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.
Last year, this award was won by Bentley, and today we are delighted to reveal that Ardbeg; Church’s; The Gleneagles Hotel; James Purdey & Sons; and Mulberry have been shortlisted in this category; please see below to discover why.
Since 1815, the craftsmen of Ardbeg have passed their skills from generation to generation: studiously sharing the secrets of creating the Ultimate Islay single malt whisky. Their understanding of the ingredients, the processes and nature require patience and time, just as it does to create Ardbeg’s award winning whisky.
Founded in 1873, Church’s has been demonstrating a commitment to design and craftsmanship for over 145 years. The brands iconic lasts transcend fashions, meaning no Church’s shoe will ever go out of style. The historic Northampton factory houses a team of highly skilled and innovative artisans, who set the level of excellence for which Church’s is respected for throughout the world.
The Gleneagles Hotel
Gleneagles has been working with a range of local, regional and national brands, artisans and makers to create beautiful products and experiences which celebrate the wealth of craftsmanship, traditions and ingredients across Scotland and the UK. From luxury leather, Labrador toys and local ceramicists to smoked salmon, salami and shortbread, our collaborations showcase a shared passion for quality and heritage.
James Purdey & Sons
Since 1814, James Purdey & Sons has been perfecting the art of the ‘Best’ London gun, making the finest-quality shotguns, rifles and shooting equipment. When a customer orders a handcrafted Purdey product, they are joining a tradition of excellence that spans over two centuries. The attention to detail and craftsmanship of this iconic British company also reflects in their range of clothing, luggage and accessories.
Mulberry, the home of modern British craftsmanship, champions the enduring values which first inspired them: a respect for materials and a respect for the people who invest in them. Their two Somerset factories are home to a 600-strong team of makers including members of the Apprenticeship Programme – evidence of the brand’s dedication to the nurturing of future craftspeople.