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The 2021 British Luxury Awards: The Winners Revealed

Anya Hindmarch, Bremont, Burberry and McLaren Automotive named winners at the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2021. Richard Quinn and Monica Galetti win new Great Creative Britons award and Rita Ora takes British Artistic Icon award.
16th Nov 2021
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Walpole Awards The 2021 British Luxury Awards: The Winners Revealed
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On Monday 15th November, over 300 luxury industry creatives, leaders and influencers gathered at the annual Walpole British Luxury Awards to reward some of the UK's finest luxury brands and most talented individuals, and to celebrate their exceptional achievements during a tumultuous year. 

Held at The Dorchester, Mayfair and hosted by award-nominated English actor, Natalie Dormer, the ceremony was attended by Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, Jason Fox, Giles Coren, Bimini, Emma Thynn Marchioness of Bath, Niclas Baker, Yinka Ilori and Richard E Grant.

This year, the awards looked toward the future; what it means to be the best and setting the bar high in a new post-Covid, post-Brexit world. As the only event dedicated to celebrating the very best of Britain, the Walpole British Luxury Awards recognise the contribution luxury and high-end businesses make to the UK.
“As we look beyond the pandemic, tonight’s award winners capture exactly the kind of creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and excellence that will take the country to the next level and move us from recovery to renaissance. I hope we can take inspiration from them all.” 

Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole

The introduction of a new category ‘Great Creative Britons’ award, celebrated two creatives whose talent has enriched the cultural landscape of the UK with womenswear designer Richard Quinn and celebrated chef Monica Galetti scooping awards in recognition of their skill, experimentation and artistic impact which makes them outstanding global ambassadors, capturing the innovation and freedom of expression for which the UK is famous. 

Multi award-winning singer-songwriter, Rita Ora took the ‘British Artistic Icon’ award, for her musical and artistic contribution to the UK and was presented her award by BAFTA, Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winning Director, screenwriter and actor, Taika Waititi.

The ‘Best of British’ award was given to Dame Professor Sarah Gilbert, championing the pioneering and life-changing work in the development of a globally recognised vaccination against Covid-19. The research and development were supported by one of British luxury’s biggest brands Burberry. Burberry acted with immediacy, purpose and determination demonstrating the power to do good and global influence of luxury British brands.  

The ‘Made in the UK’ award was presented to Henley-on-Thames watchmaker, Bremont and collected by founders Nick and Giles English, who demonstrated excellence in, and a commitment to, the development of British manufacturing through investment, training, education and apprenticeships. 

Anya Hindmarch was given the ‘Visionary’ award for her exceptional creativity and vision throughout her career, one of the first British luxury entrepreneurs to put sustainability at the core of her brand and re-thinking retail through her ambitious five-store Anya’s Village project. Anya exemplifies the agility and inventiveness synonymous with British luxury. 

For the first time, the 12 exciting, young businesses that have completed Walpole’s 2021 Brands of Tomorrow mentoring programme for up-and-coming luxury brands were recognised for their completion of the programme and for not only surviving, but thriving over the past difficult year. They represent the very best in British entrepreneurship - maverick spirit, creativity and determination run through them all.

This year’s British Luxury Awards benefitted Walpole’s charity partner, the NSPCC for whom Natalie Dormer is an Ambassador for Childline. The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to protecting children today to prevent abuse tomorrow. Walpole raised almost £20,000 from a Silent Auction on the night which included exceptional luxury items - including 'money-can't-buy' gifts and experiences.

The black-tie event began with a Laurent-Perrier champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner of Potimarron squash risotto with burrata and baby artichokes, followed by sirloin of Hereford beef, mushroom and nettle pithivier, Winter vegetables, morel reduction and finishing with pear tart tatin with Calvados ice cream. Berry Bros. & Rudd wine was served as the awards were announced and the night was capped off with an after-party hosted by Royal Salute, which created a signature Mayfair and Salute the Quinn punch and table gifts were provided by Wedgwood, RUUBY, and Biscuiteers. 



Best of British Award
In association with Laurent-Perrier    
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert and Burberry 
Presented by Niclas Baker

Great Creative Britons Award
Richard Quinn 
Presented by Bimini 
Monica Galetti 
Presented by Giles Coren 
British Artistic Icon    
Rita Ora 
Presented by Taika Waititi 

Made in the UK Award
In association with The Department for International Trade    
Presented by Jason Fox

Game Changer Award    
McLaren Automotive 
Presented by Emma Thynn Marchioness of Bath

Visionary Award
In association with The Times and The Sunday Times
Anya Hindmarch
Presented by Richard E Grant

Brands of Tomorrow – The Class of 2021
In association with Mishcon de Reya    
Eight Lands    
Harper Concierge
Marfa Stance    
My Wardrobe HQ
Rothschild & Bickers    
Sarah Haran    
The Deck
Presented by Yinka Ilori 
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