Against the backdrop of The Dorchester hotel, the winners of the 14th edition of the Walpole Luxury Award were announced. Walpole, the British association of British luxury brands, has awarded nine winners with a trophy.
One of the most praised winners was Victoria Beckham, who launched her eponymous label in 2008. Beckham won the award for British Luxury Brand of the Year, thereby prevailing over nominees such as Alexander McQueen and Burberry. "I feel a little overwhelmed because this does really mean an enormous amount to me. I've always dreamed big. I believe in creative visualisation," Beckham told Vogue UK after receiving her award.
Other nominees whose work was awarded by Walpole include British designer Emilia Wickstead, who could take home the award for best New British Luxury Talent, and Pippa Small who won the award for Most Socially Responsible British Luxury Brand.
“The winners at tonight´s Walpole British Luxury awards demonstrate excellence in design, quality and experience in the luxury sector both within Britain - where the luxury industry is now worth over 32 billion pounds - and internationally,” stated Walpole´s CEO Michelle Emmerson.
Walpole is an alliance of 170 British luxury brands, which strives to promote and help develop the British luxury industry. Currently, this sector accounts for 25 billion pounds of the national economy in Great Britain. The Walpole Awards are held annually, and previous winners include Stella McCartney and Burberry.