Walpole is a UK based non-profit organization that furthers the interests of the British luxury industry by harnessing and sharing the collective knowledge, experience and resources of its membership. Walpole was formed in 1990 by a conglomerate of British heritage brands and corporations to collect and drive the best ideas for business and luxury in the UK market.
Walpole takes it distinguished heritage from Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745) who was a statesman who made a name for himself by promoting overseas trade to contribute to the golden age of manufacturing and craftmanship. In 2005 Walpole's mission changed from promoting British excellence to promoting British luxury.
Walpole's members include over 180 of the best and brightest the UK has to offer in the categories of quality, style, design, craftsmanship, creativity, service and innovation. Membership is divided into five membership categories; Core members, Friends, Brands of Tomorrow, Corporate Partners and International Associates. Apparel brands, service providers, cultural and education institutions, and real estate firms make up just some of the membership core. Membership is based on a referral basis and come at a handsome price, but the affiliation is worth the investment.
The leadership board of Walpole is a power list of amplifiers, influencers, connoisseurs, and co-signers. These are the tastemakers in the British luxury industry. Men and women such as Mark Henderson of Gieves & Hawkes, Michael Ward of Harrod's, and Julia Harrick of The Financial Times. Other luxury organizations on the board include Richemont, Thomas Pink, and The Maybourne Hotel Group.
Walpole offers a host of activities and programs for its members and the British community including brand promotion, business development, political engagement, thought leadership, mentoring up and coming brands and nurturing the smaller craft industries. These programs ensure that the luxury sector of today will be solidified for years to come tomorrow.
Walpole events are an integral part of its network. Executive dinners, networking events, seminars & workshops, and insight lunches offer members the opportunity to take a physically active role in generating business, supporting colleagues and creating initiatives for the cause of advancing British luxury. The highlight of the spring event schedule will be The Luxury Summit of 2013: Eastern Growth focused on Greater China, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East on May 21.