LONDON — Walpole, the not-for-profit British luxury trade organization, handed out its annual luxury awards at London’s Victoria & Albert museum Monday night. The organization honored labels that ran from major names such as Stella McCartney and Burberry to firms such as Dovecot Studios, a Scottish tapestry studio and make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury’s cosmetics line.
Among the winners were Tilbury for Emerging British Luxury Brand; online fashion marketplace Farfetch for the British Luxury Brand Digital Innovation award; Stella McCartney for the Corporate Social Responsibility award; Dovecot Studio for British Luxury Craftsmanship; and Burberry, which won the award for Brand Advertising Campaign for its My Burberry fragrance campaign.
Joan Burstein, meanwhile, the founder and owner of Browns in London, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the ceremony. British Vogue’s editor Alexandra Shulman presented Burstein with the award, and was full of superlatives for Burstein and her aesthetic.
“She has the kind of immaculate taste that turns one into a craven copycat…[and] when you’re in her company she makes you rise to her own incredibly high standards,” said Shulman. And while Burstein thanked Walpole for the award, she told the crowd that the honor didn’t mean she was about to retire, adding: “I love Browns very much…I love looking for these wonderful pieces around the globe and I love my customers,” she said.