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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New, thought-provoking, research, case studies and panel discussions as well as conversations with some of British Luxury’s most exciting leaders offer a day rich in content and answering important questions about what’s in store for luxury in the UK over the coming 12 months.

TUESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2019
8AM – 6PM
BAFTA, 195 PICCADILLY, LONDON W1J 9LN

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Coffee and registration take place from 8am, with opening words at 8.35am from Harrods Managing Director and Walpole Chairman, Michael Ward, and Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank. The Summit finishes at 5pm with time afterwards for those who want to stay for networking over drinks.

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Highlights include:

The launch of our 2019 Economic Impact data, showing the value to Britain of the UK luxury sector and how much it has grown over the last five years, and a showcase of never-seen-before Bain research into the global luxury market.

The Economist’s Rosie Blau talking about the economic and political context luxury brands will be trading in over the coming months.

Anna Murphy of The Times in conversation with Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo of British couture brand Ralph & Russo, asking how they’ve managed to scale a business that employs more couture craftspeople than Dior or Chanel in fewer than 10 years, and why theirs will be British luxury’s next billion pound business.

Global Blue CEO Jacques Stern on why luxury shopping is such a compelling part of the visitor experience, and how Chinese tourism is driving new trends for British luxury brands

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Richard Carter discussing how personalisation and customisation is the secret to the marque’s record global sales growth.

Gillian De Bono, The Financial Times How to Spend It’s Editor in Chief, on why storytelling is central to luxury and why brand reputation is still built offline

Harper’s Bazaar’s Lydia Slater talking to Manolo Blahnik CEO Kristina Blahnik (pictured) about what it means to constantly innovate an iconic brand and what the new luxury customer wants (clue: sneakers aren’t the only game in town)

Facebook offering innovative ways to discover the new luxury customers, particularly those that are otherwise hard to reach

In addition, Aleksandra Szymanska from The Future Lab shares five trends for the next five years that everyone in luxury needs to know; FarFetch’s Gavin Williams, Harrods CMO Amanda Hill, Estee Lauder’s Lesley Crowther and Sybarite’s Simon Mitchel outline the future of luxury retail; plus storytelling; shopping tourism; the China opportunity; augmented reality; unlocking your creativity; brand purpose and the new consumer; and much, much more.

Tickets are from £295 plus fees.

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