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Britain’s biggest boat builder, Sunseeker International won the ‘Champion of British Manufacturing’ award at the Walpole British Luxury Awards, which were announced at an awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London. Celebrating the best in craftsmanship, innovation and design from all sectors of the luxury industry, the Awards are in their 15th year.  Winners are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, all of whom are decision makers and innovators from the worlds of luxury and business. Commenting on the award win, Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker International says: “This award is a tribute to the skill and dedication of our 2,000 employees in Dorset where we have meticulously manufactured award winning luxury performance motor yachts for c.50 years. To be honoured amongst other prestigious British brands such as Jimmy Choo, Tate Modern, Stella McCartney and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a hugely rewarding experience for the whole team.” Excellence in…

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honoured with the ‘Best British Luxury Craftsmanship’ award at the 2016 Walpole British Luxury Awards. The award was presented during a glittering ceremony attended by luminaries of the British luxury scene by Rory Reid, BBC Top Gear presenter, at the Dorchester, London. The annual awards recognise individuals and companies in the luxury industry who exemplify British excellence and leadership in a field that contributes £32 billion every year to the British economy. The esteemed judging panel of luxury leaders, representing the most highly regarded tastemakers in the industry was led by Michael Ward (Managing Director of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole) and included Lucia van der Post (Luxury Commentator), Conrad Bird, (Director, GREAT Britain Campaign), Peter Ting (Curator, Ceramic Designer and Crafts Council Trustee), Gillian de Bono (Editor of FT How to Spend It) and Marcus Wareing (Chef Patron, Marcus). Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce…

OFFICIAL LUXURY AWARDS NOMINEE INTERVIEW – Category: FINE SPIRIT SOMRUS, by SomPRIYA, Chicago USA INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER AND CEO PANKAJ GARG THE BRAND STORY AND HISTORY What is the story of your brand’s development, its history and inspiration for it being founded? SomPriya Fine Spirits, LLC is a premium spirits company bringing age-old, traditional and delectable flavors from the Indian sub-continent to cups of libations across the globe. Recognizing an absence of liqueur which complements Indian cuisine and properly represents the vibrant culture that encompasses some one-fifth of the world’s population, SomPriya’s mission is to expose the world to the wealth of flavors from the Indian subcontinent through the creation of rich, cream and non-cream liqueurs crafted from the timeless recipes and taste profiles of this ancient land. The company’s first product, SomruS, meaning “Nectar of the Gods,” has references dating to 2600 BC as an alcoholic beverage for the…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGE PROFILE CHRISTOPHER WALKEY CHRISTOPHER WALKEY is a leading name in UK Social Media and is CEO of varied fast growing innovative concepts including Glass of Bubbly. ‘Glass of Bubbly’ is a leading name in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine industry that appeals to Bubbly lovers, enthusiasts and industry professionals both nationally and internationally. With the worlds only printed magazine dedicated to Champagne & Sparkling Wine that is released bi-monthly along with a growing following across social media and website subscriptions – Glass of Bubbly is the growing name being chosen by advertisers to build their brand exposure. For consumers: Glass of Bubbly is an excellent way to discover the ever growing world of Champagne & Sparkling Wines via the dedicated bi-monthly magazine that is available at venues across the UK including Searcys Champagne Bars, Selfridges and Bannatyne Hotels and comes both in print and digital…

The Maison Jeeper story began in 1949, but their wine growing roots were planted in the 18th century. When Armand Goutorbe, son of Victor Goutorbe, arrived back from the Second World War in 1949, he decide to produce and sell his Champagne. He christened his brand Champagne JEEPER, with an intent to making himself stand out from the many wine growers of the region who also bore the name Goutorbe, and the name referred to the Jeep, a gift from local authorities to help him more easily ascend the vineyard slopes. Champagne Jeeper largely carries out its operations at the Faverolles and Coëmy site, near Reims, in the north west of the Champagne Region. Its core business hinges on quality, not only in terms of production and vinification but also of the sale of bottles of Champagne. The firm also offers winemaking and winegrowing consultancy services. In 2013, anxious to…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGES PROFILE ANTONIO PARAISO ANTONIO PARAISO is a globetrotter. He attended school in the UK, Portugal, Spain, and he’s also lived in Germany. Then he travelled the world every month during 19 years doing business in more than 40 countries, across the 5 continents. Today, Antonio does consulting work for brands and companies and is an enthusiastic public speaker and executive trainer in luxury marketing, innovation and international business. Antonio has a strong academic background obtained in several Financial Times-ranked business schools, from Strategic Luxury Brand Management master programme to Executive MBA and International Trade Diploma. Antonio collaborates with the World Business Forum and contributes to magazines in Europe and Latin America, writing articles on luxury marketing, international business and customer relationship. Antonio Paraiso is also a business school professor, speaks 5 languages and is an innovation enthusiast. He holds a great deal of knowledge and…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGE PROFILE RICHARD CRAWFORD RICHARD CRAWFORD is a native Scotsman who grew up with an innate respect for heritage and appreciation for tradition. As a child, he became increasingly interested in culture and history and could often be found at the local airport where he would sit for hours, fascinated by the travelers, captivated by their sophistication and curious about their backgrounds. As an adult, Crawford relishes the opportunity to travel and experience the world firsthand, and never misses an opportunity to share his stories of adventures with others. In 2005, Crawford became the United States Ambassador to The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and his dream became a career, including luxury brand video production, editorial, concierge, spokesperson, and modeling. Richard Crawford travels the world with a film crew in tow, documenting the luxury experiences he encounters on the road. He can create custom footage for…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGE PROFILE JOHN SIMOUDIS JOHN SIMOUDIS is a respected expert in digital activation for luxury brands. He is recognized for his ability to define and extract the unique DNA of each brand and identify relevant emerging trends within the marketplace. He founded Simoudis Image Design, a branding and communications studio, in 1997 after stepping away from executive management positions in the New York luxury hospitality sector. John is also a Principal of Influence, a New York-based boutique agency specializing in digital marketing and social brand strategy whose focus is luxury and prestige brands. John guides the clients of Influence through the changing shifts in today’s digital marketing landscape that challenge brand relevance. He consults with clients on behaviors of high-net- worth consumers around the globe and provides counsel on best practices for turning brand agility into profitability. John is at the forefront of the luxury market,…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGES PROFILE BARBARA COIGNET BARBARA COIGNET began her career in communications and PR, working closely with a number of celebrated artists and fashion brands in France including Antonio Marras, Osklen, Muji, Valentine Gauthier, Korean designer Lee Young Lee or Peter Lindbergh. In 2009, she founded 1.618 Paris, the first agency that promotes sustainable luxury brands and guide them to build valuable images as well as strong communication stratégies. Nevertheless, 1.618 embraces and becomes a leader of sustainaibility in the luxury sector, organizing the 1.618 Sustainable Luxury event in Paris. The organization was born from her passion for the mutations in society, the real beauty and her belief that luxury and sustainable development were not only compatible but co-dependent entities. Her determination to be the storyteller behind sustainable luxury brands has allowed 1.618 to become an important resource for both professionals and consumers in search of products…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGES PROFILE ABHAY GUPTA ABHAY GUPTA, a veteran luxury & fashion strategist is the Founder & CEO of Luxury Connect & Luxury Connect Business School (LCBS), India. Mr. Gupta has been involved in the evolution of the fashion and luxury segments right from manufacturing, joint venture factory set-up, franchising, & now education. Identifying the very niche luxury talent need gap, he founded India’s first & only luxury business school in 2012. Mr. Gupta has been acknowledged as industry leader by Forbes, Economic Times, CNN-IBN, NDTV, Hindustan times etc, where his contributory articles and or quotes are regularly published. Besides, international publications like Forbes, Luxury society, black book, Images fashion, Luxury daily, The Top Tier etc. feature his analysis & reports about the Indian Luxury domain. A regular speaker at most Luxury Forums, Fondazione Altagama has also recognized his contribution to the growth of Italian luxury industry…

LUXURY AWARDS 2016 – JUDGES PROFILE REBECCA ROBINS REBECCA ROBINS is Global Director for Interbrand. She is based in London and works with the network of offices across Europe & Latin America. Rebecca has extensive experience in branding, having worked with a diverse range of clients across a number of industries. She has specialist expertise in luxury branding as well as all aspects of the language that brands use, from brand naming to tone of voice. She has worked in both the New York and London offices of Interbrand. A prolific writer, Rebecca has authored a wealth of publications championing the role and value of branding. She has written for The Guardian and her writing and commentary has been featured in Bloomberg, The Economist, FT, Luxury Society, Monocle, NY Times, Wall St Journal and WOBI. Rebecca is a regular conference speaker and member of awards juries. She was recently named…

When we think of luxury, whether we think simply of the word itself or its products and services, there are many adjectives that may come immediately to ones mind like beautiful – elegant – exclusive – excellent – magnificent – incredible – extraordinary – sublime. Despite the superlative language associated with luxury used around the world, only some people are aware of this fact, that — in order to achieve these marvelous attributes spanning all aspects from customers, through the product or service, no matter which touch point, the development of a luxury brand and business always must go through a lengthy and arduous development and management process. There is no excellence in that which is easy. There is nothing extraordinary about something cheap. There is nothing sublime if it doesn’t cause you to pause and take it in even for a few moments and leave you speechless as you search for the words to describe what…

OFFICIAL LUXURY AWARDS NOMINEE INTERVIEW – Category: LUXURY SERVICE JERRY ROSE FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN, NEW YORK CITY INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER AND CEO JERRY ROSE THE BRAND STORY AND HISTORY What is the story of your brand’s development, its history and inspiration for it being founded? As a 3rd generation floral designer, I had a proud heritage to uphold. My grandfather founded his floral studio in New Jersey over 60 years ago. Twenty-six years ago, the company name was changed to Jerry Rose and more recently renamed Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design, to fully capture the breadth of experience I offer my clients. Essential to achieving our vision was a dedicated world-class customer service philosophy with a consistent commitment to surpassing client expectations. Our dedication to a world-class, client-focused philosophy was essential to achieving our commitment to honoring client expectations.. That philosophy became the foundation through which we work…

As time plays on in its majestic and constant rhythm, the luxury industry continues to evolve. This ongoing evolution involves change in certain aspects, while other remain the same throughout centuries and are passed on generation after generation. Some of these evolutionary changes come from society which demands new rules for brands to deliver new products and services whilst maintaining certain values that are the foundation of the rest. Other changes come from the unique minds and hearts of an exceptional few who dare to question old and no longer relevant values and create new ones that relate more aligned to our life experience, that match better now what we see in luxury with how we want to experience luxury now and in the future. These inspiring and revolutionary minds have existed throughout history and all of them share four common traits: They all have developed a strong personal brand within the Luxury…

OFFICIAL LUXURY AWARDS NOMINEE INTERVIEW – Category: CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE JEEPER, FRANCE INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER AND CEO NICOLAS DUBOIS THE BRAND STORY AND HISTORY What is the story of your brand’s development, its history and inspiration for it being founded? Even though the roots of Champagne Jeeper date back to the 18th century, the Jeeper story truly began with the Second World War. Here is the story: It all started with the Goutorbe family who produced high-quality champagne in the town of Damery since the 18th century, right in the heart of the Marne valley. Armand Goutorbe, the heir to the family business, passed a major milestone in the brand’s history in the 1940’s with the war. As an intelligence officer for the French Army during the Second World War, the young winemaker was taken prisoner. He stayed strong and did not divulge any military secrets, eventually helping save American and…