driving force.
Walpole member Sarah Haywood is a founder and spokesperson for the UK Weddings Taskforce. She and other leading businesses in the luxury weddings sector lobbied for its formation, won the support of the Small Business Minster, Paul Scully MP, and established an industry-led Taskforce. With businesses and over 30 industry associations on-board, it is the official channel of communication between the sector and government.
This week, Walpole member Johnstons of Elgin is presenting its A/W 2021 collection 'Tartans, Textures & Twists – A Journey through the Senses', to intimate groups of guests, with the Scottish cashmere brand's Creative Director Alan Scott providing a virtual preview of the next season's edit. To find out more, we spoke with Alan to discover the inspiration behind the new collection; how the brand remains true to its ethos of sustainability; and how to present a fashion show during a pandemic.
With 2021 well underway, we have been speaking with our members about the impact the past 12 months has had on their brands, what they have learnt from the situation – and how they will take these learnings from 2020 through into 2021 and beyond.
Today we hear from Francois Bazini, Managing Director of the House of Scotch Gin & Irish at one of Walpole’s newest members, Beam Suntory - who explains the effect of the pandemic from both a personal and professional perspective, and gives his predictions for 2021, once lockdown 3 is done and dusted.
An alumna of both Walpole's Crafted and Brands of Tomorrow programmes, 2021 sees renowned backgammon board designer Alexandra Llewellyn celebrate her 10th anniversary - a key milestone for the business and a symbol of her commitment to traditional craftsmanship and dedication to specialist skills and techniques. Read on for an interview with Alexandra on how she's celebrating this landmark year, the impact the last 12 months has had on her business, and what's next for the brand.
With Covid shrinking our physical world, shuttering our businesses and sending our people home – and Brexit altering the open borders we have come to rely on – the importance of negotiation (with everyone from overseas suppliers and banks to landlords and bosses) to manage and overcome these two global challenges has never been so visible.
Cast your mind back to the 2019 Walpole British Luxury Awards where Dame Zandra Rhodes - the recipient of the evening's Legend award - styled the after-party alongside Walpole member Savoir Beds (image below). Following this meeting of two icons, Savoir and Zandra have now collaborated on the new Savoir LILIES design, which combines the bed - one of the most important elements of the home - with Zandra’s love of art to create a functional work of art.
Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank talks to Lydia Slater, Editor in Chief of Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country about the role of luxury magazines in a pandemic, the importance of women of substance, and why dressing well is an act of generosity.
Today we meet Harriet Hastings, the founder of one of Walpole's newest members, luxury hand-iced biscuit brand Biscuiteers. Click below for an interview with Harriet, where she discusses the inspiration behind the business - dubbed the 'NET-A-PORTER of biscuits' - and the impact the last 12 months has had on it, as well as the unexpected positives to come out of the crisis.
Later this month we will reveal the 12 new up-and-coming luxury businesses chosen as our Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2021, and later this year we will launch our annual coffee table book: The Walpole Book of British Luxury. These two key events in our calendar are tied together by the phenomenally talented Sabina Savage - a Brand of Tomorrow alumna from 2019, who has also designed the front cover for this year's book (spoiler: it features dogs and looks magnificent).
How does the affluent consumer value luxury? What do they want to see from luxury brands? And what are the drivers to purchase? Read on for a report from our latest webinar, in association with VERB Brands.
What did you learn from 2020 and how this will inform your 2021?
In our new interview series we pose this question to Walpole members, and today we kick-off with Mark Bower of Woven Agency. From a professional perspective Mark's learnings included the discovery that geography doesn't matter, but that company culture is more important than ever. Read on to discover what Mark learnt personally in 2020.
As Robin Hutson will readily admit, politics isn’t normally his bag. If he was a Minister of anything, the ever-cheery hotelier says, “it would probably be the Minister of Fun”. Yet, in the past few months, the founder of Hotel du Vin and then The Pig, has become the lead voice in a campaign to create a permanent Minister of Hospitality in government – a campaign that garnered so many signatures that a couple of weeks ago it was debated in the House of Commons, with support from MPs across the country.
We close the 2020 Power List with our final Innovator, Goodwood's Tracey Greaves, who has been named for her passion in finding sustainable and engaging ways for luxury brands to deliver exceptional experiences and products at the 12,000 acre West Sussex estate. Click below to find out more.
Our penultimate '2020' Power List profile features William Grant & Sons' Cate Moore, who is responsible for driving Digital and Omnichannel transformation for luxury brands including Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt whisky and The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted single malt whisky.
We begin the new month with a Power List profile on Edwardian Hotel London's Linda Plant, who brings together two of the capital's greatest assets (in non-Covid times): luxury hospitality - most notably the group's May Fair Hotel and Radisson Blu Edwardian - and leading artistic and cultural venues and events, including The Royal Academy, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, London Fashion Week and London Film Festival.
The Power List is held in association with Investec.
"We have been pioneers for our entrepreneurial ecosystem and have seen an opportunity in this “new normal”. As our business was forced to physically close alongside the rest of the country, we had to rapidly pivot our member engagement model by offering our community more than 100 virtual online events since March."
Our final Power List interview of the week features Joost, the Managing Director of Home Grown, the members' club for entrepreneurial pioneers. Here he shares how he and his team managed to successfully pivot their business into a digital offering when the club had to close.
For those of us hoping for a post-pandemic re-run of the Roaring Twenties, we might do well to be careful what we wish for. As Walpole's star columnist Peter Howarth says, Fitzgerald’s classic novel of the jazz age, the Great Gatsby, has some warning signs tucked into the glamour, and could provide some clues to what luxury could or should expect on the other side.
"I believe that luxury and sustainability should work hand-in-hand. Inspired by our pioneering legacy, I felt Molton Brown ought to pave the way and rewrite the rules."
As iconic British luxury brand Molton Brown turns 50 this year, we speak to our next British luxury Innovator: Beatrice Descorps. As Molton Brown's Global VP, Beatrice has been instrumental in taking the business onto the next chapter in its history, ensuring it commits to an ambitious sustainability roadmap.
Introducing The Innovators - the final category of the 2020 Walpole Power List - featuring the individuals within British luxury who have shown true innovation in product, service or management throughout the pandemic. Kickstarting the category is Rachel Waller, who has been at the forefront of many of Burberry's digital, community and experiential initiatives during 2020, and who joined us as a speaker during September's Walpole Festival of Luxury Marketing. Read on for more.
Our final Guru of the Power List is Stuart Johnson, the Managing Director of the 5-star Brown's, and a 16-year stalwart of the Rocco Forte Hotel Group. During his tenure, Stuart has overseen the evolution of the Mayfair institution - and one of London's oldest hotels - into a 'truly modern luxury icon'. Read on for the full interview, in association with Investec.
A common perception is that the next generation of consumers have a very different perception to luxury - but is this true?
To help understand this, The Economist Group conducted two surveys (pre- / mid-Covid) to better understand the changing landscape of luxury consumption amongst High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and the High Earners, Not Rich Yet (HENRYs). Walpole's latest webinar, held on Thursday 21st January, saw Jamie Credland from The Economist present the research findings on how luxury businesses can communicate with their consumers in the ever-changing landscape of luxury consumption. This was followed by a panel discussion with Kiran Haslam, CMO of Princess Yachts and Paul Condron, Brand Director of The Macallan.
"I get to work with such passionate and talented people who never fail to inspire me. So to be recognised in this way by people I admire and who I learn so much from is truly humbling."
For today's 'Power List Profile' we hear from Margaret Sweeney of G . F Smith, firm friend of the Walpole Team, and well-loved by all in the Walpole community, Margaret's positivity, enthusiasm and expertise more than earn her a place on the Walpole Power List.
"There’s a new openness and eagerness to accelerate digital - as someone on the tech side of the industry, that’s really exciting."
As FARFETCH's Senior Head of Strategy, Alexandra Currie has seen first-hand the transformative power of technology: something the rest of the world has woken up to over the past year. Read on to find out more from Alex, who has been named a Guru on Walpole's Power List, in association with Investec.
In today's Insight, Walpole member William Grant & Sons takes an in-depth look into the UK drinks industry, as well as analysing the key consumer trends which are set to influence the luxury sector in this year and beyond.
Walpole's Chairman and CEO reflect on the challenges of 2020 and the outstanding response many Walpole members have made to the national Covid-response effort - and how, thanks to the strength of our community, collaborations and innovation, British luxury is still the calling card for the UK on the world stage.
In today's Walpole Power List profile we meet 'Guru' Simon Glendenning, CEO of fine cloth merchants Dugdale Brothers & Co.: a fierce champion of both 'Made in England' and time-honoured cloth-making traditions, who practices what he preaches from the brand's historic home in Huddersfield, Yorkshire: a by-word for luxury overseas.
"Our commitment to personalised service means we offer genuinely bespoke [travel] solutions, more critical than ever in this volatile year."
The importance of 'elsewhere' has never been more apparent than in the last 10 months, as an altered world has made travel anywhere past the kitchen table difficult. So how does a luxury travel brand navigate such troubled waters? We spoke with Mark Duguid, the Managing Director of Carrier, and a Guru on Walpole's Power List, to find out more.
To kickstart our focus on the Gurus of the Walpole Power List, we profile The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland's Anna Bartle, one of the luxury sector's most influential and best-known communicators - and co-lead of ELC's sustainability agenda - who shares a pearl of wisdom from the company's Chairman Emeritus Leonard Lauder, and discusses the importance of a great team.
Despite Walpole and partners' intensive campaign of political work, high-profile and regular media coverage and legal route of the Judicial Review, the Treasury withdrew the tax-free shopping scheme in the UK (VAT RES) on 1st January. Last week, Walpole was joined by our partner Global Blue for our latest webinar which sought to understand the practical and logistical implications, and explore alternative routes to tax-free shopping. Read on for an overview of the insights shared, and to watch the webinar on-demand.
"When I first conceived the idea of bringing the worlds of luxury fashion and gaming together, creating a positive, inclusive and inspiring space for anyone with an interest in fashion, it felt like a nigh impossible challenge. But today, after a year of soft launch, DREST is poised for its consumer release, with over 200 of the world's top brands on board and a host of exciting global partnerships."
Putting life as a magazine editor behind her, Lucy Yeomans bravely set out to combine the worlds of luxury fashion and gaming when she founded DREST, the fashion-styling game. Here we hear what it took, and what it means to be listed as a Walpole Power List Game Changer.
"It has always been my strong belief to never rest on one’s laurels and to look far ahead - you are only as good as the last project you designed and delivered and we must always strive to break barriers and cross boundaries and bring something original to the world of retail and hospitality. Sybarite has never been afraid to be a maverick."
Introducing Simon Mitchell, a Walpole Power List Game Changer: one of the innovators within British luxury in pursuit of something new - where they lead, others follow. Simon co-Founded architectural studio Sybarite in 2002, and since then the team have carried out more than 2500 projects all over the world.
Walpole's webinars, held weekly since the start of the pandemic, focus on areas of concern, interest and opportunity for Walpole members and the wider British luxury sector. To mark the new year, we will now be publishing short reports following these webinars, beginning with yesterday's update on Brexit - and what it means for luxury.
With a vision to create the world's leading Single Malt, The Lakes Distillery's Dhavall Gandhi - a Corporate finance consultant turned whisky scientist - takes influences from within the world of whisky and out, earning him the title 'Game Changer' of British luxury in the Walpole Power List. Read on for a short interview, in association with Investec.
First published in the 2020 Walpole Book of Luxury - and written before Covid-19 changed our world as we know it - writer Lysanne Currie takes a look at the 'analogue elite': those individuals who can are using their wealth and freedom to put away their smartphones and reconnect with humanity.
Travel may not be something we can do much of at the moment, but when we can Tom Marchant and the team at Black Tomato can make all your adventure dreams come true by creating truly innovative and inspiring experiences across the world. Read on for a profile on the co-founder of the luxury travel brand, who has been named a Game Changer in the Walpole Power List, in association with Investec.
Introducing the Game Changers of the Walpole Power List: The innovators within British luxury in pursuit of something new - where they lead, others follow. Our first Game Changer of the week is Farrah Storr, the award-winning Editor in Chief of ELLE UK, social mobility commissioner and author of The Discomfort Zone.
Our final Hero of the Walpole Power List is Jonathan Baker, the MD of luxury shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser, who last year rapidly 'pivoted' the brand from creating bespoke menswear to producing essential PPE for frontline medical professionals, with the Royal Warrant Holding business still supporting the NHS and key workers to this day.
Renowned London floral designers Leanne Roberts-Hewitt and Andrew Devonport head up a team of passionate home grown and international florists with an incredible eye for detail and artistic design. Kelly Yeomans is the brand’s Business Development and Client Services Consultant just over four years. After being forced to shut the studio, Leanne and Kelly prevented...
As a champion of sustainable, 'slow' luxury and a supporter of NHS Charities Together (raising £35,000 through sales of the Rainbow Scarf), it is no surprise that Simon Cotton, the CEO of fine cashmere and woollens brand Johnstons of Elgin has been named a Hero on the Walpole Power List. Read on to discover more...
"If, like me, you’re staring mournfully at a wardrobe full of fabulous clothes, none of which are worth wearing for WFH, but are begging for the chance to be worn to meetings or restaurants or parties once all this is over, you will love Alexandra Shulman’s memoir, Clothes and Other Things That Matter. As Vogue’s editor for 25 years, few people know more about fashion than Alexandra, and so I’m delighted that she’ll be our guest on Thursday 28th January, to talk about her book, and about the transforming, exhilarating power of dressing up."
"We are forced to close but we remain open in spirit."
Knut Wylde, the General Manager of 5-star The Berkeley is today's Walpole Power List Hero, and for very good reason - as the hotel conjured up the inimitable 'Berkeley spirit' to provide over 50,000 meals to the emergency services during the first lockdown. Read on for more.
We begin 2021 with a focus on the Heroes of British luxury: the inspiring individuals who are steering their organisations through the crisis, and who supported the wider community, front-line workers and the NHS during the early stages of the pandemic.
Our second profile of the year features two heroes. Our Brands of Tomorrow programme co-chairs, Balthazar Fabricius and Chris Downham, who hit the ground running in their inaugural year as co-chairs, and have led our 12 Brands of Tomorrow 202o through a tumultuous year with aplomb.
There may still be challenges to overcome during this new year, but there are positive and encouraging things on the horizon for both British luxury and Britain (with vaccines and trade deals chief amongst them). We also know that many Walpole members are continuing to find opportunities amongst the lockdowns: creating new and innovative ways of telling your stories to your customers, and taking the unexpected learnings from 2020 to help strengthen your brands.
We begin 2021 with a focus on the Heroes of British luxury: the inspiring individuals who are steering their organisations through the crisis, and who supported the wider community, front-line workers and the NHS during the early stages of the pandemic.
Our first profile of the year features the visionary Kristina Blahnik - CEO of family firm Manolo Blahnik - who introduced the House's Smile campaign during 2020: an initiative intended to spread positivity and much-needed enjoyment during times of isolation, and created in support of Manolo Blahnik's partnership with the Mental Health Foundation.
Our penultimate Power List Rising Star, in association with Investec, is Stephanie Foxley from Garrard. As marketing manager of the world's longest-serving jeweller, Stephanie Foxley discusses how the 285-year House is embracing digital innovation - something which has become more important than ever during 2020.
Established in 1798 and pharmacists to Her Majesty The Queen since 1958, John Bell & Croyden is London’s premier pharmacy and wellbeing emporium, offering a first-class retail experience steeped in centuries of knowledge, care and service. Here General Manager Alex Johnston shares his top five products for perfect winter skin - all available online at www.johnbellcroyden.co.uk and in the Wigmore Street store.
"It is a very special honour to be recognised by the voice of British luxury and to be part of the team at William Grant & Sons who are really driving the global luxury agenda."
In today’s focus on British luxury’s Rising Stars, in association with Investec, we hear from Charlotte Unsworth, Global Luxury PR Manager at luxury spirits behemoth William Grant & Sons. Charlotte tells us what it means to be listed on the Walpole Power List 2020, and how it's an honour to be part of a team who are really driving the global luxury agenda.
"Running Shackleton is like travelling over a crevasse field… there are hidden dangers lurking everywhere, but if you are careful and confident, you'll be ok - especially if you’re roped to someone you trust."
With the days getting darker and weather warnings issued earlier this week it seems fitting that today we hear from Martin Brooks and Ian Holdcroft, co-founders of luxury adventure-wear brand Shackleton, who create expedition-grade apparel engineered for extremes. Here the founders of the 2020 Brand of Tomorrow share with us how they built their brand.
"I am very honoured to be able to wave the flag on behalf of many young, diverse women in the whisky industry."
In today's focus on British luxury's Rising Stars, in association with Investec, we hear from Amabile Guglielmino-Brady, Senior Brand Manager at the prestigious Royal Salute - part of Pernod Ricard - who discusses what it means to be a woman in whisky, and to be named on this year's second-annual Power List.
Despite our collective efforts to encourage the Chancellor to review the decision to end the VAT Retail Export (tax-free shopping) Scheme for visitors from all countries in the UK on 31 December 2020, the Government laid a statutory instrument to commence the process of turning this policy change into law. We are keeping up the pressure, but at this stage it looks unlikely that there will be any change from the Treasury ahead of the 1st January.
Today's Rising Star hails from one of the world's oldest companies - the 1,100-year-old Royal Mint - so join us as we meet the appropriately named Serena Riches, Head of Marketing at the mint's Collector Services division as we continue our focus on the ones to watch on the Power List, in association with Investec. As part of this feature, we also take a look at the history of the Royal Mint, and how it has had a marked effect on Mints across the globe.
This week, we introduce the Rising Stars of the Power List - the ones to watch in the world of British luxury. We begin with Francesca Lindberg, PR Manager at 5-star The Hari in London's Belgravia - and the home of Walpole's monthly Member Socials (in normal times). Read on for more.
Today we speak to Zanny Gilchrist, long-time supporter of Walpole, and PR for luxury British leather goods brand Ettinger. In 20 years of working with Walpole Zanny has worked with several Walpole member brands, from Goodwood to former Brand of Tomorrow MULO, here we hear from her just what it means to be included on the 2020 Power List.
The Master of the Quaich - the highest honour possible in the Whisky industry - was bestowed on Stephen Rankin, Gordon & MacPhail's Director of Prestige, in 2019. Just a year later, Stephen is honoured with another accolade, this time on the Walpole Power List, where he is rightly named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury.
The Power List is held in association with Investec. Scroll down to read more from Stephen.
Yesterday the Department for International Trade (DiT) announced that the UK will be suspending the retaliatory tariffs on US products resulting from the Boeing/Airbus dispute, which is welcome news signalling a resolve to de-escalate trade tensions and reach a negotiated settlement with the US.
In today's Power List profile, in association with Investec, we meet Sam Strawford, Belmond's endlessly creative Global Brand Comms Director, who has helped bring to life the magic and wonder of Belmond's overseas destinations - an impressive feat during a year when travel has been nigh on impossible. Read on to find out more...
With the innovative David Collins Studio celebrating its 35th anniversary this year (scroll down to read more), we introduce you to today's Power Lister: the equally innovative David Kendall, who has spent the last 13 years leading the Marketing Communications at the Studio. Read on for more.
It's a double celebration for the Dorchester Collection's Julia Record this year, as she was not only lauded in PR Week's 2020 Power Book as number one in the luxury hospitality sector - she's also been named as a 'Storyteller' in Walpole's Power List. Read on for more.
"I founded Mou from my heart, believing that the brand’s expression needed to align with my personal values of respect and love for nature and people. I am delighted that the fashion mainstream has finally adopted sustainability and ethics as the only acceptable underpinning for the business of fashion."
Shelley Tichborne, shares the inspiration behind her luxury footwear brand Mou, and how being honoured on the Walpole Power List has motivated her to take her brand even further.
"The true essence of Gleneagles – the very thing that has made our hotel so special for generations – is not created by strategic decisions, beautiful views, sweeping driveways, nor bricks and mortar – but by our team, and I am hugely indebted to them for their tireless efforts to create outstanding experiences for our guests every single day."
With 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Conor joined the iconic hotel and sporting estate, Gleneagles, in 2016 – to steer the brand through its biggest period of investment in a century. Here we hear from Conor just how much it means to be included on the Walpole Power list, and how it's a culmination of the efforts of the entire Gleneagles team, who pull together to set the pace in luxury hospitality.
Mats Klingberg launched the impeccably edited menswear brand Trunk Clothiers in 2010, and just a year later was named a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow. In today's Taste-Maker profile - in association with Investec - meet Mats, who tells us why he believes he was named on this year's Power List, and why staying true to your vision for your brand is more important than ever.
Since becoming Managing Director of Leica, Jason Heward has given the legendary camera brand a new focus through creativity and collaborations. He created new destination stores and galleries in Mayfair, Harrods and Manchester giving discerning creatives places to admire and learn about photography.
Here we hear from Jason on how it feels to be included as one of the taste-makers on the Walpole Power List 2020, and the intrinsic link between creativity and luxury.
"To be named a Walpole 2020 Power List winner is an immense honour and also a testament to the Brands of Tomorrow Programme’s success."
Today we hear from Rachel Vosper, founder of her eponymous brand, a former Brand of Tomorrow participant in 2015, and a Walpole Power List Taste-Maker for 2020. Rachel is one of Walpole's greatest advocates, and here she shares why the Brands of Tomorrow programme was so special for her and her business, and how she's maintained the magic of a small brand despite the growth she's experienced.
In this week's Power List, we are profiling the Taste-Makers: Influencers within the Walpole membership with a great network, and who others look to for advice and inspiration. First up is Richard Carter, Rolls-Royce's Director of Global Communications, who we filmed at the brand's home in Goodwood last year.
This Christmas, Walpole has partnered with the NSPCC to help try and change the lives of children in need throughout the UK. As part of this, we have teamed up with some of Walpole's best-known members, including Burberry, Belmond, Harrods, Clive Christian, Fortnum & Mason, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Turnbull & Asser and many more to auction off 18 exceptional luxury gifts - including exclusive 'money-can't-buy' items and experiences - worth over £25,000.
Despite a tumultuous year, there are still things to celebrate in 2020, as Robert Ettinger - the CEO of luxury leather accessories company Ettinger - marks 25 years at the helm of the brand and 40 years in the business. In today's Walpole profile, Robert looks back and reflects on the passing years, and ahead to future successes.
In today's special double issue of Walpole Power List Legends we first give you an interview with Simon Cundey, MD of Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co., who have been offering the very best in fine British tailoring since 1806. Here Simon shares with us how important it is to be a champion of British craft, and how he has been doing so for the past 30 years.
VERB is a digital marketing agency specifically focused on serving the luxury and premium market. With this focus, VERB have a team of trained specialists who understand the nuances of marketing luxury brands as well as the expertise and tools to reach high net worth individuals and the affluent consumer. VERB create growth strategies for their clients and then execute across owned, earned and paid media to achieve digital results for our clients.
Today we hear from Chris Donnelly, CEO & Founder of VERB Brands, on why he's keen to connect with as many luxury brands as possible, and to understand their digital challenges.
Last - but certainly not least - to be interviewed as part of our week-long focus on our Walpole Power List Legends is Anthony Romano. Anthony is CEO of the famed 400-year-old shoemakers Church's, and here he shares with us how being named a Walpole Power List winner himself is most important because it also recognises the outstanding achievement of everyone he works with at Church’s. Read on for more from today's Power List profile, in association with Investec.
Yesterday, the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) published its Economic and Fiscal Outlook, containing a review of the figures used by the Treasury to inform the decision to remove the VAT Retail Export Scheme, which will prevent international shoppers from claiming refunds on goods bought in the UK from 1 January 2021.
In today's focus on the Legends on the List, we hear from Thierry Andretta, the CEO of luxury accessories brand Mulberry, who focuses on the brand's many positive achievements amongst the year's challenges - amongst them its commitment to sustainability, and production of reusable PPE at the height of the pandemic. Read on for more from today's Power List profile, in association with Investec.
An early mentor of Walpole's Brands of Tomorrow programme, Demetra Pinsent is now the CEO of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty - the world-renowned make-up brand which has seen incredible growth this year, despite the obvious challenges. In today's Power List profile, in association with Investec, Demetra tells us what it means to be named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, and how Charlotte Tilbury has achieved significant success in such a challenging year.
"It is an honour to run a business that works like this, that is a Certified Social Enterprise and one of the first B Corps in the UK. So you can imagine how we feel, when November rolls around and people start talking about Black Friday" says Kresse Wesling, co-founder of sustainable and ethical luxury brand Elvis & Kresse - a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow in 2012. Read on for Kresse's six reasons as to why her brand will never participate in Black Friday or any other discount days.
In today's Power List profile, we meet Robert Whitfield who, in 2017, swapped Hawaii for Park Lane when he joined five-star hotel The Dorchester as Regional Director and GM. Read on to discover why Robert has been named a Legend on the 2020 Power List, as we continue our focus on the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, in association with Investec.
As the outgoing CEO of the world-famous Fortnum & Mason, Ewan Venters has been instrumental in the brand's success over the past eight years: under his leadership the store has achieved record sales and profits, as well as expanded into new territories. In today's Power List profile, we asked Ewan what it means to be named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, as we turn our attention this week to the 'Legends' on the List.
Our final Power List profile of the week focuses on Debra Patterson, Quality Executive at The Savoy. Read on to discover what her role at The Savoy entails, how she has contributed to the development of Walpole’s Luxury Sustainability Manifesto, and for more about why she has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, in association with Investec.
Our penultimate Power List profile of the week focuses on Bernie de Le Cuona, the founder of her eponymous business, and a a purveyor of fine textiles for interiors. 'A trailblazer of sustainability', Bernie and her team have created Pure: an industry first, and the ultimate collection of 100% organic linen certified to GOTS. Read on for more about why Bernie has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, in association with Investec.
Our entertaining spaces might be seeing fewer faces this holiday season, but they can still be inspiring, inviting, intimate backdrops for treasured (if non-traditional) memories. In anticipation of those small but perfectly formed celebrations, Farrow & Ball Colour Curator Joa Studholme shares her favourite tips for enhancing your home with colour:
Jocelyn Wilkinson is responsible for the implementation of Burberry's five-year responsibility strategy, overseeing the continued evolution of Burberry’s programmes. In today's Power List profile, in association with Investec, Jocelyn discusses why she believes she was named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, as well as providing an update on Burberry's progress towards its 2022 social and environmental goals.
Let Simpsons’ Wine Estate add some sophisticated sparkle to your festive season. The Brands of Tomorrow 2020 participant’s award-winning English wines convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their iconic terroir in the North Downs of Kent, located in the heart of the Wine Garden of England.
We continue our focus on the Custodians on the Power List with a conversation with JING Tea's Lucy Thornton - one of the Signatories of the Walpole British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto, and a member of the Sustainability Working Group - who is supporting "Walpole’s strong commitment to being a driving force behind a sustainable future for British Luxury."
We begin our Power 50 profiles with a focus on the List's Custodians: those individuals who have progressed their brand’s sustainability goals during a particularly difficult year - in the week we also begin our next round of Sustainability Working Groups. First up, we spoke to Melissa Mullen, the VP and GM UK & IR at Jo Malone London. Read on to discover why Melissa has been named one of 2020's Most Influential People in British Luxury....
Introducing the 2020 Walpole Custodians, in association with Investec: A new category for 2020, Custodians holds up the individuals who have progressed their brand’s sustainability goals during a particularly difficult year, in particular the Walpole Sustainability Manifesto pillars: leading the transition towards a circular economy; safeguarding environment and natural resources; guiding suppliers towards sustainable practices; and advocating equal and respectful working conditions.
Introducing the 2020 Walpole Heroes, in association with Investec: Refocused for 2020, this category celebrates the individuals who reached out to their community, and supported frontline workers, the NHS, or the national effort during the early stages of the pandemic.
The second-annual Walpole Power List, naming 2020’s 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury - and held in association with Investec - has been revealed. Released to mark the day the 19th British Luxury Awards would have taken place, The Power List celebrates the inspirational individuals – the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury – within Walpole member brands who, despite enormous challenges throughout 2020, have continued to steer the sector to success.
Innovative luxury Scottish textile designer, and participant of Brands of Tomorrow 2020, Araminta Campbell would like to thank Walpole members for their continued support throughout the year. As 2020 heads into its final months, the lights go up and we prepare for Christmas, Araminta Campbell is offering Walpole members an exclusive 10% off her premium and effortlessly stylish collections until December 31st 2020.
With necessity forcing the world to go rapidly (fully) online during 2020, eCommerce has taken on more significance than ever before, and luxury brands have made a 10-year leap in terms of their digital businesses. But how have Walpole's members adapted to the new virtual normal? We spoke with William Grant & Sons' Dominic Parfitt who gave us his take on the future of e-Commerce, as well as his 'life in luxury': his big break, what inspires him, and his advice to anyone looking to join the sector in 2020...
It’s only when the seas are rough and the winds are whipping in every direction, that you realise how strong or speak the boat you have built really is. In this, most destructive year, we have found out that the Scottish textile industry is incredibly robust and resilient.
Having worked in the private aviation sector for over ten years, June Sebley, Head of Customer Relations at Signature ELITE Class, has been watching the ever-changing world of travel and aviation with interest. ‘Despite the current regulations and restrictions, we are still desperate to travel,’ June says, ‘but we want the reassurance that we can fly safely and with as little stress as possible. With a recent survey indicating that there can be around 700 touch points when flying via a commercial terminal, passengers are looking for ways to minimize those contact points.’
With Remembrance Sunday this weekend and Armistice Day next week it seems fitting to feature Bremont in our daily luxury digest. After many years working with armed forces around the world, it was a proud moment in Bremont’s history when in 2019 we entered into an official partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), paying tribute to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Through this partnership, Bremont became the sole luxury watch producer legitimately allowed to use the signs, symbols and Heraldic Badges of all three services; the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary, GSD®, the enterprise founded by Walpole member Graham Shapiro, can reflect upon an incredible journey during the course of a quarter of a century and look back upon on a stream of luxury clients and series of innovative achievements in branding and website design.
A second lockdown has, perhaps, always been inevitable. It’s no more welcome for that, and its timing is bitter. With a little over seven weeks to Christmas, this is the time of year all Walpole members have been banking on to mitigate some of the impact of the first lockdown. The closure of hotels, restaurants, culture and ‘non-essential retail’ can’t help but bite at the heart of hope. Covid is cruel, wreaking havoc not only with the nation's health but with its prosperity too.
"The biggest piece of advice I have been given, is to be patient. It’s not naturally a strength of mine, however in whisky nothing happens overnight. I’ve always been taught to give the whisky more than enough time in a cask to make sure the quality is absolutely perfect before sending to bottling."
What does a day in the life of an apprentice malt master look like? Here Kelsey shares her career story with us - how she found herself working at The Balevnie, the best piece of advice she's been given, and what she does from day to day - it involves a lot of 'nosing', read on to find out more.
"Our furniture is considered to be luxury, but it’s a sort of thoughtful luxury. Our pieces are generously made by hand in luxurious, substantial materials like quarter-sawn oak, brass and Carrara marble; but they are also made to be used. It means they do really earn their keep and become more valuable over time and through use."
As we celebrate all things 'Brands of Tomorrow' during the final week of applications for the 2021 programme, today we meet Matthew and Camilla, who run English furniture company Matthew Cox.
As we approach the launch of our 2021 Brands of Tomorrow programme we meet Alex Tymann, co-founder of Hēdoïne, who shares her experience of being a part of the programme in 2020: the best bits, what she's learnt and how it's helped her business.
Franck Arnold has 30 years in the hospitality industry and brings a wealth of experience from working for well-known luxury brands and independent hotels in North America and Europe. He joined The Savoy in September 2020 with a clear vision to navigate the hotel through the global pandemic, remaining true to its heritage as a the home of luxurious innovation in the UK. In today's Walpole interview, Franck discusses his first few weeks at the helm of the hotel and shares his thoughts on the future of hospitality 'post-pandemic' - as well as what guests can expect from a visit to The Savoy in this new 'Tier 2' lockdown London.
The Government announced five weeks ago that it will end the VAT Retail Export (tax-free shopping) Scheme for visitors from all countries in the UK on 31 December 2020. This means that overseas visitors will no longer be able to obtain a VAT refund on items they buy here and take home with them in their luggage. Here is an update on the situation for 21st October 2020.
"We love what we do and make sure our customers feel that spirit and have fun at every touchpoint of their journey. This, combined with great products, is how we are building Hēdoïne."
As we are busy recruiting our Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2021, we take five minutes to chat to Anna and Alex, the co-founders of Hēdoïne, a Brand of Tomorrow 2020, about what they enjoy most about life as entrepreneurs.
Walpole is delighted to announce a new partnership with the NSPCC, and invites you to join us for a special online event - with the NSPCC, Walpole, Harrods and Jo Malone London - this Thursday 15th October at 4pm.
Event Producer Sarah Haywood, founder of London based international party planners Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations, has been appointed a Global Ambassador for the charity VOW to End Child Marriage.
The day before London Craft Week opened, I was holding my breath in case we got closed down by new restrictions. When the worst didn't happen, then I worried that no one would turn up. Or we would get slammed for being irresponsible keeping the core of the festival physical, rather than going all online.
Founded over two decades ago, Cleave & Company are Court Jewellers of distinction. Imagining, designing and creating some of the world’s most exceptional Bespoke Jewellery, Objet D’Art, Pens, Insignia, Orders, Decorations and Medals by appointment. Complex techniques, sophisticated style and pioneering precious metal work means we achieve a standard which reflects our commitment to producing some of the world’s most luxurious gifts.
Following Walpole's commitment to inspire and prepare the next generation for the world of work through our Schools Programme, we are working with Walpole partner V&C to support Kickstart: a new, fully funded government placement scheme, giving young people the opportunity to work in, and learn from, organisations like yours - at no cost to your business.
Set in London’s most exclusive neighbourhood, May Fair Kitchen offers a menu of contemporary Italian and Spanish small plates, entrées and specialities, in addition to signature dishes from its sister Kitchens, a vegan menu and a curated list of fine wines and cocktails.
Walpole traditionally hosts around 40 face-to-face events each year, from large dinners and Award ceremonies to intimate suppers and monthly socials, alongside thought-leadership Summits and insight sessions – bringing the sector together to share ideas, best practice and to make meaningful connections with peers. In this Covid-impacted world, Walpole has brought these experiences online, creating a virtual space for members to meet until it is safe to come together again.
"After experiencing a general downturn in print demand during lockdown, the business is now seeing an increased spend on print marketing. But this has not come as a surprise: rather than a 'new rule for luxury' - print is a tried and trusted medium that often sees a resurgence during challenging times."
With the digital space at saturation point - how do luxury brands communicate effectively with customers who are (once again) largely staying at home? To find out, we spoke with Walpole Partner Pureprint who give their thoughts on why traditional, tried-and-tested methods are becoming increasingly important in this 'post-Covid' world.
"The combination of remote working and restrictions on international travel, by the end of 2020 David Collins Studio will have reduced our carbon footprint by almost 80% from last year. This is hugely positive from an environmental standpoint and something that we will be keeping in mind as we continue to review our sustainability strategy."
As all businesses attempt to navigate the increasingly difficult - and regularly changing - Covid-19 measures, we spoke to David Collins Studio's Chief Operating Officer David Goodman and HR Manager Emily Wilder on how life at the renowned design brand - which is responsible for the interiors of a great number of Walpole retail and hospitality members - has changed this year, and what - if any - positives can be found from the situation...
With the latest Covid-19 advice recommending that those that can work from home for the next six months, we spoke to Samuel Pye, Creative Manager at Echlin - creators of exceptional residences and crafted spaces - who shares five tips on how to upgrade your WFH set-up.
"At Simpsons’ Wine Estate, we create fine English still and Traditional Method sparkling wines that convey a rich sense of provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their iconic terroir in the North Downs of Kent, the wine garden of England."
With applications now open for our 2021 Brands of Tomorrow programme, we take 'Five Minutes' to introduce you to one of our current Brands of Tomorrow: Simpsons' Wine Estate as we meet the company's founders - Ruth and Charles Simpson.
While Covid-19 may have dominated the agenda for the past six months, our British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto - which we launched at the beginning of 2020 - has not been forgotten. During the pandemic, sustainability has taken on a new imperative as Walpole members commit to a future vision of building back better. With the spotlight on how globally integrated the business of luxury is, from supply-chain to customer, protecting people and planet has become more important than ever.
de Le Cuona fabric house launches Pure - the ultimate collection of interior textiles, for those who are pursuing wellness and looking to invest in a healthy lifestyle. Pure is a 100% organic linen collection certified to The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and designed without compromise on the beauty and the feel of the fabrics.
As Walpole awaits a response from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, to Helen Brocklebank’s request that he urgently reconsiders the unwelcome decision to scrap the VAT Retail Export (tax free shopping) Scheme, we would be grateful for additional support from members.
As we open applications for our 2021 Brands of Tomorrow programme, we also take a moment to introduce you to one of our current class of Brands of Tomorrow 2020. Venetia Archer is the founder innovative beauty bookings platform Ruuby, here she shares with us what she enjoys so much about being an entrepreneur in the luxury space.
The Government has announced that it will end the VAT Retail Export (tax free shopping) Scheme for visitors from all countries in the UK on 31 December 2020. This means that overseas visitors will no longer be able to obtain a VAT refund on items they buy here and take home with them in their luggage.
September 2020 saw the inaugural Festival of Luxury Marketing - a week-long, virtual exploration of the post-pandemic luxury customer, and how brands can most effectively reach them. Over 5 days and 15 session, 46 expert speakers shared their expertise, experience and insights with over 500 guests - here are the highlights.
While Covid-19 may define 2020 (and the decade), Black Lives Matter and issues around sustainability and inclusion are having just as profound an impact on brands. With customers increasingly holding brands to higher standards, Day 5 of the Festival explores how marketeers must communicate a strong sense of brand purpose to be meaningful and authentic to a new socially and environmentally conscious consumer.
China – always an important market for luxury – has taken on a new significance in 2020. By 2025, the country will account for almost 50% of the global luxury goods market, and has seen one of the quickest – and most robust – recoveries from the crisis. Day 4 of the Festival offers up the chance to learn from experts in the market, and provides details on how to capitalise on the increasingly important Asia surge.
With necessity forcing the world to go rapidly (fully) online during 2020, Day 3 of the Festival set out the new Digital Marketing playbook and the latest innovations in virtual luxury, with lessons from the experts in online retail and marketing; events and experiences; personalisation and clienteling 2.0.
The UK government has today reached agreement in principle for a free trade deal with Japan, an important market for British luxury brands, and a key stepping stone in the government’s post-Brexit trade strategy.
Decades of research shows that the best companies in the world are purpose-led brands which outperform competitors in the long-run. In their longevity alone, many Walpole group members exemplify sustainable business, and we are thrilled to see them bring their customary high standards to bear on the topics of purpose and sustainability.
"The need to adapt is constant and ever so important. I’m sure that you are familiar with Darwin’s quote around species, ‘those that survive are those who are smart enough to evolve, react and adapt to the world around them’. Being agile with our strategies and offering more digital-focused content and experiences is crucial."
Ahead of Day 4 of the Festival, we hear from speaker Mathieu Deslandes, Marketing Director at Ballantine's & Royal Salute, Chivas Brothers, on how the business has adapted its marketing strategy during 2020, and what the future holds for the premium drinks brand.
Day 3 of Walpole's Festival of Luxury Marketing was wholly dedicated to the hyper-acceleration of digital luxury - and as Chief Operating Officer of luxury gaming platform DREST, Lisa Bridgett was perfectly placed to share her thoughts on the impact of tech and virtual innovation on the sector.
Luxury has traditionally focused on the in-store and in-person experience, so how has 2020’s shift to digital communication impacted on brands’ relationships with consumers?
Day 2 of the Festival answered this question and more, with a focus on the new ‘language of luxury’: how do we communicate with the luxury consumer now?; plus an exploration of the importance of storytelling and the right tone of voice, and how e-commerce can provide as rich an experience for the luxury customer as the traditional bricks and mortar.
From a global pandemic to Black Lives Matter, 2020 has dramatically altered customers' needs and expectations of brands and businesses. Day 1 of the Walpole Festival of Luxury Marketing examines how the mindset and priorities of the luxury consumer has changed, what they now want - and expect - from luxury brands, and how brands can reach these ever discerning, and demanding, customers both now and in the future.
"It’s clear that digital now has a disproportionate impact on the path to purchase – and yet we know that consumers still value the human touch, especially when it comes to luxury. From AR/VR to live-streaming, gamification to next generation customer service, we’ll be sharing the our guide to how luxury brands can embrace this bold new virtual frontier."
In today’s Spotlight on the Speaker we hear from Janet Carpenter, MD of integrated creative agency, Spring Studios. Janet will be speaking on our Digital Innovation day the Walpole Festival (day 3), followed by a discussion on Virtual Retail & Marketing with Lisa Bridgett, COO of DREST and Rachel Waller, VP of Marketing, Digital & Innovation at Burberry.s
"During COVID, ecommerce has not just been a convenience but a lifeline for people. It took ten years to increase internet sales by 13%. And this year, the same has been achieved in just 5 short months!"
The Walpole Festival of Luxury Marketing begins in just four days. In today's Spotlight on the Speaker we hear from Stefano Pardi, Head of Industry UK , Fashion and Luxury at Facebook, who shares a bit of what he'll be touching on when he speaks at the Festival next week.
"There is a definite shift for luxury marketing following the crisis as consumers recalibrate what is important to them. Consumers will make decisions based on trust and will spend with a brand that aligns with their own values - the issue of sustainability has rightly risen up the agenda and brands need to demonstrate good corporate citizenship: doing the right thing in the world for people and the environment."
"At Manolo Blahnik we don’t have rules. We don’t show in Fashion Week. We have four collections a year and sell sandals in summer and boots in winter. For a fashion insider that’s insane. But for our clients it makes sense. Instead we have values and these values we pass on to our 'community', which we believe leads to a bond with our clients: its’s about connection, values, creativity and passion."
"Luxury consumer responds very positively to the intimate marketing, which is everything that we understand about honesty but more so. It's about letting you in on a secret, about showing behind the curtain but not to everyone. It's about looking for moments to pick up the phone and share how things have been rather than sending out a mass email."
"We’ve long believed that for a brand to truly resonate with its audience it has to have a deep emotional connection. This connection gives a brand the ability to talk to a customer during uncertain times, and the effects of the pandemic have only strengthened our belief in this approach."
As we look ahead to next week's Festival of Luxury Marketing, we here from Helen Darlington, Founder & CEO of global, award-winning brand engagement agency Woven. Helen will be 'in conversation' with Kiran Haslam, CMO at Princess Yachts, on Day 3 of the Festival.
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Next week sees the launch of the inaugural Walpole Festival of Luxury Marketing: our week-long online exploration of the luxury landscape in the wake of the momentous, societal-changing, events of 2020.
The Festival opens with a rallying cry from Farrah Storr, award-winning Editor-in-Chief of ELLE UK, social mobility commissioner and author of The Discomfort Zone. Farrah, in conversation with Walpole’s CEO Helen Brocklebank, will discuss how to build a luxury brand with heart – an ambition she has poured into her first year at the helm of ELLE UK, the world’s leading authority on fashion and style.
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"Our work around keeping our craftsmanship alive, innovation and sustainability is more relevant than ever - particularly as people have realised during lockdown that they don’t need lots of everything."
As we look ahead to September's Festival of Luxury Marketing, we get a sneak preview of what has been going on this year at Johnstons of Elgin from their Marketing Director Melissa (Milly) Bisset, who is a speaker on Day 4 of the Festival.
Earlier this week we shared a new report by Bain & Company on The Future of Retail in Asia-Pacific: How to Thrive at High Speed; and took an indepth look at Bain's Global View for Luxury, as filmed at this February's Walpole Future of Luxury Summit - an event which took place before the full consequences of Covid were understood. Continuing our Bain insights ahead of September's Festival of Luxury Marketing, we today hear from the consultancy's Associate Partner Fabio Colacchio - just one of the Festival's expert speakers - who discusses consumer trends in the post-Covid world.
With the 5-star Brown's Hotel finally reopening its hallowed doors next Tuesday, we once again hear from Managing Director Stuart Johnson on how the Mayfair stalwart is preparing to welcome back guests after five months; the new partnerships these guests can enjoy; and his thoughts on what the government can do to aid hospitality recovery, particularly in London - the region perhaps most hardest hit by the impact of the pandemic.
"Be good, be different, and being different is good."
As we look ahead to September's Festival of Luxury Marketing, we hear from strategy guru Kevin Chesters, a speaker on Day 1 of the Festival, who will ask if Brand Britain is still a priceless asset. Kev’s Ted-style talks are always a masterclass in brand positioning, and as an added bonus he will be in conversation with Dan Ramsay, director of the government’s GREAT campaign. Read on for Kevin's soundbites for business, and click below to secure your tickets.
Six months into the pandemic, luxury’s leaders are learning to live with uncertainty. A sector that has always cleverly balanced creative entrepreneurship with heritage, tradition and a long-term view has changed and adapted with extraordinary rapidity and enormous courage. Strategy shifts that would once have been discounted as too radical are now the norm. Brands have accelerated long-term digital plans and achieved in months what would ordinarily have taken years.
"In most cities around the world, where our stores heavily rely on tourism, sales have been particularly difficult. This is in contrast to the Asian market where traffic numbers now mirror last year - and, in some markets, stores have even reported an increase."
Continuing our series of interviews with Britain's luxury leaders, we today hear from Anthony Romano, the CEO of English shoemaker Church's, who talks us through the impact of Covid-19 on the 147-year-old business - and calls on government, banks and landlords to do all they can to support retail businesses, both post-Covid and post-Brexit.
As the crisis caused by COVID-19 deepens for the British luxury sector, impacted by travel restrictions which prevent high-spending international tourists from visiting and low domestic footfall in the UK’s cities, Walpole’s Chief Executive called on the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to put in place urgent measures to attract high-spending international shoppers back to our shores safely.
In today’s 'New Ruels' feature we hear from Alex Tymann, Co-Founder of Hēdoïne, the innovative and edgy seamless tights brand, that also happens to be one of Walpole Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2020. "Customers want to see behind the scenes now more than ever before and they expect brands to participate not only in environmental initiatives, but also politically and socially. They want us to raise a voice and take a stance."
At the beginning of this year, Walpole launched the British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto, of which many Walpole members are signatories. It described four pillars of luxury sustainability: leading the transition towards a circular economy; safeguarding the environment and natural resources; guiding partners and suppliers towards sustainable practices; and advocating equal and respectful working conditions. Underpinning each pillar were twelve collective ambitions - the priorities for British luxury brands if we were to move as swiftly as possible towards the goal of making the UK the global benchmark in luxury sustainability.
Hosted by British Food Writer, Food Critic and friend of Fortnum’s, Tom Parker Bowles; Fortnum’s Hungry Minds presents a series of discourse and debate around new ideas, knowledge and the joy of real food.
As we try to navigate through a 'new normal' way of life, luxury watch and leather accessories brand Rapport has adapted and grown during these times of uncertainty: from launching their brand new website to sharing their 'new rules' for luxury marketing, post-pandemic.
In today's feature on how the UK's luxury leaders are steering their brands through the crisis, we hear from Catherine Archer, CEO of the world's finest tea brand JING. "With a business that has been traditionally focused on the high-end hospitality and travel sectors, the pandemic has brought some obvious challenges. However it has also unlocked unprecedented levels of determination and creativity amongst the team, which has been an inspiration to witness and a key enabler to ensuring we come through this crisis stronger as a result."
Walpole was disappointed by the news of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announcement yesterday, which will see the continuation of retaliatory tariffs of 25% imposed on single-malt whisky, cashmere, wool, tailoring, and bed linen products applied from the 1st of September. However, it was positive to see that tariffs were not extended to include additional products or increased as highlighted in the review.
The impact of the long-standing Boeing / Airbus trade dispute is negatively affecting businesses and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, and Walpole is committed to continue working with the Department for International Trade and our European sister organisations within the ECCIA to highlight the impact on the luxury sector and need for a resolution.
"Ultimately, people are seeking reassurance, inspiration and help – so that’s what we’ve focused on; we think it’s fair to say that it’s brought comfort and joy to our customers in an otherwise unsettling time."
Today's 'New Rules' come courtesy of Zia Zareem-Slade, Customer Experience Director at Fortnum & Mason (and Director at 45 Jermyn St), who discusses how the iconic Piccadilly store has risen to the challenge of communicating with customers in a meaningful way, even when its famous doors have been closed.
'Creating remarkable experiences and content that inspires' is at the core of everything Black Tomato does - but how has a worldwide pandemic - that has disproportionately affected travel - impacted upon the business? In today's 'New Rules' we meet the brand's Global Head of Marketing and PR Jos Davies, who talks us through the last few months at Black Tomato, and gives us her three top tips for marketing during the 'new normal.'
Moving into a new role can be daunting at the best of times - but how about joining a new company, and category, at the start of a global pandemic? In today's 'New Rules' we meet the erudite Paul Graham who did exactly this - moving from Champagne house Pol Roger to head up marketing at international court jewellers Cleave & Company, whose marketing strategy had been, until March: 'if you know, you know'. Here, Paul talks us through his first four months at the brand, and how - for the first time - he is communicating Cleave's story of fine design and craftsmanship; personalised, bespoke service; and luxury collaborations with a new world beyond the 'palace walls'.
Are you a luxury brand leader, founder/owner, marketeer, communicator or advertiser? Join Walpole – the sector body for British luxury – for five days of unmissable insights, compelling content and networking opportunities this September, as we uncover the new rules of marketing for the ‘new normal’ and how best to reach the luxury customer, post-pandemic – all from the comfort of your own home.
Luxury Scottish cashmere manufacturer, Johnstons of Elgin, is reinforcing its sustainable credentials through the launch of a new range using leftover yarn from its main collections. Maintaining the highest level of quality, the range will benefit the environment and last longer than cheaper, synthetic fibres.
Burberry announces luxury’s first social retail store in China’s technology hub Shenzhen, blending the physical and social worlds in a digitally immersive retail experience – a store of tomorrow for today. Powered by Tencent technology, the store, which will open in the new Shenzhen Bay MixC development today, 31st July 2020, is a space of exploration, designed to inspire and entertain luxury customers, where they can interact with the Burberry brand and product in new and exciting ways, in person and on social media.
In the second in our series profiling Britain's luxury marketers and communicators ahead of the Walpole Festival of Luxury Marketing, we meet Belmond's Comms Directors Sam Strawford and Joss Betts to discover how the LVMH-owned travel and hotel business is weathering the Covid chaos, the innovative marketing campaigns the brand has initiated during lockdown, and why we should consider the 'new normal' to be the 'temporary abnormal'.
Following over four months of closure during lockdown, Kensington Palace will be reopening its doors once more to welcome visitors from Today. To celebrate the re-opening, the famous ‘Travolta dress’, worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will go on display at the palace for the first time since it was acquired by Historic Royal Palaces at auction in 2019.
The collection explores a contrast between mouth-watering citrus fruits and serene floating blooms, alive in a secret garden. Invigorating Yuja, ripening in abundance on verdant trees and fizzing with fragrant aroma.
In the lead up to September's Festival of Luxury Marketing, Walpole is sharing insights from those tasked with marketing some of the UK's best-known luxury businesses, beginning with David Kendall, the innovative MarComs Director at David Collins Studio.
Today Monday 28th July 2020 - ECCIA (the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance, of which Walpole is a founder member) will make further submission to the Office of the US Trade Representative to try to avert the escalation of the long-running Airbus/Boeing dispute’s impact on the luxury sector’s trade with the US.
With face coverings now mandatory, we spoke with Simon Cundey, Managing Director and seventh-generation family member of Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co., on how the historic business has turned its hand to creating masks for those who are looking to stay safe *and* stylish during the crisis. We also uncover Simon's thoughts on the long-term impact of Covid-19 on Henry Poole, and how government can support retail recovery - and Savile Row - in the months and years to come.
By Laura Tan, Partner at Notable.
When we began the research for this paper late last year - looking at the trends affecting luxury British hospitality, and launched at the Walpole US Trade Delegation to New York - we could never have imagined how quickly the world would change. Nor could we have anticipated the degree to which this particular crisis would hit the hospitality industry.
Walpole member Hendrick's are delighted to invite you to browse their #Standfast Charity Auction. Hendrick's, and other William Grant & Sons brands, have donated a once-in-a-lifetime series of money-can’t-buy, unforgettable experiences, rare and aged liquids, and bartending essentials, with all fees and funds raised donated to The Drinks Trust and The BEN, Scotland (the latest initiative in the WG&S #Standfast Campaign, helping get bartenders back to work and supporting the On Trade).
After four months of lockdown, five-star hotel The Hari is delighted to reopen its doors on Saturday 1 August 2020 with a contemporary exhibition celebrating the graduating class of 2020, offering a platform to those who sacrificed their essential degree shows due to the lockdown this summer.
Earlier this month, HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Royal Warrant shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser’s Gloucestershire workrooms, to praise their dedicated team for their contribution in supporting key workers by producing personal protective equipment for the National Health Service, amidst the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.
With the world slowly welcoming back travellers with open arms and ‘quarantine free’ travel to many European countries now a possibility, tour operator Carrier has experienced a significant increase in demand for travel over the past two weeks.
From import and export costs to determining overseas pricing, the volatility of the currency market is another challenge that many brands face, particularly those reaching out to global markets to mitigate the impact of a decrease in UK sales. While it’s not possible to predict or control the movements in the currency market, there are tools to track, target and even fix a prevailing exchange rate which may mitigate the risk of currency fluctuations. Walpole partner moneycorp share their insights on what luxury brands should be looking at in terms of currency support for their business.
How has Iconic Luxury Hotels - owner of Cliveden House, Chewton Glen, The Lygon Arms and 11 Cadogan Gardens - found the last two weeks since reopening? We spoke with the Group's Executive Director, Andrew Stembridge, on occupancy in both the country and the capital, and the challenges - and unexpected positives - to emerge post-pandemic, as well as how government can continue to support the hospitality sector.
"We have always tried to create a personal connection with our customers, but what we’ve seen during lockdown is that people really value that – they value knowing where and how their jewellery is being made, and by whom."
Today we hear from Stephen and Jane, the husband-and-wife team behind jewellery business Stephen Einhorn, on how they have led their family-run business through the crisis, with the support of their very loyal customers.
What do you do when you're running the world's finest bookmaker and the global pandemic cancels all major global sports events one by one? We hear from Fitzdares' CEO Will Woodhams, on how he led the business through the toughest of times with innovative thinking, decisiveness and hard graft.
Today sees Gleneagles - Scotland's 'Glorious Playground' - welcome back guests for the first time since March. To celebrate, we spoke with Conor O'Leary, the joint Managing Director of the five-star hotel, for a discussion of the impact of Covid-19, what the future holds for the business, and how the team have been gearing up for reopening.
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic impact on London, Britain’s economic power house. As the capital faces its biggest crisis in generations, Walpole’s Chief Executive Helen Brocklebank talked to Jonathan Prynn from the Evening Standard in advance of the launch of their campaign ‘Saving Central London’. With Walpole members reporting that they are only seeing 5-10% of their normal volume, Helen sets out a number of specific measures which must be implemented by government and the Mayor of London to support London-based luxury goods businesses and the longtail of jobs that they support throughout the country.
It's been a month since shops in England were allowed to reopen - but how are Britain's luxury retailers finding life 'post pandemic'? We're speaking to the leaders of Walpole member businesses - both privately and publicly - to find out whether customers are returning to stores, what the challenges and opportunities are, and how government and local councils can aid with retail recovery - beginning with Michael Wainwright, the Managing Director of fine jewellery brand Boodles.
Who could have predicted this time last year that this year would end in such tumult? Shortly after the 2018/2019 AGM, and at a crucial stage in the Brexit negotiations, Walpole published the Economic Impact Study, conducted for us by Frontier Economics. The study valued the British luxury sector at £48b, a growth of 49% over a five-year period, and demonstrated the exceptional contribution it makes to the UK, not least to the country’s exports. It showed that 80% of production is destined for overseas markets; it quantified the cost of a no-deal Brexit to British luxury at £6.9b; and it highlighted the economic importance of British luxury’s regional manufacturing hubs, creating employment and investing in skills and apprenticeships throughout the whole of the British Isles.
The world of work is changing - with more people than ever before wanting or needing to work from home certainly for part of the time. That means we should all be open to flexible ideas and new - and exciting - ways of working, says Walpole partner V&C Associates.
Walpole welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Chancellor of the next phase of fiscal packages to support jobs and proactively help to re-start the sectors which have been hardest hit by the crisis: hospitality and tourism. The bonus for employers who bring back their people from furlough is a positive move forwards - as are the efforts to create jobs for young people and the reduction of VAT - but many businesses will find the end of the Job Retention Scheme in October simply too early given the anticipated length of recovery.
Based in London's West End, the Turnbull design studio is awash with colourful characters, supplying endless inspiration for the in-house design team. Turnbull's new Madras Capsule Collection takes inspiration from one such real-life and particularly prismatic individual.
The Chairman and CEO of Purdey, Dan Jago, is the latest luxury leader to discuss the impact of the lockdown on the 200 year old business – one built on personal service, craftsmanship and sustainability.
"For leaders, this is the defining moment in our careers. This is what we will be remembered for. Did we handle the crisis with a strong moral compass, an agile strategic mind and lots of empathy for what others are going through: our team members, our families, our clients, our communities?"
Today Aino-Leena Grapin shares with us how she's navigated yacht design firm Winch through COVID-19, and what she's learnt in the process about leadership and the importance of team spirit.
Tomorrow’s travel is about enjoying the experience – making memories and leaving only (non-carbon) footprints, writes Max Olesker, contributing editor at Esquire - in his essay for the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury.
As the country is primed for a government announcement this week that air bridges will be opened up between a selection of European countries, Walpole’s Chief Executive has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to consider the needs of the luxury sector alongside those of holidaymakers.
As the design community resumes visits to the showrooms at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, Europe’s premier design destination, showcases an uplifting rainbow-themed installation that celebrates the moment when the sun breaks through the clouds.
Henry Cookson, a daring adventurer in some of the planet’s most remote destinations, has become known for making the impossible possible. He is also the founder of Cookson Adventures, the world’s leading ultra-luxury experiential travel specialists, and here reveals what the future of adventure travel might look like post-lockdown.
Three of the UK’s leading luxury events suppliers Wildabout, Snapdragon and By Word of Mouth have collaborated to launch Social and Safe, a socially distanced bespoke home entertaining concept. Curated to offer clients a one-of-a-kind event in their garden, Social and Safe enables friends and family to reconnect safely within government guidelines.
"Maintaining our team was a huge priority at the outset and we have been able to do that. There has been a lot of one-to-one contact and I have enjoyed getting to know the team really well. Conversation revolves not just around the business but also around home and family. I have definitely missed working with the team in the office but I am looking forward to a walk in the countryside with my PA this evening. It’s always about people."
As the second week of reopening draws to a close, we spoke with Louisa Richter von Morgenstern on leading m squared, her prime property project management and maintenance company, through COVID-19.
Here we share official guidance for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also comment on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today we focus on PM Boris Johnson's announcement yesterday (23rd June) that restaurants, hotels, theatres and museums can open from 4th July in England, when social distancing rules will be eased.
Today we meet Pepa Gonzalez, founder of Pepa & Co. - the luxury childrenswear brand favoured by royals - who tells us how her Spanish family and her British family in-law were the inspiration behind her business, as well as sharing her advice for budding entrepreneurs looking to launch in the luxury sector.
"The change in the way people shop has fundamentally altered our approach to channels and loyalty. We will be investing in both physical and digital; in our flagships, as the complete and total brand experience, and in ways to bring that experience to our digital platforms to create a more holistic and rich engagement with our customers."
As the second week of reopening begins, we spoke with Jonathan Baker, the Managing Director of gentleman's bespoke shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser, on how Turnbull has adapted to cope with the crisis, and why he remains confident for the future of the 135-year-old business.
Luxury in a time of necessity seems like a direct contradiction. As we come to terms with the challenges of Covid-19, many customers are fundamentally questioning what they do and don’t need. Health and safety have quite rightly become the priority for individuals and businesses alike.
Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times.
In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to Giles English, co-founder (with his brother Nick) of British watch firm Bremont, about bringing watchmaking skills back to the UK, and how lockdown has given him time to think of a new approach to the future of doing business.
"I think everyone is reflecting on the need for a five-day-a-week office life. This is potentially very interesting for the countryside, because it may mean that people will be able to live and work much more in it. The countryside will cease to be the dormitories - places people do little more than sleep in. To some extent it may even be a reverse of the Industrial Revolution."
As the Editor of the 123-year-old Country Life magazine, Mark Hedges reflects on the impact of the crisis on the publication, and why the magazine has seen an extraordinary surge in subscriptions - 23% more than this time last year - despite now 'being created on kitchen tables up and down the country'.
As an organisation with an unbroken history of minting coins for 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has stood the test of time by adapting and evolving to accommodate changes and challenges over the years. The recent coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge that many organisations have faced and one that The Royal Mint has also faced head on.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, following the announcement that non-essential shops in England can open from Monday, we look at the government safety guidelines.
Fashion and design have always looked back for inspiration, because what went before can be surprisingly innovative and radical, says Lydia Slater in her essay for the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury.
Luxury Scottish cashmere manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin has designed a limited-edition Rainbow Scarf to support the NHS, its employees, volunteers and patients across the UK. The vibrant spectrum of the rainbow has become a symbol of hope for many during these challenging times and a recognised mark of appreciation for healthcare workers.
"A large part of our business is export, built on face-to-face relationships formed over many years, and while future international travel could provide a challenge we stand ready to adapt to that. It’s a case of continuing to learn from every moment and explore opportunities."
Peter Scott, Managing Director of Cleave & Company - one of Walpole's newest members, a two-Royal Warrant Holder, and designers of some of the world’s most exceptional bespoke jewellery, objet d’art, and medals - discusses how Covid-19 has impacted upon the business, and what the future holds for the 'by appointment' only business.
"We felt that it was important to support the creative community in any way we could, so our sales and marketing team carried on keeping in touch and checking in with all our customers and sales partners in the UK and abroad. Sometimes it is not only about the sales, but that genuine gesture of wanting to know how you are."
In today’s ‘Lockdown Leader’ profile, we meet Clare & Chris Turner, Founders of CTO Lighting, a luxury contemporary lighting company whose designs grace the interiors of iconic buildings all over the world.
With hygiene front-of-mind for government, business leaders and the public alike, James Cropper’s papers with PaperGard antimicrobial technology have been tested against Feline Coronavirus – a member of the Coronaviridae – with favourable results. Recent studies show Coronaviruses can remain viable on metal, glass, wood, textiles, plastic and paper surfaces from several hours to a...
"We have witnessed a greater appreciation for our local environment and spaces and arguably an impact of the crisis will be to shorten our horizons and enjoy the memorable and authentic experiences that special UK destinations such as Cowdray can offer."
In today's 'Lockdown Leader' profile, we meet Jonathan Russell, CEO of the West-Sussex based Cowdray Estate. With a history dating back to the early 1500s, the Estate has been 'built on fundamentals of resilience and caution', and is therefore well prepared to weather the current - and any future - crisis.
The Halfpenny design team have created a gorgeous colouring book during lockdown and are running a print design competition where the winner of the most creative print will receive new Sister Bridesmaid pieces.
Last February, the Financial Times unveiled a new-look How To Spend It, embracing a broadened definition of the word ‘spend’ that reflects the changing world of luxury. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, ‘spend’ has taken a completely new face.
Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank and Royal Salute Ambassador, international polo star Malcolm Borwick invite you to join them for a live whisky tasting of Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend and Snow Polo Edition this Thursday.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, we share details of the extended Job Retention Scheme and flexible furlough.
Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times.
In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to two men who see the power of a positive corporate culture as key to success – Brunello Cucinelli in Perugia and Nick Brooke in Long Eaton.
For forward-thinking companies and individuals, a crisis can accelerate innovation and hold potential for growth and evolution. The COVID-19 pandemic is generating new consumer desires, needs and habits in every sector.
"We have worked with China closely and ongoing pre- and post-Covid... There is certainly a positivity and a strength to the latest numbers in footfall in retail bricks and mortar, and there is a momentum which is visibly getting stronger every day."
What does the future hold for retail spaces? And how is China recovering post-COVID-19? Torquil McIntosh & Simon Mitchell, the founders of architecture firm Sybarite - and design pioneers of SKP, a new luxury and experiential retail concept in China - discuss how both the country, and their business, are navigating to the 'new normal'.
In celebration of Virtual Chelsea this week, Catherine Best talks us through the inspiration behind her new Clematis Empress collection, launched in collaboration with Raymond Evison at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Having grown up surrounded by nature Catherine’s designs have often been influenced by the world that surrounds her.
20 years ago, on November 22 2000, perfumer Linda Pilkington registered her British perfume house at Company House in London. Still independently owned by Linda, Ormonde Jayne has grown from creating scented candles to private clients, to one of the leading niche perfumers with 200 points of sale around the world.
"Trust, and the successes that come with it, has been highlighted during this period. Measuring a day’s work based on achievement, as opposed to being chained to a desk 9 – 5, has been made more apparent."
Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, the CEO of property developer Northacre - a company renowned for creating London's most desirable luxury homes - discusses why the long-lasting business impacts of COVID-19 need not be negative - from going paperless to the unexpected benefits of remote working.
Walpole is delighted to partner with Home Grown members' club which welcomes a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from all sectors, creeds, geographies and industries. Situated in Great Cumberland Place in London, the club features innovative business lounges, bars, pitching suites and an unrivalled restaurant plus 35 luxurious bedrooms all designed to support growth entrepreneurs and investors on their journey to success.
"It's important that we don’t focus too much on what the problem is, and make sure we are ready with initiatives to come through this with success - focusing on the future as well as the present is useful."
Today's 'lockdown leader' is Michael Ward, the Managing Director of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole, who discusses how he is preparing to reopen 1 million square feet of retail space from nothing, as well as why investing in people is essential to achieving one of the key pillars of sustainability.
The Bentley Bees have returned from hibernation to start work with a little extra help from their friends. Bentley has installed two additional beehives, with one more to follow, taking the total number of Flying Bees to 300,000, the largest collection in the UK automotive industry.
A few years ago I was talking to an Italian tailor in London and I expressed my admiration for Italian style, with its comfortable unstructured shapes and sprezzatura cool. To my amazement he told me, in all seriousness, that Italian men were actually trying to look like British men.
With the world in lockdown, many of us are reaching for the reassuring familiarity of a glossy magazine to while away a few (very pleasant) hours. To discuss how COVID-19 has impacted on the world of publishing - and luxury publishing in particular - we hand over to Hearst's Chief Luxury Officer, Jacquie Euwe.
I started my blog nearly nine years ago as a search for style. I wanted to dress better, so my idea of style was of the sartorial kind. The hunt very quickly uncovered a world of British brands that I hadn’t thought existed. I’ve got to know many of these over the years and have developed a feel for the very essence of British style and quality - luxury if you will - that I’d like to pass on here.
The owner and director of Unique Homestays, Sarah Stanley, talks to us about leading her business through lockdown and how, despite the travel restrictions they are still receiving a high level of enquiries for future holidays, as well new members wanting to join their collection of homeowners.
The Chairman of historic tailors Huntsman Savile Row since 2013, Pierre LaGrange is the latest luxury leader to discuss the impact of lockdown on the business – and why the tailors' core values of ‘discreet luxury, timelessness, style over fashion, personal attention, handcrafted individual creations and sustainability' are more desirable than ever…
While attention has rightly been turned to combating the global Coronavirus crisis, it is easy to overlook the topic that occupied UK news and political landscape for a number of years - Brexit. Yesterday, the UK government announced plans that duties on £30 billion of imports would be be reduced to zero.
Dai, the innovative and sustainability focused womenswear brand, and a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow 2020, launches Masks for Heroes with four core styles of face masks and pledges mask donations and a portion of net proceeds to the NHS and other charities in need.
Join Walpole, News UK and a host of influencers and experts for an exploration into the role of influencer marketing for luxury brands during COVID-19, with speakers including Victoria Magrath, AKA 'In the Frow'; model and creator Doina Ciobanu; and Sara McCorquodale, Founder CORQ & Author of Influence.
Helen Brocklebank writes: The Royal Court is known for its commissioning of bold, thought-provoking new writing, and its support of emerging dramatists. John Osbourne’s Look Back in Anger, which is seen as the play that marks the beginning of modern British drama, opened at the Royal Court in 1956.
"When the time is right, we will travel again."
If you're anything like the Walpole team, you will no doubt be dreaming of the time when travel is once again a reality. While we're waiting (impatiently) for this momentous day, Belmond has introduces a new era of adventures with the launch of ‘Tomorrow Time’ - an invitation to look ahead to the future tomorrows and to re-imagine a world of travel opportunities.
"Clearly every business has been impacted, however hospitality unquestionably falls under the category of ‘worst hit’. Although the Government’s JRS was an incredible lifeline, having to close our doors for the first time and send almost 800 staff home as quickly as possible was beyond any crisis management plan we have ever written."
In today's luxury leader profile, we meet Andrew Stembridge, the Managing Director of Chewton Glen and Executive Director of the Iconic Luxury Hotel Group, for his insights on the impact of coronavirus on Chewton Glen, Cliveden, The Lygon Arms and 11 Cadogan Gardens - as well as the new addition to The Iconic Family, The Mayfair Townhouse, which is aiming to open this Autumn...
As if a knock on the front door wasn’t excitement enough yesterday, there, waiting for me on the step was a box bursting with the most glorious early summer produce: comice pears, grapefruit, watercress, lovage, and armfuls of wild garlic which scented the air with the evocative smell of bosky walks in the woods near my mother’s.
"In these extraordinary times, people have come to us to send poignant messages to those that they are separated from and it is very uplifting to hear how much people appreciate what we do."
In today's Luxury Leader interview we hear from Rosebie Morton - founder of The Real Flower Company - who discusses the impact of the current crisis on her business, and how, in times of uncertainty, people turn to beautifully scented flowers to boost their mood, and the mood of those they love.
Who started this whole lockdown determined to crack on with a big project like learning a second language or writing a novel? I blithely said I was determined to finish reading Proust (started it 30 years ago, so progress had not hitherto been very promising), but over the weeks I’ve downgraded my ambitions and now I’ll be happy if I end lockdown having learned how to stick on my own false eyelashes.
Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times.
In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to Donatella Versace about charity, overcoming personal crises, strength, and the importance of hope.
Tuesday marked the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and as part of the bicentenary year, a lot of work was being done to run a number of celebrations of this throughout the year as well as raise awareness of the foundation and raise funds.
Walpole CEO writes: One of my favourite new twitter feeds is Bookcase Credibility - strapline, ‘What you say is not as important as the bookcase behind you’. It has attracted 65.3 thousand followers since the beginning of April, suggesting we’re finding the shelfie more gripping than the zoom selfie. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have an interesting bookcase behind me when on Zoom that I’ve become self-conscious about looking dull on camera. Bright lipstick and good earrings or a statement necklace will take things up a notch, but if you’ve only your head and shoulders in shot, the silk scarf is your new best friend. I asked Burberry’s Carolyn Langenhoff, who looks after the brand’s private clients, for her cleverest ways with a silk scarf so that every Zoom call can be a style moment.
DREST has revealed that the award-winning and industry leading makeup artist, Mary Greenwell, has been brought in to create the game’s entire digital makeup portfolio. Mary, who has on-going collaborations with Chanel, Armani, Sensai and Suqqu and is the makeup artist of choice for celebrity clients Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman to name but a few, has collaborated with the platform’s in-house designers to bring inspiring makeup options to an interactive, virtual world.
"I see Drest, like other technology innovations, as simply a next natural step in the evolution and democratisation of the fashion content, inspiration and discovery journey."
Written at the start of the year for the 2020 Walpole Book of British luxury, Lucy Yeomans, the 'die-hard' former editor-in-chief of NET-A-PORTER and Harper's Bazaar discusses the 'democratisation of fashion' and how she became the CEO of innovative new gaming company DREST.
Bentley Motors has this week resumed production at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, with over 1,700 colleagues following the 250 comprehensive and wide-ranging hygiene and social distancing guidelines implemented to enable a safe return. This represents the next stage in Bentley’s ‘Come Back Stronger’ programme, a phased production ramp up following the biggest changes to daily working life in the company’s 100-year history.
“This pandemic has also allowed us to reassess how we do business and allowed us to do all the things that 'we didn't necessarily have time to do before'."
In today's Luxury Leader profile we meet Irene Forte - Wellness Director of Rocco Forte Hotels and Founder & CEO of her eponymous skincare line - who discusses the business of beauty and advice she'd give to her younger self, as well as the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on the wellness sector, and the challenges that lie ahead for hospitality.
London may be almost 600 miles from Elgin in the far north of Scotland, but distance proved no barrier to Walpole logistics partner Freight Brokers moving for free scrubs made by luxury cashmere manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin to assist local medical and care staff. The Johnstons mill in Elgin is world-renowned for its high-quality weaving,...
I wrote last week that I sleep really well (and no, it’s not because I’m self-medicating with industrial quantities of gin, despite evidence to the contrary). I’m not immune to the long dark teatime of the soul, when you wake at 4 am to find all the things you haven’t done lining up around the bed to point at you accusingly, but thankfully it’s rare: on the whole, once the lights go out, so do I.
Prime Minister Johnson’s broadcast last night offered a glimmer of hope for Britain’s luxury businesses. As widely predicted, it was a sketchy and tentative road-map - less Ordnance survey than rough direction - and even the dates offered, of 1st June for a phased retail re-opening, and early July for some hospitality businesses, were much caveated. Some businesses, notably manufacturing and construction, were “actively encouraged” to get back to work from tomorrow, although as the leader of the opposition pointed out after the broadcast, many employers may well have wished for more notice.
To expand Turnbull & Asser's continuing crisis support for essential healthcare workers and communities on both sides of the Atlantic, the brand has taken Thursday's Clap for Carers one step further. On Thursday 30th April Turnbull announced it would be donating all profits from each online sale to charity. Following its success, the brand repeated the drive last Thursday 7th May. Read on to discover all the ways Turnbull & Asser are supporting the fight against coronavirus.
"With a slow return to global travel anticipated, we’ll be focusing efforts on our domestic customer as we re-open our stores, but our forward-thinking business model firmly places digital at the epicentre of the brand and we’re continuing to invest in an ever more localised, and so familiar and trusted, experience for our global audience."
Xavier Rougeaux, the Chief Executive of iconic stationery and leather goods brand Smythson, is today's 'Lockdown Leader', and reveals how he is leading the 133-year-old business through the COVID-19 uncertainty, how Smythson is supporting the NHS, and what the future holds for the company, its employees and its customers.
The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, and I was going to write something soothing about the importance of good sleep, and the restorative powers of mindfulness. But I’m hopeless at mindfulness, and as far as sleep is concerned, I’m like one of those old-fashioned china dolls - as soon as I’m horizontal, my eyes close and I’m out like a light (weird dreams at the moment, though - anyone else?). So I’ve fallen back on my strengths and given you another cocktail recipe: The Breakfast Martini. This is inspired by a luscious Savoy marmalade which is so good, I’ve been hiding it in the understairs cupboard, so that no one else in the house can have any, and the cocktail’s success does depend on the quality of the marmalade, so don’t skimp on this ingredient.
With schools across the UK showing no clear signs of reopening, children across Scotland have been encouraged to get creative and take part in a unique drawing competition to design their own special piece of jewellery with Edinburgh jeweller and silversmiths, Hamilton & Inches.
"I have always enjoyed challenges in business and, like it or not, this is as challenging as anything we’ve ever faced."
Today, in the latest in our series of interviews with Britain's luxury leaders, we meet Michael Wainwright - the MD of fine jewellery brand Boodles - who discusses the impact of coronavirus on the business: the furloughing of most of the team, the importance of preserving cash, and the challenges of rent expectations, as well as the long-term consequences on the 200-year-old brand.
Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times. In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to Oliver Spencer, founder of his eponymous label and Favourbrook, about what Covid-19 means in terms of unsold stock, and how it has changed how he will operate in future.
Yesterday marked a significant milestone in the long story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The world-famous marque not only reopened its Goodwood factory following the coronavirus lockdown, but it was on this date in 1904 that The Hon Charles Rolls first met Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel, Manchester – an encounter after which the motor car, and the world of luxury, would never be the same again.
"The iPhone is a terrific tool of distraction, it prevents us from being with ourselves and so in that sense is really problematic: It’s so tempting to not think."
Helen Brocklebank writes: When I asked Alain de Botton at the Cliveden Literary Festival about the role digital plays in shaping the contemporary psyche, I’d no idea that six months later the iPhone would become my only window on the world outside my neighbourhood, much less that I would start to question whether viewing life through a digital lens could be both a help and a hindrance.
The 7th generation of the Asprey family to specialise in the sale of luxury goods, William Asprey may have closed his distinctive Mayfair department store but he has thrown the online doors wide open as the brand adapts to the challenges of coronavirus. Read on for more in our latest interview on how leaders of Britain’s best-known luxury brands are steering their businesses through the pandemic.
Early spring teas are the first productions, sometimes known as “first flush” of the new season. They are much anticipated and, in many origins, they are considered the highest quality picking of the year. Each spring, JING’s Head of Tea sources the new collection of teas that reflect the excitement of this time of year for tea lovers.
Hilary Freeman, the Managing Director of historic English shoemakers Edward Green, discusses the importance of community, sustainability and supporting the luxury sector in the latest Power List video, filmed by Allied Content at Ennismore Sessions House last summer.
Walpole strategic partner and global law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP has announced that it is advising a new hospitality sector-wide action group called Hospitality Insurance Group Action to hold insurance companies to account for policy pay-outs arising from lockdown and Covid-19 related losses.
Helen Brocklebank writes: There’s no Daily Practice today because I wanted to write to ask you if your brand might be able to donate computers - either new laptops or used ones in good condition - to pupils from vulnerable families.
The latest in a series of interviews by Walpole's new star columnist Peter Howarth - editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media - features Gabriel Jagger, founder of new digital platform WhyNow, who discusses Generation Z’s feelings on British culture and the impact on this of Covid-19.
Walpole's latest Business Support Webinar focuses on best practice in luxury communications - how do you strike the right tone when talking to customers? How should you keep your brand fresh in consumers minds, even whilst they’re not buying? How do you strike the right balance between talking about initiatives for those affected by, or working in, the crisis and more commercially led comms? And what’s the best way to build engagement so that your brand is ready for the ‘new normal’?
"There's much to play for." With all pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues closed for the foreseeable future, Mark Harvey - the Managing Director of English Wine producer Chapel Down - discusses the impact of these closures and the potential professional (and personal) post-lockdown consequences, in this, the latest in our new series of interviews on how leaders of Britain's best-known luxury brands are steering their businesses through the pandemic.
To give back to the outstanding NHS community, celebrated British hotel collection Iconic Luxury Hotels (Cliveden House, Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms and 11 Cadogan Gardens) will be donating Twilight Spa vouchers until 31st May 2020 to key workers. Buy a Full Spa Day voucher of your choice and Iconic Luxury Hotels will donate a Twilight Spa Evening to their local NHS heroes, in recognition of their hard work and dedication during the pandemic
While the country awaits a second review by the government of the Coronavirus lockdown on 7th May, some businesses are taking tentative steps to reopen and with many more planning their reopening strategies as and when they are advised it is safe to do so. We share some themes and questions to consider as business looks to the future.
Helen Brocklebank writes: The Corinthia is just across the bridge from Walpole’s office in County Hall, but it’s not only its proximity that makes it a firm Walpole favourite. When Kerridge’s Bar & Grill opened in 2018, it quickly became the place I’d choose for a special lunch.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, details of the newly launched Bounce Bank Loans and how to apply.
Purdey, manufacturers of the finest shotguns and rifles since 1814 and high-quality clothing and accessories since 1974, have now launched an exclusive limited-edition collection of four iconic statement sunglasses.
In this new series, Walpole speaks with the leaders of some of Britain's best-known luxury brands to discover how they're steering their businesses through such unprecedented and challenging times. Today we meet Simon Cotton, Chief Executive of Scottish cashmere brand Johnstons of Elgin, who discusses the importance of resilience, strong communication and the lasting impact COVID-19 will have on the brand.
Given the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Burberry has provided an update on the steps it is taking to support its employees, customers and communities. Over the past three months, Burberry has put in place measures to help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure employee safety and wellbeing, including temporarily closing retail stores and implementing strict social distancing protocols. The brand has also looked beyond Burberry, dedicating resources to supporting those in need and preventing further infection. This includes turning over its trench coat factory in Castleford to manufacture personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical and care workers.
As Chief Luxury Officer at Hearst, Jacquie Euwe oversees the luxury portfolio of one of the world's largest publishers of magazine media, including Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Esquire, ELLE Decoration and Town & Country. In today's Power List profile, Jacquie discusses how Hearst uses the DNA of its brands to tell new and exciting stories, and how Bazaar uses the power of its long heritage to shape the content it creates for each issue.
Mulberry has today announced it has begun producing re-usable PPE gowns in its Somerset factories for the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust to support in the protection of NHS frontline workers.
New Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times. In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to the operating Officer of Oakley Capital, the British private equity firm that purchased a controlling stake in Globe-Trotter in the month the UK went into lockdown - and discovers why this has not dampened the firm’s confidence in its asset.
“Tom came back, preceding four Gin Rickeof ice.
Gatsby took up his drink.ys that clicked full
‘They certainly look cool’, he said, with visible tension.
We drank in long, greedy swallows”
F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
We all have our part to play in expediting the demise of C Who Shall Not Be Named. That's why 2020 Brand of Tomorrow SUITCASE Magazine have teamed up with fashion PR Sophie Elliott of SE Comms, stylist and brand consultant Sophie Goodwin as well as artist and designer Tatiana Alida to produce a collection of three fundraising T-shirts, proceeds from which will go towards the British Red Cross UK Crisis Appeal.
Inspired by The Lakes Gin’s signature serve, The Lakes Distillery has unveiled the newest member in its spirits family; The Lakes Pink Grapefruit Gin. Inspired by The Lakes Distillery's favourite garnish, this gin is so packed full of flavour it can be served without one.
Georges Mikes, in his 1946 book, How to Be an Alien, wrote “On the continent, people have good food; in England, they have good table manners”. That may have been true more than 70 years ago - maybe even 20 years ago - but I would argue that, until the Great Shutdown of 20th March, one could eat better, and certainly with greater variety, in Britain than anywhere else in the world. I am sure I’m not alone in making a mental list of all my favourite London restaurants, counting the days until we’re once more able to go out to eat, not only for the food, but for the scene.
Miller Harris breathe colour and life into the classic perfumer’s art, creating striking urban stories for the Modern Bohemian. As the UK faces an unprecedented health crisis in wake of COVID-19, Miller Harris have launched three new online initiatives for customers to experience fragrance from the comfort and safety of their own home. Launching at the start of April, each initiative will allow customers to experience the world of Miller Harris in their own homes, exploring fragrances and the finest customer service seen within their five London stores through the digital world.
Alex Bilmes, the editor in chief of Esquire, discusses why necessity – plus desire, imagination and dogged determination –is the mother of invention in his essay for the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury.
Helen Brocklebank writes: I’m so bored of wearing my weekend clothes. Getting dressed up to go out is one of the great pleasures in life, and I am lucky enough to have beautiful clothes for all occasions, except this extremely unforeseen occasion of prolonged staying put chez nous, with no one to admire my outfit other than the cat, and for which the dress code seems to be gym kit, pyjamas or, for a zoom meeting, jeans and an ironed shirt. I can’t be alone in finding this dispiriting - even my husband has been seen stroking his dinner jacket rather yearningly, so it’s not just a girl thing.
"Troubles pass, memories remain"
It may be highly unlikely we'll be able to 'travel as usual' by summer, but you can still plan (a little further) ahead and make the most of the winter months at Walpole member The Savoy. With all the celebrations that Christmas brings, it’s the perfect time of the year to be kind to ourselves and enjoy the little pleasures in life, sharing them with those we love most.
Hande, a new London-based hand sanitiser brand, launched yesterday as a collaboration between the founders of knitwear brand - and 2020 Brand of Tomorrow - Country of Origin, and design agency IYA Studio. Entirely manufactured in an industrial space in Peckham, South London, Hande is a premium organic product, made with TSDA organic ethanol and to a formula stipulated by the World Health Organisation, and will be supplied to the most vulnerable in society.
This Spring somehow feels even more glorious than usual: on my daily jaunt through the local park, the scent of lilacs, the breeze blowing a snow of cherry blossom down onto the pavement and the bursting promise of buds on the flowering horse chestnuts make my spirits soar. With the weather forecast set fair all this week, but with time outdoors necessarily limited, garlanding the house with armfuls of spring flowers is a way to keep the joy and beauty of nature close to home, and to remind oneself that, as inevitably as Summer follows Spring, better times will come.
The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland’s Petersfield manufacturing facility, which produces products for its iconic Jo Malone London brand, is producing hand-sanitiser to be distributed to frontline healthcare staff and key workers supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.
With regular travel off the cards during these unprecedented times, Carrier will be bringing you thoughtful, clever videos, articles and more from their partners around the globe that invite you to stay curious.
Last week Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, began the transportation of two tankers of Strathclyde grain spirit as part of an initial donation of 100,000 litres of pure alcohol to manufacturing partners who will use it to produce 120,000 litres of much-needed hand sanitiser gel for frontline NHS staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic across Scotland, England and Wales.
Following on from the Government’s three-week extension of the social distancing measures, The Chancellor confirmed on Friday a four-week extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of June. The scheme which allows firms to furlough employees with the Government paying 80% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 was originally open for 3 months, starting from the 1st March. Last week, the Government also announced an extension to the date from which employees would qualify for the scheme, from the 28th February to the 19th March. The extensions and further Government support is welcomed by both employers and employees to protect jobs and livelihoods in these challenging times.
The 5-star Brown's Hotel - based in London's Mayfair - has seen plenty during its 183-year-old history: from Alexander Graham Bell making the very first telephone call from Brown’s in 1876, to Rudyard Kipling penning The Jungle Book while staying at the hotel in the early 1890s. Today, Brown's is renowned for playing host to a multitude of literary stars, political figures, actors, musicians and royalty - that is, until Covid-19 forced the hotel to close its doors for only the second time in its history. To discover more, we spoke with Stuart Johnson, Brown's Managing Director for over 15 years, on how he's navigating the business through these unprecedented times - as well as his thoughts on British luxury and the influence of Rocco Forte - who purchased the hotel in 2003.
As part if their '(Digital) Life in the Time of Coronavirus' mini-series, Wearisma's Research & Insights team have investigated trending topics in the USA, UK, France and Italy to uncover 'What we talk about during a pandemic'.
Paramedics and other front line staff are playing a brave role in COVID-19 outbreak. Many are living away from family to reduce risk to their loved ones. Coupled with this, they are staying in accommodation with few homely belongings, with very little time after arduous shifts to look after themselves and even to do their personal laundry.
The Chancellor has announced an extension to the eligibility date of the Job Retention Scheme from 28th February to 19th March, the day before the scheme was launched: Up to 200,000 more employees should be eligible to receive support.
New Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, how luxury business can join the PPE challenge.
Lisa Redman's eponymous brand offers a contemporary re-imagining of heritage haute couture. Her exquisite pieces are the modern definition of “high dressmaking” - exclusive, opulent clothing made specially for you.
Since opening their doors back in 2017 The Ned has supported the Mayor's Fund For London programme, Kitchen Social. Now more than ever they need help supporting families struggling to feed their children whilst schools are shut.
Mulberry's latest collection reflects time spent looking to their roots to create something both classic and modern: "As we rely on each other as a community, it feels an apt moment to launch this Mulberry Green collection, a celebration of our signature colour and our commitment to the world around us."
Our ability to see the world may have been put on pause, but, yes, we will travel again says Tom Marchant, founder of Black Tomato – a man who has travelled the world and helped thousands of others do it too.
Walpole hosted the first of its new Business Guidance for Luxury Brands webinar series just before Easter, and although I’ve had a huge amount of practice in introducing Walpole events during my time as CEO, and I’m happy to hop on a stage and say a few words at the drop of a hat, I found the digital version strangely nerve-wracking.
Asprey, established in London since 1781, has always supported Britain during the most difficult and critical times, from crafting army supplies in WW1&2 in its own workshops to the production of commemorative gifts given to soldiers that served during this time. Asprey today, is still committed to helping those battling on the frontline sacrificing their own health to treat and care for others in the most challenging times.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, a recap of VAT deferral and the business rates holiday.
Since WFH began, the whole house has been carved up into separate little nation states to keep the peace. At the beginning, daily skirmishes broke out as the family encroached on each other’s territories, and lines had to be drawn before we had to call the UN to intervene.
Walpole Brand of Tomorrow alumnus Trunk is a menswear store – with outposts in London and Zürich – underpinned by a belief in the art of dressing well. Use your lockdown lunch break to peruse trunkclothiers.com and upgrade your wardrobe, whilst supporting the emerging and established brands stocked by Trunk.
From Picasso’s Guernica to Dior’s New Look, great creativity has come out of moments of crisis - perhaps all we need is a little inspiration and some guidance to unleash ours. With that in mind, the team at Alexander McQueen invite you to be part of their creative community with #McQueenCreators.
We know that all luxury businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in light of Coronavirus, and in particular we see that the small- and medium-sized businesses are having the most difficulty in accessing the financial support available through the Government packages, particularly the start-ups and younger brands, who don’t meet the qualifying criteria.
It has never been more important for online retailers in the British luxury community to communicate their policies and actions for looking after the safety of their employees who are unable to work from home, so we share some best practice guidelines.
Although they have closed their Mayfair store, William & Son are still taking orders online for their carefully curated collection of jewellery and timepieces, leather goods and homeware, clothing and accessories for the field. Shop their collection of handcrafted leather games to drastically upgrade your Easter weekend entertainment offering.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, an update on claiming for furloughed employees and the importance of being registered for HMRC’s PAYE online services account.
Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today an update on the reforms made to to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and a recap on the eligibility criteria.
Cleaner shipping is about to come cleaner still. From 1st April 2020 Walpole logistics partner Freight Brokers has increased its carbon offset performance from 100% to 125%, so moving from Carbon Neutral to Climate Positive.
The Lakes Distillery has been making award-winning spirits in Cumbria since 2014, why not #buybritish and sample the signature whisky, vodka or gin (or indeed all three) for yourself this Easter weekend. The Lakes Distillery are also doing their part in the fight against coronavirus, read on to find our more.
Stefania Lazzaroni, General Manager of Fondazione Altagamma – Walpole’s sister organisation in Italy – discusses the impact of the pandemic on both her country and the luxury sector, and how we are all in this together.
Established in 1887 on London's New Bond Street, Smythson has since become synonymous with beautiful, functional and timeless pieces. From handcrafted notebooks, diaries and stationery to inspire your plans, plots and projects, to leather-bound pieces for the home, bags and accessories, every Smythson piece embodies meticulous craft and an unmistakable sense of British sophistication.
Today we meet Brand of Tomorrow 2020 Anabela Chan, founder of her eponymous jewellery brand: the first fine jewellery brand in the world to champion laboratory-grown and created gemstones with high jewellery design and artisanal craftsmanship and a focus on sustainable and ethical innovations.
We know that all luxury businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in light of Coronavirus and continue to publish guidance on the financial support measures that the government have put in place to help protect companies and their employees through the crisis. However, we are also aware that it is small and start-up business that are having the most difficulty in accessing the financial support available and are particularly vulnerable to interruptions in planned investment into their businesses.
Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank: "At Cliveden Literary Festival last Autumn, I saw author and School of Life founder, Alain de Botton, talk about the need for an emotional education. His philosophy of living equably with imperfection and uncertainty has much to offer in these troubled times.
Menswear brand - and current Walpole British Luxury Awards Brand of the Year - dunhill has opened its virtual doors to spring/summer 2020 with a collaboration with Tokyo-based digital artist, Kenta Cobayashi. Part of the dunhill Community and known for his use of distortion, Cobayashi’s work is characterised by digital manipulation of images; drawing inspiration from the changing landscape of Tokyo and its evolving arts scene.
A 'hero' of the luxury sector, Alistair Hughes, MD of bespoke bed brand Savoir, discusses success and the importance of creating a community to support other brands in today's Power List profile, filmed at Ennismore Sessions House in summer 2019 by Allied Content.
Walpole announces its new star columnist, Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media. Over the coming weeks, Peter will talk to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and share his insights into what successful leadership looks like in these extraordinary times.
Walpole's events have gone digital! Join us for a new virtual programme of thought leadership, insights, networking and access to the Walpole community, beginning with a series of Business Support Webinars designed to help members shape their own response to the current crisis.
According to the experts at JING Tea, if you choose carefully, tea and chocolate can taste wonderful together - and we believe it! What better combination could there be to soothe your soul at this trying time? JING Tea have partnered with fellow Walpole member The Highland Chocolatier to produce some exquisite tea and chocolate pairings, and they're also running a competition so you could win a bundle of both!
Taylor Howes has always been known for championing Great British craft. Now, more than ever, they want to profile some of the small in size but not in talent, artisans, craftspeople and suppliers, who with little spotlight and small followings face the potential to slip away during this time.
Molton Brown believe that as a community, everyone must do their best to contain and delay the spread of COVID-19; as a brand, the health and wellbeing of their customers and teams is an absolute priority. As such, they’ve worked swiftly and decisively to introduce several ways to help people in any way possible.
With the entire world ramping up efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic, the toll on people’s lives is tragic and wide-ranging, but there is also huge economic uncertainty for both individuals and businesses. Here, Walpole partner moneycorp share insights on how you can use monetary measures to help your company during this difficult time.
COVID-19 may have put a halt on air travel - including the quintessential luxury travel that private jets are often associated with - but the vital work of business aviation is shining through. From medical evacuation and air ambulances to the repatriation of British and foreign nationals across the globe, on-demand air charter service Victor is a critical service provider.
As a brand that celebrates the very finest in English manufacturing, and with an international clientele Westley Richards has always thrived online. As part of the #BuyOnlineLuxury initiative Westley Richards are delighted to offer Walpole members free delivery on any purchase made online.
Scent has long been known to help in boosting calm, promoting serenity and evoking a sense of wellness. Equally, self-care, by way of relaxed days at home, luxurious baths and showers, respect for one’s own body and being, has been at the forefront of awareness for quite some time. Wellbeing is no longer the province of spa breaks and retreats, but more the domain of day to day practice – and never more so than when public settings, gyms, pools, treatment areas and spas are being avoided and more people are forced to stay at home.
In this regular feature we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also wider advice on topics and issues relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, how to support workplace mental health and well-being.
Simpsons' Wine Estate, one of Walpole's Brands of Tomorrow 2020, are delighted to offer free delivery to customers until the end of April. Stock up your wine rack with British bottles, and as Simpson's advise, keep your glass half full! Read the full statement from Charles and Ruth Simpson here.
Access all of Walpole's COVID-19 guidance, including official government statements and financial support, as well as wider advice and insights - including #BuyOnlineLuxury and other initiatives aimed at supporting the UK's luxury businesses during these uncertain times. Scroll down to see links to all of our current content, and please note that this library will be updated regularly.
With most of the UK now in the second week of working from home, Tong Digital announces the launch of 'Coffee Break China': a new live-streamed crash course in all things China Digital, which could help inform your China strategy in the weeks and months to come.
The concept is simple; easily digestible, practical tips on all things China Digital, delivered with no notes or slides over a coffee three times a week. All for free.
In this regular feature we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also wider advice on topics and issues relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, we hear from Walpole's public relations agency and strategic partner, ANM Comms, with their guide to communications in the time of Coronavirus.
With social distancing the new norm, the Walpole team has found that keeping in touch with loved ones the old-fashioned way is a welcome break from the endless video conferences and online chats (we currently use no less than five different digital platforms to communicate). So putting pen to paper, and taking our daily stroll to the postbox has become one of the highlights of our day - and we particularly love this selection of cards from Hallmark x James Cropper's 100% recyclable CupCycling collection – all made from recycled coffee cups.
With Easter less than two weeks away, potentially a lot of time on your hands and potentially a restless child or two to entertain, what better way to keep yourself busy than baking and decorating some Easter Biscuits. Here Mich Turner MBE, Founder of the Little Venice Cake Company, a former Brand of Tomorrow, shares a recipe from her new book: “Everyday Bakes to Showstopper Cakes”.
Today's Founder is Serena Guen, who started SUITCASE Magazine whilst at university, as since grown the business into SUITCASE Group: a travel and lifestyle platform built to inspire people to travel more thoughtfully, through beautiful and aspirational content. SUITCASE Group consists of both a media platform called SUITCASE Magazine and a creative agency, SUITCASE Creative Studio.
Following the announcement of the Conoravirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) and the package of financial support for businesses 10 days ago, the Government has now published guidance on the eligibility, how to access the JRS scheme and further details. Walpole has been working closely and feeding directly into the CBI to share your priorities and questions with the Treasury which has helped to inform the shape of the scheme and how it will work.
When author and journalist Viv Groskop’s ‘How to Own the Room’ masterclass launched Walpole’s 2019 Women in Luxury programme, her practical, inspiring and energising advice offered the perfect toolkit for developing what Harvard Business School calls Executive Presence, and what I call the art of not being terrified when you’re in front of a roomful of people.
Burberry, one of the UK’s most successful luxury brands, announced this weekend substantial measures to support those impacted by coronavirus and prevent further infection. The company will retool its trench-coat factory in Castleford to make non-surgical gowns and masks for patients, and utilise its global supply chain network to fast-track the delivery of over 100,000 surgical masks to the NHS for use by medical staff.
Last night, the nation (including the Walpole team) showed their gratitude to the incredible NHS staff with the moving 'Clap for Carers' round of applause at 8pm. In another show of thanks, Walpole member Wildabout announced yesterday that they have closed their studio and will distribute their remaining flowers to NHS staff across London. Already known for their random acts of kindness, Wildabout will be delivering over 500 bouquets to six London hospitals including St. Thomas’s, Chelsea and Westminster, and Lambeth Hospital.
The challenge of working from home is that there’s no natural demarcation line between the end of the working week and the start of the weekend, so perhaps a new, and ideally chic, ritual is required to give us all permission to down tools and relax.
In this new feature, we aim to share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today an update on the new measures announced for the self-employed.
Introducing the new Purdey Spring/Summer 2020 Collection shot on location in Namibia. Purdey are offering a 40% discount on their luggage collections, so why not prepare for happier times and revamp your travel wardrobe and accessories: you'll be ready for any adventure (and the adventures will be back).
With the nation's stores shutting up shop, Walpole is opening the doors to Britain's luxury brands' virtual offerings. Simply click the links below to browse this directory of where to spend your time online in these unprecedented times, and look out for some special offers while you're here. Also featured in this directory are the efforts many of our brands are making in the fight against COVID-19 - look out for them in the 'Love in the Time of Coronavirus' features.
We are living in unprecedented times, and while there may, on the surface, be few benefits to 'lockdown', it does mean there should be more time for the little luxuries: reading a good book, finishing a box set, taking hot baths, looking after our skin. Today we continue our #BuyOnlineLuxury campaign with a focus on beauty, as we speak to Arabella Preston, co-founder of luxury (and sustainable) skincare brand Votary on how she, and her business, are adapting to the 'new normal', and why your skin might just thank you for this period of confinement.
In this new feature, we aim to share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, we provide resources around cyber security, homeworking and data protection.
Chapel Down have some special offers for Walpole Daily Digest readers and their friends and family, and they all include free delivery - vital in the current climate. Chapel Down's CEO Frazer Thompson shares the offers with you in a letter...
#VirtualBondStreet: With the current news agenda, it will have perhaps slipped many minds that it's Mother's Day this Sunday. And while celebrations may be a little muted this year, you can still show how much you care with Jo Malone London.
John Bell & Croyden are reassuring its customers and partners that they are open as usual and will be continuing to offer a primary care service during these challenging times. Based within Harley Street Medical Area, London’s luxury pharmacy has been serving London for over 220 years without having to shut its doors.
While Covid-19 may have pressed pause on international travel, it's also given us all much to think about when it comes to how we move around the globe. With millions of people having to reconsider how they travel for both work and pleasure - and the impact it can have on our planet - many people will no doubt be considering how to travel more sustainability once the world's borders reopen.
In this new feature, we aim to share official Coronavirus guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government. We encourage members to check back regularly as this story will be updated as advice is published.
In this new feature, we aim to share official Coronavirus guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government. We encourage members to check back regularly as this story will be updated as advice is published.
Today we meet Joanna Dai, founder of Dai: performance wear for women who mean business. Joanna, who is an advocate and thought leader on environmental sustainability and gender equality, tells us the story of how she founded her brand, and where she sees it in 10 years time.
With the sobering news from many luxury retail brands that they are shutting their physical shops in the coming days, now is the time for Walpole – and the wider luxury retail sector – to support brands’ digital offer, and work collaboratively to establish a ‘virtual Bond Street’.
Over a week ago, Walpole asked member CEOs to complete a survey to share the initial impact of Covid-19 on your businesses: the insights we had from your answers helped us feed the picture for British luxury into Government and other stakeholders. Since then, the situation has developed rapidly: it’s clear that things are going to be increasingly tough over the coming months and we are aware every Walpole member will experience significant and unavoidable disruption. With this in mind, we thought it helpful to provide an update on what Walpole is doing and how we are here to support you.
Walpole Sponsor V&C recently hosted a successful sustainability workshop in Central London in collaboration with Sartex Group - one of the world's most innovative denim sustainable manufacturers. Sartex produce over 4 million denim items a year using sustainable fabric and innovative washing techniques - including laser and ozone treatments that radically reduce waste consumption and energy, eliminating permanganate and chlorine.
With the world more focused on preserving itself than ever, it's only natural that - in the fullness of time - each and every one of us will increasingly demand that the brands we buy from have an identity and a meaning beyond their products. And in a society which is, and will, become ever more environmentally conscious, producers have a social responsibility to limit their carbon footprint and encourage sustainability. To find out more, we spoke with Dugdale - purveyors of the highest-quality cloth to many British luxury brands...
Our Founder this week is Araminta Campbell, who's eponymous brand creates exceptional textiles that express Scotland’s natural beauty and weaving heritage. From handweaving one-of-a-kind shawls on the looms in our Edinburgh workshop to designing custom tweeds and tartans for luxury British brands, they create woven items with artistry and enduring appeal.
On today's Power List Vartkess Knadjian, Chief Executive of Backes & Strauss, discusses how has he achieved his success at the helm of the world's oldest diamond company since 1982 - as well as his key advice to those starting on their journey in the sector.
"Close your eyes and feel the quality between two fingers: the feel of unique luxury, warmth and honesty. That is when you realise the power of consider paper and print." This power is vividly encapsulated in the 2020 Book of Luxury, which - thanks to our partnership with G . F Smith, the most remarkable paper merchant in the world - is printed on a array of fine, sustainable, papers.
Last night saw the launch of the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury; an annual celebration of our agenda-setting book at Fortnum & Mason. This year, the book explores the future of the sector through thought-provoking essays from 11 leading writers and editors, brand stories from 60 Walpole members, and cover art designed by House of Hackney. And keeping to the 'future' theme, the former Brand of Tomorrow has applied their dramatic, maximalist aesthetic to create a truly remarkable Astrology-inspired cover.
As business awaits the first budget since the UK officially left the European Union and the first from new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, all in the context of the Coronavirus outbreak, we examine some of the challenges facing British luxury businesses and look at what can be done to mitigate some of the short term pain for business.
The Book of British Luxury is not just printed sustainably, it is also shipped sustainably, thanks to our partnership with Freight Brokers - who will deliver your copy of the book without any impact upon our environment.
Created in partnership with Studio Buffalo, Pureprint, House of Hackney and G . F Smith, the 2020 Book of British Luxury is dedicated to forecasting the future of British luxury and features 60 Walpole member brand stories and 11 thought-provoking essays from leading luxury commentators. Today we focus on the Book's printers, the carbon-negative Pureprint.
Printing sustainably is something which is within all brand's reach, says Walpole partner Pureprint. A signatory of the British Luxury Manifesto - and a carbon-negative printing business - Pureprint is responsible for bringing the Book of British Luxury to life in a glorious, and sustainable, showcase of the tangible power of print.
The 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury looks into the future for trends and themes that will help the business of British luxury evolve and grow. ‘This year, the world is in the jaws of history,’ writes astrologer Neil Spencer, in his Yearbook essay ‘Written in the Stars’, but even he could not have predicted the impact and disruption of the Coronavirus. God willing, we will all stay safe, but business is in for a bumpy ride, with markets, supply chains and consumer confidence all affected. With reports out of China suggesting manufacturing is picking back up, we can only hope that the duration of the virus will be reasonably short, and recovery swift, but there are challenging times ahead.
Tomorrow night sees the launch of the 2020 edition of the Walpole Book of British Luxury at Fortnum & Mason. Created in partnership with Studio Buffalo, Pureprint, House of Hackney and G . F Smith, this year's Book is dedicated to forecasting the future of British luxury and features 60 Walpole member brand stories and 11 thought-provoking essays from leading luxury commentators.
"The golden rule of the business hasn't changed at all: know your customer and with that knowledge create a product those customers can't do without..."
As we move onto the 'Gurus' of the Walpole Power List, The FT's Chief Commercial Officer Jon Slade discusses the secret to his success - and his key advice to anyone looking to break into the sector.
Graham Shapiro, is an award-winning inventor, designer and digital entrepreneur. Here he shares his advice for those looking to make it in the luxury industry, what inspires him, and what he would be doing in a parallel life.
Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we kick-off with Brendan Murdock, the founder of modern apothecary brand anatomē...
British fragrance brand - and former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow - Miller Harris has long valued the planet and worked to incorporate sustainability further by making small environmentally conscious steps. In the last three years, Miller Harris has introduced fragrance bottle recycling in stores and worked with smile plastics to incorporate the recycled material in stores and carton design. The brand has now launched its first sustainable and recyclable Bath and Body collection, showing the significant steps that are being taken to produce luxury products that also limit the impact on our planet.
Walpole's China Digital Workshop, in collaboration with Chinese social commerce agency TONG, marked the formal launch of TONG’s inaugural WeChat Report 2020: a snapshot of Walpole members’ presence on China’s most important social media channel.
The Rising Stars: Belmond's Corporate Communications Director Joss Betts discusses how to achieve success in the luxury sector, and the importance of mentoring in this week's Walpole Power List profile filmed at Ennismore Sessions House by Allied Content last summer.
The 12 exciting luxury businesses chosen as the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2020 were revealed by the programme's Chairman Balthazar Fabricius, Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank and programme partner Mishcon de Reya's director Lewis Cohen on Thursday 27th February at Ennismore Sessions House in Clerkenwell.
With our 2020 Brands of Tomorrow due to be announced this evening, we speak to Carol Lovell, Founder of STOW, a 2019 Brand of Tomorrow, who shares what it has been like to be part of the programme over the past year.
Tonight we will reveal the 12 exciting new luxury businesses chosen as the 2020 Brands of Tomorrow at Ennismore Sessions House in Clerkenwell. Ahead of the party, we are delighted to announce the appointment of two new programme chairmen to lead Brands of Tomorrow: Balthazar Fabricius, Founder and Chair of bespoke bookmakers Fitzdares (a Brands of Tomorrow alumnus from 2007) joins as Chairman and Chris Downham, Advisory Chief Financial Officer and former CEO of BOAT International, is Deputy.
A founding signatory of Walpole's British Luxury Manifesto, Mulberry has placed sustainability at the heart of its business - with a commitment to make a positive difference to its people, the environment and the communities in which it works.
Following the launch of Walpole's British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto earlier this year, Helen Brocklebank discusses why she'll be buying less but buying better this spring - and how we as individuals can adopt small, positive changes that will contribute towards safeguarding the future of the planet.
With the 2020 Brands of Tomorrow announced this Thursday, we speak with womenswear designer Anna Mason - who has just completed her year of mentorship - on why she applied for the programme and what's next for her and her brand.
Today on the Power List, we meet Ashley Woodfield, Head of Press at The Royal Ballet, who discusses the importance of mentorship, collaboration (including bringing Erdem to The Royal Ballet) and partnerships - all of which helps him leverage his extensive network to promote dance to wider audiences.
"The feeling in China is that of isolation and misunderstanding by the outside world. Is the situation serious? Yes. Is it being handled with the goal of resolution as swiftly as possible? Yes."
With Chinese customers accounting for 33% of global luxury sales, many businesses are understandably concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus. Walpole asked China specialist Chloé Reuter, founding partner of Reuter Communication, for her advice for luxury brands.
As Royal Warrant holders and Scotland’s premier destination for fine jewellery, Hamilton & Inches take their commitment to sustainable practices and the environment very seriously. They are members of the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council), whose standards for certification, from mine to retail, are rigorous. At a grassroots level, Hamilton & Inches’ showroom and workshop have occupied the same premises, first on Princes Street and now on George Street, since the company’s inception in 1866, which in turn reduces mileage and emissions.
Our focus on the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2019 continues with Rupert Holloway, Head Distiller and Founder of Conker - a premium spirit brand - who was paired with Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters as a mentor during the programme. As a direct result of this relationship, this February see Fortnum's stocking bottles of Conker's Cold Brew Tea Liqueur - created using Fortnum's Countess Grey Tea - in its three London stores in Piccadilly, The Royal Exchange and St Pancras.
The Rising Stars: Today on the Power List, we speak with Will Woodhams, CEO of the world's finest bookmaker, Fitzdares, who discusses getting his first 'big break' aged 29 as CMO of French Connection, as well as the secret to successful mentoring.
In the first of a short series looking back at the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2019, we meet luxury scarf designer Sabina Savage, who discusses the impact the programme has had on her business and what’s next for her and her eponymous brand.
In advance of the launch of the 2020 Brands of Tomorrow on 27th February, Walpole is delighted to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Redrice Ventures to further help early stage high-end brands get to the next stage of their development with regard to investment.
NET-A-PORTER continues to highlight and celebrate the brands driven by a desire to make fashion and beauty more sustainable. For the first time, 27 beauty brands have just been added to the NET SUSTAIN platform, an important development in NET-A-PORTER’s sustainability journey that further allows customers to make informed choices. These new NET SUSTAIN beauty brand will be complemented by 45 additional fashion brands, taking the total up to 100.
Walpole launched its flagship Brands of Tomorrow programme in 2007 with the vision to secure the long-term growth of the UK’s luxury sector by building a pipeline of next-generation brands. Now, more than 120 brands have completed the programme and many that have participated have not only grown significantly, but also found international success – Orlebar Brown, Bremont, Nyetimber, Emilia Wickstead, Miller Harris, Astley Clarke, amongst others.
Earlier this year, Walpole launched the British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto – a commitment to helping the British luxury sector become the global leader in sustainability with a focus on four key pillars.
The 'Rising Stars'. In this week's Power List we meet Alexandra Llewellyn, founder of her eponymous luxury board games business - and former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow - who discusses her big break in the sector and why mentoring is so important to the next generation of luxury brands and individuals.
James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.
Walpole was in Brussels this week, representing UK luxury as part of ECCIA (the European Creative and Cultural Industries Alliance), at a presentation to the European parliament of a new study examining the contribution of luxury and high-end brands to the European economy and culture. Although the focus was on the €800 billion value of the luxury sector, the conversation inevitably turned to the week’s big issue - Britain’s official exit from the European Union.
Walpole is in Brussels this week with fellow European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA) members and Bain & Company at a presentation to the European parliament of a new study examining the contribution of the luxury and high-end sectors to the European economy and culture. The study reveals that the sector contributes nearly €800 billion in revenue annually to Europe’s economy and employs over two million people.
As well as experiencing some of the most beautiful places in the world with luxury travel brand Carrier, their dedicated CSR committee and Carrier Cares policy is committed to helping protect the fascinating habitats, cultural sites and communities that we visit when we travel. From the smallest of things such as making their office as environmentally friendly as possible to bigger steps to ensure a positive impact around the rest of the world.