Premium menswear independent Trunk, womenswear designer Osman and Emmett, the menswear designer, are among seven British companies named on Walpole’s annual “Brands of Tomorrow” list.
The luxury brands trade body selects between six and eight luxury brands from more than 100 applicants that it believes have the potential to become tomorrow’s leading British luxury brands.
Quirky men’s shoes designer Mr Hare; contemporary womenswear label Irwin & Jordan; Otis Batterbee, the luxury men’s gifts and grooming company; and home and furniture company Nuttall Home are also on this year’s list.
The chosen brands can now work with the Walpole “Brands of Tomorrow” mentoring group, which includes a range of luxury entrepreneurs and commentators including Michael Ward, managing director of Harrods, Jonathan Heilbron, chief exectutive of Thomas Pink and Guy Salter, deputy chairman of Walpole.
The “Brands of Tomorrow” programme was launched in 2007 by Walpole and is chaired by John Ayton, the chairman of Bremont Watch Company nd of jewellery brand Annoushka.
Commenting on this year’s selected companies, he said: “We are delighted to reveal the 2011 Walpole Brands of Tomorrow, an array of exciting, cutting edge brands run by some hugely talented individuals. We look forward to working with them over the coming year to help them develop their businesses further.”