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:
Mulberry is the largest manufacturer of luxury leather goods in the UK with two factories in Somerset. Founded in 1971 as a family business, Mulberry is now a truly global brand with three joint ventures launching in Asia over the last 18 months, and the opening of 17 new stores outside the UK.
Intrinsically British but ultimately international, Orlebar Brown launched in March 2007 as a more tailored approach to men’s beach and swim shorts. Still based in London, the label now operates 24 direct retail stores and has more than 250 wholesale stockists worldwide, and does 40 per cent of its business online.
Ormonde Jayne’s Old Bond Street boutique created a range of perfumes encapsulating British elegance, imagination and anarchy. Unmatched in originality, and pioneering ingredients such as Oudh and Black Hemlock, Linda Pilkington’s founding philosophy has been applied when choosing overseas partners. Today, Ormonde Jayne perfumes are sold in 170 niche perfumeries from Manhattan to Melbourne, The Mandarin Oriental Group and the newly renovated Raffles in Singapore.
The ‘King of Whisky’, Royal Salute, is an exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky, starting where most others end –at a minimum of 21 years. Created in 1953, the brand is today experiencing double-digit growth thanks to globally-led sales and marketing initiatives and an ever-rising demand for luxury products across Royal Salute’s 56 key markets including Taiwan, China, South Korea, USA, India and Brazil.
Established in 1887 by its obsessively innovative founder Frank Smythson, Smythson is a quintessentially British luxury brand, offering bags, accessories and scarves to leather-bound books, stationery and home accessories, all of which embody. Under new Creative Director Luc Goidadin and new CEO Xavier Rougeaux, Smythson has accelerated its growth and consolidated its vision, exporting its signature combination of meticulous craftsmanship with a quirky sense of British sophistication all around the world, particularly in the US and Japan.