British jeweller praised for cutting edge design and originality.
Rachel Galley has been named one of Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow, scooping a bespoke mentoring and coaching programme.
The brand, founded by designer Rachel Galley, was honoured with the title on Monday. This year marks the seventh year of the initiative, which aims to boost the presence of emerging British luxury brands.
Galley will now be mentored by leading luxury entrepreneurs. Previous mentees include jewellery brand and retailer Astley Clarke, Shaun Leane, watch brand Bremont, Charlotte Olympia and Orlebar Brown.
The seven other companies selected for this year includes the website Business of Fashion, luxury cashmere brand Goat Fashion, chocolatier Paul A Young Fine Chocolate and menswear brand Private White V.C.
Galley was selected to appear on film for finance and business site CNBC to talk about the Brands of Tomorrow program.
John Ayton, founder and chairman of Walpole Brands of Tomorrow, said: “We are delighted to unveil 2013’s Brands of Tomorrow finalists. The programme has mentored some fantastic brands over the last seven years and has an impressive alumni.
"This year’s brands encompass all the qualities associated with luxury – cutting edge design, quality, craftsmanship and originality. We very much look forward to working closely with them over the coming year and help them reach their full potential.”
Judges that selected this year’s eight Brands of Tomorrow included the Ayton, who also chairs Bremont Watch Company and jewellery brand Annoushka, Harrods managing director Michael Ward, former Smythson chief executive Sarah Elton and Jim Sharp, partner and co-founder of Sirius Equity.
Julia Carrick, chief executive of Walpole, added: “The Walpole Brands of Tomorrow programme continues to work with outstanding British companies. The programme provides the brands with an invaluable network and access to a wealth of advice from industry experts. This year’s finalists are a collection of Britain’s most promising and varied businesses and we look forward to working with them”.