BRIT AWARDS: Walpole has added five new categories for the 15th edition of its British Luxury Awards, to be held at London’s Dorchester hotel on Nov. 14.
The industry event highlights British luxury brands’ craftsmanship, design and innovation. Nominations are open and will close on Sept. 2.
The new categories include champion of British luxury manufacturing, digital innovation in British luxury, emerging British luxury talents, the Walpole 2016 leader in luxury and champion of British luxury overseas.
The judging panel includes industry names such as Michael Ward, Conrad Bird, Joan Burstein, Richard Carter, Gillian de Bono, Michelle Emmerson, Peter Ting, Lucia van der Post and Marcus Wareing.
“This year we have developed new categories to recognize the pioneering work of British brands to increase education and employment for skilled luxury craftspeople within the U.K.,” said Walpole chief executive officer Michelle Emmerson. “The British luxury industry is going from strength to strength and we want to acknowledge the manufacturers and the craftspeople at the heart of our industry who are paramount to its continuing success.”
Last year, Victoria Beckham scooped the British luxury brand of the year. Other winners included Charlotte Olympia Dellal for best luxury brand ambassador, Emilia Wickstead for best emerging British brand and Valentino for best international brand.
Walpole is a not-for-profit organization that aims to protect and promote British luxury brands at home and abroad with members including Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Harrods and Jimmy Choo.