British luxury needs to recognise hospitality

Walpole’s 2019 British Luxury Awards, at The Dorchester on 18 November, 2019, did include one hotel, The Savoy, nominated for British Luxury Brand, sponsored by Laurent-Perrier – that award in fact went to Dunhill.

Other winners were highly fashion-oriented: Manolo Blahnik, creative collaboration; Burberry, for luxury with a heart; Zandra Rhodes, legend, and so on.

The annual Walpole British Luxury Awards is the only event dedicated to celebrating the very best high-end products, services and individuals from a diverse range of British businesses, spanning multiple sectors: from fashion, fragrance and fine jewellery to hotels, automobiles and accessories. The British luxury sector is worth over £48 billion to the UK economy, and Walpole is committed to promoting, protecting and developing the industry’s unique qualities through its mentoring programmes, events, research and public affairs with the British government and in Europe.

The judging panel was chaired by Michael Ward, MD, Harrods, and included Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole; Mark Harvey, CEO, Chapel Down; Gillian De Bono; Michael Morley, CEO, Deutsche Bank UK Limited; Mark Henderson, Chairman, Gieves & Hawkes; Richard Carter, Director of Global Communications, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Dr. Frederick Mostert, Research Fellow, University of Oxford IP Research Centre.  (Question, why no travel specialist on that panel?)


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