Ozwald Boateng emerged winner of the long-running Walpole British Luxury Awards on Monday, with Sunspel, Anabela Chan and Boodles also winning on the night.
The awards “celebrate Britain’s luxury brands and people, as well as those who define Britain’s exciting creativity, innovation and global cultural relevance.”
Boateng received the Great Creative Briton Award. He became the youngest tailor to set up shop on Savile Row at the age of 28, served as creative director of menswear at Givenchy, created costumes for films including James Bond, and designed new uniforms for British Airways. He also just launched his first furniture collaboration with Italian brand Poltrona Frau.
Meanwhile, Boodles, founded in 1789 in Liverpool and one of the few remaining family jewelers on London’s Bond Street, took the title of British Luxury Brand of the Year in recognition of a record financial year and its commitment to traceability, sustainable growth, and support of local communities in South Africa.
It launched a new campaign this year, with twin sisters Eliza and Amelia Spencer as faces of the brand and who presented the award that night.
And fine jeweler Anabela Chan, which “champions lab-grown gemstones with fine jewelery designs, craftsmanship and a focus on ethical and sustainable innovations” received the Game-Changer award.
Neal’s Yard Remedies took home the award for Sustainable Luxury Brand of the Year, voted for by an independent panel of judges, all of whom are experts in their field. It was recognized for demonstrating its “steady progress in applying sustainability best practice across all aspects of its business and for its visible campaigning, including its long-standing project to protect biodiversity and bee populations in the UK.” .
Clothing brand Sunspel, which embraces luxury staples made with “unwavering quality” in Derbyshire, received the Made in the UK award after “demonstrating a strong commitment to the development of British manufacturing and the accelerated expansion of the brand outside from United Kingdom”.
And Browns Hotel and Paul Smith received the Creative Collaboration award for the launch of the Sir Paul Smith Suite, “which is testament to the seamless interplay between design, fashion and hospitality.”
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