Luxury brand consortium Walpole has, with a little help from law bods Mishcon de Reya, identified a dozen up-and-coming luxury businesses for its 2015 Brands of Tomorrow programme.
The brands, including a few of handy interiors names, win a year-long series of workshops and one-on-one mentorship on everything from business strategy and financial planning to marketing and distribution, from some of the UK’s top luxury sorts.
Walpole’s Luxury Brands of Tomorrow 2015:
- BEETLES+HUXLEY – an art gallery, specialising in classic and contemporary photography (pictured above).
Mentored by Kiaran MacDonald, Managing Director of The Savoy
- Bionda Castana – luxury footwear and accessories for women.
Mentored by Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods
- Emilia Wickstead – seasonal ready-to-wear collections, showcased at London Fashion Week.
Mentored by Jim Sharp, Partner and Co-Founder of Sirius Equity
- Finlay & Co. – lifestyle brand, established in London, and specialising in handmade eyewear
Mentored by John Ayton MBE, Founder of Annoushka and Links of London
- House of Hackney – luxury interiors label.
Mentored by Jonathan Heilbron, President and Chief Executive of Thomas Pink
- John Galvin Design – contemporary furniture and lighting products, in a range of fine woods.
Mentored by Mark Henderson, Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes
- Marwood – luxury British accessories label, founded by designer Becky French.
Mentored by Sarah Elton, Former Managing Director of Smythson, Chair of Debretts
- MULO – premium brand of slip-on shoe, known for its modern take on the espradille.
Mentored by Martin Bartle, Founder of Arthur Ridley Esq
- Only Fingers and Toes – luxury own-brand nail lacquer.
Mentored by Michelle Emmerson, CEO of Walpole
- Rachel Vosper – British-designed luxury fragranced candles, related products and accessories from a boutique based in Belgravia.
Mentored by Maurice Helfgott, Founder Director of Amery Capital
- RolleyGolf – handcrafted movement designed for golfers wishing to hop on and cruise their way around the golf course.
Mentored by Nick and Giles English, Co-Founders of Bremont Watch Company
- 14 Bike Co. – designer and supplier of stylish hand built frames, components and complete bicycles.
Mentored by Guy Salter, Luxury Industry Expert
Past winner – the scheme is now in its eighth year – include some rather successful names: Astley Clarke, Shaun Leane, Miller Harris, Bremont Watch Company, Rococo Chocolates, Nyetimber, Charlotte Olympia, the Business of Fashion, Mr Hare.
Michelle Emmerson, CEO of Walpole: “This year’s excellent group of very diverse brands represents the future of our industry. The British luxury goods industry is forecast to be worth £12.2 billion by 2017 and as part of our mission to develop, promote and protect this industry, we are dedicated to growing the next generation of talent. I am also thrilled to welcome Jonathan Heilbron as Chairman of our Brands of Tomorrow programme. Since Jonathan’s appointment as President and CEO of Thomas Pink, in 2004, he has revived, restored and reinterpreted the quality British shirt making tradition and in doing so built a globally successful luxury brand. His experience, vision and motivation are a huge asset to the programme.”
Jonathan Heilbron, Chairman of Walpole Brands of Tomorrow: “I am delighted to be chairing this outstanding developmental programme with Walpole. We are extremely fortunate to be able to partner with some of the most talented business leaders of our industry. Our goal is to create a programme of learning and facilitate the exchange of exciting new ideas.”