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COVID-19 | How Walpole is supporting British luxury businesses

Access all of Walpole's COVID-19 guidance, including official government statements and financial support, as well as wider advice and insights - including #BuyOnlineLuxury and other initiatives aimed at supporting the UK's luxury businesses during these uncertain times. Scroll down to see links to all of our current content, and please note that this library will be updated regularly.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | A Directory

With the nation's stores shutting up shop, Walpole is opening the doors to Britain's luxury brands' virtual offerings. Simply click the links below to browse this directory of where to spend your time online in these unprecedented times, and look out for some special offers while you're here. Also featured in this directory are the efforts many of our brands are making in the fight against COVID-19 - look out for them in the 'Love in the Time of Coronavirus' features.

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Navigating the Crisis | Chris and Clare Turner on leading CTO Lighting through Covid-19

"We felt that it was important to support the creative community in any way we could, so our sales and marketing team carried on keeping in touch and checking in with all our customers and sales partners in the UK and abroad. Sometimes it is not only about the sales, but that genuine gesture of wanting to know how you are." In today’s ‘Lockdown Leader’ profile, we meet Clare & Chris Turner, Founders of CTO Lighting, a luxury contemporary lighting company whose designs grace the interiors of iconic buildings all over the world.

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Building Back Better | James Cropper Papers’ antimicrobial technology

With hygiene front-of-mind for government, business leaders and the public alike, James Cropper’s papers with PaperGard antimicrobial technology have been tested against Feline Coronavirus – a member of the Coronaviridae – with favourable results. Recent studies show Coronaviruses can remain viable on metal, glass, wood, textiles, plastic and paper surfaces from several hours to a...

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Centrepoint teams up with The Ned and The Bike Shed

While The Ned’s been closed, over the past few weeks they have teamed up with The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club and youth homelessness charity Centrepoint to provide meals for homeless young people.

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‘Nights On Us’ | UK hotel industry unites to thank ICU workers

The ‘Nights On Us’ initiative offers ICU workers two night breaks in some of the UK’s most loved hotels once lock down procedures are relaxed.

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Alexander McQueen | Music from the catwalk to your home 

Alexander McQueen has announced the second instalment of a new initiative - #McQueenMusic - allowing followers to download music taken from McQueen fashion shows and beyond in their homes.

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Navigating the Crisis | Jonathan Russell on leading Cowdray through Covid-19

"We have witnessed a greater appreciation for our local environment and spaces and arguably an impact of the crisis will be to shorten our horizons and enjoy the memorable and authentic experiences that special UK destinations such as Cowdray can offer." In today's 'Lockdown Leader' profile, we meet Jonathan Russell, CEO of the West-Sussex based Cowdray Estate. With a history dating back to the early 1500s, the Estate has been 'built on fundamentals of resilience and caution', and is therefore well prepared to weather the current - and any future - crisis.

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Get creative with Halfpenny’s colouring book and print design competition

The Halfpenny design team have created a gorgeous colouring book during lockdown and are running a print design competition where the winner of the most creative print will receive new Sister Bridesmaid pieces.

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How To Spend It | Redefining ‘spend’ during the pandemic

Last February, the Financial Times unveiled a new-look How To Spend It, embracing a broadened definition of the word ‘spend’ that reflects the changing world of luxury. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, ‘spend’ has taken a completely new face.

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Walpole Events | Join Royal Salute & Walpole for a live whisky tasting

Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank and Royal Salute Ambassador, international polo star Malcolm Borwick invite you to join them for a live whisky tasting of Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend and Snow Polo Edition this Thursday.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Update on the Job Retention Scheme and new flexible furlough

Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, we share details of the extended Job Retention Scheme and flexible furlough.

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Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times | Culture Club – what links an Argentinian football manager, an Italian designer and a British barrister turned luxury brand owner?

Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times. In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to two men who see the power of a positive corporate culture as key to success – Brunello Cucinelli in Perugia and Nick Brooke in Long Eaton.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Masks by Henry Poole

It should come as no surprise to hear that as usual Henry Poole is sartorially way ahead of the game. 

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Scrubs by Henry Poole

Henry Poole now has five members of staff making hospital gowns and scrubs with another two starting this week.

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Victor Voices Podcast | An insight into the world of private aviation

For forward-thinking companies and individuals, a crisis can accelerate innovation and hold potential for growth and evolution. The COVID-19 pandemic is generating new consumer desires, needs and habits in every sector.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Duke + Dexter x Jenson Button

He's one of Britain's most treasured athletes; a former F1 World Champion, proud owner of an MBE and adored by all - and now, Jenson Button becomes the face of Duke + Dexter's latest collaboration.

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Navigating the Crisis | Torquil McIntosh & Simon Mitchell, Co-Founders, Sybarite

"We have worked with China closely and ongoing pre- and post-Covid... There is certainly a positivity and a strength to the latest numbers in footfall in retail bricks and mortar, and there is a momentum which is visibly getting stronger every day." What does the future hold for retail spaces? And how is China recovering post-COVID-19? Torquil McIntosh & Simon Mitchell, the founders of architecture firm Sybarite - and design pioneers of SKP, a new luxury and experiential retail concept in China - discuss how both the country, and their business, are navigating to the 'new normal'.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Catherine Best collection inspired by world renowned Clematis breeder

In celebration of Virtual Chelsea this week, Catherine Best talks us through the inspiration behind her new Clematis Empress collection, launched in collaboration with Raymond Evison at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Having grown up surrounded by nature Catherine’s designs have often been influenced by the world that surrounds her.

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La Route de la Soie, a new collection celebrates 20 years of Ormonde Jayne perfumery

20 years ago, on November 22 2000, perfumer Linda Pilkington registered her British perfume house at Company House in London. Still independently owned by Linda, Ormonde Jayne has grown from creating scented candles to private clients, to one of the leading niche perfumers with 200 points of sale around the world.

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Navigating the Crisis | Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro on leading Northacre through COVID-19

"Trust, and the successes that come with it, has been highlighted during this period. Measuring a day’s work based on achievement, as opposed to being chained to a desk 9 – 5, has been made more apparent." Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, the CEO of property developer Northacre - a company renowned for creating London's most desirable luxury homes - discusses why the long-lasting business impacts of COVID-19 need not be negative - from going paperless to the unexpected benefits of remote working.

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Home Grown and Walpole present: British Luxury Brands of Tomorrow – How to Adapt with Creativity & Agility

Walpole is delighted to partner with Home Grown members' club which welcomes a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from all sectors, creeds, geographies and industries. Situated in Great Cumberland Place in London, the club features innovative business lounges, bars, pitching suites and an unrivalled restaurant plus 35 luxurious bedrooms all designed to support growth entrepreneurs and investors on their journey to success.

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Navigating the Crisis | Michael Ward on leading Harrods through COVID-19

"It's important that we don’t focus too much on what the problem is, and make sure we are ready with initiatives to come through this with success - focusing on the future as well as the present is useful." Today's 'lockdown leader' is Michael Ward, the Managing Director of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole, who discusses how he is preparing to reopen 1 million square feet of retail space from nothing, as well as why investing in people is essential to achieving one of the key pillars of sustainability.

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Bentley’s Flying Bees return to work – with extra help to come back stronger

The Bentley Bees have returned from hibernation to start work with a little extra help from their friends. Bentley has installed two additional beehives, with one more to follow, taking the total number of Flying Bees to 300,000, the largest collection in the UK automotive industry.

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Walpole Editorial | British Style: Does it Exist? by David Evans of Grey Fox Blog

A few years ago I was talking to an Italian tailor in London and I expressed my admiration for Italian style, with its comfortable unstructured shapes and sprezzatura cool. To my amazement he told me, in all seriousness, that Italian men were actually trying to look like British men.

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Navigating the Crisis | Jacqueline Euwe, Chief Luxury Officer, Hearst

With the world in lockdown, many of us are reaching for the reassuring familiarity of a glossy magazine to while away a few (very pleasant) hours. To discuss how COVID-19 has impacted on the world of publishing - and luxury publishing in particular - we hand over to Hearst's Chief Luxury Officer, Jacquie Euwe.

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Walpole Editorial | What is The Essence of British Style? By David Evans of Grey Fox Blog

I started my blog nearly nine years ago as a search for style. I wanted to dress better, so my idea of style was of the sartorial kind. The hunt very quickly uncovered a world of British brands that I hadn’t thought existed. I’ve got to know many of these over the years and have developed a feel for the very essence of British style and quality - luxury if you will - that I’d like to pass on here.

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Navigating the Crisis | Sarah Stanley on leading Unique Homestays through COVID-19

The owner and director of Unique Homestays, Sarah Stanley, talks to us about leading her business through lockdown and how, despite the travel restrictions they are still receiving a high level of enquiries for future holidays, as well new members wanting to join their collection of homeowners.

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Navigating the crisis | Pierre LaGrange on leading Huntsman Savile Row through COVID-19

The Chairman of historic tailors Huntsman Savile Row since 2013, Pierre LaGrange is the latest luxury leader to discuss the impact of lockdown on the business – and why the tailors' core values of ‘discreet luxury, timelessness, style over fashion, personal attention, handcrafted individual creations and sustainability' are more desirable than ever…

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Walpole commentary | UK announces post-Brexit trade tariffs

While attention has rightly been turned to combating the global Coronavirus crisis, it is easy to overlook the topic that occupied UK news and political landscape for a number of years - Brexit. Yesterday, the UK government announced plans that duties on £30 billion of imports would be be reduced to zero.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Dai launches Masks for Heroes

Dai, the innovative and sustainability focused womenswear brand, and a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow 2020, launches Masks for Heroes with four core styles of face masks and pledges mask donations and a portion of net proceeds to the NHS and other charities in need.

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The Life of Luxury | Walpole x News UK Webinar

Join Walpole, News UK and a host of influencers and experts for an exploration into the role of influencer marketing for luxury brands during COVID-19, with speakers including Victoria Magrath, AKA 'In the Frow'; model and creator Doina Ciobanu; and Sara McCorquodale, Founder CORQ & Author of Influence.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Watching new drama with the Royal Court Theatre

Helen Brocklebank writes: The Royal Court is known for its commissioning of bold, thought-provoking new writing, and its support of emerging dramatists. John Osbourne’s Look Back in Anger, which is seen as the play that marks the beginning of modern British drama, opened at the Royal Court in 1956.

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Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour launches online conversations

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is launching a series of ‘Design Date’ webinars, taking online its ability to match acclaimed designers and industry insiders for insightful and creative conversations.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | ‘Tomorrow Time’ with Belmond

"When the time is right, we will travel again." If you're anything like the Walpole team, you will no doubt be dreaming of the time when travel is once again a reality. While we're waiting (impatiently) for this momentous day, Belmond has introduces a new era of adventures with the launch of ‘Tomorrow Time’ -  an invitation to look ahead to the future tomorrows and to re-imagine a world of travel opportunities.

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Navigating the Crisis | Andrew Stembridge on leading Iconic Luxury Hotels through Covid-19

"Clearly every business has been impacted, however hospitality unquestionably falls under the category of ‘worst hit’. Although the Government’s JRS was an incredible lifeline, having to close our doors for the first time and send almost 800 staff home as quickly as possible was beyond any crisis management plan we have ever written." In today's luxury leader profile, we meet Andrew Stembridge, the Managing Director of Chewton Glen and Executive Director of the Iconic Luxury Hotel Group, for his insights on the impact of coronavirus on Chewton Glen, Cliveden, The Lygon Arms and 11 Cadogan Gardens - as well as the new addition to The Iconic Family, The Mayfair Townhouse, which is aiming to open this Autumn...

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Dining in with Charlie’s at Brown’s

As if a knock on the front door wasn’t excitement enough yesterday, there, waiting for me on the step was a box bursting with the most glorious early summer produce: comice pears, grapefruit, watercress, lovage, and armfuls of wild garlic which scented the air with the evocative smell of bosky walks in the woods near my mother’s.

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World Whisky Day | A virtual celebration

With many World Whisky Day gatherings on hold, this Saturday, master distillers from around the globe will come together for a free online experience celebrating the diversity of whiskymaking.

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Navigating the Crisis | Rosebie Morton on leading The Real Flower Company through Covid-19

"In these extraordinary times, people have come to us to send poignant messages to those that they are separated from and it is very uplifting to hear how much people appreciate what we do." In today's Luxury Leader interview we hear from Rosebie Morton - founder of The Real Flower Company - who discusses the impact of the current crisis on her business, and how, in times of uncertainty, people turn to beautifully scented flowers to boost their mood, and the mood of those they love.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Looking after your best things with The Restory

Who started this whole lockdown determined to crack on with a big project like learning a second language or writing a novel? I blithely said I was determined to finish reading Proust (started it 30 years ago, so progress had not hitherto been very promising), but over the weeks I’ve downgraded my ambitions and now I’ll be happy if I end lockdown having learned how to stick on my own false eyelashes. 

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Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times | The power of the Medusa – an interview with Donatella Versace

Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times. In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to Donatella Versace about charity, overcoming personal crises, strength, and the importance of hope.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus x #BuyOnlineLuxury | Floris

Tuesday marked the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and as part of the bicentenary year, a lot of work was being done to run a number of celebrations of this throughout the year as well as raise awareness of the foundation and raise funds.

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The Daily Practice | Dial up your Zoom style with Burberry

Walpole CEO writes: One of my favourite new twitter feeds is Bookcase Credibility  - strapline, ‘What you say is not as important as the bookcase behind you’. It has attracted 65.3 thousand followers since the beginning of April, suggesting we’re finding the shelfie more gripping than the zoom selfie. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have an interesting bookcase behind me when on Zoom that I’ve become self-conscious about looking dull on camera. Bright lipstick and good earrings or a statement necklace will take things up a notch, but if you’ve only your head and shoulders in shot, the silk scarf is your new best friend. I asked Burberry’s Carolyn Langenhoff, who looks after the brand’s private clients, for her cleverest ways with a silk scarf so that every Zoom call can be a style moment.

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DREST announces Mary Greenwell as consultant make-up artist

DREST has revealed that the award-winning and industry leading makeup artist, Mary Greenwell, has been brought in to create the game’s entire digital makeup portfolio. Mary, who has on-going collaborations with Chanel, Armani, Sensai and Suqqu and is the makeup artist of choice for celebrity clients Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman to name but a few, has collaborated with the platform’s in-house designers to bring inspiring makeup options to an interactive, virtual world.

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Walpole editorial | Game on by Lucy Yeomans

"I see Drest, like other technology innovations, as simply a next natural step in the evolution and democratisation of the fashion content, inspiration and discovery journey." Written at the start of the year for the 2020 Walpole Book of British luxury, Lucy Yeomans, the 'die-hard' former editor-in-chief of NET-A-PORTER and Harper's Bazaar discusses the 'democratisation of fashion' and how she became the CEO of innovative new gaming company DREST.

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Staying connected through Instagram Stories | Insights from Facebook

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are dealing with uncertainty about how to reach and serve their customers in authentic ways that provide value and reassurance.

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Walpole statement – Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Walpole's CEO, Helen Brocklebank, reacts to the news that the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until October 2010

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Coming back stronger | Bentley reopens factory and sees sales growth

Bentley Motors has this week resumed production at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, with over 1,700 colleagues following the 250 comprehensive and wide-ranging hygiene and social distancing guidelines implemented to enable a safe return. This represents the next stage in Bentley’s ‘Come Back Stronger’ programme, a phased production ramp up following the biggest changes to daily working life in the company’s 100-year history. 

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Navigating the Crisis | Irene Forte, Wellness Director, Rocco Forte Hotels; and Founder & CEO, Irene Forte Skincare 

“This pandemic has also allowed us to reassess how we do business and allowed us to do all the things that 'we didn't necessarily have time to do before'." In today's Luxury Leader profile we meet Irene Forte - Wellness Director of Rocco Forte Hotels and Founder & CEO of her eponymous skincare line - who discusses the business of beauty and advice she'd give to her younger self, as well as the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on the wellness sector, and the challenges that lie ahead for hospitality.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus x Walpole Collaboration | Johnstons of Elgin x Freight Brokers

London may be almost 600 miles from Elgin in the far north of Scotland, but distance proved no barrier to Walpole logistics partner Freight Brokers moving for free scrubs made by luxury cashmere manufacturer Johnstons of Elgin to assist local medical and care staff. The Johnstons mill in Elgin is world-renowned for its high-quality weaving,...

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Sleep rituals with Votary

I wrote last week that I sleep really well (and no, it’s not because I’m self-medicating with industrial quantities of gin, despite evidence to the contrary). I’m not immune to the long dark teatime of the soul, when you wake at 4 am to find all the things you haven’t done lining up around the bed to point at you accusingly, but thankfully it’s rare: on the whole, once the lights go out, so do I. 

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Door pushes cautiously ajar for Britain’s luxury lockdown

Prime Minister Johnson’s broadcast last night offered a glimmer of hope for Britain’s luxury businesses. As widely predicted, it was a sketchy and tentative road-map - less Ordnance survey than rough direction - and even the dates offered, of 1st June for a phased retail re-opening, and early July for some hospitality businesses, were much caveated. Some businesses, notably manufacturing and construction, were “actively encouraged” to get back to work from tomorrow, although as the leader of the opposition pointed out after the broadcast, many employers may well have wished for more notice. 

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Turnbull & Asser

To expand Turnbull & Asser's continuing crisis support for essential healthcare workers and communities on both sides of the Atlantic, the brand has taken Thursday's Clap for Carers one step further. On Thursday 30th April Turnbull announced it would be donating all profits from each online sale to charity. Following its success, the brand repeated the drive last Thursday 7th May. Read on to discover all the ways Turnbull & Asser are supporting the fight against coronavirus.

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Navigating the Crisis | Xavier Rougeaux on leading Smythson through COVID-19

"With a slow return to global travel anticipated, we’ll be focusing efforts on our domestic customer as we re-open our stores, but our forward-thinking business model firmly places digital at the epicentre of the brand and we’re continuing to invest in an ever more localised, and so familiar and trusted, experience for our global audience." Xavier Rougeaux, the Chief Executive of iconic stationery and leather goods brand Smythson, is today's 'Lockdown Leader', and reveals how he is leading the 133-year-old business through the COVID-19 uncertainty, how Smythson is supporting the NHS, and what the future holds for the company, its employees and its customers.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | The Breakfast Martini, with The Savoy and Beefeater 24

The Bank Holiday weekend is upon us, and I was going to write something soothing about the importance of good sleep, and the restorative powers of mindfulness. But I’m hopeless at mindfulness, and as far as sleep is concerned, I’m like one of those old-fashioned china dolls - as soon as I’m horizontal, my eyes close and I’m out like a light (weird dreams at the moment, though - anyone else?). So I’ve fallen back on my strengths and given you another cocktail recipe: The Breakfast Martini. This is inspired by a luscious Savoy marmalade which is so good, I’ve been hiding it in the understairs cupboard, so that no one else in the house can have any, and the cocktail’s success does depend on the quality of the marmalade, so don’t skimp on this ingredient. 

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Love in the time of coronavirus | Hamilton & Inches

With schools across the UK showing no clear signs of reopening, children across Scotland have been encouraged to get creative and take part in a unique drawing competition to design their own special piece of jewellery with Edinburgh jeweller and silversmiths, Hamilton & Inches.

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Navigating the Crisis | Michael Wainwright on leading Boodles through COVID-19

"I have always enjoyed challenges in business and, like it or not, this is as challenging as anything we’ve ever faced." Today, in the latest in our series of interviews with Britain's luxury leaders, we meet Michael Wainwright - the MD of fine jewellery brand Boodles - who discusses the impact of coronavirus on the business: the furloughing of most of the team, the importance of preserving cash, and the challenges of rent expectations, as well as the long-term consequences on the 200-year-old brand.

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Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times | Something better change – an interview with Oliver Spencer, founder of Oliver Spencer and Favourbrook

Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times. In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to Oliver Spencer, founder of his eponymous label and Favourbrook, about what Covid-19 means in terms of unsold stock, and how it has changed how he will operate in future.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Garrard

Garrard recognises the sacrifices and efforts that Britain’s key workers are making during this time of adversity through a gifting initiative.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars | A unique 116-year history

Yesterday marked a significant milestone in the long story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The world-famous marque not only reopened its Goodwood factory following the coronavirus lockdown, but it was on this date in 1904 that The Hon Charles Rolls first met Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel, Manchester – an encounter after which the motor car, and the world of luxury, would never be the same again.

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The Daily Practice | The importance of sitting with one’s thoughts: Alain de Botton and the art of calm focus

"The iPhone is a terrific tool of distraction, it prevents us from being with ourselves and so in that sense is really problematic: It’s so tempting to not think."  Helen Brocklebank writes: When I asked Alain de Botton at the Cliveden Literary Festival about the role digital plays in shaping the contemporary psyche, I’d no idea that six months later the iPhone would become my only window on the world outside my neighbourhood, much less that I would start to question whether viewing life through a digital lens could be both a help and a hindrance. 

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Navigating the Crisis | William Asprey on leading William and Son through COVID-19

The 7th generation of the Asprey family to specialise in the sale of luxury goods, William Asprey may have closed his distinctive Mayfair department store but he has thrown the online doors wide open as the brand adapts to the challenges of coronavirus. Read on for more in our latest interview on how leaders of Britain’s best-known luxury brands are steering their businesses through the pandemic.

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#BuyOnlineTea | JING: Sourcing Spring Teas in Lockdown

Early spring teas are the first productions, sometimes known as “first flush” of the new season. They are much anticipated and, in many origins, they are considered the highest quality picking of the year. Each spring, JING’s Head of Tea sources the new collection of teas that reflect the excitement of this time of year for tea lovers.

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The Power List | Hilary Freeman, Managing Director, Edward Green

Hilary Freeman, the Managing Director of historic English shoemakers Edward Green, discusses the importance of community, sustainability and supporting the luxury sector in the latest Power List video, filmed by Allied Content at Ennismore Sessions House last summer.

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Your invitation | Business Support Webinar 4 Restart, Resilience, Recovery: Unlocking Lockdown

Walpole Business Guidance for Luxury Brands Webinar with Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist of the CBI and Sue Fox, CEO of Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Richard Brendon’s cocktail connoisseurship

Some days it takes a certain willpower to last until the sun has gone over the yard arm for Locktail Hour to begin. 

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Take Part | Regent’s University Research: Luxury Shopping Habits in the Current Climate

Regent’s is London’s only independent, not-for-profit university, with a highly cosmopolitan community, based in royal Regent’s Park and Marylebone.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Molton Brown

Molton Brown, London’s fragrance experts, stimulate your senses with a power-player new addition to their Eau de Parfum scentscape – Vetiver & Grapefruit.

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New hospitality sector action group to combat Covid-19 related losses launched

Walpole strategic partner and global law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP has announced that it is advising a new hospitality sector-wide action group called Hospitality Insurance Group Action to hold insurance companies to account for policy pay-outs arising from lockdown and Covid-19 related losses.

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APPEAL: Could you give a laptop to help educate a child in need?

Helen Brocklebank writes: There’s no Daily Practice today because I wanted to write to ask you if your brand might be able to donate computers - either new laptops or used ones in good condition - to pupils from vulnerable families.

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Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times | Time is on my side – an interview with Gabriel Jagger, founder of WhyNow

The latest in a series of interviews by Walpole's new star columnist Peter Howarth - editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media - features Gabriel Jagger, founder of new digital platform WhyNow, who discusses Generation Z’s feelings on British culture and the impact on this of Covid-19. 

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Bentley supports local community to ‘be safe’ during COVID-19 Crisis

Bentley Motors has extended its ‘Be Safe’ health and safety programme to look after the local community in Cheshire, as well as Bentley colleagues during the coronavirus crisis.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Bremont

It’s over 10 years since the first Bremont Martin-Baker (MB) watch was released; a design born of the challenge to create a unique piece for pilots that had ejected using Martin-Baker ejection seats.

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Business Support Webinar 3 | Communications in a Crisis: Best practice for Luxury Brands

Walpole's latest Business Support Webinar focuses on best practice in luxury communications - how do you strike the right tone when talking to customers? How should you keep your brand fresh in consumers minds, even whilst they’re not buying? How do you strike the right balance between talking about initiatives for those affected by, or working in, the crisis and more commercially led comms? And what’s the best way to build engagement so that your brand is ready for the ‘new normal’?

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Navigating the Crisis | Mark Harvey on leading Chapel Down through COVID-19

"There's much to play for." With all pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues closed for the foreseeable future, Mark Harvey - the Managing Director of English Wine producer Chapel Down - discusses the impact of these closures and the potential professional (and personal) post-lockdown consequences, in this, the latest in our new series of interviews on how leaders of Britain's best-known luxury brands are steering their businesses through the pandemic.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Iconic Luxury Hotels

To give back to the outstanding NHS community, celebrated British hotel collection Iconic Luxury Hotels (Cliveden House, Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms and 11 Cadogan Gardens) will be donating Twilight Spa vouchers until 31st May 2020 to key workers. Buy a Full Spa Day voucher of your choice and Iconic Luxury Hotels will donate a Twilight Spa Evening to their local NHS heroes, in recognition of their hard work and dedication during the pandemic

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | STOW

STOW is donating 10% of all online sales to The Samaritans and running a weekly prize draw for a doorstep STOW surprise, in aid of mental health awareness.

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Restarting British luxury, planning starts now

While the country awaits a second review by the government of the Coronavirus lockdown on 7th May, some businesses are taking tentative steps to reopen and with many more planning their reopening strategies as and when they are advised it is safe to do so. We share some themes and questions to consider as business looks to the future.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Fish & Chips – Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at The Corinthia

Helen Brocklebank writes: The Corinthia is just across the bridge from Walpole’s office in County Hall, but it’s not only its proximity that makes it a firm Walpole favourite. When Kerridge’s Bar & Grill opened in 2018, it quickly became the place I’d choose for a special lunch.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Bounce Back Loans launch today

Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, details of the newly launched Bounce Bank Loans and how to apply.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Music at Mulberry’s ‘My Local’ series

Let the sunshine in with Mulberry’s series of evening sessions showcasing live performances.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Purdey

Purdey, manufacturers of the finest shotguns and rifles since 1814 and high-quality clothing and accessories since 1974, have now launched an exclusive limited-edition collection of four iconic statement sunglasses.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | The Real Flower Company

This burst of rainbow coloured British flowers has been lovingly created by The Real Flower Company to celebrate our NHS.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Cubitts x G . F Smith

Modern spectacle maker Cubitts has collaborated with G . F Smith on a limited edition sunglass inspired by ‘The World’s Favourite Colour’ project.

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Navigating the Crisis | Simon Cotton on leading Johnstons of Elgin through COVID-19

In this new series, Walpole speaks with the leaders of some of Britain's best-known luxury brands to discover how they're steering their businesses through such unprecedented and challenging times. Today we meet Simon Cotton, Chief Executive of Scottish cashmere brand Johnstons of Elgin, who discusses the importance of resilience, strong communication and the lasting impact COVID-19 will have on the brand.  

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Love in the time of coronavirus | Burberry: “Protecting our People and Communities”

Given the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Burberry has provided an update on the steps it is taking to support its employees, customers and communities. Over the past three months, Burberry has put in place measures to help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure employee safety and wellbeing, including temporarily closing retail stores and implementing strict social distancing protocols. The brand has also looked beyond Burberry, dedicating resources to supporting those in need and preventing further infection. This includes turning over its trench coat factory in Castleford to manufacture personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical and care workers.

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The Power List | Jacqueline Euwe, Chief Luxury Officer, Hearst

As Chief Luxury Officer at Hearst, Jacquie Euwe oversees the luxury portfolio of one of the world's largest publishers of magazine media, including Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Esquire, ELLE Decoration and Town & Country. In today's Power List profile, Jacquie discusses how Hearst uses the DNA of its brands to tell new and exciting stories, and how Bazaar uses the power of its long heritage to shape the content it creates for each issue.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Mulberry delivers first batch of PPE Equipment for NHS Frontline Workers

Mulberry has today announced it has begun producing re-usable PPE gowns in its Somerset factories for the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust to support in the protection of NHS frontline workers.

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Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times | Globe-Trotter – an interview with the new Executive Chairman, Vicente Castellano 

New Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times. In the latest in this series, Peter Howarth speaks to the operating Officer of Oakley Capital, the British private equity firm that purchased a controlling stake in Globe-Trotter in the month the UK went into lockdown - and discovers why this has not dampened the firm’s confidence in its asset.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Cocktails and Culture with Chapel Down

“Tom came back, preceding four Gin Rickeof ice. Gatsby took up his drink.ys that clicked full ‘They certainly look cool’, he said, with visible tension. We drank in long, greedy swallows” F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | SUITCASE: Stay in and get the T shirt

We all have our part to play in expediting the demise of C Who Shall Not Be Named. That's why 2020 Brand of Tomorrow SUITCASE Magazine have teamed up with fashion PR Sophie Elliott of SE Comms, stylist and brand consultant Sophie Goodwin as well as artist and designer Tatiana Alida to produce a collection of three fundraising T-shirts, proceeds from which will go towards the British Red Cross UK Crisis Appeal.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | The Lakes Distillery

Inspired by The Lakes Gin’s signature serve, The Lakes Distillery has unveiled the newest member in its spirits family; The Lakes Pink Grapefruit Gin. Inspired by The Lakes Distillery's favourite garnish, this gin is so packed full of flavour it can be served without one.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Dining in with Ella Canta

Georges Mikes, in his 1946 book, How to Be an Alien, wrote “On the continent, people have good food; in England, they have good table manners”. That may have been true more than 70 years ago - maybe even 20 years ago - but I would argue that, until the Great Shutdown of 20th March, one could eat better, and certainly with greater variety, in Britain than anywhere else in the world. I am sure I’m not alone in making a mental list of all my favourite London restaurants, counting the days until we’re once more able to go out to eat, not only for the food, but for the scene.

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Member of the Week | Wedgwood

Innovation and craftsmanship

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Miller Harris

Miller Harris breathe colour and life into the classic perfumer’s art, creating striking urban stories for the Modern Bohemian. As the UK faces an unprecedented health crisis in wake of COVID-19, Miller Harris have launched three new online initiatives for customers to experience fragrance from the comfort and safety of their own home. Launching at the start of April, each initiative will allow customers to experience the world of Miller Harris in their own homes, exploring fragrances and the finest customer service seen within their five London stores through the digital world.

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Walpole Editorial | Made in Britain by Alex Bilmes

Alex Bilmes, the editor in chief of Esquire, discusses why necessity – plus desire, imagination and dogged determination –is the mother of invention in his essay for the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury. 

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The Walpole Daily Practice | The new rules of lockdown style with Anna Mason London and Trunk Clothiers

Helen Brocklebank writes: I’m so bored of wearing my weekend clothes. Getting dressed up to go out is one of the great pleasures in life, and I am lucky enough to have beautiful clothes for all occasions, except this extremely unforeseen occasion of prolonged staying put chez nous, with no one to admire my outfit other than the cat, and for which the dress code seems to be gym kit, pyjamas or, for a zoom meeting, jeans and an ironed shirt. I can’t be alone in finding this dispiriting - even my husband has been seen stroking his dinner jacket rather yearningly, so it’s not just a girl thing.

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Keep Calm and Carry On: At home, shopping or in public | Advice from Debrett’s

With news that the UK’s lockdown will be extended for ‘at least’ another three weeks, many of us are still adapting to a very new, and strange, way of life.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Winter at The Savoy

"Troubles pass, memories remain" It may be highly unlikely we'll be able to 'travel as usual' by summer, but you can still plan (a little further) ahead and make the most of the winter months at Walpole member The Savoy. With all the celebrations that Christmas brings, it’s the perfect time of the year to be kind to ourselves and enjoy the little pleasures in life, sharing them with those we love most.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Hande

Hande, a new London-based hand sanitiser brand, launched yesterday as a collaboration between the founders of knitwear brand - and 2020 Brand of Tomorrow - Country of Origin, and design agency IYA Studio. Entirely manufactured in an industrial space in Peckham, South London, Hande is a premium organic product, made with TSDA organic ethanol and to a formula stipulated by the World Health Organisation, and will be supplied to the most vulnerable in society.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Bring Spring into your home with FLOWERBX

This Spring somehow feels even more glorious than usual: on my daily jaunt through the local park, the scent of lilacs, the breeze blowing a snow of cherry blossom down onto the pavement and the bursting promise of buds on the flowering horse chestnuts make my spirits soar. With the weather forecast set fair all this week, but with time outdoors necessarily limited, garlanding the house with armfuls of spring flowers is a way to keep the joy and beauty of nature close to home, and to remind oneself that, as inevitably as Summer follows Spring, better times will come. 

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Jo Malone London’s Petersfield facility is manufacturing hand sanitiser

The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland’s Petersfield manufacturing facility, which produces products for its iconic Jo Malone London brand, is producing hand-sanitiser to be distributed to frontline healthcare staff and key workers supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. 

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Stay Curious with Carrier

With regular travel off the cards during these unprecedented times, Carrier will be bringing you thoughtful, clever videos, articles and more from their partners around the globe that invite you to stay curious.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Chivas Brothers ramps up production of hand sanitiser for the NHS

Last week Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, began the transportation of two tankers of Strathclyde grain spirit as part of an initial donation of 100,000 litres of pure alcohol to manufacturing partners who will use it to produce 120,000 litres of much-needed hand sanitiser gel for frontline NHS staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic across Scotland, England and Wales.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses | News on the extension of the JRS

Following on from the Government’s three-week extension of the social distancing measures, The Chancellor confirmed on Friday a four-week extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of June. The scheme which allows firms to furlough employees with the Government paying 80% of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 was originally open for 3 months, starting from the 1st March. Last week, the Government also announced an extension to the date from which employees would qualify for the scheme, from the 28th February to the 19th March. The extensions and further Government support is welcomed by both employers and employees to protect jobs and livelihoods in these challenging times.

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Navigating the Crisis | Stuart Johnson, Managing Director at Brown’s Hotel

The 5-star Brown's Hotel - based in London's Mayfair - has seen plenty during its 183-year-old history: from Alexander Graham Bell making the very first telephone call from Brown’s in 1876, to Rudyard Kipling penning The Jungle Book while staying at the hotel in the early 1890s. Today, Brown's is renowned for playing host to a multitude of literary stars, political figures, actors, musicians and royalty - that is, until Covid-19 forced the hotel to close its doors for only the second time in its history. To discover more, we spoke with Stuart Johnson, Brown's Managing Director for over 15 years, on how he's navigating the business through these unprecedented times - as well as his thoughts on British luxury and the influence of Rocco Forte - who purchased the hotel in 2003.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Good reads for a lockdown weekend

Novels have always been a way to travel in someone else’s imagination, a magical portal into a world outside our own.

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‘What we talk about during a pandemic’ | Insights from Wearisma

As part if their '(Digital) Life in the Time of Coronavirus' mini-series, Wearisma's Research & Insights team have investigated trending topics in the USA, UK, France and Italy to uncover 'What we talk about during a pandemic'.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Turnbull & Asser dedicate workrooms to production of NHS Scrubs

Over the past few weeks, it has become abundantly clear that the future of human prosperity sits firmly with our frontline workers.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is offering a complimentary Designer Sourcing Service to help design professionals who are working remotely with all their sourcing needs.

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Can you help the London Ambulance Service (LAS)?

Paramedics and other front line staff are playing a brave role in COVID-19 outbreak. Many are living away from family to reduce risk to their loved ones. Coupled with this, they are staying in accommodation with few homely belongings, with very little time after arduous shifts to look after themselves and even to do their personal laundry.

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Walpole welcomes Chancellor’s extension of Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has announced an extension to the eligibility date of the Job Retention Scheme from 28th February to 19th March, the day before the scheme was launched:  Up to 200,000 more employees should be eligible to receive support.  

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Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times | A tale of two shoemakers

New Walpole star columnist Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media, talks to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and shares his insights into these extraordinary times.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – joining the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) challenge

Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, how luxury business can join the PPE challenge.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Lisa Redman

Lisa Redman's eponymous brand offers a contemporary re-imagining of heritage haute couture. Her exquisite pieces are the modern definition of “high dressmaking” - exclusive, opulent clothing made specially for you.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | The Ned x Kitchen Social

Since opening their doors back in 2017 The Ned has supported the Mayor's Fund For London programme, Kitchen Social. Now more than ever they need help supporting families struggling to feed their children whilst schools are shut.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Transform your bedroom into a Five-Star Sanctuary with Brown’s Hotel

Having somewhere luxurious to escape to is not quite so easy when one’s world is reduced to four walls - one has to get creative.

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#MulberryGreen | Introducing the Mulberry Green collection

Mulberry's latest collection reflects time spent looking to their roots to create something both classic and modern: "As we rely on each other as a community, it feels an apt moment to launch this Mulberry Green collection, a celebration of our signature colour and our commitment to the world around us."

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“These are not normal times” | Travel in the age of Coronavirus

Our ability to see the world may have been put on pause, but, yes, we will travel again says Tom Marchant, founder of Black Tomato – a man who has travelled the world and helped thousands of others do it too.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | How to Ace the Webinar with Debrett’s

Walpole hosted the first of its new Business Guidance for Luxury Brands webinar series just before Easter, and although I’ve had a huge amount of practice in introducing Walpole events during my time as CEO, and I’m happy to hop on a stage and say a few words at the drop of a hat, I found the digital version strangely nerve-wracking.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Asprey’s Zero Profit Initiative supporting The National Emergencies Trust

Asprey, established in London since 1781, has always supported Britain during the most difficult and critical times, from crafting army supplies in WW1&2 in its own workshops to the production of commemorative gifts given to soldiers that served during this time. Asprey today, is still committed to helping those battling on the frontline sacrificing their own health to treat and care for others in the most challenging times.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Update on VAT deferral and business rates

Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, a recap of VAT deferral and the business rates holiday.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Home Office Inspiration with Farrow & Ball

Since WFH began, the whole house has been carved up into separate little nation states to keep the peace. At the beginning, daily skirmishes broke out as the family encroached on each other’s territories, and lines had to be drawn before we had to call the UN to intervene.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Trunk Clothiers

Walpole Brand of Tomorrow alumnus Trunk is a menswear store – with outposts in London and Zürich – underpinned by a belief in the art of dressing well. Use your lockdown lunch break to peruse trunkclothiers.com and upgrade your wardrobe, whilst supporting the emerging and established brands stocked by Trunk.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP extends donation of delivery fleets to support non-profits in the UK, Italy & Hong Kong

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP’s donation of its Premier Delivery Service fleet to serve as Volunteered Vehicles for local charities has been extended to both Italy and Hong Kong.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Get creative with Alexander McQueen

From Picasso’s Guernica to Dior’s New Look, great creativity has come out of moments of crisis - perhaps all we need is a little inspiration and some guidance to unleash ours. With that in mind, the team at Alexander McQueen invite you to be part of their creative community with #McQueenCreators.

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Walpole and Cegid announce strategic partnership

Walpole is delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with global retail software firm Cegid.

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COVID-19: Save our Start-ups Campaign

We know that all luxury businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in light of Coronavirus, and in particular we see that the small- and medium-sized businesses are having the most difficulty in accessing the financial support available through the Government packages, particularly the start-ups and younger brands, who don’t meet the qualifying criteria.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Easter Special

Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank reminisces about Easter past, and provides suggestions on how to make Easter present that extra-bit special - despite living in lockdown.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury Best Practice | Keeping the economy turning during the crisis

It has never been more important for online retailers in the British luxury community to communicate their policies and actions for looking after the safety of their employees who are unable to work from home, so we share some best practice guidelines.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | William & Son

Although they have closed their Mayfair store, William & Son are still taking orders online for their carefully curated collection of jewellery and timepieces, leather goods and homeware, clothing and accessories for the field. Shop their collection of handcrafted leather games to drastically upgrade your Easter weekend entertainment offering.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Update on furloughing employees and HMRC’s PAYE online services account

Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, an update on claiming for furloughed employees and the importance of being registered for HMRC’s PAYE online services account.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Update to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Here we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the UK government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today an update on the reforms made to to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and a recap on the eligibility criteria.

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Sustainability Stories | Freight Brokers becomes carbon positive

Cleaner shipping is about to come cleaner still. From 1st April 2020 Walpole logistics partner Freight Brokers has increased its carbon offset performance from 100% to 125%, so moving from Carbon Neutral to Climate Positive.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery has been making award-winning spirits in Cumbria since 2014, why not #buybritish and sample the signature whisky, vodka or gin (or indeed all three) for yourself this Easter weekend. The Lakes Distillery are also doing their part in the fight against coronavirus, read on to find our more.

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Walpole Editorial | COVID-19: A view from Italy

Stefania Lazzaroni, General Manager of Fondazione Altagamma – Walpole’s sister organisation in Italy – discusses the impact of the pandemic on both her country and the luxury sector, and how we are all in this together.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Smythson

Established in 1887 on London's New Bond Street, Smythson has since become synonymous with beautiful, functional and timeless pieces. From handcrafted notebooks, diaries and stationery to inspire your plans, plots and projects, to leather-bound pieces for the home, bags and accessories, every Smythson piece embodies meticulous craft and an unmistakable sense of British sophistication.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Anabela Chan

Today we meet Brand of Tomorrow 2020 Anabela Chan, founder of her eponymous jewellery brand: the first fine jewellery brand in the world to champion laboratory-grown and created gemstones with high jewellery design and artisanal craftsmanship and a focus on sustainable and ethical innovations.

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Protecting start-up businesses during Coronavirus – Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) reform – please help

We know that all luxury businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in light of Coronavirus and continue to publish guidance on the financial support measures that the government have put in place to help protect companies and their employees through the crisis. However, we are also aware that it is small and start-up business that are having the most difficulty in accessing the financial support available and are particularly vulnerable to interruptions in planned investment into their businesses.

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moneycorp announces partnership with Walpole

Foreign Exchange (FX) and international payments specialist, moneycorp, enter into year-long partnership with Walpole’s mentoring programme, Brands of Tomorrow.

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The Walpole Daily Practice | Emotional Education with Alain de Botton at The Cliveden Literary Festival

Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank: "At Cliveden Literary Festival last Autumn, I saw author and School of Life founder, Alain de Botton, talk about the need for an emotional education. His philosophy of living equably with imperfection and uncertainty has much to offer in these troubled times.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | dunhill

Menswear brand - and current Walpole British Luxury Awards Brand of the Year - dunhill has opened its virtual doors to spring/summer 2020 with a collaboration with Tokyo-based digital artist, Kenta Cobayashi. Part of the dunhill Community and known for his use of distortion, Cobayashi’s work is characterised by digital manipulation of images; drawing inspiration from the changing landscape of Tokyo and its evolving arts scene.

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The Power List x #BuyOnlineLuxury | Alistair Hughes, Managing Director, Savoir Beds

A 'hero' of the luxury sector, Alistair Hughes, MD of bespoke bed brand Savoir, discusses success and the importance of creating a community to support other brands in today's Power List profile, filmed at Ennismore Sessions House in summer 2019 by Allied Content.

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Walpole Editorial | Grace Under Fire: Luxury leadership in troubled times

Walpole announces its new star columnist, Peter Howarth, editor, content expert and CEO of luxury creative agency, Show Media. Over the coming weeks, Peter will talk to luxury’s leaders about their approach to the crisis, and share his insights into what successful leadership looks like in these extraordinary times.

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Introducing Walpole Webinars | Join the Walpole Community Online

Walpole's events have gone digital! Join us for a new virtual programme of thought leadership, insights, networking and access to the Walpole community, beginning with a series of Business Support Webinars designed to help members shape their own response to the current crisis.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | JING Tea

According to the experts at JING Tea, if you choose carefully, tea and chocolate can taste wonderful together - and we believe it! What better combination could there be to soothe your soul at this trying time? JING Tea have partnered with fellow Walpole member The Highland Chocolatier to produce some exquisite tea and chocolate pairings, and they're also running a competition so you could win a bundle of both!

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Keep Creativity Going with Taylor Howes

Taylor Howes has always been known for championing Great British craft. Now, more than ever, they want to profile some of the small in size but not in talent, artisans, craftspeople and suppliers, who with little spotlight and small followings face the potential to slip away during this time.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Molton Brown: Brand Commitments and Initiatives

Molton Brown believe that as a community, everyone must do their best to contain and delay the spread of COVID-19; as a brand, the health and wellbeing of their customers and teams is an absolute priority. As such, they’ve worked swiftly and decisively to introduce several ways to help people in any way possible.

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Covid-19: How can luxury brands use monetary measures to help their companies? | Insights from moneycorp

With the entire world ramping up efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic, the toll on people’s lives is tragic and wide-ranging, but there is also huge economic uncertainty for both individuals and businesses. Here, Walpole partner moneycorp share insights on how you can use monetary measures to help your company during this difficult time.

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The Walpole Daily Practice: Learn a new skill with Alexandra Llewellyn

Make your own Alexandra Llewellyn backgammon set, and learn to play the historic game.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Victor

COVID-19 may have put a halt on air travel - including the quintessential luxury travel that private jets are often associated with - but the vital work of business aviation is shining through. From medical evacuation and air ambulances to the repatriation of British and foreign nationals across the globe, on-demand air charter service Victor is a critical service provider.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Westley Richards

As a brand that celebrates the very finest in English manufacturing, and with an international clientele Westley Richards has always thrived online. As part of the #BuyOnlineLuxury initiative Westley Richards are delighted to offer Walpole members free delivery on any purchase made online.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Noble Isle

Scent has long been known to help in boosting calm, promoting serenity and evoking a sense of wellness. Equally, self-care, by way of relaxed days at home, luxurious baths and showers, respect for one’s own body and being, has been at the forefront of awareness for quite some time. Wellbeing is no longer the province of spa breaks and retreats, but more the domain of day to day practice – and never more so than when public settings, gyms, pools, treatment areas and spas are being avoided and more people are forced to stay at home.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Harrods

The iconic Knightsbridge 'corner shop' might be temporarily closed, but it’s still bringing magic to the Brompton Road.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses | Workplace mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus

In this regular feature we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also wider advice on topics and issues relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, how to support workplace mental health and well-being.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Simpsons’ Wine Estate

Simpsons' Wine Estate, one of Walpole's Brands of Tomorrow 2020, are delighted to offer free delivery to customers until the end of April. Stock up your wine rack with British bottles, and as Simpson's advise, keep your glass half full! Read the full statement from Charles and Ruth Simpson here.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | LINLEY

Make time to turn your home into your sanctuary, with the help of a 10% discount for Walpole members from LINLEY.

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Coffee Break China | New insights from Tong Digital

With most of the UK now in the second week of working from home, Tong Digital announces the launch of 'Coffee Break China': a new live-streamed crash course in all things China Digital, which could help inform your China strategy in the weeks and months to come. The concept is simple; easily digestible, practical tips on all things China Digital, delivered with no notes or slides over a coffee three times a week. All for free.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses | Communication advice in the time of Coronavirus

In this regular feature we share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also wider advice on topics and issues relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, we hear from Walpole's public relations agency and strategic partner, ANM Comms, with their guide to communications in the time of Coronavirus. 

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | CupCycling Cards by James Cropper x Hallmark

With social distancing the new norm, the Walpole team has found that keeping in touch with loved ones the old-fashioned way is a welcome break from the endless video conferences and online chats (we currently use no less than five different digital platforms to communicate). So putting pen to paper, and taking our daily stroll to the postbox has become one of the highlights of our day - and we particularly love this selection of cards from Hallmark x James Cropper's 100% recyclable CupCycling collection – all made from recycled coffee cups.

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Easter R & R | Hand-Decorated Easter Biscuits, a recipe by Mich Turner MBE

With Easter less than two weeks away, potentially a lot of time on your hands and potentially a restless child or two to entertain, what better way to keep yourself busy than baking and decorating some Easter Biscuits. Here Mich Turner MBE, Founder of the Little Venice Cake Company, a former Brand of Tomorrow, shares a recipe from her new book: “Everyday Bakes to Showstopper Cakes”.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Serena Guen, Founder, SUITCASE Group

Today's Founder is Serena Guen, who started SUITCASE Magazine whilst at university, as since grown the business into SUITCASE Group: a travel and lifestyle platform built to inspire people to travel more thoughtfully, through beautiful and aspirational content. SUITCASE Group consists of both a media platform called SUITCASE Magazine and a creative agency, SUITCASE Creative Studio.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Johnstons of Elgin

We continue our focus on the British brands selling online, with Johnstons of Elgin, who have crafted the finest woollen and cashmere cloth, clothing and accessories since 1797.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses | How to access the JRS scheme and grants

Following the announcement of the Conoravirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) and the package of financial support for businesses 10 days ago, the Government has now published guidance on the eligibility, how to access the JRS scheme and further details. Walpole has been working closely and feeding directly into the CBI to share your priorities and questions with the Treasury which has helped to inform the shape of the scheme and how it will work.

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Walpole Daily Practice | Viv Groskop & Lift As You Climb

When author and journalist Viv Groskop’s ‘How to Own the Room’ masterclass launched Walpole’s 2019 Women in Luxury programme, her practical, inspiring and energising advice offered the perfect toolkit for developing what Harvard Business School calls Executive Presence, and what I call the art of not being terrified when you’re in front of a roomful of people.

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Bravo for Burberry | Walpole member makes huge contribution to the fight against COVID-19

Burberry, one of the UK’s most successful luxury brands, announced this weekend substantial measures to support those impacted by coronavirus and prevent further infection. The company will retool its trench-coat factory in Castleford to make non-surgical gowns and masks for patients, and utilise its global supply chain network to fast-track the delivery of over 100,000 surgical masks to the NHS for use by medical staff.

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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Wildabout our NHS

Last night, the nation (including the Walpole team) showed their gratitude to the incredible NHS staff with the moving 'Clap for Carers' round of applause at 8pm. In another show of thanks, Walpole member Wildabout announced yesterday that they have closed their studio and will distribute their remaining flowers to NHS staff across London. Already known for their random acts of kindness, Wildabout will be delivering over 500 bouquets to six London hospitals including St. Thomas’s, Chelsea and Westminster, and Lambeth Hospital.

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Walpole Daily Practice | Cocktails with Belmond and an evening at the Royal Ballet (Lockdown style)

The challenge of working from home is that there’s no natural demarcation line between the end of the working week and the start of the weekend, so perhaps a new, and ideally chic, ritual is required to give us all permission to down tools and relax.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Government Support for Self-Employed

In this new feature, we aim to share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today an update on the new measures announced for the self-employed.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Purdey

Introducing the new Purdey Spring/Summer 2020 Collection shot on location in Namibia. Purdey are offering a 40% discount on their luggage collections, so why not prepare for happier times and revamp your travel wardrobe and accessories: you'll be ready for any adventure (and the adventures will be back).

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Votary

We are living in unprecedented times, and while there may, on the surface, be few benefits to 'lockdown', it does mean there should be more time for the little luxuries: reading a good book, finishing a box set, taking hot baths, looking after our skin. Today we continue our #BuyOnlineLuxury campaign with a focus on beauty, as we speak to Arabella Preston, co-founder of luxury (and sustainable) skincare brand Votary on how she, and her business, are adapting to the 'new normal', and why your skin might just thank you for this period of confinement.

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Coronavirus Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Home working, cyber security & data protection

In this new feature, we aim to share official guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government and also and wider guidance on topics and issues relevant to the Coronavirus outbreak. Today, we provide resources around cyber security, homeworking and data protection.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Chapel Down

Chapel Down have some special offers for Walpole Daily Digest readers and their friends and family, and they all include free delivery - vital in the current climate. Chapel Down's CEO Frazer Thompson shares the offers with you in a letter...

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Jo Malone London

#VirtualBondStreet: With the current news agenda, it will have perhaps slipped many minds that it's Mother's Day this Sunday. And while celebrations may be a little muted this year, you can still show how much you care with Jo Malone London.

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#BuyOnline(andInStore!)Luxury | John Bell & Croyden

John Bell & Croyden are reassuring its customers and partners that they are open as usual and will be continuing to offer a primary care service during these challenging times. Based within Harley Street Medical Area, London’s luxury pharmacy has been serving London for over 220 years without having to shut its doors.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Ettinger

We begin our #onlineluxury campaign with a focus on one of Walpole’s longest-standing members, Ettinger.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Fortnum & Mason

We continue our focus on Walpole members' digital stores with Fortnum & Mason.

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Sustainable Stories | Cookson Adventures’ carbon neutral expeditions

While Covid-19 may have pressed pause on international travel, it's also given us all much to think about when it comes to how we move around the globe. With millions of people having to reconsider how they travel for both work and pleasure - and the impact it can have on our planet - many people will no doubt be considering how to travel more sustainability once the world's borders reopen.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Rapport London

Family-run business Rapport London, famous for their luxury watch accessories and leather goods, are still open for online orders.

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Guidance for British Luxury Businesses – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In this new feature, we aim to share official Coronavirus guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government. We encourage members to check back regularly as this story will be updated as advice is published.

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Walpole Member Offer | Exclusive access to The Economist

Receive a complimentary subscription to The Economist.

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Coronavirus Guidance for British Luxury Businesses

In this new feature, we aim to share official Coronavirus guidance surrounding the financial support available for British luxury businesses from the government. We encourage members to check back regularly as this story will be updated as advice is published.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Joanna Dai, Founder, Dai

Today we meet Joanna Dai, founder of Dai: performance wear for women who mean business. Joanna, who is an advocate and thought leader on environmental sustainability and gender equality, tells us the story of how she founded her brand, and where she sees it in 10 years time.

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Love in the time of coronavirus | Miller Harris gets soap moving for older people with Age UK

Miller Harris donates entire stock of soap to Age UK and encourages others to do the same.

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Green Shoots: Business recovery in China post Covid-19 by Chloe Reuter

Chloe Reuter, Founder Partner of Reuter Communications discusses the key ways in which China is getting back on track. 

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The Power List | Linda Pilkington, Founder, Ormonde Jayne

Today's Power List features Linda Pilkington, the founder of fragrance house Ormonde Jayne, who discusses the biggest challenge of launching a new business - and how she overcame it.

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#BuyOnlineLuxury | Walpole pledges support for online luxury

With the sobering news from many luxury retail brands that they are shutting their physical shops in the coming days, now is the time for Walpole – and the wider luxury retail sector – to support brands’ digital offer, and work collaboratively to establish a ‘virtual Bond Street’.

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Covid-19 | Walpole’s Response

Over a week ago, Walpole asked member CEOs to complete a survey to share the initial impact of Covid-19 on your businesses: the insights we had from your answers helped us feed the picture for British luxury into Government and other stakeholders. Since then, the situation has developed rapidly: it’s clear that things are going to be increasingly tough over the coming months and we are aware every Walpole member will experience significant and unavoidable disruption. With this in mind, we thought it helpful to provide an update on what Walpole is doing and how we are here to support you.

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Sustainable Stories | V&C The Fashion Retail Agency

Walpole Sponsor V&C recently hosted a successful sustainability workshop in Central London in collaboration with Sartex Group - one of the world's most innovative denim sustainable manufacturers. Sartex produce over 4 million denim items a year using sustainable fabric and innovative washing techniques - including laser and ozone treatments that radically reduce waste consumption and energy, eliminating permanganate and chlorine. 

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#BuyOnlineLuxury x Sustainable Stories | Dugdale Bros & Co.

With the world more focused on preserving itself than ever, it's only natural that - in the fullness of time - each and every one of us will increasingly demand that the brands we buy from have an identity and a meaning beyond their products. And in a society which is, and will, become ever more environmentally conscious, producers have a social responsibility to limit their carbon footprint and encourage sustainability. To find out more, we spoke with Dugdale - purveyors of the highest-quality cloth to many British luxury brands...

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Araminta Campbell

Our Founder this week is Araminta Campbell, who's eponymous brand creates exceptional textiles that express Scotland’s natural beauty and weaving heritage. From handweaving one-of-a-kind shawls on the looms in our Edinburgh workshop to designing custom tweeds and tartans for luxury British brands, they create woven items with artistry and enduring appeal.

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The Power List | Vartkess Knadjian, Chief Executive, Backes & Strauss

On today's Power List Vartkess Knadjian, Chief Executive of Backes & Strauss, discusses how has he achieved his success at the helm of the world's oldest diamond company since 1982 - as well as his key advice to those starting on their journey in the sector.

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Walpole comment | The Spring Budget 2020

Walpole reacts to the first budget from the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak and what it may mean for British luxury brands

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Book of British Luxury 2020 | The Paper merchants: G . F Smith

"Close your eyes and feel the quality between two fingers: the feel of unique luxury, warmth and honesty. That is when you realise the power of consider paper and print." This power is vividly encapsulated in the 2020 Book of Luxury, which - thanks to our partnership with G . F Smith, the most remarkable paper merchant in the world - is printed on a array of fine, sustainable, papers.

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Book of British Luxury 2020 | The Launch

Introducing the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury!

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Book of British Luxury 2020 | The Illustrator: House of Hackney

Last night saw the launch of the 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury; an annual celebration of our agenda-setting book at Fortnum & Mason. This year, the book explores the future of the sector through thought-provoking essays from 11 leading writers and editors, brand stories from 60 Walpole members, and cover art designed by House of Hackney. And keeping to the 'future' theme, the former Brand of Tomorrow has applied their dramatic, maximalist aesthetic to create a truly remarkable Astrology-inspired cover.

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Walpole commentary | What we would like to see from the budget in the context of Coronavirus

As business awaits the first budget since the UK officially left the European Union and the first from new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, all in the context of the Coronavirus outbreak, we examine some of the challenges facing British luxury businesses and look at what can be done to mitigate some of the short term pain for business.

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Sustainable Stories | Freight Brokers

The Book of British Luxury is not just printed sustainably, it is also shipped sustainably, thanks to our partnership with Freight Brokers - who will deliver your copy of the book without any impact upon our environment. 

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Sustainable Stories x Book of British Luxury 2020 | The printers: Pureprint

Tomorrow night sees the launch of the 2020 edition of the Walpole Book of British Luxury at Fortnum & Mason. Created in partnership with Studio Buffalo, Pureprint, House of Hackney and G . F Smith, this year's Book is dedicated to forecasting the future of British luxury and features 60 Walpole member brand stories and 11 thought-provoking essays from leading luxury commentators. Walpole members: RSVP to the party by clicking here. In the week of launch, we meet the partners who have been instrumental in bringing this year's book to life, and in the weeks and months to come we will share the editorial and brands featured within its pages. We begin with a focus on the book's designer, the ever-brilliant Neil Tookey, Creative Director at Buffalo, who has transformed the book in the three years he's been at the helm of its design. Here, he discusses why every successful book needs a 'chorus, verse & bridge', the sensory appeal of beautiful paper, and working with Walpole members on the cover art to create something truly unique. 

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CEO Letter | Love in the time of Coronavirus

The 2020 Walpole Book of British Luxury looks into the future for trends and themes that will help the business of British luxury evolve and grow. ‘This year, the world is in the jaws of history,’ writes astrologer Neil Spencer, in his Yearbook essay ‘Written in the Stars’, but even he could not have predicted the impact and disruption of the Coronavirus. God willing, we will all stay safe, but business is in for a bumpy ride, with markets, supply chains and consumer confidence all affected. With reports out of China suggesting manufacturing is picking back up, we can only hope that the duration of the virus will be reasonably short, and recovery swift, but there are challenging times ahead. 

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Book of British Luxury 2020 | The Designer: Buffalo’s Neil Tookey

Tomorrow night sees the launch of the 2020 edition of the Walpole Book of British Luxury at Fortnum & Mason. Created in partnership with Studio Buffalo, Pureprint, House of Hackney and G . F Smith, this year's Book is dedicated to forecasting the future of British luxury and features 60 Walpole member brand stories and 11 thought-provoking essays from leading luxury commentators.

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The Power List | Jon Slade

"The golden rule of the business hasn't changed at all: know your customer and with that knowledge create a product those customers can't do without..." As we move onto the 'Gurus' of the Walpole Power List, The FT's Chief Commercial Officer Jon Slade discusses the secret to his success - and his key advice to anyone looking to break into the sector.

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Luxury Leader | Graham Shapiro, Founder & CEO, Graham Shapiro Design

Graham Shapiro, is an award-winning inventor, designer and digital entrepreneur. Here he shares his advice for those looking to make it in the luxury industry, what inspires him, and what he would be doing in a parallel life.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Brendan Murdock, Founder, anatomē

Over the next few weeks we will be spending five minutes with the founders of our 12 new Brands of Tomorrow, getting to know them and their businesses, and finding out the stories behind their brands. Today we kick-off with Brendan Murdock, the founder of modern apothecary brand anatomē...

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Sustainable Stories | Miller Harris

British fragrance brand - and former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow - Miller Harris has long valued the planet and worked to incorporate sustainability further by making small environmentally conscious steps. In the last three years, Miller Harris has introduced fragrance bottle recycling in stores and worked with smile plastics to incorporate the recycled material in stores and carton design. The brand has now launched its first sustainable and recyclable Bath and Body collection, showing the significant steps that are being taken to produce luxury products that also limit the impact on our planet.

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Insights into China Digital (and WeChat) with TONG

Walpole's China Digital Workshop, in collaboration with Chinese social commerce agency TONG, marked the formal launch of TONG’s inaugural WeChat Report 2020: a snapshot of Walpole members’ presence on China’s most important social media channel.

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The Power List | Jocelyn Betts, Corporate Communications Director at Belmond

The Rising Stars: Belmond's Corporate Communications Director Joss Betts discusses how to achieve success in the luxury sector, and the importance of mentoring in this week's Walpole Power List profile filmed at Ennismore Sessions House by Allied Content last summer.

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Brands of Tomorrow | The launch

The 12 exciting luxury businesses chosen as the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2020 were revealed by the programme's Chairman Balthazar Fabricius, Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank and programme partner Mishcon de Reya's director Lewis Cohen on Thursday 27th February at Ennismore Sessions House in Clerkenwell.

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Brands of Tomorrow | The Class of 2020 revealed

Walpole, in association with Mishcon de Reya and moneycorp, introduce the next generation of luxury businesses selected as the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2020.

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Brands of Tomorrow Flashback | STOW

With our 2020 Brands of Tomorrow due to be announced this evening, we speak to Carol Lovell, Founder of STOW, a 2019 Brand of Tomorrow, who shares what it has been like to be part of the programme over the past year.

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New Chairmen, New Programme Partner | A New Era for Brands of Tomorrow

Tonight we will reveal the 12 exciting new luxury businesses chosen as the 2020 Brands of Tomorrow at Ennismore Sessions House in Clerkenwell. Ahead of the party, we are delighted to announce the appointment of two new programme chairmen to lead Brands of Tomorrow: Balthazar Fabricius, Founder and Chair of bespoke bookmakers Fitzdares (a Brands of Tomorrow alumnus from 2007) joins as Chairman and Chris Downham, Advisory Chief Financial Officer and former CEO of BOAT International, is Deputy.

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Sustainable Stories | Mulberry

A founding signatory of Walpole's British Luxury Manifesto, Mulberry has placed sustainability at the heart of its business - with a commitment to make a positive difference to its people, the environment and the communities in which it works.

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The Sustainable Spring: 40 days of positive change

Following the launch of Walpole's British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto earlier this year, Helen Brocklebank discusses why she'll be buying less but buying better this spring - and how we as individuals can adopt small, positive changes that will contribute towards safeguarding the future of the planet.

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Brands of Tomorrow Flashback | Anna Mason

With the 2020 Brands of Tomorrow announced this Thursday, we speak with womenswear designer Anna Mason - who has just completed her year of mentorship - on why she applied for the programme and what's next for her and her brand.

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Walpole Power List | Ashley Woodfield, Head of Ballet Press, The Royal Opera House

Today on the Power List, we meet Ashley Woodfield, Head of Press at The Royal Ballet, who discusses the importance of mentorship, collaboration (including bringing Erdem to The Royal Ballet) and partnerships - all of which helps him leverage his extensive network to promote dance to wider audiences.

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Walpole Commentary | Immigration Bill

In light of the publication of the government's Immigration Bill, we examine the key features of the new policy and the potential impact on the British luxury sector.

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Walpole Editorial | Why businesses must show solidarity with China by Chloé Reuter

"The feeling in China is that of isolation and misunderstanding by the outside world. Is the situation serious? Yes. Is it being handled with the goal of resolution as swiftly as possible? Yes." With Chinese customers accounting for 33% of global luxury sales, many businesses are understandably concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus. Walpole asked China specialist Chloé Reuter, founding partner of Reuter Communication, for her advice for luxury brands.

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Sustainable Stories | Hamilton & Inches

As Royal Warrant holders and Scotland’s premier destination for fine jewellery, Hamilton & Inches take their commitment to sustainable practices and the environment very seriously. They are members of the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council), whose standards for certification, from mine to retail, are rigorous. At a grassroots level, Hamilton & Inches’ showroom and workshop have occupied the same premises, first on Princes Street and now on George Street, since the company’s inception in 1866, which in turn reduces mileage and emissions.

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Brands of Tomorrow Flashback | Conker

Our focus on the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2019 continues with Rupert Holloway, Head Distiller and Founder of Conker - a premium spirit brand - who was paired with Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters as a mentor during the programme. As a direct result of this relationship, this February see Fortnum's stocking bottles of Conker's Cold Brew Tea Liqueur - created using Fortnum's Countess Grey Tea - in its three London stores in Piccadilly, The Royal Exchange and St Pancras.

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The Power List | Will Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares

The Rising Stars: Today on the Power List, we speak with Will Woodhams, CEO of the world's finest bookmaker, Fitzdares, who discusses getting his first 'big break' aged 29 as CMO of French Connection, as well as the secret to successful mentoring.

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Brands of Tomorrow Flashback | Sabina Savage

In the first of a short series looking back at the Brands of Tomorrow Class of 2019, we meet luxury scarf designer Sabina Savage, who discusses the impact the programme has had on her business and what’s next for her and her eponymous brand. 

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Walpole and Redrice Ventures announce new strategic partnership

In advance of the launch of the 2020 Brands of Tomorrow on 27th February, Walpole is delighted to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Redrice Ventures to further help early stage high-end brands get to the next stage of their development with regard to investment.

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Sustainability Stories | NET-A-PORTER expands NET SUSTAIN platform

NET-A-PORTER continues to highlight and celebrate the brands driven by a desire to make fashion and beauty more sustainable. For the first time, 27 beauty brands have just been added to the NET SUSTAIN platform, an important development in NET-A-PORTER’s sustainability journey that further allows customers to make informed choices. These new NET SUSTAIN beauty brand will be complemented by 45 additional fashion brands, taking the total up to 100.

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Brands of Tomorrow | In numbers

Walpole launched its flagship Brands of Tomorrow programme in 2007 with the vision to secure the long-term growth of the UK’s luxury sector by building a pipeline of next-generation brands. Now, more than 120 brands have completed the programme and many that have participated have not only grown significantly, but also found international success – Orlebar Brown, Bremont, Nyetimber, Emilia Wickstead, Miller Harris, Astley Clarke, amongst others.

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British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto | The Signatories

Earlier this year, Walpole launched the British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto – a commitment to helping the British luxury sector become the global leader in sustainability with a focus on four key pillars.

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The Power List | Alexandra Llewellyn

The 'Rising Stars'. In this week's Power List we meet Alexandra Llewellyn, founder of her eponymous luxury board games business - and former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow - who discusses her big break in the sector and why mentoring is so important to the next generation of luxury brands and individuals. 

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Sustainability Stories | James Cropper

James Cropper is a prestige paper innovator based in the English Lake District, supplying distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading luxury brands, art galleries and designers.  

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The Power List | Charlotte Semler, Co-Founder, Votary

Today’s Power List profile features Charlotte Semler, Co-Founder of cult beauty business - and former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow - Votary.

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Walpole commentary | Au revoir but not good-bye – Brexit day and British luxury

Walpole was in Brussels this week, representing UK luxury as part of ECCIA (the European Creative and Cultural Industries Alliance), at a presentation to the European parliament of a new study examining the contribution of luxury and high-end brands to the European economy and culture. Although the focus was on the €800 billion value of the luxury sector, the conversation inevitably turned to the week’s big issue - Britain’s official exit from the European Union.

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New report from Bain and ECCIA values the European luxury sector at €800 billion

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.

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Sustainability Stories | Carrier

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.

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The Power List | Nick and Giles English, Co-Founders, Bremont Watch Company

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.

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Walpole Editorial | The Need of a Restoration Revival by Roddy Clarke 

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.

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Sustainability Stories | Ormonde Jayne embraces the refill revolution

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.

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The Power List | Game-Changers | Kathryn Sargent, Founder, Kathryn Sargent

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...

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British Luxury Sustainability Manifesto | The Launch

“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.”

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WALPOLE LAUNCHES BRITISH LUXURY SUSTAINABILITY MANIFESTO

Walpole and Burberry, dunhill, Harrods, Johnstons of Elgin, Mulberry, The Savoy and Chivas Brothers unite to establish British luxury as a leader in sustainability.

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The Power List | Frazer Thompson, Chief Executive, Chapel Down Group

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...

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Life in Luxury | Ian Renton, Regional Director, The Jockey Club

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.

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Thoughts for the new decade | By Elizabeth Peyton-Jones

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.

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Walpole Editorial | 2020 Vision by Daniel Franklin

Let’s focus on what’s in store for the luxury industry this year and beyond.

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CEO Letter | 2020. So good they named it twice

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.

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Luxury Leader | Tom Marchant, Owner & Co-Founder, Black Tomato

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)...

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The Power List | Roja Dove,

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Georgina Attwood, Founder of Moriarty

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).

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The Power List x A Season of Luxury | Paula Fitzherbert, Group Director Of Communications , Maybourne Hotel Group

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...

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Aino Leena Grapin, CEO of Winch Design

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!

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with Rachel Vosper, Founder of Rachel Vosper

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...

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A Season of Luxury | Molton Brown

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!

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Ciara Palmer, Facebook Client Solutions, Luxury and Apparel

With Christmas a week today, we wholeheartedly agree with Facebook's Ciara Palmer's favourite festive things: family, Love Actually, champagne (and matching pyjamas)...

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Walpole Insight | Decoding the New Luxury Consumer by Facebook’s Lisa Yates

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Henry Cookson, Founder of Cookson Adventures

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Lisa Redman, Couturier

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.

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Walpole CEO Comment | Election 2019: A Clear Path Ahead?

"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.”

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Rachel Lloyd, Director of PR at Cunard

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...

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Karen Howes, CEO of Taylor Howes Designs

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!).

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Luxury Leader | Raphael Aflalo, CEO, My Love Affair

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.

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Member of the Week | Noble Isle

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. 

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Victoria Houghton, CEO of Hamilton & Inches

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with…. Päivi Svens, Vice President of Wedgwood Business

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...)

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… David Kendall, Marketing & Communications Director at David Collins Studio

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...

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The Power List x A Season of Luxury | Zia Zareem-Slade, Customer Experience Director at Fortnum & Mason

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...

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Manifesto promises and the impact on British luxury

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Catherine Archer, CEO of JING Tea

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason

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.

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A Season of Luxury | Celebrate with… The Walpole Team

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.

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The Power List x A Season of Luxury | Rebecca Jago, MD, The Last Drop Distillers

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.

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British Bohemians by Lydia Slater

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.

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Brands of Tomorrow Friday | Exclusive offers from Walpole

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.

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A Season of Luxury | How are you celebrating Christmas?

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.

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Behind the scenes with Kathryn Sargent

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.

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The Power List | Joa Studholme, Colour Curator, Farrow & Ball   

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. 

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Opening Film

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.

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Five minutes with the Founder | Georgina Attwood, Moriarty Events

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.

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An insight into South Korea with The Conran Shop

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.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2019 | The Winners

Dame Zandra Rhodes, dunhill, Church’s, Bentley and Burberry, FLOWERBX, Smythson, and Manolo Blahnik x The Wallace Collection amongst winners

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Walpole Awards 2019 | British Luxury Brand of the Year

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.

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Selective Distribution Consultation | Member update and opportunity to add your voice

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.

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Luxury Maker of the Year

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. 

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Luxury Leader | Ed Eisler, Founder, JING

Ed spent many years exploring Asia’s tea gardens and, with a desire to bring the highest quality tea experience to the rest of the world, he set up JING in 2004. 

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Walpole Awards 2019 | British Luxury Overseas

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:

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Creative Collaboration

With the 2019 British Luxury Awards taking place a week today, we feature the brands shortlisted for Creative Collaboration, in association with Times LUXX and Style.

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The Power List | Carla Filmer, Chief Marketing Officer, Manolo Blahnik

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 heights across all global markets, with projects comprising collaborations, an exhibition at The Wallace Collection last summer, and creative openings from Paris to Tokyo.

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Luxury with a Heart

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.

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Luxury Leader | Louisa Richter von Morgenstern, Founder, m squared

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.

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Sotheby’s x Holland & Holland Modern British Exhibition

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.

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Cultural Contribution 

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.

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Walpole NYC | British Luxury Showrooms: A film

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.

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Emerging Talent

Today we begin profiling the exceptional brands nominated for the 2019 Walpole British Luxury Awards. We begin with Emerging Talent, in association with Mishcon de Reya.

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Walpole Awards 2019 | What’s your biggest luxury?

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?'

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Laurence Fox to host British Luxury Awards

Burberry, Bentley, Ralph & Russo, The Savoy, Selfridges and FLOWERBX included in the shortlist of nominees for this year's prestigious Awards.

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The Power List | Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, CEO and Co-Founder, FLOWERBX

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.

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Walpole NYC | Chapel Down with the British Consul General

Day three of our US Trade Mission to New York ended with a Chapel Down reception at the private residence of the British Consul General in New York, Antony Phillipson.

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Walpole NYC | Cocktails with Spring Studios and Quintessentially

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.

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Walpole NYC | Afternoon Tea with Dame Glenda Bailey

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. 

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The Power List | Richard Brendon

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...

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Walpole NYC | British Luxury Showrooms

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.

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Walpole NYC 2019 | Day Four

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.

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Walpole NYC | Honouring Leonard Lauder, Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies

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.

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Walpole NYC | Chapel Down celebrates three years of fast growth in the USA

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.

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Walpole NYC 2019 | Day Three

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.

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NYC Insider | 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.

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British Luxury in NYC | Sabina Savage

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.

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Walpole NYC | The Art of British Luxury Hospitality

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.

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Walpole NYC 2019 | Day Two

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...

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British Luxury in NYC | mou

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.

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British Luxury in NYC | The London Sock Company

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...

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Why New York? Walpole’s US Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showrooms

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?

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Walpole launches third annual Anglo-American trade mission to New York

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.

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Walpole commentary: A New Brexit Deal

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.

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British Luxury in NYC | Lock & Co. Hatters

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.

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NYC Insider | Quintessentially’s Group CEO Annastasia Seebohm

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.

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British Luxury in NYC | Johnstons of Elgin

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...

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British Luxury in NYC | Kathryn Sargent

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...

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British Luxury in NYC | Cowdray

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...

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The Power List | Jessica McCormack, Founder & Creative Director, Jessica McCormack

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...

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A Celebration of Culture and Creativity in Chelsea Harbour

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.

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British Luxury in NYC | Heathrow VIP

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...

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Walpole and The Brexit Countdown: Changes to UK import tariffs in the event of no deal Brexit

With 23 days to go until Brexit, we bring you the latest news from the UK Government regarding changes to UK import tariffs in the event of no deal Brexit

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British Luxury in NYC | The Savoy

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...

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British Luxury in NYC | Molton Brown

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...

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Walpole launches New York Trade Mission at US Ambassador’s Reception 

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. 

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The Power List | Natasha Golubeva, Managing Director, Maison de Fleurs

"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.

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Walpole Comment | The impact of US tariffs on UK luxury

You no doubt share Walpole’s deep frustration at the news that the US will impose tariffs on $7.5 billion in European imports in a case involving European Union subsidies to Airbus.

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Walpole Careers | The luxury of time management

Time has never been a luxury. Creating and using it judiciously is and has always been critical to a company’s success, says Diane Metcalfe.

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Brands of Tomorrow 2020 | Applications now open

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.

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The Power List | Johnny Sandelson, Chairman, Thomas Goode & Co.

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’.

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NYC Insider with Peter Bates | Walpole’s 2019 US Trade and Press Delegation

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.

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The sweet (Spotify) sound of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

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Walpole’s School Programme | An update

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.

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The Power List | Nigel Mills CBE, Chairman, The Lakes Distillery

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...

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Royal Influence by Catriona Gray

The royal family have long expressed themselves through their choice of luxury clothing, and their media exposure ensures we are keen to emulate their style, says Catriona Gray.

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Beyond the box: The future of packaging

Futurologist predicts vanishing cartons, battery charging boxes and shape changing materials

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Life in Luxury | Karen Howes, CEO Taylor Howes Designs & Founder, Luxury Business Sphere

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.

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Legends of Literature: Natalie Livingstone talks books as Cliveden Literary Festival returns

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...

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The Power List | Kate Halfpenny, Founder, Halfpenny London

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.'

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Walpole Summit 2020 | New Strategies, New Horizons

Discover what the future holds for British luxury at the 2020 New Horizons, New Strategies Summit, in association with Global Blue and supported by Facebook, VERB Brands and The May Fair Hotel.

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Slippers & Sneakers | MULO launch Autumn/Winter 2019 Collection

A former Walpole Brand of Tomorrow, MULO today introduces their new Slippers and Sneakers collection for Autumn/Winter 2019 - from their classic espadrille to shearling-lined festive footwear.

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Luxury Leader | Katy Simpson, Founder and CEO of Noble Isle

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...

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As Goode as it gets | Join Walpole at a party with Thomas Goode

Thomas Goode is the hidden gem of London’s luxury scene, writes Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank. Join us for a party to celebrate the Indian summer on 17th September to find out why.

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The Power List | Marcus Wareing, owner, Marcus Wareing Restaurants

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.

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How to have a Summer of Luxury with Milliner Vivien Sheriff

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...

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NYC Insider with Charlotte Keesing | Walpole’s 2019 US Trade and Press Delegation

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Vanessa Jacobs, The Restory

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Nick Carvell, Editor, The Jackal

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.

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The Power List | Mavericks | Holiday with… Alan Scott, Creative Director of Johnstons of Elgin

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Iain Beaumont, Cowdray’s Director of Events

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Klaus Kabelitz, General Manager, Belmond Cadogan Hotel

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Jonathan Boston, Head of Sales, Ettinger

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Emma South, Jo Malone London Fragrance & Lifestyle Expert

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Taline and Levon Knadjian, Backes & Strauss

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Philip Shaw, Co-Founder, Savernake Knives

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Raymond Blanc, Chef Patron at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

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...

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NYC Insider with James LaForce | Walpole’s 2019 US Trade and Press Delegation

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Emma Parfitt, Director of Marketing Communications, The Savoy

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, Founder of FLOWERBX

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.

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Walpole and The Brexit Countdown: UK/South Korea Free Trade Agreement

Walpole welcomed recent news that the UK and South Korea have signed a joint statement for trade continuity post-Brexit.

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A Summer of Luxury | Must-have holiday accessories with Stephen Einhorn

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...).

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The Power List | Tastemakers | Thomas Kochs, Managing Director of Corinthia London

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Veuve Clicquot Picnic Bike Ride at Chewton Glen

Become part of the ‘Clicq’out during your stay at Chewton Glen this summer…

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Shelley Tichborne, Founder of mou

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Carol Lovell, Founder & Creative Director, STOW

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.

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Walpole Resources

Please click the links below to discover the latest news from Walpole, our members, and how to join the official sector body for British luxury.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Lydia Slater, Deputy Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country

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...'.

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A Summer of Luxury | Votary’s summer skincare advice

Votary has launched a collection dinky travel-sized best-sellers: luxury skincare that’s ready to fly.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Lance Patterson, Chief Executive of Penhaligon’s

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.

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NYC Insider with Marigay McKee | Walpole’s 2019 US Trade and Press Delegation

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.

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Walpole and The Brexit Countdown

As the UK counts down to 31st October, we reveal what Walpole is doing to help guard against the effects on the luxury sector of a No Deal Brexit.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Alexandra Llewellyn 

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.

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The Power List | Alex Oprey, Head of Marketing, Floris

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Will Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares

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...'

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Walpole Careers

Find your next role in luxury with the latest opportunities from within Walpole's 270+ member companies. 

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Mark Harvey, MD of Chapel Down

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!"

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A Summer of Luxury | Studiofibre’s Fiona Livingston on how to bring the outdoors in

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..."

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CEO Letter | Prepare for the worst, hope for the best: British luxury and a no-deal Brexit

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.

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The Power List | Steven Quin, Retail Director & Royal Warrant Holder, Turnbull & Asser

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Michael Ward, MD of Harrods and Walpole Chairman

Harrods MD and Walpole CEO Michael Ward keeps it short but sweet in today's 'Holiday with...', as he discusses why he's looking forward to some total relaxation this summer.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Huw and Rossella Beaugié, Founders of The Thinking Traveller

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.

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Book of British Luxury | Luxury Branding by Alexandra Shulman

In her essay for the 2019 edition of the Book of British Luxury, Alexandra Shulman asks: How can we balance the relationship between individual creative aesthetic and branding?

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Beanie Espey & Rebecca Jago, Joint MDs of The Last Drop Distillers

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.

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The Power List | Tastemakers | Fiona Barratt-Campbell

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.

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Luxury Leader | Jon Graham, CEO at Floris London

"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'.

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Life in Luxury | Carla Chabert, Perfumer at FRAGRANCES ESSENTIELLES

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.

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The Power List | Legends | Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director, Iconic Luxury Hotels

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.

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The Power List | Legends | William Asprey, Chairman, William & Son

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.

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CEO Letter | Living in Interesting Times

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.

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Walpole Summer Party in association with Pureprint

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. 

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The C Word

If you are taking the time to read this, and continue to do so – which I very much hope is the case – then we are already creating something together.

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A Summer of Luxury Returns… Join us this August

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.

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Life in Luxury | Maxine Kelly, Commissioning Editor – Watches & Jewellery, Financial Times

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.

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The Power List | Mavericks | Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle, Co-Founders, House of Hackney

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...

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Life in Luxury | Julia Marozzi, Head of Lifestyle Communications, Bentley Motors

This week, as part of our Life in Luxury series, we spoke to Julia Marozzi, Head of Lifestyle Communications, Bentley Motors.

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Join the 2019 Walpole US Trade Delegation & British Luxury Showcase

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.

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Book your place in the 2020 Book of British Luxury

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.

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The Power List | Legends | Robert Ettinger, CEO of Ettinger

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…

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Walpole welcomes UK government’s Tourism Sector Deal

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.

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DCM x Walpole | Building and Maintaining Brand Trust for the Future

"A brand without trust is just a product, and advertising without trust is just noise. Trust is the key thing we need to engage with."

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Walpole Awards 2019 | Nominations now open for the British Luxury Awards

Nominate the brands and individuals who deserve to be winners at the 2019 Walpole British Luxury Awards.

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Luxury Leader | Andrew Coney, General Manager, The Hari

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.

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Ettinger presents British Men’s Style Multi-Brand Press Day

Walpole member Ettinger has brought together 13 British luxury brands - including four fellow Walpole members - to create the first-ever 'British Men's Style Multi Brand Press Day'.

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The Power List | Legends | Michael Wainwright, Managing Director, Boodles

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...

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Meet the Media | Lucia van der Post at David Collins Studio

Wednesday night saw the legendary writer Lucia van der Post discuss the 'elegance of luxury' at the iconic David Collins Studio, in conversation with Walpole's Helen Brocklebank.

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An Enquiring Mind | Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

On Tuesday 18th June, Walpole brought together 20 of our members for a tour of Manolo Blahnik's enchanting new exhibition Enquiring Mind at the Wallace Collection.

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Luxury Leader | Richard Osborne, Managing Director of Pureprint Group

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.

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Staying Power by Lucia van der Post

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.

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What makes luxury sustainable? | London Luxury Think Tank 2019

Did you know that the fashion industry contributes 10% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, more than those emitted by all international flights and maritime shipping combined?

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The Power List | Legends | Andrew Maag, CEO, Dunhill

"Digital continues to disrupt and turn us upside down in every way we do what we do..." - Andrew Maag.

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The World’s Favourite Colour Project | A breakfast workshop with G. F. Smith

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.

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The Power List | Entrepreneurs | Sharan Pasricha, Founder & CEO, Ennismore 

One of the things about entrepreneurship is you've got to see opportunities where others perhaps don't..." - Sharan Pasricha.

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The Walpole Power List 2019 | The 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury

The inaugural Walpole Power List, in association with Inzito and Coutts, has been revealed at a party at Ennismore Sessions House in London on Thursday 6th June.

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Walpole & Rolls-Royce: Putting the Price on British Luxury

Walpole has revealed that Britain’s luxury sector is now worth £48 billion to the UK economy, with sales of luxury cars a significant part of this value. 

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Walpole announces 49% growth for the British luxury sector in four years

The sector is now worth £48 billion to the UK economy, with exports topping £38 billion and employment reaching 156,000.

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Tell your brand stories to 24,000 people

Walpole’s content programme and Daily Luxury Digest is designed to provide all members with the opportunity to amplify their business projects and initiatives.

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Life in Luxury | Beanie Gereadts-Espey, Marketing & Strategy Director, The Last Drop Distillers

This week, as part of our Life in Luxury series, we spoke to Beanie Gereadts-Espey fromThe Last Drop Distillers, on what it's like to be a 'rare spirits hunter'.

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Luxury Travel & Retail | An Insight Breakfast with the Chalhoub Group

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.

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CEO Letter | Walpole reflects on a record-beating 2018 at AGM

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.

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Walpole in Madrid | The Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit

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. 

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Life in Luxury | Amelia Wrighton, Category Director at Digital Cinema Media

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.

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How to Fail with Elizabeth Day | Women in Luxury Dinner 2019

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.

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SpringxWalpole | Social media lessons for luxury brands

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.

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The new rules of digital | Spring Studios on the changing face of luxury communications

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.

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CEO Letter | The Venice Biennale and A Royal Baby

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.

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Walpole & Brand Finance report | The Royal Touch

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.

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Luxury Leader | Victoria Houghton, CEO of Hamilton & Inches

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.

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Life in Luxury | Neil Tookey, Founder & Creative Director, Buffalo

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. 

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Book of British Luxury | Functional Luxury by Alex Bilmes

In the best design, from Bauhaus to desert boots, form always follows function, and it all started with William Morris.

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The hunt is over: Easter’s most luxurious eggs

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.

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Life in Luxury | Adam Duke, Founder and (official Walpole) Photographer, Adam Duke Photography

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.

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Walpole Book of British Luxury 2020 | Reserve your space

Following the success of the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury, we are now inviting brands to reserve their spaces in next year's book.

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Women in Luxury Dinner | How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

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.

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Life in Luxury | Kelly Montague, Marketing Director at Stephen Einhorn

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...

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Walpole x Home Grown: Step inside the new private members’ club for entrepreneurs

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.

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Marketing & Communications Directors’ Party with Gillian de Bono

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.

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Life in Luxury | Hannah Houghton, Marketing Manager at Ettinger

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.

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Building the Future of British Luxury | Walpole Summit 2019

Access the post-summit report, audio files, photos, presentations and video footage. 

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What makes luxury sustainable? | London Luxury Think Tank 2019

Walpole and the French Chamber of Great Britain, in partnership with Spring Studios and the United Nations, are delighted to launch the second edition of the London Luxury Think Tank.

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Book of British Luxury | 2019 Deliveries by Daniel Franklin

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.

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Mother’s Day… Easter… | What is your brand doing to celebrate Spring?   

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.

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Book of British Luxury 2019 | Launch party

The Gallery at Fortnum & Mason was the setting for the launch of the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury on Wednesday 13th March - see all the images from the event here.

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Book of British Luxury | A focus on Pureprint

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.

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Book of British Luxury | Timorous Beasties designs front cover

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.

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Walpole warns of £6.8 billion loss from No Deal Brexit

The British luxury sector warns of a £6.8 billion loss in value terms, per year to exports in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

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International Women’s Day | Walpole’s Women in Luxury Programme

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.

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Strategic Partner Insights | Forter: The Top 9 Questions To Ask Your Fraud Prevention Provider

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?

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Philip Shaw, Co-Founder & Director, Savernake Knives

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.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Marielle Wyse, Founder & CEO, Wyse London

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.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Rupert Holloway, Head Conkerer (MD), Conker Spirit

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.

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Brexit | Helping Walpole members with no deal planning

Walpole recently met with the DCMS to discuss Walpole member preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Sabina Savage, Designer & Director, Sabina Savage

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.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Dave Pickard, Co-founder, London Sock Company

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.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Jennifer Chamandi Boghossian, Founder & Creative Director, Jennifer Chamandi

Today we spend five minutes with Jennifer Chamandi Boghossian, founder & creative director of Jennifer Chamandi, and creator of beautiful, and comfortable, shoes for women.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Anna Mason, Owner & Fashion Designer, Anna Mason

Today we meet Anna Mason, the designer behind the eponymous brand, to find out how she defines success, what keeps her up at night, what inspires her, and her vision for the brand.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Ben Lewin, Co-Founder, Farer

Today we meet Ben Lewin, Co-Founder of British designed watch brand Farer, who shares his vision for the company, advice for those looking to start their own business, and his guiding principle.

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Join Walpole’s 2019 British Luxury Trade Mission to New York City

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.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | 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 Vanessa Jacobs, Founder & CEO, The Restory.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Claudia Lambeth, Founder & CEO, Luna Mae London

Today we meet Claudia Lambeth, Founder & CEO of Luna Mae London, the bespoke lingerie specialist, who shares her vision for the company, her greatest inspiration, and what British luxury means to her.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Laurie Timpson, Managing Director, 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 Laurie Timpson, Managing Director, Savernake Knives.

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Brands of Tomorrow | Launch Party

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.

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Five Minutes with the Founder | Carol Lovell, Founder & Creative Director, STOW

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.

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Brands of Tomorrow | The Class of 2019 Revealed

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.

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Let There Be Love | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Walpole members…

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.

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Let There Be Love | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier

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. 

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Let There Be Love | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The House of Garrard

The House of Garrard is thrilled to celebrate Valentine’s day with the launch of a new design – The Garrard Harmony.

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Let There Be Love | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Maison de Fleurs

Leading international florist Maison de Fleurs has unveiled a giant floral heart installation, in the iconic Covent Garden Piazza.

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Walpole Summit 2019 | Building the Future of British Luxury

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.

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Let There Be Love | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Hari

Celebrate Valentine's Day the Italian way at The Hari.

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Let There Be Love | Stephen Einhorn celebrate Valentine’s Day

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.

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Luxury Leader | Daniel Avener, CEO, MDR Brand Management

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.

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Work/Life Balance | Iain Beaumont, Director of Events, Cowdray

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.

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Work/Life Balance | Caroline Jennings, Head of Marketing and Communication, Cadogan

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.

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Walpole Collaborations | Noble Isle x Jing Tea

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.

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The Future of British Luxury | Walpole’s Summit on 5th February

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.

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Work/Life Balance | Alina Stankiewicz, Senior Sales Executive, Victor

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Zia Zareem-Slade, Customer Experience Director, Fortnum & Mason

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Justin Redman, Director & Co-Founder, RWD

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Chris Turner, Creative Director, CTO Lighting

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.

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Special offers at Marcus Wareing’s restaurant Marcus

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.

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The Age of Discovery | Facebook at the Walpole Summit

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Aino Grapin, CEO, Winch Design

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Marisa Giannasi, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Method Studio

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Alexandra Llewellyn

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.

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What’s next for British politics? Fitzdares shows their hand…

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris neck and neck as next Prime Minister, but no chance of a second referendum? British luxury’s favourite bookmaker, Fitzdares, gives Walpole the odds. 

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Work/Life Resolution | Kathryn Sargent

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.

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CEO Letter | Scene setting at The Savoy

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Nigel J Mills CBE, CEO, The Lakes Distillery

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Catherine Archer, CEO, JING Tea

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Luke Rittner CBE, CEO, Royal Academy of Dance

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.

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Work/Life Resolution | Helen Brocklebank, Walpole CEO

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. 

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Walpole partners with The Retail Summit in Dubai

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Historic Royal Palaces Emma Saunders

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).

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Beanie Geraedts-Espey, The Last Drop Distillers

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'!

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Claire Vero, Founder, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Debrett’s Renee Kuo

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. 

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Work/Life Resolution | Join Walpole’s New Year content campaign

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.

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Walpole Summit 2019 | Building the Future of British Luxury

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with Lisa Stevens, Head of Gifting at The Royal Mint

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Cowdray’s CEO, Jonathan Russell

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...

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Mathieu Deslandes, Head of Royal Salute

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Nick Keyte, MD, Gieves & Hawkes

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.

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CEO Letter | The Scent of the Season

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Staying safe online during the holidays with Forter

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Robert Ettinger

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).  

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BREAKING NEWS | Walpole Brand of the Year Belmond acquired by LVMH

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Michael Ward, MD, Harrods

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Arabella Preston, Co-Founder, Votary

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...

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Richard Brendon

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Alan Scott, Creative Director at Johnstons of Elgin

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Give the Gift of Fortnum’s

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… House of Hackney’s Frieda Gormley

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Iain Burnett, the Highland Chocolatier

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Tessa Packard

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Chapel Down’s Mark Harvey

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Celebrate with… Belmond’s Arnaud Champenois

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).

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“I’m fascinated by the philosophy and psychology of luxury” An interview with Times Luxx’ Kate Reardon

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.

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Wearisma x Walpole launch ‘The State of British Luxury Influence’

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.

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21 Days of Christmas | Join Walpole’s festive content campaign

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.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | See more from the event

On Monday, Walpole brought together 400 luxury leaders, creatives, influencers, media and VIPs to celebrate the considerable achievements of the British luxury sector over the past year.

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Belmond, Fortnum & Mason, Manolo Blahnik, Mulberry and V&A amongst winners at the annual Walpole British Luxury Awards

Fashion and accessory brands dominate the evening as the Royal Ballet x Erdem, DeMellier, Mulberry, Manolo Blahnik, and Alison Loehnis, President, NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER receive coveted awards.

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CEO Letter | Brexit: The Draft Withdrawal Agreement and British Luxury

Earlier this week I emailed Walpole members to take the temperature of the British luxury sector with regard to the three Brexit scenarios that have been so much discussed over the last week.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | British Luxury Brand of the Year

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.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Luxury Maker of the 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.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | British Luxury Overseas

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.

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CEO Letter | Last night a DJ saved my life

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?

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Leader in Luxury

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.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Cultural Contribution

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.

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Remembrance and Hope at Kew Gardens with Gaze Burvill

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.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Creative Collaboration

Today we unveil the nominees for Creative Collaboration, in association with LetsBab, which is awarded to the British luxury brands who have come together to create something unique.

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Luxury with a Heart

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.

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Jason Isaacs to host the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018

Fortnum & Mason, Sunseeker, Boodles, Royal Ballet x Erdem, Roja Dove, Donmar Warehouse and Mulberry join a prestigious collection of British Luxury Brands in the 2018.

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CEO letter | The Known Soldier

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.

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Walpole US Trade Mission to New York 2018 | Day Three

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.

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Walpole US Trade Mission to New York 2018 | Day Two

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. 

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Walpole’s US Trade Mission to New York 2018 | Day One

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.

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The Haves and the Have-Yachts: The World of Luxury Yachting and the Affluent Consumer

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?

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Five minutes with the Founders | Method Studio

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.

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Five minutes with the Founder | Olivia Francis, Hamilton and Hare

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.

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US Ambassador Johnson launches Walpole NYC Trade Mission at Winfield House

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.

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Five minutes with the Founder | Arabella Preston & Charlotte Semler, Votary

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.

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Tomorrow’s Talent | Walpole’s National Schools Programme

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.

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Cultural and Creative Dinner 2018

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.

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Five minutes with the founder | Kathryn Sargent

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.

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Five minutes with the Founder | Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, Founder, FLOWERBX

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.

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Applications for Brands of Tomorrow 2019 are now open

Applications for Brands of Tomorrow 2019 are now open.

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The Dovetail Agency Insight | Brand Bonds: The Power of Partnerships

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.

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Culture and Collaboration – the art of luxury | A Walpole panel discussion at Frieze

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.

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Three days in New York City | Walpole US Trade Delegation 2018

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.

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CBRE & Walpole Insight | Luxury and Technology

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.

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Latest tax-free insights from Global Blue

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.

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London’s Prime Property Market | An Insight from Hamptons Wealth

"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."

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Walpole Book of British Luxury 2019

Take your place among Britain's most exceptional brands in this definitive guide to the UK’s luxury sector.

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CEO Letter | Kingdom Come at Burberry

Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry. London Fashion Week, Spring Summer ’19 by Helen Brocklebank.

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A Life in Luxury | Jayne Alexander, Managing Director, The Dovetail Agency

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.

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An Indian Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Charlotte Tilbury MBE

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.

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LUXX evolves with a new thoughtful and sophisticated approach

The Times’ luxury magazine, LUXX, is published on 8th September and is the first issue under the direction of new Editor-in-Chief, Kate Reardon.

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Strategic Partner Insights | How Luxury Retailers Are Being Affected by Online Fraud

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.

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Five minutes with the Founder | L.O.N.B

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

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Latest research from Molton Brown’s Pretty Bold campaign

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.

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Exclusive member invitation | Luxury & Hospitality at Corinthia Hotel London

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.

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A Summer of Luxury Extra | Holiday with… Luxury Leader Gaze Burvill’s Simon Burvill

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. 

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Rae Feather

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Stephen Einhorn’s Stephen Einhorn and Jane Best

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Backes & Strauss’ Vartkess Knadjian

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Northacre’s Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro

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".

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Tessa Packard

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). 

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Rapport London’s Oliver Rapport

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).

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Renée Kuo

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Cowdray’s Iain Beaumont

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Johnstons of Elgin’s Simon Cotton

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...'.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Chapel Down’s Mark Harvey

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...'.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Walpole’s Helen Brocklebank

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).

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… DAKS’ Jo Smith

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Luxury Leader Rosebie Morton, Founder, The Real Flower Company

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…

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Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Ormonde Jayne’s Linda Pilkington

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… DCM’s Amelia Wrighton

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Fiona Barratt-Campbell

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Luxury Leader William Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares

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...

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… YOOX NET-A-PORTER’s Bruno-Roland Bernard

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… G. F Smith’s Margaret Sweeney

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.

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CEO Letter | The Engine of British Luxury

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.

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Want to set up your own fashion business? Read this first.

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.

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Luxury Leader | Dagmar Smit, Co-Founder & CEO, Elegantes London

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Robert Ettinger

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Dorchester Collection’s Rosanna Fishbourne

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Boodles’ James Amos

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Cross-cultural courtesies by Debrett’s

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. 

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A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Harrods’ Michael Ward

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.

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British Luxury: Timeless products in a changing world

An evening in conversation with Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole and LONDNR Magazine at Maison Assouline.

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Luxury Leaders | Iain Watson and Simon Rawlings celebrate 50 years at David Collins Studio

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.

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The latest news from Britain’s finest luxury brands

Discover the latest news, events, offers and insights from Walpole's membership of 200 of the UK's best-known luxury brands.

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Luxury Leader | Aino Grapin, CEO, Winch Design

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.

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Walpole Strategic Partner profile | Buffalo

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...

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Five minutes with the Founder | Rae Feather

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.

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A Summer of Luxury | Join Walpole’s August content campaign

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.

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Tax-free shopping for overseas visitors | An update for the luxury sector

The government is considering how best to digitalise the Retail Export Scheme (tax free shopping) to make it faster and more efficient than the current paper-based system.

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CEO letter | The Digital Detox

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'.

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The luxury sector’s response to the Brexit white paper

"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.

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Walpole appoints ANM Comms

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.

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Tell your brand stories to 21,000 people

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.

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‘A pro-business Brexit’ | An update from Walpole’s CEO

Dear members, 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.

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The British luxury sector joins call for a pro-business Brexit

Walpole today added its voice to the call for the Government to deliver a pro-business Brexit

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Brexit: The time to act is now

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.

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Walpole editorial | Have a Heart by Lorraine Candy

When it comes to luxury brands, ethical is cool and kindness is key, says The Sunday Times Style's Lorraine Candy.

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Walpole editorial | What’s in a word? By Justine Picardie

The meaning of luxury is evolving. Justine Picardie looks at its etymology, from lust and guilt to today’s need for stillness and contemplation.

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Walpole editorial | Best in Class by Alex Bilmes

His tech may come from other countries, but from his hat to his shoes and everything in between only British will do for Alex Bilmes.

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Promoting British Luxury in Europe

Walpole to take a delegation of member CEOs to the European Excellence Summit in Madrid, Europe's fastest-growing luxury market, from 11th to 12th September 2018.

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The Medium is the Message: Cinematic Storytelling with Digital Cinema Media & Belmond

"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.

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Meet the Media | Breakfast with Lucy Yeomans, Editor in Chief of PORTER

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.

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Black tie dressing for the Walpole Awards with Henry Poole

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.

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Royal Ascot | Lifting the Silverware, a guide by Garrard and Fitzdares

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.

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Royal Ascot | Styling Ladies Day with Suzie Turner and Fitzdares

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. 

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Walpole British Luxury Awards 2018 | Nominations now open

The Walpole British Luxury Awards celebrate and reward brands and individuals for their outstanding work in the luxury sector both in Britain and abroad. 

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Royal Ascot | Dressing and Drinking with DAKS and Chapel Down

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.

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Walpole member exclusive: Attend the Fundraising Gala for the Invictus Games UK Delegation

The Invictus Games - It’s more than just sport. It’s life-changing. It’s life-affirming. Capturing hearts. Inspiring minds.

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Royal Ascot | Talking Hats with Vivien Sheriff and Katherine Elizabeth

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.

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CEO Letter | The Anglo-Italian Relationship

What’s your favourite luxury under a tenner? Mine costs even less than that: €7.50, the price of a single ticket on the Vaporetto Uno, buys me 40 minutes of speechless wonder on Venice’s Grand Canal.

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Royal Ascot | Fitzdares share their top tips

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.

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Final call for New York City | Walpole US Trade Delegation

Walpole is finalising plans for our second-annual Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showcase in New York this October, and invites all Walpole members to join our activities.

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Exclusive opportunity to partner with the FT Weekend

This is your exclusive opportunity to partner with the Financial Times as they bring the pages of the FT Weekend to life.

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Three days in New York City | Walpole US Trade Delegation

This week, we have been focusing on the importance of the US market to Britain's luxury brands as we prepare for our second Trade Delegation to New York City.

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A slice of the Big Apple | The appeal of British brands to Americans

As Walpole's preparations for the 2018 US Trade Delegation and British Luxury Showcase gather pace, we focus on the almost-universal appeal of the UK's luxury brands on our transatlantic cousins.

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