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.
This year’s very deserving nominees are:
Family owned fine jewellery brand Boodles celebrated 220 years in business last year, with sales topping £70 million for the first time, and Chairman Nicholas Wainwright awarded an MBE for ‘services to UK Jewellery Exports and to charitable fundraising’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. To mark Boodles’ 220th anniversary, a new necklace was created featuring 93 D-colour Ashoka-cut diamonds, making it the only British jeweller to offer the exclusive Ashoka-cut diamond, and last Christmas, London-based charity Street Child and Boodles came together to create a bespoke, limited edition pendant which will launch at Street Child’s 10th birthday gala dinner at Kensington Palace later this month.
Design driven, with style, innovation and excellence, dunhill is a British luxury brand led by the new vision of Creative Director, Mark Weston and CEO, Andrew Maag. Founded in 1893 by Alfred Dunhill, the House maintains the values of craftsmanship, tailoring and quality, while leading a discreet revolution in ready to wear and accessories. This year has seen the brand move to an astonishing new London headquarters and a rollout of store openings around the world, including China, Hong Kong, Dubai, Tokyo and Brazil.
Penhaligons has been delighting the world’s fragrance connoisseurs with its idiosyncratic British sensibility for nearly 150 years. After the brand was acquired by Puig in 2015, it has gone from strength to strength under the leadership of CEO Lance Patterson, with new, experiential store formats and international expansion. This year, Penhaligon’s opened the first ‘Made-to-Measure’ Penhaligon’s boutique in travel retail at Hamad International Airport in Qatar, and has recently expanded within the UK with the opening of three new stores.
You don’t just stay at The Savoy, The Savoy stays with you. The only luxury hotel on the River Thames, The Savoy has been at the forefront of hospitality for over 130 years yet is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the modern traveller. In 2019, The Savoy continues to be the gold standard in hospitality, awarded five-star rating by Forbes Travel Guide, the American Bar crowned Hotel Bar of the Year at the CLASS Bar Awards, and Declan McGurk awarded the coveted title of Bar Manager of the Year. With exceptional service at the heart of everything, a Savoy experience is built on memories created and stories told across the generations.
Selfridges’ unique, modern retail proposition and its focus on sustainability and creativity has helped the brand realise record results, up 6% this year to £1.85 billion. Not only did Selfridges play a key role in Fashion Pact at the August G7 Summit and continue to invest in sustainable initiatives, the brand has also committed to pushing the boundaries of the retail environment, with a 60,000 sq ft accessories hall, a men’s designer street room with skate bowl, a cinema in London, and a new beauty hall and expanded accessories space in Manchester.