Walpole Summit 2019 | Building the Future of British Luxury

Hear from Manolo Blahnik, Ralph & Russo, Harrods, Farfetch, Instagram, Rolls-Royce, The Times, Estée Lauder, Harper’s Bazaar and more at Walpole’s inaugural ‘Future of’ event at BAFTA on Tuesday 5th February, in association with Global Blue and Facebook.


Tuesday 5th February 2019
8am – 6pm
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

Tickets from £295 + fees
Walpole members can receive a special discount by clicking here.

British luxury brands have built businesses on their creative leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, their investment in international markets and an innate ability to create desire, but what does the future hold for the sector in the context of political uncertainty and changing customer trends, and how do we continue to lead, innovate and create sustainable growth?


To answer these questions and more, join expert speakers including:

Kristina Blahnik, CEO, Manolo Blahnik
Rosie Blau, Editor, The Economist 1843
Richard Carter, Director of Global Communications, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Kevin Chesters, Partner/CSO, Harbour
Lesley Crowther, Vice President Consumer Engagement & Retail, The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland
Claudia D’Arpizio, Partner, Bain 
Gillian de Bono, Editor, How To Spend It
Misan Harriman, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, What We See
Amanda Hill, Chief Marketing & Customer Officer, Harrods
Al MacCuish, Co-Founder & Creative Officer, Sunshine
Maureen McDonagh, Industry Manager, Facebook & Instagram
Simon Mitchell, Co-Founder, Sybarite
Anna Murphy, Fashion Director, The Times
Michael Russo, CEO, Ralph & Russo
Chloe Reuter, Founder & CEO, Reuter Communications
Rebecca Robins, Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer, Interbrand
Tamara Ralph, Creative Director, Ralph & Russo
Lydia Slater, Deputy Editor, Harper’s Bazaar
Jacques Stern, CEO, Global Blue
Aleksandra Szymanska, Art Director, The Future Laboratory
Henrietta Thompson, Editor at Large, Wallpaper*
Lisa Yeates, Client Partner, Retail, Facebook & Instagram
Gavin Williams, Director of Product, Farfetch

The Summit will bring together 200 luxury business and creative leaders to explore the latest consumer insights and business strategies; analyse the most recent developments in augmented retail; discuss the new routes of discovery and customer engagement; and share best practice in creativity, innovation and leadership.

Topics include:

Marco economic and political outlook for the next 12 months
The outlook and headwinds for the luxury sector over the next 5 years
Business strategies to drive growth
Lessons in business and creative leadership
Latest consumer trends and insights affecting the luxury sector
International visitors trends to the UK and Europe
A view of the Chinese market and travelling Chinese customers
Most recent developments in augmented retail and the customer experience
New routes of discovery, communications and customer engagement
Brand building and cultural excellence
Share best practice in creativity, innovation and leadership

Be sure to join us at BAFTA in London on Tuesday 5th February 2019 to discover how, as a sector, we can build the future of British luxury.


In association with Global Blue and Facebook.

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