Last evening the 17th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards took place at The Dorchester, in London, hosted by the world renowned, Golden Globe, BAFTA, International Emmy Award-nominated actor Jason Isaacs.
The 2018 Luxury Leader Award was presented to Alison Loehnis, President of NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, for her interdisciplinary, creative leadership skills across fashion, business and digital.
Amongst the other winners were the V&A: Fashioned From Nature, Royal Ballet x Erdem, Belmond, and Manolo Blahnik, who was named Luxury Legend in recognition of his 40-year career as one of the world’s most influential footwear designers.
As we’ve seen celebrated so beautifully this evening, British luxury, the arts and culture in the UK make such a massive contribution to the global reputation of the country and it seems more important than ever to celebrate the innovators, inventors and creatives who help to make Great Britain famous all over the world. My thanks to Jason Isaacs for being the perfect host and congratulations to all of our winners and shortlisted brands, you each make a towering contribution to the continuing success of our sector.Walpole’s CEO, Helen Brocklebank said.
The Walpole British Luxury Awards celebrate and reward brands, individuals and experiences that have demonstrated the pinnacle of excellence in the last year. Over 375 luxury industry creatives, executives and influencers gathered to applaud Britain’s longstanding luxury companies and emerging talent for their outstanding work in the luxury sector both in Britain and abroad. The British luxury sector is worth over £32 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.