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.
This week's Power List profile focuses on the Game Changers of British luxury - those individuals doing something innovative in the sector. Brothers Nick and Giles English - the founders of Bremont Watch Company - discuss the history of British watchmaking and why, as a new brand, you have to be a disruptor to get your voice heard.
Growing up, watching my father in his studio as he patiently applied meticulous detail to every ceramic restoration project he undertook, I became naively accustomed to a mindset of repairing, restoring and renovation. What I didn’t realise at the time, was that this age-old skill was falling out of favour with the public, and the brazen lure of fast trends and fashions had caught their eye.
With sustainability on everybody's minds, Selfridges has created a new Refill & Reuse space in the perfumery featuring Walpole member Ormonde Jayne. Ormonde Jayne's clients can now get their forever personalised bottle of perfume at the glamorous new refill bar in Selfridges.
In today’s Power List profile, Kathryn Sargent, the first female Head Cutter in the history of Savile Row and founder of her eponymous tailoring house, shares what it's like to create a business out of a love for British tailoring and craftsmanship...
“In sustainability, as in every other key industry issue, none of us can drive the change we need to see as individuals. But, if we come together, work collectively, share best practice, insights, suppliers, challenges, discoveries, then collectively we are incredibly powerful and able to build a more sustainable future for British luxury.”
In today's Power List profile, Frazer Thompson, the CEO of English wine company Chapel Down, discusses challenging the status quo, being relentless in the pursuit of change, and how all of this helps to keep the brand unique and exciting...
Today we meet Ian Renton, Regional Director of The Jockey Club, who tells us what it's like to be responsible for the staging of The Cheltenham Festival: creating a combination of the best possible sport with great customer service and brand appeal.
As the sun rises on the new decade ahead, I am sure CEOs, businessmen, world leaders and philanthropists are gearing up to make the most of what this year has to offer. From where I have been sitting, it looks like it will be a busy year for change and a great year for the planet. We are all peering through the darkness to see the spectre of 2020 and what it may bring. Without doubt this year will have its causes for celebration and gratitude, but out of the corner of our eye we will be keeping watch on the mythical Cerberus who will be snapping at our heels, reminding us not to stray too far from the path of good.
I’ve always been mad about the twenties. It’s a decade that conjures impossible glamour – girls with shingled hair and young men in Oxford bags lounging in Cecil Beaton poses, cocktails in smoky jazz clubs, the Venice-Simplon-Orient- Express (with or without a murder). It gave birth to some of my best-loved books – Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce’s Ulysses – and saw the invention of one of my favourite things: God bless John Logie Baird and his amazing television.
Our first Luxury Leader of the year is Tom Marchant, founder of luxury travel brand - and new Walpole member - Black Tomato. Here Tom discusses what inspires him, his big break, and why luxury should always be about thoughtfulness (and challenging your customers)...
Our first Power List profile of 2020 features the inimitable Roja Dove, founder of Roja Parfums. Named as a a 'disruptor' within the luxury sector, Roja discusses the importance of following your gut, standing your ground and impacting an entire sector.
On the final day of a Season of Luxury, we meet Georgina Attwood, founder of party planners Moriarty, who will be skiing in Switzerland over Christmas - after enjoying the London lights (new Walpole members Annabel's in particular).
It's the final day of A Season of Luxury - and also our last Power List profile of the year. To celebrate, we hand over to the legendary Paula Fitzherbert, Director of Communications at the iconic Maybourne Hotel Group, who discusses the hotels' heritage, the magic of Christmas, and 'surprising and delighting' guests with ants in Claridge's ballroom...
As it's so close to Christmas, we are also celebrating the season with Aino Leena Grapin, the CEO of yacht, aircraft and property design studio Winch. Aino's top tip for surviving the festivities in style? Order sushi when it all gets too much!
It's the penultimate day of A Season of Luxury, and we are delighted to be spending it with candle chandler Rachel Vosper, who by day hand-pours gorgeous scented candles from her Belgravia atelier - and by night celebrates the season at The Berkeley's rooftop cinema or The Hari's outdoor terrace...
Rather than spritzing perfume on the usual pulse points, create fragrance dimension in your winter wardrobe. Layer scent on your knitwear for a longer-lasting trail, or line your coats and scarves to revisit the scent when stepping in and outdoors. This is how the team at Molton Brown suggest you wear their festive fragrances!
Ahead of Walpole's 2020 British Luxury Summit, Lisa Yeates, Luxury Client Partner at Strategic Sponsor Facebook, introduces their newest luxury insights - created in partnership with Ipsos MORI - focused on the luxury consumers' path to purchase and, of course, their usage of social media - and what this means for the sector.
Henry Cookson, Founder of Cookson Adventures, the luxury adventure travel company making exploring elegant, share his top tips for bringing Christmas tradition to some of the most remote locations on earth. Whether it’s sailing around the Antarctic Peninsula or on a game drive in the Maasai Mara.
Today’s Season of Luxury profile features couturier Lisa Redman, who is enjoying the best of both worlds and splitting her Christmas time between London and the countryside. She plans to make a visit or two to Claridge's Fumoir Bar, when she's not relaxing under a luxurious cashmere blanket on the sofa.
"Walpole members will welcome an end to the uncertainty of the last three years and historically a Conservative government has offered the conditions in which British luxury thrives, but we remain concerned about the timetable for the negotiation of the UK/EU trade relationship. Completing something that works hard for the high end sector in just 11 months from the 31st January withdrawal will be challenging. For British luxury businesses with deep supply chains through europe, the devil will be in the detail of that trading agreement.”
Our final 'Celebrate with...' of the week features Rachel Lloyd, PR Director at one of Walpole's newest members, cruise liner Cunard. It's therefore perhaps no surprise that - given her job - Rachel will be enjoying a (chilly) Christmas Day by the sea on the beaches of Dorset, after the traditional lunch and Queen's Speech, of course...
Our final Celebrate with... of the week features Karen Howes, CEO of luxury interiors agency Taylor Howes, whose top tip for surviving the festive season in style echoes our own: champagne (all the way!).
Today we hear from Raphael Aflalo, Founder of My Love Affair, the company he founded with Grammy award-winning DJ/Producer David Guetta. Raphael shares his top tips for success, his vision for the company, and why fish & chips are his favourite luxury for under £10.
Noble Isle was the first recorded term used for Great Britain in the fifteenth century. “This Nobill Isle, callit Gret Britanee”, declared James III of Scots while negotiating the marriage of his son to Cecily of England in 1474.
Located in the heart of atmospheric Edinburgh, Christmas at Hamilton & Inches is a very special time indeed - with clients visiting the brand's George Street shop greeted by roaring fires, champagne and mulled wine, as well as an array of precious, beautiful things. In today's Celebrate with... Hamilton & Inches CEO Victoria Houghton discusses how she'll be enjoying this year's festivities, as well as the brand's must-have items to get you through the season in style.
Today's Season of Luxury profile features Päivi Svens, Wedgwood's Vice President of Business, who may be spending her first Christmas in the UK this year but is determined to include as many festive traditions from her native Finland in the celebrations as possible (although the Joulusauna may have to wait until a visit home...)
Earlier this year, David Kendall, MarComms Director at the legendary David Collins Studio, swapped London (and interior design) for the US, where he mastered that most festive of past times: figure skating - which surely means David is perfectly placed to be today's interviewee. Read on to find out what he would like for Christmas and how he'll be spending the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...
Dedicated to 'ensuring the future history of Fortnum's', today's Power List (and Season of Luxury) profile features Zia Zareem-Slade, Customer Experience Director at Fortnum & Mason, whose passion for the iconic store - and its abundance of exciting storytelling opportunities - even extends to her Christmas plans, from a festive breakfast at Fortnum's 45 Jermyn St. to ice skating and hot chocolate at their Somerset House lodge...
The main political parties have published their manifestos and as the nation heads to the polls this week in what is arguably the most important election of a generation, we examine some of the key policy issues of interest to the British luxury sector.
Forget mulled wine, the only hot beverage you need to consider this Christmas is JING, purveyors of the finest hand-picked tea and accessories (we are big fans here at Walpole HQ). To mark the fifth day of a Season of Luxury, we spoke with the brand's CEO Catherine Archer on her festive plans, why she will be swapping London for Yorkshire, and the opening of JING's first-ever shop in the capital's Belgravia.
In the wake of Fortnum & Mason posting record double digit growth, today's Season of Luxury profile features the renowned department store's CEO and Walpole Award-winning Luxury Leader, Ewan Venters, who is in for a very jolly Christmas indeed, spent - in part - in the glorious Scottish Highlands.
It's Day 2 of A Season of Luxury, as we discover how the people behind Britain's luxury brands are celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Today, the Walpole team share our favourite festive traditions, where we'll be spending the big day, and what we'd most like to find in our Christmas stockings (a Boston Terrier puppy, anyone?) as we look forward to our 10-day Yuletide break.
Discussing brand DNA, legacy, and inspiring storytelling (as well as the importance of giving and the magic of a Christmas spent at home in Putney), Rebecca Jago, MD of The Last Drop Distillers, is today's Power List profile -and our first Season of Luxury feature of the 2019 festive season.
We may be known as a nation of shopkeepers, but underneath we’re all eccentrics – and this is what gives our luxury its anarchic spirit, says Lydia Slater in her essay for the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury.
Forget Black Friday, browse our Brands of Tomorrow Friday offers to discover exclusive discounts of up to 25% from the UK's most exciting young luxury brands - all of whom are alumni from Walpole's flagship mentoring programme.
Join Walpole’s second-annual Christmas content campaign, beginning on Monday 2nd December, as we go behind the scenes of British luxury to discover how its people and brands are celebrating the festive season – from favourite Christmas traditions and present wish lists to seasonal events and gift guides – all of which will be shared across our Daily Digest and digital and social channels to a combined readership of 30,000.
Kathryn Sargent - the first female tailor on Savile Row and a former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow - invited us into her Mayfair atelier to discuss craftsmanship and the international appeal of bespoke tailoring as she prepared to join Walpole's 2019 British Luxury Trade Mission to New York.
After a short break for Awards week, the Power List returns with a focus on the luxury storytellers - the people at the heart of the luxury experience enchanting customers with their brand stories. Farrow & Ball is one such brand that excels in telling stories - with F&B's Colour Curator, Joa Studholme, explaining the inspiration behind their intriguingly named paints (Sulking Room Pink and Elephant's Breath, anyone?) - and their recent Walpole Award-nominated collaboration with the Natural History Museum.
Showcasing some of the nominees and winners of the 2019 British Luxury Awards, this film - produced by Luxury Marketing House - opened the ceremony, which was presented by actor and singer-songwriter Laurence Fox on Monday evening.
Georgina Attwood founded Moriarty Luxury Event Planning and Design, a luxury brand event producer working on a range of corporate and brand events throughout the UK and Europe. Moriarty were responsible for the flawless styling of the ballroom and drinks reception at the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2019 on Monday, together with beautiful flowers by Wildabout.
A priority market for many British brands, the potential for luxury in South Korea cannot be underestimated. Last year, sales of luxury goods in its capital Seoul reached $7.6 billion, with the market set to grow by 6% annually. With this in mind, Walpole member The Conran Shop chose South Korea for its latest international location, with the emporium - built on the site of a former multi-storey car park - opening its doors in Seoul's exclusive Gangnam district last week.
Perhaps the most hotly-contested of all categories, the British Luxury Brand of the Year, in association with Laurent-Perrier, recognises the company with the greatest global growth in terms of sales and exposure in the past year, and the impact it has on the UK’s luxury sector as a whole.
As a founding member of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA), which includes Altagamma in Italy, Circulo Fortuny in Spain, Comité Colbert in France and Meisterkreis in Germany, Walpole works with its European partners on key business priorities including Sector Recognition, Market Access, Skills, Protecting IP & Innovation and Tourism to create a framework which supports the long-term growth of the luxury sector.
Making is at the heart of the British luxury experience, and this award, held in association with Elite Associates, is presented to the brand that has demonstrated excellence in craftsmanship, and a commitment to the development of these skills through apprenticeships and education.
British Luxury Overseas, in association with Global Blue, is awarded to the brand that has excelled in introducing British luxury goods and services overseas, and in attracting overseas visitors to the UK. And this year's nominees are:
Walpole Power List Carla Filmer is a Communications Director and Global Brand Manager with over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles representing some of the world’s most iconic brands, from Louis Vuitton to Lancôme. Today she revels in her current role at Manolo Blahnik, taking a relatively small brand with huge recognition to new...
Awarded to the brand dedicated to making the world a better place, 'Luxury with a Heart', in association with G . F Smith, recognises sustainable or environmental initiatives, contributions to special causes, or those using the power of their voice to speak out on behalf of others.
Louisa Richter von Morgenstern is one of the most experienced project managers in the UK. Having founded her first practice in 2001, she was several years ahead of the concept of having a dedicated project manager in the luxury sector of the construction industry.
This Autumn, Sotheby’s and Holland & Holland will launch a collaborative exhibition, showcasing pioneering artworks by Modern British artists, each hand-picked by the creative duo behind Holland & Holland, Isabella Cawdor and Stella Tennant.
We continue our focus on the 2019 Walpole Award nominees with the brands shortlisted for Cultural Contribution. Culture is a universal language, breaking down borders and building bridges, inviting us to experience other people’s worlds. British art and culture represent the best in class – and this award celebrates the British institution or enterprise that has enhanced the cultural landscape in 2019.
We may have moved onto Awards season, but we aren't quite done with our British Luxury takeover of New York City just yet. In this short film by Allied Content, watch as our 2019 US Trade Mission ended in spectacular style with brands including Cookson Adventures, Cowdray, Harrods, Heathrow VIP, Johnstons of Elgin, JJ Corry, Kathryn Sargent, Lock & Co, London Sock Company, Molton Brown, Mou, Rapport London, Sabina Savage and The Savoy showcasing their products and services to the city's luxury and lifestyle press and social influencers, building relationships with key media in the city.
As Walpole announces the nominees for the 2019 British Luxury Awards, we revisit 2018's Award winners - including Fortnum's CEO Ewan Venters; Walpole's CEO Helen Brocklebank; Manolo Blahnik; Kristina Blahnik; Mulberry's Creative Director Johnny Coca; V&A curator Edwina Ehrman; and Belmond's SVP Marketing and Brand Arnaud Champenois - asking 'What is your biggest luxury?'
We continue our weekly Power List profile with a focus on Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, founder and CEO of FLOWERBX (a former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow), who discusses entrepreneurship, risk and the importance of a good team - and how she is realising her ambition of FLOWEBX becoming the world's first international floral brand.
Walpole's second official day in New York ended with a Cocktail party for our delegation of British luxury brands at the Lyaness pop-up at Spring Place, hosted by Spring Studios, Quintessentially and Benveniste Couture.
The Tuesday of Walpole's third-annual US Trade Mission saw our delegation visit Hearst Tower for a quintessential afternoon tea and roundtable discussion with Dame Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, where she was presented with a gorgeous Johnstons of Elgin oversized Opera Coat by the brand's Creative Director Alan Scott.
After a week's break from our Power List profile due to our NYC activities, we return with Richard Brendon - a prominent designer of contemporary fine bone china - who joined us in New York for events including our lunch at The Met honouring Leonard Lauder (at which Mr Lauder was gifted a Richard Brendon tea service) and Jancis Robinson's world Atlas of Wine launch, where Chapel Down wines were served in Richard Brendon x Jancis Robinson glassware...
The 2019 Walpole Trade Mission to New York City ended in spectacular style on Thursday 24th October, with the third annual British Luxury Showrooms at the Glasshouses in Chelsea. Brands including Cookson Adventures, Cowdray, Harrods, Heathrow VIP, Johnstons of Elgin, JJ Corry, Kathryn Sargent, Lock & Co, London Sock Company, Molton Brown, Mou, Rapport London, Sabina Savage and The Savoy showcased their products and services to the city's luxury and lifestyle press and social influencers, building relationships with key media in the city.
The culmination of our Trade Mission to New York, Day Four sees our delegation take over The Glasshouses in Chelsea for our third-annual British Luxury Showrooms: an immersive tour through some of British luxury's best known heritage brands and most exciting new businesses.
Walpole presented an Award for Excellence to Leonard A. Lauder, the Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies on day three of our Trade Mission to New York. During a celebratory lunch at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leonard Lauder was presented with an award, designed by London jewellery house Garrard, and a tea set by Richard Brendon, in recognition of Mr. Lauder’s towering contribution to promoting the trading relationship between the UK and the US.
This week Walpole member Chapel Down, England’s leading winemaker, is marking three years of strong progress in the USA with a series of celebratory events in New York during our US Trade Mission. The success of Chapel Down, and other British luxury brands within the Walpole delegation, was toasted at a sparkling event hosted by the British Consul General Anthony Philipson at his residence on Wednesday evening.
Day Three begins with a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Neiman Marcus at prestigious new development Hudson Yards, followed by a very special lunch at The Metropolitan Museum to honour Leonard Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies with a Walpole Award for promoting UK / US Trade and Cultural Relationships. We end the day with another cocktail party, this time at the private residence of Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America and Consul General in New York.
This evening, Antony Phillipson, the British Consul General in New York, will host a cocktail party for all members of the Walpole Trade Delegation at his private residence. Ahead of this highly anticipated event, Antony discusses the special relationship between the UK and the US, and the UK government's commitment to supporting Britain's luxury sector.
Sabina Savage - a current Walpole Brand of Tomorrow and designer of beautifully illustrated silk and cashmere scarves - is currently in New York alongside 17 other British luxury brands as part of Walpole's 2019 US Trade Delegation. Read on to discover why she chose to join this year's mission and what she'd like the US customer to know about her brand.
This year’s Walpole Trade Mission to the US has introduced a new hospitality-focused event and unveiled a new report: 'The Art of British Luxury Hospitality', published in partnership with Notable. Exploring the renewed appeal of the UK’s 5-star hotels and wealth of travel opportunities for modern American luxury travellers, the report examines topics from London’s rich arts and cultural scene, to the blending of homeliness and luxury hospitality, multi-generational vacationing, and the rise of elevated adventure experiences in order to achieve a new benchmark in luxury travel.
Following yesterday's US Luxury Market Briefing at JP Morgan, we kickstart day two of our British Luxury takeover of New York City with a focus on The Art of British Luxury Hospitality (featuring 26 expert speakers); followed by afternoon tea with Dame Glenda Bailey - editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar - at the iconic Hearst Tower; and ending with a cocktail party at the Lyanness pop-up at Spring Place, hosted with Quintessentially...
It's day two of Walpole's Trade Mission to NYC, and we have one of Walpole's newest members, Mou, joining this year's delegation. Makers of sustainable footwear, mou discusses why having a presence in New York City is crucial for the brand.
This week, as we swap the UK for the US, we continue our profiles of the brands joining us in New York. Today we feature The London Sock Company, a current Walpole Brand of Tomorrow, who anticipates that the USA will become their biggest market by this time next year...
Walpole and 18 British luxury brands - Belmond, Chapel Down, Cookson Adventures, Cowdray, Harrods, Heathrow VIP, Johnstons of Elgin, JJ Corry, Kathryn Sargent, Lock & Co, London Sock Company, Molton Brown, MOU London, Rapport London, Richard Brendon, Sabina Savage, Corinthia London, The Savoy - have this week swapped the UK for the US – the most valuable market in the world for luxury – as we strengthen our transatlantic trade and investment ties in New York City. But why the US, and why New York in particular?
Today a delegation of 18 British luxury brands led by Michael Ward, Chairman of Walpole and MD Harrods, Walpole’s CEO Helen Brocklebank and Director of Corporate Affairs and International, Charlotte Keesing travel to New York to build long-term relationships that drive export opportunities by engaging with top business leaders, buyers and media.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday announced a new Brexit deal with Brussels paving the way to an orderly Brexit in time for his ‘do or die’ deadline of 31st October…. But is it a done deal? At the time of writing, definitely not.
The oldest hat shop in the world, Lock & Co. Hatters will be bringing their innovative hat designs to New York next week, as they join the third-annual Walpole Trade Delegation and Press Showrooms to the US.
With Walpole's British Luxury Trade Mission to the US taking place next week, we continue to profile the US-based experts who are helping to curate our four-day programme of activities in New York City. Today, we meet Annastasia Seebohm, Group CEO of luxury concierge brand Quintessentially, who discusses the American consumer and what British brands need to do to thrive in the world's most important market for luxury.
The US has a long love affair with the finest Scottish cashmeres and woollens', says Johnstons of Elgin CEO Simon Cotton, which is why the innovative luxury brand will be joining us in New York for our annual Walpole Trade Mission to NYC next week...
The first female Master Tailor on Savile Row, Kathryn Sargent will be joining Walpole's four-day US Trade Mission next week, as she takes her luxury tailoring service from London to New York City. A regular visitor to America, Kathryn will also be showcasing her handmade bespoke pieces in NYC, as well as her new capsule wardrobe offering designed to make packing for business trips effortless...
The quintessential English estate of Cowdray has had a strong relationship with the US for many years, driven by its association with polo as well as the founding family's links with New York City. Honouring this association, Cowdray will once again be joining us in the USA from 21st October, as we fly the flag for British luxury in NYC. Read more below...
Renowned for her contemporary diamond jewellery crafted using time-honoured techniques, jeweller Jessica McCormack is today's Walpole Power List profile. Read on to discover where Jessica finds inspiration for her gorgeous designs, and why her home country of New Zealand is at the heart of everything she does...
On Tuesday 8th October, CEOs and Creative Directors from within the Walpole membership came together under the domes of the iconic Design Centre Chelsea Harbour for the annual Walpole Cultural and Creative Dinner. Guests enjoyed a Laurent Perrier reception, Exmoor Caviar tasting, three-course dinner and chocolates from the Highland Chocolatier, while admiring gorgeous Maison de Fleurs displays.
Heathrow VIP will be inviting New Yorkers to discover the 'ultimate airport experience' during Walpole's US Trade Delegation later this month, as they join 19 other British luxury brands in the most valuable market for the sector. Read on to discover more about Heathrow VIP's motivation for joining the delegation, and why the US is of such importance to the brand...
With a 130-year relationship with US travellers, it's perhaps no surprise that legendary London hotel The Savoy is joining our third-annual Trade Delegation and Press Show Rooms to New York City later this month. In today's British Luxury in NYC profile, The Savoy team discuss the hotel's heritage, what they are bringing to the US, and the key thing they want their Transatlantic customers to know about the brand...
With Walpole's third-annual US Trade Delegation and Press Show Rooms just weeks away, we focus on the British luxury brands joining us in New York City. Today, we profile iconic fragrance brand Molton Brown, who discuss what they will be introducing to the US media during the Press Show Rooms and their key aim for joining the delegation...
Last week, Walpole, in association with Frieze, celebrated the launch of our annual British Luxury Trade and Press Mission to New York at an elegant cocktail reception at Winfield House - the private residence of US Ambassador Robert Wood 'Woody' Johnson and Mrs Johnson.
"As entrepreneurs we always strive for excellence, and excellence is never achieved by those unwilling to take risks." This week, Walpole's Power List profile features Natasha Golubeva, the Managing Director of luxury florist Maison de Fleurs, who discusses building the brand, and the importance of creating unique experiences tailored to each client.
Brands of Tomorrow, in association with Mishcon de Reya and Coutts, helps aspiring British luxury companies of the future to fulfil their potential. These are brands with a turnover of under £5 million that will pioneer growth, export goods and services, create employment and drive innovation in luxury for the coming decades - and you can apply for the 2020 programme by clicking below.
In today's Power List profile, Johnny Sandelson - serial entrepreneur and the new owner of iconic Mayfair store Thomas Goode & Co. - discusses success, taking risks and learning from his mistakes, as he undertakes his ambitious programme to waken Thomas Goode - the ‘slumbering giant of British luxury’.
Luxury hotels expert Peter Bates, founder of Strategic Vision, is today's NYC Insider, as he discusses the legendary Art of British Luxury Hospitality; the importance of creating compelling experiences for guests; and, of course, his favourite place to experience excellent hospitality in New York City.
With a new season of music beginning at the Royal Festival Hall, Walpole member the London Philharmonic Orchestra has curated a special Spotify playlist especially for Walpole members, featuring inspirational classical music with a distinctly British flavour.
Last September Walpole launched a partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company as part of our Schools Programme/Luxury in the Making initiative. Since its formation C&E have built a national network and now link over 2,000 schools and colleges with local employees, with the aim to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.
Named as one of the Entrepreneurs on the 2019 Walpole Power List, Nigel Mills CBE, the Chairman of The Lakes Distillery, discusses entrepreneurship, the art of taking calculated risks, and the key strategies to improve leadership skills...
Karen is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning CEO, not only does she sit as the head of one of the UK’s largest, privately owned interior design studios, but she is also the founder of curated event group and members network Luxury Business Sphere, and the CEO of Atelier Howes, the group’s furniture and accessories company.
Held annually since 2017, Cliveden Literary Festival was established by chatelaine Natalie Livingstone, reviving the historic stately home's long tradition as a political literary salon. Over the course of a weekend, 50 expert speakers - from authors and actors to spies and politicians - will discuss global power, conflict & conspiracy, the art of the novel, the secrets of the universe and the secrets of the mind, as well as female literature heroines who have stood the test of time. With the Festival less than two weeks away, we spoke with Natalie Livingstone to find out more...
Designed for the modern bride (and beloved by celebrities and influencers), today's Walpole Power List profile features Kate Halfpenny - founder of her eponymous luxury bridalwear brand Halfpenny London - as we discover the influences behind Kate's dreamy designs and how she 'finds magic in the most unexpected places.'
Inspired by the unique botanicals found in our 'Noble Isle', CEO Katy Simpson discusses what being British means for her luxury bath and fragrance brand, as well as her advice for those looking to set up their own luxury company...
In today's Power List profile, we take a trip down memory lane with Michelin-starred Chef (and BBC Masterchef judge) Marcus Wareing, as he discusses how his childhood culinary experiences have shaped and inspired his career.
Our final Summer of Luxury profile for 2019 sees British millinery doyenne Vivien Sheriff discuss dressing for (Indian) summer events and looking ahead to next season, as we prepare to say goodbye to the sun until 2020...
In our weekly focus on the USA - the most important market for British luxury - Walpole Director Charlotte Keesing discusses the incredible things brands joining our October delegation to New York City can look forward to - as well as the reasons why we’re doing them.
Today on our penultimate 'Holiday with...' Vanessa Jacobs, founder of The Restory tells us about her Summer spent offline in the Swedish archipelago with her family and enjoying meals at Motorverkstan: an old boat garage that’s been converted to an industrial chic fine dining spot on the water...
Today we holiday with Nick Carvell, Editor of The Jackal magazine, who is heading off on a two week road-trip honeymoon around Italy next month. He's packing an extra tote bag for all his holiday purchases, and to carry the copy of 'The Dust that Falls from Dreams' by Louis de Bernieres that he'll be reading along the way.
Alan Scott, Creative Director of luxury cashmere and textiles brand Johnstons of Elgin, is today's star turn in both our Power List and Summer of Luxury profiles, as we continue our focus on the Most Influential People in British Luxury and - extended for another week due to its popularity - the holiday plans of Walpole's members...
Today, Iain Beaumont, Cowdray’s Director of Events, tells us about idyllic evenings spent on the Cowdray Estate with his loyal lurcher Jake by his side and a glass of Nyetimber in his hand; and why he's heading to the West Coast of the USA for his big trip this year.
Fresh from opening the new Belmond Cadogan Hotel earlier this year, today we Holiday with... General Manager Klaus Kabelitz who discusses downtime and dining spots - as well as the lightbulb moments they can spark...
As Ettinger prepares to open a new retail collaboration in New York this year, we spoke with the brand's Head of Sales Jonathan Boston to discover how he combines work travel with holiday travel, his must-visit places in the US, and how the best decisions are always made when fully rested...
Today on a 'Holiday with...' we meet Jo Malone London's Fragrance & Lifestyle Expert Emma South, who discusses why Lime Basil & Mandarin is the scent of the summer (we totally agree), and why Tuscany - and Whitby - are the most blissful places to enjoy the remainder of the sun.
Today the Knadjian siblings, who head up Marketing and Business Development at the family business Backes & Strauss, tell us about their recent trip to their motherland Armenia, and let us in on the best spots in London for Eastern Mediterranean food.
As the end of the Summer approaches, we hit the A303 with Philip Shaw, Co-founder of Savernake Knives, (and the rest of the UK!) as he heads down to Cornwall to introduce his daughter to the sea for the first time.
As Chef Patron of the magnificent Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Raymond Blanc OBE needs no introduction. In today's 'Holiday with', we journey with Raymond to Provence for the perfect lunch at La p’tite Cour; to Home House for a rose petal martini in the gardens; and to Japan, which provided inspiration for Le Manoir's beautiful water garden...
With Walpole once again taking a delegation of British luxury brands to the USA this October, we are profiling the US experts who are helping to curate our three-day programme of activities in New York City. This week, we meet James LaForce, founder and president of LaFORCE, our PR and Communications agency 'on the ground' in NYC, who discusses why the city is such an important market for luxury.
Today we holiday with Emma Parfitt, Director of Marketing Communications, The Savoy who shares her advice on holidaying with a four year old, and why it's important that 'Out of Office' means exactly that for her and her team.
In today's 'Holiday with...' we meet Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, founder of FLOWERBX, a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow 2018, to find out how she's spending her holiday and to get some tips on making the most of the summer blooms.
Accessories are the most important part of an outfit, especially in the summer when one tends to show more skin. Simplicity and elegance are key, says Jane Best, Managing Director at fine jewellers Stephen Einhorn, who adds that while their Tsarina collection is beautiful, if in doubt always choose diamonds or pearls (as well as a pair of their Large Micro Pavé Hoop earrings...).
Legendary hotelier Thomas Kochs is today's Power List profile, as we return to our countdown of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury. In this short film by Allied Content, Thomas discusses the importance of integrity and honesty, and why he doesn't regret a single moment of his career.
Today we are holidaying with Shelley Tichborne… one of Walpole’s newest members and the founder of hand-crafted footwear brand mou, who this summer will be holidaying in Cape Cod on the east coast of the US.
Today on a Summer of Luxury we 'Holiday With...' Carol Lovell, Founder & Creative Director, STOW who tells us of her recent adventure on horseback in Namibia and how it inspired STOW's newest product The Namib Leather Belt Bag.
Rural south-west France is where you'll find Harper's Bazaar's Deputy Editor Lydia Slater this summer, where she's intending to eat a lot of cheese, take long swims in rivers - and find the time to properly enjoy Bazaar’s huge September issue. Read all of this and more in today's 'Holiday with...'.
Lance Patterson is currently holidaying in Corsica, but we grabbed him for a chat at the end of last week to discover how else the Chief Executive of luxury British perfume house Penhaligon's is spending his summer this year.
Ahead of Walpole's third-annual US Trade and Press Delegation to New York City in October, we spoke with legendary retail entrepreneur (and adopted New Yorker) Marigay McKee about how she's supporting the delegation, what the future looks like for British luxury brands in the market, and her top tips for those visiting the City that Never Sleeps.
Today on a Summer of Luxury we 'Holiday With...' luxury games designer Alexandra Llewellyn, whose passion for backgammon has taken her from Miami to Tangier - with the Moroccan port city providing endless inspiration for her career, designs, and love of the world's oldest known board game.
Today's Power List profiles Floris' Head of Marketing and eCommerce, Alex Oprey, who has been recognised as a Taste-Maker within the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury. Here, Alex discusses the key lesson his career has taught him, as well as the importance of networking, finding good mentors and treating others well...
Fresh from last week's Fitzdares Club at Glorious Goodwood, Will Woodhams - CEO of the world's finest bookmakers - explains why he'll be swapping West Sussex for The Palio di Siena in today's 'Holiday with...'
Today we are "holidaying with..." Mark Harvey, MD, Chapel Down: "My must-have item to pack in my suitcase? A bottle of Chapel Down Brut. I love sharing our wines with uninitiated friends in France and watching the rictus grin melt in to a smile of genuine surprise and delight!"
For today's Summer of Luxury feature we hear from Fiona on how to bring the outdoors in: “Many of us unfortunately have to spend much of the summer working inside, in an office environment. To offset the effects of being inside during this lovely weather, try to integrate “nature’s architecture” into your workspace as much as you can – literally bringing the outdoors in..."
According to Boris Johnson’s great idol, Pericles, "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”. As Prime Minister, choosing a cabinet implacably dedicated to delivering Brexit by 31st October “by any means necessary”, coupled with his appointment of Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove as masterminds of no-deal planning, may beg the question of what it is, precisely, he wants to weave into the life of the United Kingdom. His promised “sunlit meadows beyond” 31st October will need to materialise pretty jolly quickly if his legacy is to be a happy one.
Our final 'Legend' on the 2019 Walpole Power List, today we feature Mr Steven Quin, Turnbull & Asser's Retail Director & Royal Warrant Holder, who is responsible for fitting some of the world's most influential men and women - including His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
As founders of The Thinking Traveller - a travel brand offering a collection of over 200 luxury properties in Italy and Greece - it's perhaps no surprise that for Huw and Rossella Beaugié summer always means the Mediterranean. Read more about their passion for this most beautiful part of the world in day two of A Summer of Luxury.
Kicking off the first day of our 2019 Summer of Luxury Campaign - a celebration of the year's most carefree of months - we spoke to the inspiring 'rare spirit hunters' Rebecca Jago and Beanie Espey, joint Managing Directors of the Last Drop Distillers, on their holiday plans and how taking some downtime inspires all those 'eureka' moments.
Taste-makers: These are the British luxury influencers with a great network who others look to for advice and inspiration. In today's Power List profile, Fiona Barratt-Campbell - founder of her eponymous design studio, Fiona Barratt Interiors - discusses how to build a network and the key lesson her career has taught her.
"Listen to the market. That must inform everything we do. Focus on the experience as much as the product. Be authentic. Be thoughtful. Engender trust. Be ethical and sustainable. Be confident about who we are and what we do and ensure luxury is accessible to as many people as possible." In today's Luxury Leader profile, we take lessons from Floris CEO Jon Graham on what the future of luxury involves, his vision for the brand, and the importance of being 'global leaders, not followers'.
This week, as part of our Life in Luxury series, we spoke to Carla Chabert, Perfumer at FRAGRANCES ESSENTIELLES, who tells us all about the perfume making process, what inspires her and how she came to be a perfumer.
Walpole continues its focus on the Legends of the Power List, with Chewton Glen's Andrew Stembridge - one of the 50 most influential people in British luxury - discussing the defining moment of his career, in this short film by alliedcontent.com.
Last month, we revealed the names of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury on the inaugural Walpole Power List. Today, we continue our focus on the 'Legends' on the list, with a profile on William Asprey, Chairman of William & Son, Mayfair’s go-to luxury destination for Town & Country living.
By the time you read this, I will be basking like a lizard in the sunshine, binge-reading improving (and not so improving) books, dedicating myself entirely to idleness and living off-grid for a full fourteen days. I won’t be checking email, posting on social media, Whatsapping, reading the news or shouting at the Today programme. I am going dark.
Walpole, in association with Pureprint, were joined by 250 guests for a celebration of summer on the rooftop of the Financial Times new HQ, Bracken House, on Tuesday 9th July. With far-reaching views over the City of London, St Pauls, the Thames and the Shard, guests enjoyed Royal Salute cocktails, live music and speeches from the FT's Dorota Gwilliam, Global Director FT Luxury & Weekend, and Michael Ward, MD of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole.
After July’s record-breaking temperature highs, Walpole will celebrate the sun with the return of A Summer of Luxury on Thursday 1st August. This highly popular content series will once profile Walpole members’ warm-weather themed activities for the month of August, as well as the holiday plans and al fresco recommendations of the people behind the brands. This will be published in our Daily Digest, on our website and social media platforms to an audience of 25,000.
Ahead of tonight's Walpole Summer Party on the roof terrace of the Financial Times new HQ, we spoke with the FT's Maxine Kelly - the commissioning editor of Watches & Jewellery - on her 'Life in Luxury': what makes a good story, the influence of the sector's biggest brands, and her route into 'the jewel in the crown' of the FT's Special Reports.
House of Hackney's Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle were recently listed as two of Walpole's 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury. Frieda and Javvy were recognised as highly creative individuals bringing something new to British luxury, and today discuss how they find inspiration for their maximalist homeware designs and what keeps them motivated...
In celebration of 4th July - American Independence Day - we today focus on Walpole's third-annual British Luxury Trade Mission to the US, with Walpole members invited to join us in New York City from 22nd to 24th October.
The 2020 Walpole Book of British luxury is a showcase of the iconic and innovative brands that make British quality and creativity famous throughout the world. Share your brand’s story with national and international high-net-worth customers, with influencers and policy makers, with key luxury media and the wider luxury community with a feature in the Book’s Luxury Index.
Ahead of tomorrow's Men's Style Press Day, presented by Ettinger, we profile the brand's CEO Robert Ettinger, who was also named one of Walpole’s 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury. With a significant role in shaping the culture and legacy of British luxury, we discover the defining moment of Robert's career, and the most important changes he’s seen in the sector…
Walpole is delighted to support the new Tourism Sector Deal, announced today, which sets out how the government and industry will work in partnership to boost productivity, develop the skills of the UK workforce and support destinations to enhance their desirability to visitors.
Walpole’s Luxury Leader series focuses on member CEOs and MDs, to discover their vision for their brands, how they define success, and what inspires them. This week we meet Andrew Coney, General Manager of The Hari, on how 'empowerment' is the future of luxury, and what differentiates the sector from more conventional overseas businesses.
Boodles' Managing Director Michael Wainwright was recently named one of Walpole's 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury. With a significant role in shaping the culture and legacy of British luxury, we discover the defining moment of his career, and the most important changes he's seen in the sector...
Walpole’s Luxury Leader series focuses on member CEOs and MDs, to discover their vision for their brands, how they define success, and what inspires them. This week we meet Richard Osborne, Managing Director of Pureprint Group - printers of the Walpole Book of British Luxury - on the importance of being both makers and manufacturers, and the thrill of taking a project from concept to creation.
Not for nothing is Lucia van der Post known as the Grande Dame of British Luxury – in a career spanning many decades, her writing has described the beauty and elegance of luxury and chronicled not only its extraordinary growth and but also its evolving focus.
On Tuesday 11th June, Walpole members came together at Brown's Hotel for a breakfast workshop on The World's Favourite Colour Project: A Global Research Study Investigating the Psychology of Colour by G . F Smith.
Tourism into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has grown considerably in recent years, as the region shifts its focus from oil dependence and continues to rapidly develop its retail, hospitality, entertainment and cultural offerings. As a result, the Middle East is expected to more than double its number of arrivals over the next two decades, from 61 million to 149 million, a growth pattern which is set to continue as more human and capital resources are invested, with the implications for retailers remaining vast.
Last Friday, we held Walpole’s annual AGM – it’s always such a helpful and encouraging opportunity to take stock of what we have been doing on your behalf to promote, protect and develop British luxury.
Walpole yesterday travelled to The Westin Palace in Madrid for the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit, where we hosted a private dinner for Walpole members attending the Summit, as well as representatives from our sister organisations in Europe: Spain’s Circulo Fortuny and Italy’s Altagamma.
Continuing our Life in Luxury series - which focuses on the people behind the brands - we spoke with Digital Cinema Media's Amelia Wrighton on spending Fridays watching movie trailers, how to build relationships, and why film really is the best media environment for premium brands.
Award-winning author and broadcaster Elizabeth Day was our guest at last night's Women in Luxury dinner at Home House London, where she shared highlights from her brilliant new book 'How to Fail' with Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank.
On Thursday 9th May Walpole hosted a breakfast workshop on social media for luxury brands and the changing face of luxury communications with Spring Studios. During the event, speakers including Spring Studios' MD Janet Carpenter and Tom Punch, Global President and Chief Creative Officer, discussed current luxury communications trends and how brands can create compelling digital content.
Walpole is hosting a breakfast workshop with Spring Studios this morning, focusing on social media for luxury brands. We're looking forward to hearing from Spring's experts, and a discussion on current luxury communications trends and how brands can create compelling digital content. Ahead of the event, which kicks off at 8.30 this morning, we spoke with Jenmon Yuen-Jenkins, Spring's Business Development Director, who gave more insights into the business, including how they work with Walpole brands.
Over the next few days I will be in Venice, as a guest of Boster Group, for a preview of the Venice Biennale. From now until the Biennale opens to the public on Saturday, 25,000 artists, patrons, collectors, advisors, journalists and museum directors from the world’s major cultural institutions will come to the art world’s DAVOS, and, before the show’s end in late November, 600,000 visitors will have been to see the art happenings in the Pavilions of the Giardini, in the Arsenale and across the city.
Following the safe arrival of Baby Sussex, the seventh in line to the throne, we reflect on the enduring appeal of the young Royals with a look back at a report we commissioned from Brand Finance for the 2018 Walpole US Trade Delegation. 'The Royal Touch' uncovered American attitudes to the UK, British brands and the Royal Family, and can be read here.
Walpole's Luxury Leader series focuses on member CEOs and MDs, to discover their vision for their brands, how they define success, and what inspires them. This week we meet Victoria Houghton, the new CEO of Hamilton & Inches.
Walpole’s newest profile series, Life in Luxury, explores the everyday working lives of all areas of Walpole’s membership to examine what makes the sector and its people tick. Today we meet Neil Tookey, Founder & Creative Director of Buffalo, the design agency responsible for making the Walpole Book of British Luxury so very beautiful.
To celebrate the most delicious time of the year, we have hunted down the most extravagant Easter eggs from Walpole's chocolate-inclined members, including Harrods, Claridge's, Fortnum & Mason, Rococo, Selfridges, the Highland Chocolatier and Charbonnel et Walker.
A familiar face at all of our events, today's Life in Luxury is photographer Adam Duke, official taker of images for Walpole, who discusses how he turned his passion for photography into a career. Adam features as part of Walpole's newest profile series, Life in Luxury, which explores the everyday working lives of all areas of Walpole’s membership to examine what makes the sector and its people tick.
Join Walpole and award-winning author and broadcaster Elizabeth Day for dinner at Home House, where Elizabeth will be sharing insights from her new book 'How to Fail', in conversation with Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank.
Walpole's newest profile series, Life in Luxury, explores the everyday working lives of all areas of Walpole’s membership to examine what makes the sector and its people tick.
Today we meet Kelly Montague, Marketing Director at fine jewellers Stephen Einhorn, who shares her Life in Luxury: what makes working at Stephen Einhorn so special, and her invaluable advice for those looking to get into the sector - plus how an alternative career as an electrician almost beckoned...
To celebrate the opening of Home Grown - a new, private members' club for entrepreneurs from the team behind Home House - Walpole spoke with General Manager Sophie Chaney about the ethos of the club and its transformation into the stunning space seen in this film.
Walpole members gathered at the Rosewood London for the annual British Luxury Marketing & Communications Directors party on Wednesday 3rd April, with special guest, Gillian de Bono, Editor of How to Spend It, and Assistant Editor of the Financial Times.
The first in a series of new profile pieces, Life in Luxury explores the everyday working lives of all areas of Walpole’s membership – from makers to merchandisers, stylists to sales, PR to HR, chefs to gardeners, and everyone in between – to examine what makes the sector and its people tick.
Today we meet Ettinger's Marketing Manager Hannah Houghton, who shares her Life in Luxury, including her typical day, what she likes most about job, and her unconventional path into the sector.
What to expect in 2019.
One thing you can safely predict for 2019 is that it will be noisy. America will start season two of The Trump Show, in which the volume will rise as a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives squares up against the tweeter-in-chief. In Britain, we will hear the roar of recriminations as Brexit turns out not to deliver its fanciful promises.
From Valentine's Day to Christmas, regular readers of the Digest will know we like to highlight how Britain's luxury brands celebrate the seasons. If you have any special gifts, events or activities planned for Mother's Day or Easter (or Springtime in general), please do get in touch.
Award-winning print solutions company Pureprint is Walpole's newest Strategic Partner and responsible for turning the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury into a haptic object of beauty. We spoke with the team behind the brand to discover more about the services they offer, their latest luxury projects, and - of course - the tangible power of print.
Ahead of tonight's launch of the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury at Fortnum & Mason, Paul Simmons, Director of Timorous Beasties - and creator of this year's instantly iconic Book front cover - talks about the brand's aesthetic, his influences, and the inspiration behind the intricate woodland-themed Walpole design.
To mark International Women's Day, Walpole today announces the first event of our 2019 Women in Luxury programme: How to Own the Room, with author Viv Groskop, taking place on Wednesday 27th March at Brown's Hotel.
Choosing the right fraud prevention solution can sometimes prove to be a tricky task. The fraud prevention provider you select will ultimately help shape your business and can either aid or hinder your company’s potential growth and success. Customers of luxury retailers expect a seamless shopping experience whether offline or through online digital channels. Brands must alleviate fraud pain points without adding friction to the shopping experience in order to deliver the luxury service their customers deserve. So, when shopping around for a fraud solution, what should you ask?
Today we meet Philip Shaw, co-founder & Director of Savernake Knives: after a career that took him all over the globe, Philip came back to England in 2016 to join Laurie in setting up Savernake Knives.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be meeting the founders of our 2019 Brands of Tomorrow, learning more about their young businesses and what makes them tick, and uncovering some of the secrets to their success so far. Today we meet Marielle Wyse, Founder & CEO of Wyse London.
Today we spend five minutes with Rupert Holloway, Managing Director at Conker Spirit, Dorset's first gin distillery and creator of the Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, who shares his entrepreneurial secrets with us.
Today we meet Sabina Savage, founder of her eponymous brand. Sabina Savage is a British range of luxury scarves and womenswear featuring intricate hand-drawn print designs on the finest silk, wool and cashmere. Illustrated and designed in the UK, Sabina’s collectable pieces are all printed in Italy - produced to the finest quality and expertly printed and hand-edged by the renowned artisans of Como.
Dave Pickard is co-founder of the London Sock Company, and today we spend five minutes with him learning what makes him tick, who inspires him, and what he would tell someone starting their own business now.
Walpole members are invited to join our third-annual British Luxury Trade Mission and Press Showcase to New York City (the world's most important market for luxury), which takes place from Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th October 2019.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be meeting the founders of our 2019 Brands of Tomorrow, learning more about their young businesses and what makes them tick, and uncovering some of the secrets to their success so far. Today we meet Vanessa Jacobs, Founder & CEO, The Restory.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be meeting the founders of our 2019 Brands of Tomorrow, learning more about their young businesses and what makes them tick, and uncovering some of the secrets to their success so far. Today we meet Laurie Timpson, Managing Director, Savernake Knives.
On Wednesday 13th February, Walpole unveiled the 2019 Brands of Tomorrow participants at a launch party at Coutts on the Strand, London. Walpole members and alumni joined Brands of Tomorrow's Chairman Jonathan Heilbron and programme partners Mishcon de Reya and Coutts in celebrating this year's brands: Anna Mason London, Conker Spirit, Desmond & Dempsey, Farer, Jennifer Chamandi, The London Sock Company, Luna Mae London, Sabina Savage, Savernake Knives, STOW, The Restory and Wyse London.
On Wednesday we revealed our Brands of Tomorrow class of 2019. Over the next few weeks we'll be meeting the founders of these brands, learning more about their young businesses and what makes them tick, and uncovering some of the secrets to their success so far. Today we meet Carol Lovell, Founder & Creative Director of luxury travel goods brand, STOW.
Last night, we unveiled the 2019 selections for our Brands of Tomorrow programme at Coutts. Brands of Tomorrow, in association with Mishcon de Reya and Coutts, is a unique mentoring programme which takes up to 12 carefully selected fledgling brands through a year-long programme of workshops and mentoring to help develop their business skills.
It's the romantic day of the year, so we have pulled together our final selection of Valentine's Day treats from Walpole members Fortnum & Mason, The Real Flower Company, Cliveden House, Chewton Glen, Backes & Strauss and London Marriott County Hall.
Who needs Cupid when you have chocolate? asks Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier. To mark the most romantic day of the year, Iain has created Velvet Truffle selections and Chocolate Pairing boxes exclusively for Valentine’s Day — including the new Sweetheart Selection and the Champagne Pairing Box.
Tuesday 4th February saw Walpole's inaugural 'Future of' event at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, in association with Global Blue and Facebook. We were joined by an illustrious line-up of speakers and over 200 attendees from across the luxury sector.
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in all its wonderful forms. In the spirit of February 14th Stephen Einhorn have teamed up with three of their favourite British luxury brands, who are also Walpole members, to bring you an extraordinary prize for you and two of your nearest and dearest worth over £3,500.
In our Luxury Leader series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what inspires them. This week we shine a light on Daniel Avener, CEO, MDR Brand Management.
Today we meet Iain Beaumont, Director of Events at Cowdray, who shares his ambitions for the year ahead: launching Cowdray Catering, seeking out networking opportunities at Walpole events, and enjoying some downtime with Jake, his beloved lurcher.
Today's Work/Life Balance is with Caroline Jennings, Head of Marketing and Communication at Cadogan, who resolves to this year help make Sloane Street one of the world’s most beautiful luxury shopping destinations, and to make Chelsea in Bloom, bigger and more beautiful than ever with this year’s ‘Under the Sea’ theme.
We love it when Walpole members work together – today we look at the partnership between luxury bathing brand Noble Isle and Jing Tea, a specialist in luxury tea, who have partnered on Noble Isle's Tea Rose collection.
On Tuesday 5th February, Walpole will host its inaugural ‘Future of British Luxury’ Summit at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly in London. The Summit’s programme is packed full of valuable information and actionable insights that anyone working in the luxury sector can take back to the office and apply to their own businesses and brands.
Alina Stankiewicz, Senior Sales Executive at Victor, the leading jet charter marketplace, shares her Work/Life Resolutions: at work, to build partnerships with luxury brands and introduce a new loyalty programme and, in life, to keep adding to her collection of Bohemian crystal glass.
Today, Zia Zareem-Slade, Customer Experience Director at Fortnum & Mason shares her Work/Life Resolutions: including plans to ensure more people get to discover first-hand Fortnum's ‘joy- giving things’ and spending more time with her daughter.
Justin Redman, Director & Co-Founder of RWD, the Beaulieu based design studio that creates some of the world’s most prestigious bespoke luxury superyachts, shares his Work/Life Resolutions with us today which include ticking off some adventurous 'bucket list' experiences.
Today, Chris Turner, Co-Founder & Creative Director, CTO Lighting, shares his Work/Life Resolutions: including a new showroom in Russia, investing in America, and taking Friday afternoons off for family time and a spot of golf.
Last night saw a small group of Walpole members join us for our latest Luxury Supper Club at Marcus Wareing's Chef's Table at The Gilbert Scott. A memorable evening of incredible fine dining, we are today delighted to bring you two very special offers from Marcus Wareing's restaurant Marcus: experience the new four-course lunch menu for £55 and Chef's Table for £69; please read on for more details and info on how to book.
With the 2019 Walpole Summit just two weeks away, today we hear from speaker Lisa Yeates, Client Partner, Retail at Facebook, who discusses the three guiding principles that luxury brands should adopt to stand out from the crowd and reach their highly engaged audience on social media.
Creating more headspace - both professionally and personally - is the 2019 goal of today's Work/Life Resolution subject. But how to do this? By reading more and switching off from technology, says Aino Grapin, CEO of Winch Design.
Today we meet Marisa Giannasi, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Method Studio, a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow 2018, who shares her ‘Work/Life Resolutions’: to open more bricks and mortar destination retail stores and to customise the interior of her beloved Land Rover Defender with bridle leather and Scottish hardwoods.
Today, Alexandra Llewellyn, founder of her eponymous brand shares her ‘Work/Life Resolutions’: to bring more people together to play on the beautifully handcrafted backgammon sets and luxury games her brand is known for, and to find more time to enjoy the games herself.
Kathryn Sargent, a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow 2018 and founder of her eponymous Savile Row tailors, shares her New Year resolutions with us today, including her aims for 2019 and how she intends to find the perfect work/life balance.
Walpole’s year always begins with the Chairmen and CEO dinner; it’s our annual scene setter, and on Monday night more than 100 British luxury CEOs met at The Savoy for dinner and to discuss what the forthcoming year holds for the sector.
Today, Nigel J Mills CBE, CEO of The Lakes Distillery shares his ‘Work/Life Resolutions’: a successful launch for the Lakes Single Malt Whisky, and following that more time to spending with family and friends.
In today’s ‘Work/Life Resolution’ we meet Catherine Archer, CEO of JING Tea, who is dedicated to spreading the word about the merits of single-origin teas this year - and making more time to go running.
Today's ‘Work/Life Resolution’ features Luke Rittner CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance. It's a milestone year for the RAD as their 100 year anniversary approaches and they move to new state of the art headquarters in Battersea.
Walpole is celebrating 2019 with ‘Work/Life Resolution’, our new content campaign profiling the professional and personal New Year’s Resolutions of individuals within the Walpole membership. Running until the end of the month, the campaign is intended to showcase the 2019 plans and goals of your business – as well as more personal intentions for the year ahead.
During 2018 Walpole led successful trade delegations to Madrid and New York, with an aim to create opportunities for British luxury in key international markets. For 2019, we are delighted to continue our international work with our annual US mission in November and a new partnership with The Retail Summit, which takes place from 13th to 14th February 2019 at The Atlantis in Dubai.
It's the 21st of December, and therefore the final 21 Days of Christmas – in which we Celebrate with... Emma Saunders, Head of Retail Business Development at Historic Royal Palaces, who believes regal designs – from fine jewellery to floral fashions – are the order of the day for Christmas (both personally and professionally).
Our final 'Celebrate with...' of the year is with Beanie Geraedts-Espey, Joint MD, The Last Drop Distillers who tells us she's a sucker for Pfeffernusse and candied almonds at this time of year, preferably alongside a dram of the Last Drop Distillers' house pour, 'Tom's Blend'!
On the last day of our 21 Days of Christmas campaign we meet Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare and hear all about her favourite Christmas traditions, including stir-up Sunday, toasted marshmallows and trips to Kew Gardens.
To celebrate the penultimate day of Walpole’s 21 Days of Christmas, we spoke with Renée Kuo, Debrett’s Managing Director, who says that it’s her Debrett’s pocket diary that keeps her afloat and on schedule during each busy festive season and how Claridge's is the place to be at Christmas.
Following our hugely popular 21 Days of Christmas content series in December, ‘Work/Life Resolution’ will profile the professional and personal New Year’s Resolutions of individuals within the Walpole membership across our Daily Digest, website and social media channels, to a combined readership of 23,000. Beginning on Thursday 3rd January and running until the end of the month, the campaign is intended to showcase the 2019 plans and goals of your business – as well as more personal intentions for the year ahead.
Hear from Manolo Blahnik, Ralph & Russo, Harrods, Farfetch, Instagram, Rolls-Royce, The Times, Estée Lauder, Harper's Bazaar and more at Walpole's inaugural 'Future of' event at BAFTA on Tuesday 5th February, in association with Global Blue and Facebook.
As one of the world oldest established organisations, the Royal Mint has celebrated over 1,100 Christmases - and while they are traditionally known for making coins, this year they’ve branched out into an opulent array of gifts. In today's 'Celebrate with...' we spoke to The Royal Mint's Head of Gifting, Lisa Stevens, on what you should be giving this festive season - and how she will be enjoying Christmas day at Claridge's this year.
A traditional Christmas (followed by skiing in the New Year) is on the cards for Jonathan Russell, CEO of Cowdray - complemented by tea at The Dorchester, a glass of Chapel Down and - fingers crossed - an Alexandra Llewellyn backgammon set in his stocking...
Mathieu Deslandes, Head of Royal Salute shares his festive thoughts: why nothing beats a white Christmas, the stocking filler he's been wishing for for years, and why there’s no better dram to toast the festive season than the Royal Salute 21 Year Old.
Today we 'Celebrate with...' Nick Keyte, MD, Gieves & Hawkes, who shares the importance of being surrounded by as many family members as possible at Christmas, and how when it comes to making a good impression, you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Being romantically inclined, I had always been drawn to the idea that one’s favourite perfume should be an invisible, unconscious signature. Coco Chanel called it the ‘unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion…that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure’ but finding a scent that perfectly describes you is no easy task. It seems to require an outrageously bold sense of self, or the kind of dog-like nature that constantly wants to mark its territory, or, worse, that one should have to be the same person every day when really it’s much more interesting to play the chameleon and smell of something that befits the occasion.
The holiday season brings with it cosy winter nights, festive decorations, cheer, and flurries in the form of weather forecasts and online shopping activity. Shoppers flock in record numbers to retailers both in-store and online during November and December, and 2018 is expected to be bigger than ever. But with increased online activity comes increased fraud, and both shoppers and retailers must do all they can to stay safe over Christmas, says Michael Reitblat, CEO and Co-Founder of Forter.
The deserts of Oman's Empty Quarter may not sound like a typical destination to spend Christmas, but for Robert Ettinger, CEO of luxury leather accessories brand Ettinger, it's an experience not to be missed. Discover more in today's 'Celebrate with...' (and why a pair of Stephen Einhorn cufflinks are top of Robert's gift list).
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury group, and Belmond, owners and managers of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, train and river cruise properties, have today jointly announced that LVMH will acquire Belmond for $3.2 billion.
In our final 'Celebrate with...' of the week we hear from Michael Ward, Harrods' MD & Walpole Chairman on how he'll be spending his Christmas day, why he won't be getting any presents, and the joy of a dog walk after Christmas lunch.
Today's 'Celebrate with...' focuses on Arabella Preston, Co-Founder of Votary, who shares her winter skincare secrets, Votary's newest product launches and her love of a rural Shropshire Christmas (complete with digital detox.) Plus, discover how all you can enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on all Votary products until 24th December...
Today we ‘Celebrate with…’ Richard Brendon, founder of his eponymous tableware brand, who discusses his stocking wish-list, why you can never have enough cheese at Christmas, and his favourite festive tipples (best served in a Richard Brendon x Jancis Robinson Collection glass). Plus, make the most of the season of giving with an exclusive 20% off Richard Brendon's beautiful collections of bone china and glassware.
In today's 'Celebrate with...', Creative Director Alan Scott shares his top festive tips for surviving a Scottish Christmas, which involves cashmere (from Johnstons, of course) and Single Malt whisky from (fellow Walpole member) Gordon & MacPhail.
Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like a hamper from Fortnum & Mason – it’s the original parcel of joy, after all. Emblazoned with the iconic F&M monogram, each handwoven wicker wonder is filled to bursting with fine and delicious things from across Fortnum’s food halls, including famous teas, handmade chocolates, biscuits, and preserves, and much more. Not forgetting, of course, the other key essentials required to properly celebrate the season – a superior selection of Champagnes, wines, and Christmas tipples.
Our final 'Celebrate with...' of the week focuses on House of Hackney founder Frieda Gormley, whose insights into her perfect festive day, 'How to Host' guide, AND exclusive 20% off the brand's ebullient homewares will guarantee a magnificently maximalist Christmas this year.
What is Christmas without chocolate? From the treat behind the door of the advent calendar to the gold-and-silver foiled coins found in every stocking, chocolate is one of the most enduring - and delicious - festive traditions there is. In celebration of the season's sweetest of treats, the Highland Chocolatier, whose artisanal delicacies adorned the tables at the British Luxury Awards, reveals his latest creations, gifts and how he will be enjoying the 25th December this year.
Day three of Walpole's 21 Days of Christmas sees the launch of Tessa Packard's fittingly festive Mr Polar Bear earrings, as well as wise words from the designer herself on how she will be celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.
It's the second day of Walpole's 21 Days of Christmas, and today we meet Mark Harvey, Managing Director of Chapel Down (and Walpole Board Director), whose top festive tip is - perhaps unsurprisingly - a well-stocked fridge, 'principally but not exclusively with Chapel Down wines and Curious Brew, of course.' We completely agree.
On the first day of (Walpole's 21 Days of) Christmas, Arnaud Champenois, SVP of Brand & Marketing at Walpole's 2018 Luxury Brand of the Year Belmond, gave to me... a recommendation on where to spend the festive season - and how to survive it to a T. (Without a partridge in sight).
Tomorrow sees the publication of Kate Reardon’s third issue of Times Luxx. Walpole’s Helen Brocklebank sat down with Kate to ask her how she has made Luxx her own, and why being part of The Times means its luxury publication has a responsibility to be so much more than a gallery of fabulous objects.
After the success of the 2018 Walpole British Luxury Awards, the UK luxury sector assembled again this week for the launch of ‘The State of British Luxury Influence’ White Paper - a joint publication by Wearisma and Walpole. The first in a series of White Papers from Wearisma, this co-venture delivered a wealth of actionable insights that illustrated the landscape of British Luxury Influencer Marketing for 2019 and beyond.
Following our hugely popular Summer of Luxury content series in August, Walpole’s 21 Days of Christmas will profile member brands’ festive events, gift guides, and activities across our Daily Digest, website and social media channels, to a combined readership of 23,000. Beginning on 1st December and running until Friday 21st December, the campaign will also feature your personal Christmas experiences, insights and tips – from favourite festive traditions to your Christmas stocking wish list – and will be essential reading for all those looking to navigate the season of giving in style.
Today we reveal the nominees for our final category, British Luxury Brand of the Year, in association with Laurent-Perrier. This is awarded to the British luxury brand that has had the greatest global impact or growth in terms of sales and exposure in the past year.
Today we reveal the nominees for Luxury Maker of the Year, in association with Elite Associates, awarded to the British luxury brand that has demonstrated excellence in and a commitment to the development of craft and making skills through training, education and apprenticeships.
Awarded to the British luxury brand, company or individual that has excelled in exporting or introducing British luxury goods and services overseas, today we reveal the nominees for British Luxury Overseas, in association with Forter.
At next Monday evening’s Walpole British Luxury Awards, the dress code will be black tie for the very first time in 17 years. For me, black tie is as essential to a celebration as champagne and diamonds so as we gather to fete the great, the good and the glamorous of the British luxury sector, it’s not so much a case of why, as why didn’t we decide to do this sooner? And who could disagree that a dinner jacket makes every man look impossibly suave and debonair?
Today we reveal the nominees for Luxury Leader, in association with G . F Smith. Awarded to an individual who has led the way for British luxury in 2018, and is a powerful advocate for British Luxury in the UK and overseas.
Today we reveal the nominees for Cultural Contribution, in association with Wearisma. Culture and luxury have long had a mutually supportive relationship, and the Cultural Contribution Award is for the British institution or enterprise who has made an impact on the cultural landscape of the UK, particularly when it comes to attracting an overseas visitor.
The Battle of Verdun was one of the costliest battles in human history, with 714,000 casualties over the span of 303 days. In January 1919, two tiny acorns, picked up from the battlefields of Verdun in 1917, were planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, and grew into a ‘living memorial’ to those who lost their lives not only in the Battle of Verdun but also the Great War.
Today we unveil the nominees for Luxury with a Heart, in association with MyLoveAffair, which is awarded to the luxury brand, institution or individual that has consistently dedicated themselves to making the world a better place, either through sustainable or environmental initiatives, contribution to special causes, or in using the power of their voice to speak out on behalf of others.
An old dinner jacket hangs at the back of a wardrobe at my parent’s house. Smartly cut, it’s made of a thick barathea, with grosgrain lapels and silk passementerie waistcoat buttons. The high-waisted trousers have an elegant pleat and, although made more than a century ago, it appears not to have had a great deal of wear.
Walpole's second-annual mission to New York ended on a spectacular high on Thursday 23rd October, as we transformed The Glass Houses in Chelsea into the (temporary) home of British Luxury in the most important market for our sector.
Day two of Walpole's three-day mission to New York included a full day of activity, beginning with a private behind-the-scenes tour of Bergdorf Goodman and meetings with the store's buyers and merchandisers. This was followed by commercial meetings for the 18 British luxury brands joining us in NYC, while Walpole's CEO Helen Brocklebank and Chairman Michael Ward gave interviews on the appetite for British luxury in New York to the BBC News and Bloomberg respectively. The day culminated in a Celebrate British Luxury dinner to promote the sector to key opinion formers, financiers and influencers at Manhattan’s legendary Belmond 21 Club, which included a Chapel Down sparkling wine pairing and cocktails from The Glenmorangie Company.
Walpole's British Luxury Trade Mission to New York began on Tuesday 23rd October with 18 of the UK's finest brands - Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, Belmond, Chapel Down, Cowdray Estate, Ettinger, Farrow & Ball, Glenmorangie, Historic Royal Palaces, JJ Corry, Johnstons of Elgin, Kathryn Sargent, Molton Brown, Rapport London, Richard Brendon, Royal Salute, Stephen Einhorn, The Royal Mint, and The Last Drop Distillers - joining us in the most important market for our sector.
What makes yachting special and a shortcut to finding the world’s wealthy? What can yachting teach the wider luxury world about dealing with highly affluent consumers, and what has yachting got to learn about how other luxury businesses deal with consumers?
In this series, we take five minutes with the founders of our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow to focus on the personality an motivation behind the brand. This month, we spoke with Marisa Giannasi & Callum Robinson, co-founders and co-directors of Method Studio.
In this regular series, we take five minutes with the founders of our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow, to meet the personality and discover the motivation behind these young brands. Today we spoke with Olivia Francis, founder & CEO of Hamilton and Hare, a mens' underwear and loungewear brand.
On Wednesday 10th October, Walpole launched its second annual trade mission to New York with a reception hosted by Robert Wood Johnson, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, at Winfield House in London to celebrate British-American luxury trade.
In this series, we take five minutes with the founders of our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow to discover more about the personalities and motivation behind these exciting young brands. Today, Charlotte Semler and Arabella Preston, co-founders of Votary, share some of the secrets to their success so far.
Today sees the launch of Walpole's newest initiative: Tomorrow’s Talent, our first secondary education and schools programme, with a new partnership with The Chelsea Academy, an outstanding Academy in South West London.
Walpole members were joined by Alex Beard CBE, CEO of the Royal Opera House at last night's annual Cultural and Creative Dinner at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Speaking about why creativity is a necessity, not a luxury, Alex Beard discussed the ambitious Open UP project, which has transformed the Royal Opera House into an accessible space for a new generation.
In this series, we take five minutes with the founders of our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow to shine a light on the personality and the motivation behind these new British luxury brands. This month, we spoke with Kathryn Sargent, the first female Head Cutter on Savile Row on how and why she founded her eponymous brand, where she hopes to be in 10 years, and what she might be doing in an alternative life.
FLOWERBX is an online flower delivery service that sources the freshest flowers, direct from the growers, and delivers them to your home or office, and a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow 2018. We spoke with FLOWERBX founder Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, on setting up the brand, and what success looks like to her.
It is a promising time for luxury British brands with the UK well-positioned to navigate the quagmire of Brexit. London remains the world’s capital for news, travel, design and lifestyle publications with content designed for the top one percent. Many publications boast a global readership, from PORTER to Harrods Magazine, with the luxury sector worldwide looking to London as the vanguard of influence, trend setting and expertise. The streets of London are paved with elite brands, global publications and London is the home of 94 five-star hotels, 60+ Michelin star restaurants and 45 private members club.
Last night, Walpole hosted its inaugural Frieze London event at the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge. Walpole members gathered for a panel discussion: ‘Culture and Collaboration – the art of luxury’, moderated by Susan Boster, whose expertise at the apex of art and luxury has been honed over many years bringing luxury brands and artists as well as global corporations and cultural institutions together in innovative partnerships.
Recognising the USA as the largest and most important luxury market in the world, Walpole will swap London for New York from 23rd to 25th October, as we bring the best of British luxury to the City that Never Sleeps.
Yesterday saw the launch of our latest insight report with CBRE: 'Luxury & Technology', which focuses on the role of technology in supporting, advocating and reinforcing the luxury experience. Hosted at YOOX NET-A-PORTER's Tech Hub, guests at the event discussed omni-channel and the importance of tailoring in-store retail technology and online presence to align with the in-store experience and the brand strategy.
In the first in a series of insights from our strategic partner Global Blue - the leading tax -free shopping specialists - we reveal their latest Tax Free Index and statistics on international shoppers to the UK.
"Residential property has been a long-favoured investment in the UK, but the EU Referendum in 2016 and subsequent prospect of Brexit has created uncertainty about the future performance of the economy and its housing market. However, there are many reasons to believe that the UK will ride the storm and its property markets will continue to perform well. London is and will continue to be a desirable city to visit, live in and own property."
In this Walpole series, we explore the everyday working lives of all areas of Walpole’s membership from makers to merchandisers, PR to HR, and everyone in between. This week features the working day of Managing Director of The Dovetail Agency, Jayne Alexander.
Dreaming of an Indian Summer? Us too... With the sun set to make a reappearance today, we throw it back to A Summer of Luxury as legendary make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury MBE shares her beauty and travel secrets, and the new product innovations we can look forward to when autumn comes a-calling.
Walpole Strategic Partner, Forter, is the leading e-commerce fraud prevention company processing over £18 billion each year. Its end-to-end identity-based solution protects e-commerce merchants during every stage of the customer lifecycle and is the only company able to provide real-time decisions to identify suspicious behaviour and catch fraudsters before they strike. Today, Forter's Director of Strategic Partnerships, Aaron Begner, discusses how luxury retailers are being impacted by online fraud following the publication of their 2018 Fraud Attack Index.
In this regular series, we take five minutes with the founders and CEO's of our Brands of Tomorrow programme to focus on the personality and entrepreneurial motivation behind new British luxury brands, showcasing the individual behind successful new businesses. This month, we spoke with Reinhard Mieck, founder and CEO of L.O.N.B
To celebrate the launch of Molton Brown's gorgeous new Jasmine & Sun Rose collection, Molton Brown has commissioned exclusive national research around Millennials, social media and female empowerment, linking into the #OwnYourBold messaging of the new launch. We reveal the fascinating results of this research below.
The Future Laboratory’s Luxury and Hospitality Futures Forum at Corinthia Hotel London will take place on Wednesday 12th September and will provide an indepth look at the key market trends that will revolutionise the luxury and hospitality sectors in 2019. Walpole members are exclusively invited to attend the Forum, more details on which can be read below.
Walpole's Summer of Luxury may have ended on Friday, but it proved so popular that we have extended it for one extra day (particularly as the sun is still shining). In the hot seat, for the final time this year, is Simon Burvill, CEO of Gaze Burvill - makers of luxury outdoor furniture and kitchens - who talks about his vision for the brand, what British luxury means to him, and, of course, his holiday read for 2018.
Our final 'Holiday with...' of Walpole's 2018 Summer of Luxury is current Brand of Tomorrow Rae Feather, purveyor of monogrammed resort wear, who is perfectly placed to advise on what to wear to beat the (very last) of the August heat, particularly (and predictably!) while on holiday in Italy.
It is the final day of Walpole's A Summer of Luxury, and we are delighted to spend it with fine jeweller Stephen Einhorn's eponymous Creative Director and his wife, Managing Director Jane Best. Stephen and Jane discuss how they make working together, living together and holidaying together a success, as well as the must-have jewellery designs to take you from the warmer to cooler months. Enjoy.
This summer, Vartkess Knadjian, CEO of British luxury watch house Backes & Strauss, has enjoyed a staycation in Switzerland, 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari, and a very special Appointment with His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent...
Our second 'Holiday with...' for today features Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, CEO of luxury property developers Northacre, who has travelled the world but - in what has become a recurring theme throughout A Summer of Luxury - is happiest in Tuscany, which is also the inspirational location for his "better business ideas".
As Walpole's Summer of Luxury draws to a close, it's clear that Italy is a favoured holiday destination for many of our members (and indeed, five of the Walpole team who have travelled to the land of pizza and pasta this summer). Fine jewellery designer Tessa Packard also finds herself drawn to the country, and in today's Holiday with... discusses her love for Tuscany (and the book every entrepreneur should be reading).
After a typically gloomy British bank holiday, we brighten the beginning of the working week by Holidaying with... Oliver Rapport, Director of luxury horological manufacturer Rapport, who discusses his must-have summer holiday accessories and sailing around the Balearic's (which sure beats a rain-soaked long weekend).
Today, on a 'Holiday with...', we meet Renée Kuo, Managing Director of Debrett's, whose summer recommendations include shopping in Japan, splurging on sunscreen, and how winding down is essential if you're looking for that all-important 'a-ha!' moment.
The temperature may have dropped a few degrees of late, but the sensational summer of 2018 is likely to break all weather records. Little adaptation has been required at Cowdray, which is beautifully located and set-up for all weathers. In today's 'Holiday with...' Cowdray's Director of Events, Iain Beaumont, explains the Estate's appeal, and what events we can look forward to at the West Sussex retreat.
Umbria in Italy and Speyside in Scotland may not, on first reflection, have much in common. But they are favourite destinations of Johnstons of Elgin's CEO Simon Cotton, who shares his summer plans in today's 'Holiday with...'.
As Managing Director of one of England's finest wineries, Chapel Down's Mark Harvey recommends touring the Wine Garden of England and a glass or two of English sparkling as a sure-fire way of 'surviving the summer in style' - all of which sounds pretty perfect to us. Read more in today's 'Holiday with...'.
Anyone who knows Helen Brocklebank will know of her love of books, so it's perhaps no surprise that in today's 'Holiday with...' Walpole's bibliophile CEO has chosen not one but four novels as her holiday read (and a podcast as her summer soundtrack).
Today's Holiday with... features Jo Smith, DAKS General Manager PR & Advertising, on how DAKS' Linen Collection is a wardrobe staple for the warmer months - and can be worn while enjoying a break in southern Italy or your back garden.
In this regular series, we meet a senior executive of a Walpole member brand to discover their big break, their greatest achievement to date, and what they’d be doing in a parallel life. This week: Rosbie Morton, Founder of The Real Flower Company on her blooming business AND the summer…
Perfumer Linda Pilkington, founder of Ormonde Jayne, is in the hot seat for today's Holiday with... where she gives advice on prolonging your scent in the heat, hosting the perfect al fresco drinks party, and what to wear to keep cool and stylish this summer.
Amelia Wrighton, Client Lead at Digital Cinema Media, favourite holiday destination? Theoule-sur-Mer in the South of France which boasts 'endless charm and rosé'. Discover Amelia's other top tips in today's Summer of Luxury 'Holiday with...' profile.
Today on a 'Holiday with...' we meet internationally acclaimed interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell, whose travels often provide rich inspiration for her furniture brand FBC London - as well as take a look at her newly redesigned website which launched earlier this month.
In this regular series, we meet a senior executive of a Walpole member brand to discover their big break, their greatest achievement to date, and what they'd be doing in a parallel life. This week: the new CEO of Fitzdares, William Woodhams, on his plans for the world's finest bookmakers AND the summer...
Our final 'Holiday with...' for the week is Bruno-Roland Bernard, the Group Communications Director of YOOX NET-A-PORTER who may dream of summer in the Loire Valley but is just as happy enjoying an 'elegant English picnic' at Glyndebourne - all while taking sartorial advice from the MR PORTER team.
Today on a Summer of Luxury, we 'Holiday with...' G. F Smith's Director of Business Development Margaret Sweeney, for whom a holiday is spending time with family, and switching off completely from the pressures of work.
Luxury’s showroom may have always been London, but its engine room is entirely national. There are Walpole members the length and breadth of the British Isles, from the Highlands and Islands to Land's End and everywhere in between.
If you are sitting on a sun-lounger contemplating leaving your city job to set up a fashion brand here are five fundamental questions that will help you ALIGN your strategy before you take that plunge.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we shine a light on Dagmar Smit, Co-Founder and CEO of the perfume house, Elegantes London.
From the season's must-have accessory to little known idyllic island getaways, Robert Ettinger, CEO of luxury leather accessories brand Ettinger, shares his hottest tips with Walpole, as we move into week two of Summer of Luxury.
Rosanna Fishbourne, Dorchester Collection's Area Director of Communications, is today's 'Holiday with' subject, discussing her take on a Summer of Luxury – from favourite al fresco drinking and dining spots to how to celebrate the sun with a very special Walpole member offer at Coworth Park.
It is day two of Walpole's Summer of Luxury campaign, and we have Boodles' director James Amos in the hot seat discussing his plans for the Official Month of Summer - from where to holiday to what to read.
Despite our recent spate of sunny weather, August is typically the time to escape the UK, travel abroad and experience another culture. Whether that means sipping an exotic cocktail on a secluded beach or traipsing through every museum and archaeological site in a 50-mile radius, chances are you may find not only the language foreign, but the manners and behaviour, too. To prevent any potential cross-cultural catastrophes, Renée Kuo, Managing Director at Debrett's, navigates us through the etiquette of travelling courteously this summer.
Kicking off our Summer of Luxury Campaign - a celebration of the year's most carefree of months - we spoke to Michael Ward, Walpole's Chairman and Managing Director of Harrods, on how to navigate the season of sun in style.
2018 is proving to be a defining year for the legendary David Collins Studio, with Founder and CEO Iain Watson celebrating his 30th anniversary at the Studio, and Creative Director Simon Rawlings celebrating his 20th.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we shine a light on Aino Grapin, CEO of the award-winning British design studio, Winch Design.
Clever, elegant design is the hallmark of Studio Buffalo, whose creative concept and execution breathed renewed life into this year's Walpole Book of British Luxury. We spoke with Buffalo's Creative Director Neil Tookey, who has built a career on helping luxury brands communicate more creatively, on the inspiration behind the Book of Luxury and his best luxury for under a tenner...
In this new series, we take five minutes with the founders of our 2018 Brands of Tomorrow to shine a light on the personality and the motivation behind these new British luxury brands. This month, we spoke with Rae Feather, founder of her eponymous accessories brand, on how and why she founded Rae Feather, where she hopes to be in 10 years, and what she might be doing in an alternative life.
Britain may be experiencing the longest heatwave in 40 years, but August will always stand out as the Official Month of Summer: 31 halcyon days of Out Of Offices – holidays, weddings, parties and al fresco fun – before the 'back to school' mindset of September kicks in.
Walpole's CEO is on holiday for the next two weeks, and, for the first time since 2005, is undergoing the full digital detox - no iPhone, no email, no laptop, no nothing. Below she outlines the reasons behind this rather radical experiment, where she will be 'Out of Office in mind, as well as body'.
"Britain finally has a negotiating position for a post-Brexit partnership with the EU. The UK’s 98-page white paper, published on Thursday, seeks to recreate many aspects of the existing economic relationship between Britain and the EU for goods and services, short of the bloc’s free movement of people rules. On security, home affairs and participation in EU institutions, the document recognises the UK will not have a vote, but Britain still wants an active voice." - FT.com.
ANM, the prestige brand communications agency - formerly Neville McCarthy Associates and APR Communications - has been appointed with immediate effect to handle the PR and Communications for Walpole, the sector body that represents the interests of the British luxury industry.
Walpole's Daily Luxury Digest is evolving. With the continued brief to make 'British luxury famous', we have refined and enhanced our offering to include more profiles on the people behind Walpole's member brands. We have also increased the opportunities to tell your company stories - be it an event, new product launch, current campaign or key piece of news - to an audience of over 21,000.
I wanted to thank you so much for supporting the statement Walpole put out ahead of last Friday’s meeting at Chequers. I also wanted to thank you for your swift response and for sharing your views, both public and private, so frankly – this could not have been more helpful when it came to putting forward the thoughts of the British luxury sector on the status of the Brexit negotiations.
Helen Brocklebank, Walpole’s CEO has sent the following letter to member CEOs asking them to add their support to a press release that Walpole issued to the media ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting at Chequers.
"Storytelling is the heart of luxury; it is what casts its enchantment over us, conjuring up emotions that pull us towards beautiful objects and make experiences unforgettable", wrote Walpole's CEO Helen Brocklebank this time last year. And on Wednesday 27th June, Walpole members experienced the full impact of this sentiment as they joined us at Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue for our first event with DCM, the market leader in cinema advertising, for an inspiring morning on the power of cinematic storytelling.
Walpole members enjoyed breakfast with Lucy Yeomans, Editor in Chief of PORTER and Global Content Director of NET-A-PORTER at Claridge's on Thursday 21st June for the fourth of our Meet the Media series.
Celebrating outstanding work in the luxury sector, the 2018 Walpole British Luxury Awards take place on Monday 19th November at The Dorchester, London. Befitting such an illustrious event, and for the first time in its 17-year history, 'black tie' will be de rigueur for this year's Awards. This new dress code is inspired by Walpole member Henry Poole, who created the universal standard for eveningwear in 1865.
With Royal Ascot drawing to a close tomorrow, we spoke with iconic jewellery and silverware house Garrard, the 'Official Trophies and Silverware Supplier' of the prestigious race meet. The two British institutions have a shared heritage dating back to 1842, when Garrard created the first Gold Cup; this year, the legacy continues with the House revealing the new designs for the iconic gold cups and Group 1 trophies. Meanwhile, we once again consulted with private bookmakers Fitzdares, who divulge who they believe will be lifting these awards on day four of the world's best-known equestrian event.
Day three of Royal Ascot plays host to two prestigious events: Ladies Day and the historic Gold Cup race. To succeed at both requires good taste, insider knowledge and an understanding of the (style) stakes - something which couturier Suzie Turner and private bookmaker Fitzdares have in spades. From the Royal to the Windsor enclosure, Suzie Turner's beautiful bespoke pieces will turn heads for the right reasons, while Fitzdares' professional tipster Glyn Warne has yet more gold dust for those wondering which horse to back.
On day two of Royal Ascot, we turn our attention to the etiquette of dressing and drinking during the world's most prestigious race meeting. We spoke with British luxury fashion house DAKS - who have been clothing racegoers since 1894 - on navigating the notoriously tricky dress code, and to English winemakers Chapel Down on their tipple of choice to toast (or commiserate) a big win (or loss!) on the horses.
The world's most prestigious equestrian event where the style stakes are as high as the prize money, Royal Ascot is as famous for its dress code as it is for its racing. In celebration of the annual meet which begins today, Walpole has discussed sartorial standards and etiquette with several of our members, with our first focus for the week on headwear.
The highlight of the equestrian calendar and an event synonymous with sartorial elegance, Royal Ascot - and its legendary dress code - returns tomorrow. We spoke to a number of Walpole members - from milliners to winemakers - on what to wear, what to drink, and, of course, what horse to have a flutter on during this, our week-long Royal Meeting takeover.
This week, Walpole is in Strasbourg to discuss issues affecting the luxury industry with our counterparts from within the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance: Spain's Circulo Fortuny; Comité Colbert of France; the Italian Fondazione Altagamma; and Germany's Meisterkreis, as well as MEPs from across the EU.
New York, New York, a city so good that it accounts for almost a third of the total US luxury market size, with a value of $25.5 billion - and the key reason why the Big Apple is the destination of Walpole's second-annual Trade Delegation and Showcase.
The largest market for luxury worldwide at $85 billion, the US is a key priority for 75% of Walpole's member brands, and the location of Walpole's second-annual US Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showcase from 23rd to 25th October 2018.
As we prepare for the second-annual Walpole Trade Delegation to New York City, Jessica Fellowes – niece of Julian – asks what makes Americans fall in love with British historical drama, particularly Downton Abbey?
Chief Financial Officers from Walpole's member brands were brought together at The Goring hotel on Wednesday 30th May for a dinner and discussion with Professor Sarah Churchwell, author of the thought-provoking Behold, America; A History of America First and the American dream, in conversation with Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank.
In this regular series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Huw and Rossella Beaugié, founders and managing directors, The Thinking Traveller.
On Thursday 10th May, Walpole celebrated a decade of Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional at a special cocktail party hosted at Battersea Power Station. This exclusive, invitation-only event was for Crafted alumni, mentors and supporters of the programme over the past decade. The event also featured the works of Crafted alumni, on display as part of London Craft Week.
You’ve probably heard that well-worn statistic that suggests men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal report and has been quoted in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean in, in The Confidence Code and in countless features about why women still struggle to break through to the top jobs, yet with a little digging one discovers that the 100% vs 60% figure is built on anecdotal evidence, rather than on robust statistical analysis.
As the world turns its attention to the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there's still time to celebrate like a royal with and indulge in a weekend of events at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in Hampshire.
Royal Salute, the exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky with a very fitting name, has launched a one-of-a-kind Royal Wedding Edition in tribute to the upcoming marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle. Continuing Royal Salute’s long legacy of celebrating British royal milestones, just 70 bottles of this incredible whisky have been produced - and is a true collector’s item fit for a King or Queen (or Duke and Duchess).
In our third installment of Royal Wedding fever, discover how the capital's most Royal borough - Kensington and Chelsea - will be celebrating the upcoming nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, thanks to Cadogan.
In the second of our series on how Walpole members are marking the upcoming wedding between His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, we take a look at how The Savoy - a hotel with a decades-long association with the Royal family - are celebrating this most auspicious of occasions.
To celebrate the upcoming wedding between His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May, we spoke with Walpole members to discover how they are celebrating this most Royal of occasions, beginning with Royal Warrant Holder Fortnum & Mason, who have devised a new range of gifts and a special afternoon tea.
London Business School’s 5th annual Retail & Luxury Goods Conference on Wednesday 6th June brings together MBA students from top European schools and industry professionals to explore the future of physical retail.
Walpole's International Marketing Seminar with Premier Tax Free was held on Tuesday 1st May at The Financial Times and featured expert speakers from the worlds of luxury and business, including Harrods, American Express, the BBC, Rosewood London, Bicester Village, The Future Laboratory, CBRE, Roja Parfums, Dorchester Collection and Notable London.
In this regular series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Dr. James Stuart Espey OBE, Chairman, The Last Drop Distillers.
As I begin my second year as Walpole’s Chief Executive, the report of Walpole’s activities over the previous 12 months offers an excellent opportunity to look back at what the organisation has achieved on your behalf, and also to share with you how we have been investing your membership fees in the work we do to protect, develop and promote the British luxury sector.
Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole, discusses how the likes of Burberry have been able to successfully transform themselves into “global superstars”, and identifies how British luxury brands can build and sustain customer loyalty through strong storytelling, creative myth-making and going beyond ‘Brand Britain’.
Following the recent Walpole and Chalhoub Group white paper launch on Beauty in the GCC, Helen Brocklebank ponders the cultural significance of cosmetics, the value of the sector to the British economy, and the Walpole member brands wholly dedicated to the body beautiful...
We are delighted to announce Walpole’s continued support of the annual FT Business of Luxury Summit, which brings together leading industry executives, creatives and financiers to look at where the luxury revolution is going.
Luxury beauty brands, entrepreneurs, influencers and journalists joined Walpole and the Chalhoub Group for breakfast at Corinthia London on Tuesday 10th April for our latest insight event focusing on Middle Eastern luxury beauty trends.
Walpole have been asked by the DIT to gather information from member companies about any commercial announcements between the UK and Commonwealth member countries – for example investment, new market openings, joint ventures connected to Commonwealth markets that can be announced by Senior Government officials during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place here in London from the 16th-20th April.
Founded by Gerry Ettinger in 1934, Ettinger is one of the few remaining British luxury leather goods companies still manufacturing in the UK. They pride themselves on designing and handcrafting only the finest leather goods, many of which can be personalised with the recipient's initials to create a bespoke product.
Each week, we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Tessa Packard, founder and creative director of Tessa Packard London.
Over the last 18 months Walpole has developed a strong relationship with the British Ambassador to Korea and the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Sean Blakeley. Following two members events here in London, the latest of which was held on Tuesday 20th February at Corinthia Hotel London, we now have nine member companies all in discussion with the teams locally in South Korea about market entry plans.
With what looks to be luxury's long-term trend towards all things wellbeing, we hear directly from Grace Belgravia CEO, Kate Percival on what inspired her to establish her London health club for women.
It was my birthday this weekend, so I know you’ll forgive that this week’s newsletter is briefer than usual. However, I didn’t want to polish off the last slice of birthday cake without flagging up Walpole’s thought-provoking International Marketing Seminar, for which tickets go on sale this week. Held on Tuesday 1st May at the Financial Times, and open to everyone, it promises to be a day full of insightful data and actionable insights to take back into your businesses.
Last week it was announced that Walpole member LUXX, The Times' gorgeously glossy magazine focused on 'the best of everything' has appointed Kate Reardon, former editor of Tatler, as its new editor-in-chief.
In 2012, when the UK China Visitor alliance was founded by Walpole, the New West End Company, London First, Global Blue and McArthurGlen to work with the government to grow significantly Chinese visitors, the UK issued just 210,958 visitor visas in China. 2017 figures released by the Home Office this month show that figure has risen to 531,967, a 152% increase since 2012.
Monday 12th March saw the launch of the 2018 Walpole Book of British Luxury at Simpson's in the Strand. Our biggest publication to date, this year's book includes compelling editorial from 11 of the UK's best-known writers, gorgeous stories from 48 of Walpole's finest members, and a stunning cover designed by Rory Dobner, a former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Tessa Packard, Founder & Creative Director, Tessa Packard London, a Brand of Tomorrow 2017, and now a Walpole member.
What does British luxury mean? What is it about the British bit of British luxury that makes it so alluring? Is it tangible things like craftsmanship and creativity, design, quality and attention to detail, service and experience?
Today we celebrate International Women's Day by recognising the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women all over the world.
We continue the piece we started on the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK last month by asking more members of our Women in Luxury network why it is more important than ever for women to have a voice:
Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to be invited by Astley Clarke CEO, Scott Thompson, to a Theirworld #changetheculture breakfast, hosted by Theirworld founder Sarah Brown, in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Walpole is a partner of the Government’s GREAT campaign, having worked with GREAT since inception and collaborating on their Festivals of Creativity in Istanbul and Shanghai and then latterly working with GREAT on our inaugural New York trade delegation and press showcase in October 2017.
On 27th February, international trade secretary Liam Fox MP gave a speech about Britain's trading future post-Brexit. The speech, which was delivered at Walpole member Bloomberg's new London headquarters, outlined the government’s vision for the UK’s commercial future and our leadership role in the global economy. Read a full transcript below.
By the time you read this, I will be on a plane to Madrid for a meeting with my colleagues in the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance, of which Walpole is a founder member. The ECCIA brings together all the luxury and high end sector associations across Europe to work on shared issues – protection of IP and governance of the internet, including work on Selective Distribution; market access, trade and tourism; and highlighting the role of the cultural and creative industries as a key driver of Europe’s overall economic health, competitiveness, innovation and employment.
Thursday 22nd February saw the launch of Walpole's newest programme in association with The Careers & Enterprise Company: a national network that connects schools and colleges, employers and business to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people.
In this weekly series, we meet a senior Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Mark Cropper, Chairman of speciality paper makers James Cropper.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Silvia Weidenbach, jewellery and Walpole Crafted mentee in 2015.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Sam Morgan, Head Chef, Heathrow VIP.
In this weekly series, we meet a senior Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Sophie Coller, Managing Director, Kitesgrove.
So far this week we’ve heard from several Brands of Tomorrow alumni, today long-standing programme partner Mishcon de Reya, who not only invest in the programme but also give generously of their expertise, providing each brand with a legal mentor to work alongside their luxury mentor give their advice. Mishcon's London HQ, the beautiful Africa House, was also the setting for the Brands of Tomorrow birthday party last September which brought together alumni, mentors and Walpole members in celebration of 10 years of the programme.
"Courage calls to courage everywhere, and its voice cannot be denied." A century since women first won the right to vote, the rousing words of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett seem more relevant than ever.
In anticipation of the class of 2018 launch on Thursday, today we preview Brands of Tomorrow Chairman, Jonathan Heilbron's thoughts about this year's participants. We also hear from Frieda Gormley, Co-Founder of luxury interiors and fashion brand, House of Hackney, on her inspiration for starting the business and The New Craftsmen Co-Founder, Natalie Melton, gives her top tips for lauching a luxury business.
February 6th 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which meant women over the age of thirty were able to vote in the General Election later that year for the very first time.
To mark the centenary, Walpole asked members of its Women in Luxury network why it is more important than ever for women to have a voice:
This week, as Walpole prepares to announce the class of 2018 Brands of Tomorrow, we look at what it takes to be a British luxury entrepreneur and how Walpole supports the growth of the sector by helping to secure a long-term pipeline of brands.
By the time you read this, I will have been at Walpole exactly a year. It’s been an exhilarating 12 months, characterised by missionary zeal and relentless graft, pushing Walpole forward into its next quarter century, and focusing on the ambition of getting British luxury the recognition it deserves.
In this weekly series, we meet a senior Walpole member to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Clive Christian OBE, Creative Director, Clive Christian Holdings Ltd.
One thing I'm always struck by when attending luxury insight events or hearing members' marketing plans is how millennials appear to cause the greatest excitement. I’m wracking my brains to think of a research paper I’ve read in the last few years that didn’t offer new insights in to those born between 1980 and 2000.
Last week I wrote to you to review Walpole’s 2017; today I set out Walpole’s goals and priorities for 2018 – and how you, our members, can help play a key role in what is set to become a defining year for the British luxury industry.
Monday 15th January may be the most depressing day of the year, but the Walpole Chairman & CEO Dinner held on this inauspicious date at the Rosewood London - a byword for contemporary luxury - was anything but.
I’ve always loved New Year, not so much for the parties (though who doesn’t love a party) – but for the opportunity to analyse the 12 months gone by, to think about what has been achieved, what you’d like to do more of, what you didn’t get done, and setting goals for doing even better in the coming year.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Simon Burvill, Co-founder and Managing Director, Gaze Burvill.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Sean Harrison, Master Distiller for Plymouth Gin.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Iain Burnett, Master Chocolatier & CEO of "Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier".
Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett is a truffle specialist who has become known as the Highland Chocolatier. His Velvet Truffles have received over 40 awards, twice awarded the Best Truffle in the World, and created for Michelin star chefs and some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Paul Dimond CMG, Deputy Chairman, DAKS Simpson Group.
In Milan this winter, the Montenapoleone District Christmas celebrations include a unique showcase dedicated to British luxury tableware and giftware. From the 5th December to the 7th January a glass case titled 'Luxury is served: a selection of Art de la Table from the UK' has been installed on Via Montenapoleone.
The European Court of Justice ("ECJ") has ruled that a supplier of luxury goods can prevent its authorised distributors - part of the supplier's selective distribution system - from selling those luxury goods via third-party platforms such as 'amazon.de'.
In a landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice, it was today announced that luxury good producers have the right to block retailers from selling products on online marketplaces which do not preserve the ethos and quality of luxury products. As a founding member of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA), Walpole has been working with its sister organisations across Europe to ensure that the validity of the luxury distribution models is recognised and upheld.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House.
Published in the 2017 Walpole Book of British Luxury, jewellery designer Pippa Small MBE discusses precious stones and 'their permanence and ancientness... as if they contain some kind of quiet, unspoken wisdom.'
Next year will see BOAT International, Walpole member and the leading authority on superyachts, present its tenth Superyacht Design Symposium in Kitzbuhel, Austria (28-30 January 2018) and also launch it’s first ever Superyacht Interiors Book at Salone del Mobile in April.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Sophie Gallois, Managing Director, The Gin Hub, Pernod Ricard.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Walpole's own CEO Helen Brocklebank, on getting British luxury the recognition it deserves, what she would be doing in a parallel life, and her guiding principle.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing our own Olivia Lowdell, Head of Events at Walpole, and the driving force behind Monday's Walpole British Luxury Awards.
Bentley, Chatsworth, Farfetch, Glenmorangie, Gucci, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnstons of Elgin, Kingsman & MR PORTER and MATCHESFASHION.COM accepted awards at the 16th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards at The Dorchester, Mayfair, which was hosted by the Oscar, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Andrew Phillips, Global Director, Hamptons Wealth Partnership, on being inspired by sport and his family and how mentoring younger team members brings out the best in him.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Gavin Insley, Director, Insley & Nash, part of the Walpole Crafted programme in 2015.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Theresa Nguyen, Founder and Creative director of Theresa Nguyen Design Studio Ltd, and a 2016 Walpole Crafted mentee.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Willliam Hemming, Chef de Cuisine at the newly re-opened and utterly iconic Simpson's in the Strand.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Chris Woodgate, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwood, on maintaining a good balance between work and family, attention to detail and leaving a positive legacy.
On Friday 27th October we showed New York - the largest and most important luxury market in the world - what it means to be a British luxury brand: the long tradition, rich heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service that we're rightly renowned for, as we staged our Walpole British Luxury Showcase in the city's Spring Studios.
On Thursday 26th October, and as part of Walpole's British Luxury Showcase in New York, Walpole co-hosted a dinner with GREAT and WGSN in celebration of British luxury at the stunning residence of the British Consulate General in New York. With a sparkling guest list, Brit-inspired menu, wines from The Chapel Down Winery and gifts from Ettinger and Rococo Chocolates, the evening was a resounding success.
Recognising the USA as the largest and most important luxury market in the world, Walpole swapped London for New York for our inaugural North American trade delegation, bringing the best of British luxury to the City that Never Sleeps.
When Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘America is not a country, it is a world’, he captured a sense of both the opportunity and the challenge for British luxury brands looking to break into the world’s largest market for luxury. How do you create impact in such a vast country? How do you build critically important trade links in the market more than three quarters of you said was a priority growth market over the next five years?
Bentley, Farfetch, Kingsman + MR PORTER, Mulberry, Wedgwood and the V&A join an illustrious cast of British luxury names nominated for the 2017 Walpole British Luxury Awards, which this year are hosted by Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, at The Dorchester on Monday 20th November 2017.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Mark Tallowin, Designer/Craftsman at TALLOWIN and a Walpole Crafted alumnus from 2015.
Walpole members are invited to tell their stories to key international consumers, media, political influencers and the wider luxury industry in Walpole’s most remarkable publication to date: the new-look Book of British Luxury.
Assouline Publishing celebrates its collaboration with legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin and the launch of their new book, with an exclusive CARDIN pop-up shop from 16-28 October at the publishing houses’ flagship store, Maison Assouline located at 196A Piccadilly in St James’s.
London’s most respected fitness gurus have landed in Corinthia Hotel London. Stephen Price, of state-of-the-art Chelsea wellness consultancy SP & Co. and David Higgins, trainer to Hollywood’s elite and Godfather of Reformer Pilates as Founder of Bootcamp Pilates and Ten Health have joined in a dynamic partnership to bring a revolutionary new hybrid fitness concept BodySPace to the hotel.
For any organisation with an eCommerce site, key to its success is driving visitors to the site. Great SEO, engaging social media and good PR can help with this, but what these visitors do when there is more difficult to predict. We spoke to Walpole corporate partner GGMR on the practicalities around conversion: how to turn these visitors into customers.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Mika Nash, Director, Insley & Nash, part of the Walpole Crafted programme in 2015.
Creating and managing customer relationships is key to the luxury experience: by building up a wealth of data and information - previous purchases, past visits, personal preferences - on each and every customer who steps through your doors or visits your website, companies are able to offer a truly bespoke, highly personalised approach which is beneficial to both brand and consumer. However, the law on how this information is used and managed is changing - in what could have huge implications for the industry.
Adare Manor, one of Ireland’s most renowned 5-star hotels with a list of prestigious accolades nearly as long as its history, is now taking bookings for its November 2017 re-launch following a multi-phase transformation to restore the castle property to its century splendor.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of global beauty brand Rodial, on bestselling product 'Snake Serum' and her new book 'How To Be An Overnight Success'.
One of the challenges to sustain the continued growth of the British luxury sector is ensuring the right access to talent. This access begins at a very young age, with a need to encourage those at school-age to consider craftsmanship and apprenticeships within the luxury sector as a viable career path.
We have been working with Walpole corporate partner and leading global foresight company WGSN, to create a new report which analyses how businesses can future-proof their brand with special consideration of the luxury market.
Following Walpole's luxury delegation to Berlin in June, we were delighted to welcome a group of German luxury CEO's from our sister organisation in Deutschland, Meisterkreis, to London in October. The group enjoyed dinner at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, before visiting Harrods to take part in a lively panel discussion on Anglo-German luxury, and a tour of YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP's Tech Hub.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, to coincide with Chocolate Week, Chantal Coady OBE, Founder of Rococo Chocolates - a Brand of Tomorrow in 2010.
On Tuesday 3rd October, the North Dome of the imposing Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour was transformed into a stunning dining hall where 140 of Walpole's member Creative Directors and CEOs, Brands of Tomorrow and Crafted alumni, joined speaker Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, for an evening of fine dining, wines from Chapel Down's award-winning Kent-based vineyards, and insightful discussions into 'Culture, Craftsmanship and Curiosity' - where the creative ethos behind all luxury brands was celebrated.
Walpole's latest Brexit insight event - Navigating Brexit - held in early September, featured a number of fascinating speakers, including experts from law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Walpole's Corporate Partner. During the event, Senior Counsel at CRS, Kate O'Rourke, discussed the impact of the UK leaving the European Union on issues including trade marks, IP, competition law and immigration.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople and designers creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Rebecca Hawkins, Head of Design at Boodles.
In mid-October, Walpole is co-hosting an evening of champagne and canapés with Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Chair of The Women in Business Committee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Hamptons Wealth Partnership is a bespoke service for high-net-worth individuals looking to acquire or sell private homes across prime London, national and international markets. Hamptons Wealth Partnership also specialises in sourcing investment opportunities for their clients in both the residential and commercial sector.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman, Brands of Tomorrow and Walpole Board Member, on being inspired by entrepreneurs and Paralympians.
In 2007 Walpole launched 'Brands of Tomorrow' - an ambitious mentoring programme designed to nurture and support the next generation of British luxury brands with the long-term aim of securing the growth of the sector.
With Brexit at the top of every business agenda - and remaining there for the foreseeable future - Walpole is hosting a series of insight events dedicated to protecting the interests of the luxury industry during negotiations. Our latest event, Navigating Brexit, featured a number of speakers, including experts from foreign exchange specialists Global Reach who discussed the impact of Brexit on currencies.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople, creatives and curators making British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Lucy Hume, Head of Content at Debrett's.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Walpole board member Mark Henderson: Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, The New Craftsmen and Proportion London.
The first thing most of us do each morning when we wake is look at our phones. We check social media and scroll through emails - however, it’s hard to disagree that emails from retailers are largely ignored. Despite this, by the end of 2017, the total number of business and consumer emails sent and received per day will reach 269 billion; a figure expected to continue to grow at an average annual rate of 4.4% over the next four years, reaching 319.6 billion by the end of 2021.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Andy Saunders, Research and Development Designer/Maker at Walpole member Mark Wilkinson and Smallbone of Devizes.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Nick English, co-founder of the award winning British luxury watch brand, Bremont on loyalty, passion and how life is too short.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Gary Billingham, Factory Manager at Ettinger, who describes his journey from pattern maker to factory manager - making over 1,000 different products for his customers along the way.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we meet Christopher Sharp, co-founder of The Rug Company, who discusses Tibetan sheep, breathing new life into the rug industry, the importance of surrounding yourself with innovative people.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Eleanor Lakelin, artist and maker in wood, and an alumnus of Walpole’s Crafted programme.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder of Studiofibre, a multi-disciplined, award-winning design company.
When she was small, my daughter’s favourite thing was to be taken to the V&A on Saturday afternoons. Her itinerary never changed: straight to the British galleries to spend the next hour or so in the 18th century, dropping curtsies and fluttering fans in Robert Adam surroundings, hunting for mythical beasts hidden on chimneypieces or for lion paws on chairs and staring in wonder at Wedgwood things in their cases – amphora vases, painted plates, jasperware buttons and buckles, a black tea cup and saucer.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Craig & Rebecca Struthers, co-founding directors of award-winning watchmakers Struthers London.
Walpole stages over 50 member events a year, ranging from full-day thought leadership seminars and experiential workshops to cocktail parties and formal high-level dinners. We also host the prestigious British Luxury Awards, held annually, and attended by the UK’s best-known luxury leaders and personalities.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Aiveen Daly, founder and director of specialist luxury upholsterers, Aiveen Daly.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Renée Kuo, Managing Director of Debrett's on the importance of being happy in your own skin, yoga and faith.
Glenmorangie is renowned for its award-winning single malt whisky, expertly created in Scotland’s tallest stills since 1843. Each year lends the floral, fragrant spirit its own story – the most intriguing of which inspire the Highland Distillery’s vintage collection, Bond House No 1.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Isatu Hyde, a traditionally trained potter and product designer, and one of this year's hugely talented Walpole Crafted mentees.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin - makers of cashmere and fine woollen cloth, knitwear and accessories in Scotland - on ensuring the longevity of the 220-year-old heritage brand, and being inspired by the mills of Elgin and Hawick.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Vartkess Knadijian, CEO of the world's oldest diamond company, Backes & Strauss.
The first not-for-profit members’ club run to support homeless people in London into work, the House of St Barnabas - named after the Patron Saint of Encouragement - is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in the heart of Soho - and the location of Walpole's August 'Meet the Media' event for our membership.
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour dedication to design excellence is impressive. With 120 showrooms and over 600 brands, nowhere else will you find such a high concentration of design’s biggest names shaping luxury interiors today – all at one address.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Alexandra Llewellyn, creator of bespoke backgammon boards, and an alumnus of Walpole's Crafted programme, as well as a current Brands of Tomorrow participant.
Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, trends, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, the stunning new neighbourhood restaurant at The Connaught, headed up by internationally renowned chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Ever wanted to know what it takes to launch a successful luxury brand? Or learn what inspires some of Britain's most innovative luxury leaders? Walpole 100: the Secrets of the Luxury Entrepreneurs is an exclusive, insiders' guide to succeeding in Britain's world-renowned luxury sphere, authored by some of the best-known names in the industry.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing the milliner Nerida Fraiman, who is also one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year’s Crafted programme.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Iain Watson, Founder and CEO, of the world-renowned David Collins Studio on British luxury as the counter point between heritage and innovation and how he regrets not relocating to New York in the '90s.
The importance of keeping abreast of the latest innovations has perhaps never been more important. Andrew Phipps, Head of Innovation and Retails Research, CBRE, has been tracking new store concepts, developing technologies, divine eateries and the most engaging cultural offerings and sharing these with a select group of brands through Innovation Watch, CBRE's quarterly report.
Previously the haunt of famed patrons, from royalty and celebrity, to the creative and the notorious, Hotel Café Royal, London has been an established and iconic landmark on the British capital’s social scene for over a century. In its recent reincarnation as a luxury hotel, Hotel Café Royal remains an established favourite for locals, while becoming a global destination.
My late father wore Old Spice, which in combination with the Brylcreem in his hair, made for an indelible combination that powerfully conjures up his presence more strongly than any photograph can. He was a fastidious dresser and liked his hair to be immaculate. Whenever I am in the company of men a generation ahead of me, there is usually someone wearing this scent combination, which I always find very nostalgic.
If you've ever attended a Walpole event you will no doubt have enjoyed a flute or two of delicious Laurent-Perrier; one of Walpole's longest-standing sponsors. Founded in 1812, the world-renowned Champagne house is guided by a respect for nature and wines, a passion for quality, and is today Walpole's Member of the Week.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Karen Waller, Head Chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week Kate Percival, CEO and Co-Founder of Grace Belgravia, London’s only Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle Club for women, discussed her passion for preventative medicine and how, despite having a hugely successful career, her big break came when she gave it all up to study for a Master’s degree.
It’s been a thrilling and industrious year for this dynamic global purveyor of bespoke fitted cabinetry. Smallbone of Devizes is rapidly evolving a diverse portfolio of wares, including a range of immaculately executed custom-made furniture for individual spaces.
Walpole is a founding member of the European Cultural & Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA); an organisation which unites the European luxury goods industries by working in association with Comite Colbert (France), Altagamma (Italy), Circulo Fortuny (Spain) and Meisterkreis (Germany).
I have a new vantage point this week. Usually when I write, I stare out through my office window at the Houses of Parliament and the slow-flowing, timeless Thames, and my thoughts necessarily turn to Brexit and to the other legislative issues facing our sector.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Miriam Hanid, artist and silversmith, and one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year’s Crafted programme.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. Today, Frazer Thompson, CEO of English winemaker, Chapel Down discusses how having a team that you can trust can be the best part of the job and how he finds inspiration in the things he cannot do.
This may come as a surprise, but I like to think that photography is not primarily about sight. A lot of people say it's what you see but in my experience it’s more about what you feel. I often think I have a mild form of synaesthesia, a condition where you mix up the senses and taste sounds, smell colours, see scents...
Iconic luxury brand Wedgwood is a testament to British entrepreneurial spirit and craftsmanship. For over 250 years, Wedgwood Product and Design Development has taken place in the UK, guaranteeing English authenticity and values.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Ana de Costa, creative director and proprietor of Ana de Costa London, and one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year’s Crafted programme.
Walpole is seeking a new Head of Membership to join our small but hardworking team in the heart of Westminster (with one of the best views in London!), reporting directly to our CEO. You will develop and maintain relationships with our unique alliance of 200 of Britain's finest luxury brands, as well as seek out new revenue-generating opportunities.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. Today, Harrods Managing Director and Walpole Chairman, Michael Ward on fairness, laughter and always balancing the books.
On a sweltering July night, Walpole took over the 1922 Edward Lutyens-designed Maison Assouline library on Piccadilly for our Communication and Marketing Directors' Summer Party, where Editor-in-Chief of Times Luxx Jeremy Langmead told stories about luxury and craftsmanship.
Walpole travelled to Lisbon in mid-May for the annual FT Business of Luxury Summit; an unmissable, three-day event which brings together the world's luxury leaders for a programme of key notes, panel discussions and workshops.
Today's Member of the Week is leading purveyor of gorgeous jewels, Boodles. Dedicated to championing exemplary British craftsmanship and creativity since 1798, Boodles designs are today a firm fixture on the red carpet and at the Royal Ballet, with a collaboration inspired by the iconic organisation.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from within the Walpole membership, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Hugh Miller, designer and furniture maker, and one of the exceptionally talented mentees on this year's Crafted programme.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week we are delighted to meet Sheena Gill, Chairman of GGMR – the creators of Walpole’s new website - and founder of luxury jewellery brand, Shen London. Sheena discusses her love of the royal family, good manners and maintaining ambition as an entrepreneur.
Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, one of the most significant announcements for the Scottish jewellery industry in generations, luxury jewellery house Hamilton & Inches has been revealed as an official jeweller for Scottish Gold.
Walpole's latest Member of the Week is leading luxury interior designer Mark Wilkinson. Creatively inspired, individual and hand crafted with meticulous attention to quality and detail: all hallmarks of the brand, whose kitchens and furniture are still made in the West Country of England, just a few miles from the birthplace of this much-loved British company.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Noel Thompson, a skilled coach trimmer and creator of beautifully crafted steering wheels for Bentley Motors.
A host of UK business leaders, including Walpole's CEO, claim that the Government’s new proposals on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit do not go far enough to ensure Britain will get the workers it needs to ensure growth.
In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, ahead of The Boodles Tennis Challenge, we meet Boodles Managing Director, Michael Wainwright, who discusses why he hopes family values will always be at the heart of the company.
One of London's most iconic hotels (and a founder of Walpole), The Savoy, built in 1889, was the UK's first luxury hotel. Today it is one of the capital's most celebrated landmarks, proudly standing on the northbank of the River Thames - and our third-ever member of the week.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Vivien Sheriff and her eponymous millinery brand.
Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, RWD’s success at the World Superyacht Awards and the launch of its latest new project, the stunning Hasna.
In this new weekly series, we meet a Walpole member senior executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, ahead of Royal Ascot, we meet Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse who discusses the importance of taking a moment to enjoy successes and her own experience of riding a racehorse.
Marcus Wareing, owner of Walpole member Marcus Wareing Restaurants, and BBC MasterChef judge puts pen to paper as he discusses his culinary journey - from the Sunday roasts that were the highlight of his childhood to the importance of all six senses in creating Michelin-star-worthy food.
Harrods began as a wholesale grocer and tea merchants in east London, first opening its doors in 1834. Since then, it has grown to become the world’s most famous department store, known for its unrivalled range of luxury merchandise.
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing Callum G Robinson Creative Director at Method Studio.
Each week we bring you the most up-to-date news, campaigns, and launches from Walpole’s members. Today, fresh from London Fashion Week: Men’s, dunhill London’s stunning new Autumn Winter 2017 September collection, and a look ahead to its Spring Summer 2018 collection from new Creative Director, Mark Weston.
In this new weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Robert Ettinger, CEO of luxury leather goods specialists, G Ettinger, talks Royal Warrants, building a luxury brand and Sachertorte.
Every Thursday we profile a Walpole member who has featured in the 2017 Walpole yearbook A Sense of British Luxury. This week, the focus is on leading interior designer in handcrafted custom-made and luxury kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, Smallbone of Devizes.
With Thursday’s election looming, you might be wondering what the outcome could mean for the currency markets. The following story is shared in association with foreign exchange experts and Walpole Corporate Partners, Global Reach Partners
Each week we ‘meet a maker’ from a Walpole member company, shining a light on the highly skilled craftspeople creating British luxury products and experiences. Today, introducing TJ Brown, Master Craftsman at luxury bedmaker Savoir Beds.
In this new weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, Balthazar Fabricius, CEO of bespoke bookmakers Fitzdares, talks about the importance of finding a mentor and his joy in discovering the perfect gift.
Storytelling is the heart of luxury; it is what casts its enchantment over us, conjuring up emotions that pull us towards beautiful objects and make experiences unforgettable. It’s for this reason I’m so delighted we finally have the right platform to tell the story of British luxury, and our incredible member brands.
To celebrate the speakers, mentors and students who have participated in the Walpole & London Business School Programme in Luxury Management, programme Chair Mark Henderson, Chairman of of Gieves & Hawkes, hosted guests at a cocktail party at the iconic No. 1 Savile Row store.
Welcome to the new Walpole website, created in association with GGMR; we hope you like it. Within this site you will find all the information on how we promote, protect and develop the British luxury industry, as well as the incredible member brands which are at the heart of everything we do.
On Tuesday 30th May, Walpole members were invited to join Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist and Editor of The Economist’s The World in… for an incisive and thought-provoking evening in the publication's Boardroom - which also boasted one of the best views in London.
On Wednesday 24th May, Walpole's fourth-annual Women in Luxury Lunch was held at the stunning Corinthia Hotel London, with guest speaker Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK.
“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”, wrote Voltaire, and last week, as I luxuriated in my snug bed at The Balmoral, gazing through the window at the pale, early morning sunshine glinting on Edinburgh Castle, Scotland felt very civilised indeed.
As founders of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA), Walpole welcomed the recent publication of the European Commission’s final report on its e-commerce sector enquiry, particularly in light of the recent Coty selective distribution case.
I wrote last time of my delight in discovering the exceptional craftspeople working in British luxury, those who daily weave their own magic; their skills transmuting the ordinary into enchanted objects.
I must have walked up Bond Street at least daily for the last 20 years, turning left at De Beers on the corner of Piccadilly, dawdling outside Prada, stopping at the Asprey window, then crossing to the Churchill/Roosevelt bench before cutting right at the flower stall on my way to work.
Introducing The Salon: a new regular event as part of Walpole's Women in Luxury programme. Hosted at Home House, this intimate, invitation-only salon is designed to create a space for ideas to flourish and for stimulating discussion.
The 2017 Brands of Tomorrow and Crafted mentees came together in early April for a joint workshop on Retail & Distribution, which included a tour of Harrods - now the home of many former Brands of Tomorrow, including House of Hackney, Charlotte Olympia and Emilia Wickstead.
Walpole's latest Brexit event followed the recent triggering of Article 50 and brought together Walpole members with panels of expert speakers to discuss the Politics, Policy, Process & Economic Outlook and the Legal & Business Outlook following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
The Walpole office looks out onto Westminster Bridge and to the Palace of Westminster; it’s hard to think of a more impressive view, or a more British one, yet last Wednesday its picture-postcard familiarity was marred by tragedy.
Walpole was joined by the luxury industry's finest marketing and communication executives for our annual celebration of the sector at one of Walpole's newest members - the Rosewood London - on Tuesday 21st March. The topic of 'trusting your editor' was discussed by Lorraine Candy, Editor in Chief of the Sunday Times Style, who discussed how luxury brands can place their faith in luxury publications.
Walpole's Chairman and Managing Director of Harrods Michael Ward joined Bloomberg’s latest Brexit Breakfast series, which brought together experts from a variety of sectors to debate developments, threats and opportunities around Brexit.
As demand for luxury has grown so has the number of locations that offer a luxury proposition. But how does one determine which city is worthy of the title ‘the luxury location’? To answer this question, Walpole partnered with CBRE for the launch of our research paper 'Luxury and Location', at Brown's Hotel, London on Thursday 9th February.