Walpole announced this month that the British luxury sector is now worth £48 billion to the UK economy, an increase of 49% in four years. Walpole’s CEO, Helen Brocklebank, believes talented key players within high-end brands have driven this. "British luxury has a unique sensibility – its products and experiences make the country famous throughout the world for creativity, craftsmanship, innovation and the ability to conjure new, exciting, relevant stories from a magical past," she said. "But what makes British luxury a £48 billion powerhouse is the exceptional ability of the people inside its brands, and Walpole's annual Luxury Power List recognises and celebrates fifty talented individuals and their impact on this extraordinary, fast-growing sector."
As well as the category of Mavericks, The Walpole Power List 2019 celebrates Entrepreneurs, Founders, Game-Changers, Gurus, Heroes, Legends, Rising Stars, Storytellers and Tastemakers within the Walpole membership, which encompasses over 250 of the UK's finest luxury brands. The full list was revealed in London this month, with the named influencers including Manolo Blahnik's Global Communications Director, Carla Filmer, and The Royal Ballet's Head of Press, Ashley Woodfield.