Bamford & Sons has been named ’Best Emerging British Luxury Brand’ at the 2006 Walpole Awards for Excellence, held on November 20th. The not for profit group champions the excellence of British luxury brands at home and abroad.
Bamford & Sons overcame competition from Radcliffe Jeans, Zufi Alexander, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Shah and Rupert Saunders: each judged on their potential and ability in 2006 to develop into an established British Luxury brand.
Dubbed ‘The Luxury Oscars’, the Walpole 2006 awards ceremony recognizes some of the World’s outstanding brands and individuals. The award was collected by Helen Wright, Managing Director of Bamford & Sons, who said: "We are all delighted to have won such a prestigious award. It’s a great credit to the team and all our efforts over the past year.
The panel of judges included Nick Foulkes, Stephen Fry, Nick Hurrel of M&C Saatchi and Anne Pitcher of Selfridges.
This was my second visit to Tokyo Design Week and the container show just gets better and better. The concept is simple, customise a large freight container into a showcase for you brand. This year’s show had a strong British presence, with containers from designers Block and five from a competition run by Icon Magazine. The theme was love and my two favourites have to be the fabulous Viable pink flamingos and the Hulger Prison, where prisoner and visitor conversed via telephone. Big brands have begun to cotton on to the kudos of this edgy show and Nike and Kenzo perfume where both represented this year with great experiential container shows.
The new Louise T Blouin Institute opening last month and we went to have a look at the first exhibition which is James Turrell – A Life in Light. It is a stunning space with a lovely courtyard café and an extraordinary space inside. The installation reminded me of the fantatic Dan Flavin show at The Hayward earlier in the year and is a good start for the Institute which is well worth a visit. The address is 3 Olaf Street, W11 and it opens during the week and at weekends from 12.00.
This shop is a little gem of gifts and design products on the South Bank – that has just opened. The whole area is getting a facelift, but as the official relaunch of the Royal Festival Hall isn’t until next year, they are keeping quiet about this little shop until then. It’s full of products that I haven’t seen before in this country – adorable cards, children’s gifts, divine notepads, funky jewellery, chic tableware all displayed in a lovely space. This is a wonderful place for Christmas gifts that you won’t find anywhere else – I challenge anyone to go in and not leave with something very special.