Rolls-Royce Motor Cars received the “Best British Luxury Craftsmanship” award at the 2016 Walpole British Luxury Awards. Since 1990, Walpole recognize companies in the luxury industry that epitomize English excellence and leadership in a field that contributes £32 billion every year to the British economy. The esteemed judging panel of luxury leaders, representing the most highly regarded tastemakers in the industry was led by Michael Ward (Managing Director of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole) and included Lucia van der Post (Luxury Commentator), Conrad Bird, (Director, GREAT Britain Campaign), Peter Ting (Curator, Ceramic Designer and Crafts Council Trustee), Gillian de Bono (Editor of FT How to Spend It) and Marcus Wareing (Chef Patron, Marcus).
Rolls-Royce are such worthy winners of this award. The superior craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes in to creating every car is second to none. They are true ambassadors of British luxury and work hard to nurture and support the next generation of talent. Congratulations to the entire team. – Michelle Emmerson, CEO Walpole
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, has admitted that the most celebrated luxury house in the world is built on the foundations of the skill and application of the world’s finest craftspeople. To be honored with the 2016 Walpole British Luxury Awards is a most gratifying affirmation of the work of these 1,600 extraordinary men and women. On receiving the award, Torsten used his acceptance speech to celebrate the vibrancy of the British Luxury scene, reiterating the importance of adhering to the key principles of true luxury – rejecting proliferation and the derogation of their craft through volume, to protect this art. He reaffirmed the importance of an intimate understanding of patrons of true luxury – those who seek to commission deeply personal expressions of their tastes, lifestyles and desires, executed with the finest materials at the hands of the world’s most skilled artisans at globally recognised centres of excellence.