DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the exterior during the press preview of the new V&A museum of Design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma on September 12, 2018 in Dundee, Scotland. Dundee's landmark V&A Museum of Design has been more than ten years in the planning with the £80m building set to open to the public on Saturday, September 15. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Businesses in Dundee have been eagerly awaiting the new V&A Museum of Design, which finally opened its doors yesterday with a promise to provide economy boosting tourism opportunities.

The £80.1m building, a striking architectural icon designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is expected to attract 500,000 visitors in its opening year and is guaranteed to transform perceptions of Dundee locally, nationally and globally.

This outside attention is intended to cement the city as a powerhouse of the Scottish economy, and the benefits of such an influx of tourism are much welcomed by Houlden Member, Derek Little, director of Walker Luxury Jeweller – located in the heart of the city’s Union Street.


“It’s predicted that 350,000 people will visit the museum on a yearly basis and Dundee will be £11 million better off during its first year, which is fantastic for us retailers,” says Derek Little.

“Like our jewellery and timepieces, the V&A is beautiful, stylish and modern, but also like Walker Luxury Jeweller – its history and heritage is undeniable.”

Walker Luxury Jeweller is home to some of the finest Luxury Swiss watch brands, and are proud to be the Official Stockist of Rolex, Tudor, OMEGA, TAG Heuer and Georg Jensen and Fope for Dundee.

With a selection of innovative designers from throughout the world, Walker Luxury Jeweller deliver an extensive diamond portfolio and combine their experience and knowledge with leading diamond artisans. From contemporary to elegant, the retailer’s portfolio of carefully sourced jewellery brands spans all tastes and occasions.

Little adds: “The V&A is undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of Dundee and a huge draw for our tourism, economy and the city’s retail industry. Long may she sparkle.”