The 2018 Luxury Briefing Awards took place on 5th November, hosted at The Savoy in London, and was attended by over 350 guests. The ceremony was hosted by the Chair of Luxury Briefing Awards Judging Panel, Charlotte Metcalf, and screenwriter and BBC Four panellist, Kit Hesketh-Harvey.
Hundreds of votes had been cast and counted across 11 specific categories that were then compiled to create a definitive list of nominations before the winners were hand-picked by the judges – a panel of leading industry experts.
An additional four awards were presented by Sir Eric Peacock, Chairman of Luxury Briefing, which were chosen independently of the judging panel by Luxury Briefing’s board of directors and editorial team. The eight judges, all notable thought leaders from across the luxury industry, included Luxury Briefing’s Chairman, Sir Eric Peacock; Arnaud Champenois, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Brand at Belmond; and Michael Wainwright, Managing Director of Boodles.
Top executives from leading luxury brands were present to present the awards, including Rémy Martin’s Brand Manager, Antoine de Labouchere; Creed’s Sales & Marketing Director, Nicky Valentine; Lynn Narraway, Managing Director UK & Ireland of Seabourn Jean-François Ferret, and CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World; and Tom Davies, Founder and CEO of TD by Tom Davies.
The award winners for the 11 categories were:
COMMITMENT TO POSITIVE CHANGE (sponsored by Rémy Martin):
Awarded to AccorHotels: received by Sophie Kilic, Senior Vice President Human Resources UK & Ireland, AccorHotels.
INSPIRATIONAL DIGITAL CONTENT (sponsored by Hero):
Awarded to Gucci>: received by Jonathan Siboni, President of Luxuryinsight on behalf of Gucci.
INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY (sponsored by Cence):
Awarded to Harvey Nichols & Hero: received by Deborah Bee, Group Creative & Marketing Director of Harvey Nichols; Paul Finucane, Group Stores & Trading Director of Harvey Nichols; Adam Levene, Co-Founder of Hero; and Maria Rodami-Lyster, Hero’s Partnership Success Manager.
INNOVATION IN BEAUTY (sponsored by Lucia Magnani):
Awarded to Fenty Beauty: received by Kat Fellows, Fenty Beauty Marketing Manager.
EXCELLENCE IN LUXURY LEISURE (sponsored by Attilus):
Awarded to The Carnegie Club: received by Peter Crome, Chairman and Managing Director of The Carnegie Club
EXCELLENCE IN CRAFTSMANSHIP (sponsored by Creed):
Awarded to Theo Fennell: received by Theo Fennell, Founder
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CHARITY (sponsored by Six Senses Courchevel):
Awarded to Aston Martin Cambridge: received by Simon Lane, Dealer Principle of Aston Martin Cambridge, Jardine Motor Group Ltd.
SUPPORT FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (sponsored by Seabourn):
Awarded to Rolex Mentor and Protége Arts Initiative: received by Melanie Grant, Luxury Editor of 1843 Magazine, The Economist, on behalf of Rolex.
INSPIRING CREATIVE DESIGN (sponsored by Small Luxury Hotels of the World):
Awarded to Louis Vuitton – Virgil Abloh: received by Natalia Damm, Senior Press Manager of Louis Vuitton UK & Ireland.
LUXURY ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Tom Davies):
Awarded to Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group: received by Jill Kluge, Group Director of Brand Communications and Michael Moszynski, Founder & CEO of London Advertising.
EXCELLENCE IN PRIVATE BANKING (sponsored by Jetfly):
Awarded to Weatherbys Private Bank: received by Roger Weatherby, CEO of Weatherbys Private Bank.
The Luxury Briefing Award winners, chosen independently of the judging panel, presented by Sir Eric Peacock, Chairman of Luxury Briefing, were:
The LUXURY BRIEFING AWARD FOR EMERGING BRAND:
Awarded to Ondine: received by Marie Guerlain, Founder and Creator of Ondine.
THE LUXURY BRIEFING AWARD FOR LUXURY BRAND OF THE YEAR:
Awarded to Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd: received by Simon Sproule, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
THE LUXURY BRIEFING AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT:
Awarded to brothers John and Robert Braithwaite, founders of Sunseeker International: received by John Braithwaite.
THE LUXURY BRIEFING AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL:
Awarded to Nadja Swarovski.
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