An insight into some of Britain’s coolest brands
Fred & Ginger
Graham & Brown
Green & Black’s Organic
Hotel Café Royal
Hotel du Vin
Mövenpick Ice Cream
Pret A Manger
Rockett St George
The French Bedroom Company
The House of St Barnabas
The May Fair
The Saucy Fish Co.
The View from The Shard
The Zetter Townhouse
Musician & Actor
Former frontman of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things, Carl’s eponymous debut solo album was released in 2010. Following numerous theatrical appearances, including Pop’pea at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Carl dueted with Vanessa Paradis on her forthcoming album. Now focusing on songwriting, Carl is working in the studio with Johnny Marr, Andy Burrows and Ed Harcourt.
David Harewood MBE
A RADA graduate, David has received huge critical acclaim for his work in theatre, cinema and television. He played Captain Poison in the Oscar-nominated film Blood Diamond, starred alongside Claire Danes in hit US drama Homeland, and recently worked with Liam Neeson in the film Third Person. In 2012, David received an MBE for services to drama.
Millie Kendall MBE
Beauty Brand Creator
Alongside Anna-Marie Solowij, Millie is Co-Founder of BeautyMART, a disruptive retail concept for beauty at Harvey Nichols, Shoreditch and Topshop and online at thisisbeautymart.com. Millie has been instrumental in the success of many cult beauty brands, from Shu Uemura and Aveda to Ruby & Millie and Concoction Haircare.
DJ, TV Presenter & Blogger
Izzy has DJ’d at global events including Coachella for Guess, Vogue Fashion Nights Out & The Grand Prix. As a presenter she has worked with the BBC, Sky, MTV and Sundance channel. Her blog, izzyfied.com, has recently partnered with Dazed & Confused and she writes a column on tech for The Good Web Guide.
Blogger, DJ & Model
A major influence in the world of social media, Bip is also a DJ, artist and one of the fashion industry’s foremost bloggers at bipling.com. Having fronted numerous high end campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Nike, CK ONE Color Cosmetics and Uggs, her creativity has also led to a design collaboration with luxury shoe company Pretty Ballerinas.
Writer, Broadcaster, Artist & Co-Founder, thegoddessguide.com
After more than one million people read her illustrated fashion and culture books, and now her daily blog, thegoddessguide.com, Gisèle became a publishing sensation. Her intelligent approach to culture, travel, art and fashion has won her numerous accolades, including two digital Lovie Awards from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
A 22 year-old pop sensation, Charli XCX released two free mixtapes through SoundCloud before her EP, You’re The One, launched in June 2012. Following a tour with Santigold and Coldplay the same year, Charli’s debut album, True Romance, was released in April 2013 to rave reviews. Following the release of her single SuperLove, Charli is working on a follow-up album.
After playing Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue, Charlotte went on to star as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Recent projects include the film Heart of the Sea, and starring alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow. Charlotte has also joined the cast of BBC’s Peaky Blinders and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
With a contagious passion for all things music, comedy and youth culture, Will is one of the freshest faces in presenting. He was the latest addition to the T4 family when he joined in 2011, presenting alongside Matt Edmondson and Jameela Jamil, and currently hosts Simon Cowell’s latest global talent show, You Generation, on YouTube.
DJ & Producer
Tom made his name as one half of the dance music act Groove Armada. Established in 1997, the band has six studio albums and numerous BRIT and Grammy nominations to their name. They founded London’s Lovebox festival a decade ago, exiting the business in 2013. Tom lives in London, DJs and continues to produce for the likes of Moda, Hypercolour and Get Physical.
International DJ & Broadcaster
The host of a weekly global radio show, The Selector, Sam Hall aka Goldierocks can be heard in over 40 countries worldwide with an audience of over 4.3 million weekly listeners. She routinely performs on the main stages of the world’s most popular festivals, as well as travelling the world for philanthropic work with a range of charities.
Ruby Hammer MBE
Having had a pioneering influence on the fashion and beauty industries for more than 25 years, Ruby is one of the most respected makeup artists in the world. She has created and been involved with a whole host of cool brands, from Aveda and TweezerMan to Ruby & Millie, and has recently launched her digital platform, rubyhammer.com.
Julien Macdonald OBE
Previously Head Designer of Knitwear for CHANEL and Creative Director of Givenchy, Julien launched Julien Macdonald Bespoke – an in-house atelier dedicated to creating one-off styles, handmade in Britain – in 2012. A luminary of the fashion industry, he has dressed numerous international stars including Beyoncé, Kristen Stewart, Madonna, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Naomi Campbell.
Signed to RCA, Laura is a unique collision of her Caribbean background and classical music. She has a multitude of nominations and a Top 10 UK album, critically acclaimed Sing To The Moon, to her name. Laura won Best Female and Best RNB/Soul Act at the 2013 MOBO Awards and was one of Britain’s Leading Ladies for the AW13 Marks & Spencer campaign.
Launched in 1999, Melissa’s first swimwear collection swiftly came to epitomize the glamour of a luxury lifestyle brand. Her many partnerships include working with Julien Macdonald for Odabash & Macdonald, and Gwyneth Paltrow for her lifestyle website, GOOP. Melissa also refashioned iconic swimsuits for the films Diana and Imposssible, and has collaborated with Speedo and Bryan Adams.
Deputy Editor, Stylist Magazine
Having spent more than a decade in the women’s and lifestyle publishing sectors, Susan has been Deputy Editor – and twice Acting Editor – of multi-award winning Stylist magazine since its launch in 2009. As part of Shortlist Media Limited’s senior editorial team, she’s also worked on the development of Stylist France and digital fashion glossy, Never Underdressed.
Spark is releasing her music on her own terms. Her new material contains classics by the bucket load; her incredible voice soars through R&B-tinged hits, with catchy melodies to kill for. She’s fought hard to get here and now there is everything to play for.
DJ, Kisstory/Kiss FM UK
One of the UK’s most respected music radio presenters, Justin hosts Kisstory each weekday afternoon. Also a renowned club DJ, he is famed for his sets at major product launches and for voicing advertising campaigns for international super brands, Justin is at the cutting-edge of cool.
Following her first film role in The Illusionist at the age of 13, Eleanor has appeared in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Jack the Giant Slayer. She was seen in the White Queen and Death Comes to Pemberley on BBC One, and will soon appear in adaptations of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels for the BBC.
Fierce and fearless at just 19, with a number one feature on Rudimental’s Waiting All Night to her name, Ella’s new breed of soul is here. Already tipped as the artist to watch by the BBC’s Sound of 2014 and a BRITS Critics’ Choice, the voice of 2014 is sure to have a spectacular year.
International YouTuber & Presenter
Rising to fame with her YouTube show 10 Reasons Why, Emily is now an internet sensation. The hugely popular show gained a following of over 140,000 subscribers, with over 1.5 million unique hits a month. She has since interviewed Hollywood A-listers such as Russell Brand, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne.
Founder and Editor of the hugely influential fashion news and luxury lifestyle website Fashion Foie Gras, Emily has also contributed to various other publications, including Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and Glamour Magazine. She has also worked with a number of prestigious brands including Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Michael Kors, Mercedes-Benz, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret.
Entrepreneur & Founder, SB.TV
Described as ‘The Cowell of the Urban Scene’, Jamal founded SB.TV aged 15, and is still CEO today. With over 200 million YouTube views, SB.TV has featured interviews with a range of guests, from Richard Branson to Bruno Mars. Jamal’s business book, Self Belief: The Vision, published in 2013 and was a number one bestseller in its first week.
A leading supermodel, Jodie is a unique fusion of the worlds of designer fashion and glamorous sports. In addition to her hugely successful modelling career, Jodie doubles up as a Maserati racing driver. A familiar face on TV, she has appeared on Jack Osborne’s Adrenalin Junkie, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Next Top Model.
Known for his role in the drama Broadchurch, Jonathan’s other TV credits include W1A, Leonardo and Campus. He was nominated for Outstanding Newcomer at the 2012 Evening Standard Awards and recently played Cassio in Othello at the National Theatre. Film credits include Testament of Youth and What We Did on Our Holiday.
The artist who has re-imagined the perimeters of pop music’s soundscape, Labrinth has more than five million sales to his name since releasing Let the Sun Shine in 2010. His debut album, Electronic Earth, hit number two in the UK album charts. He has also picked up an Ivor Novello, a MOBO award and a BRIT nomination.
Having started her career on T4’s music show Freshly Squeezed, Laura is one of TV’s brightest rising stars, with a host of fashion, presenting and interviewing jobs under her belt. She has also presented at numerous music festivals and on hit music TV shows.
XFM DJ and Presenter
A British television and Sony-nominated radio presenter, Phil currently DJ’s for indie and alternative radio station XFM. He also works as a presenter, hosting shows for MTV, Gonzo, Channel 4’s flagship music-based breakfast show, Freshly Squeezed, the BRIT Awards 2012, Channel 5, and many more.
Reverend and The Makers
At the forefront of the Sheffield scene, Reverend and The Makers released their debut album, The State of Things, in 2007. Their 2009 follow-up, A French Kiss in the Chaos, resulted in a tour with Kasabian and The Enemy. Alongside their Soundsystem club nights, the band’s third album, @Reverend Makers, launched in 2012. Their new album, ThirtyTwo, constitutes a resplendent follow-up.
International Model & Writer
As well as gracing the cover of Vogue six times, Sophie has modelled in campaigns for the likes of Versace, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. She has published a number of books, including a novel as well as cook books, and launched her website, sophiedahl.com – part journalism and recipe archive, part online magazine – in 2014.
Art Director & Illustrator, We Are Shadows
James has worked on brands such as Nike, Smirnoff and Nintendo. His illustration work has shown internationally and he has been commissioned by the likes of Panasonic, Dr Martens and Diesel. His zine, Pavement Licker, is found in cities across the world and has featured contributions from such names as Shepard Fairey and Banksy.
Actress & Fashion Designer
Floozie by Frostfrench and Iris & Edie are Sadie’s hugely successful clothing ranges, and Frostfrench will launch a new women’s clothing range in 2015. Having produced a feature film, Buttercup Bill, and a short film, Dotty, Sadie is in pre-production for her film Set the Thames on Fire with her production company, Blonde to Black Pictures.
Fashion Designer & Stylist
Celebrity stylist and fashion designer, Kate is famed for her bespoke creations worn by amazing women such as Rihanna, Erin O’Connor and Kate Moss. She creates costumes for brands such as Hugo Boss, PlayStation and L’Oréal. Her first bridal boutique opened in Bloomsbury in 2013 with her entirely British made collection. Halfpenny London is no longer an industry secret.
Kelly Hoppen MBE
Designer, Author & Entrepreneur
A globally renowned designer, Kelly has one of the most celebrated careers in the creative industry. The recipient of numerous awards including an MBE for services to interior design, she is ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and the Government’s GREAT Campaign. Her studio currently runs over 50 projects and she recently launched an online store, kellyhoppen.com.
Managing Director, 8lbs
Mark has more than a decade of experience structuring commercial opportunities within the music industry. Having established the partnerships division at Universal Music he founded entertainment partnerships specialist 8lbs in 2012. Mark’s growing team has delivered campaigns for the likes of boohoo, HSBC and Sony Xperia.
Digital Editor, glamour.com
Working across lifestyle and fashion websites since 2006, Natasha is Digital Editor of glamour.com, where she oversees the creative direction of the fashion, beauty and celebrity editorial. She is also Editorial Director of easyliving.co.uk, for which she won Launch of the Year 2012 at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.
An entertainment publicist with more than a decade of experience, Liz’s client list includes Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sophie Dahl and Karen Elson. LMPR brands launched in 2013 and accounts include Aspinal of London, Creme de la Mer and Caramel Baby & Child.
CEO, The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA)
A leading brand commentator and consultant, Stephen’s work at TCBA includes brand evaluation and perception studies, strategic planning for brand owners and market analysis. Stephen also produces studies for agencies, speaks at conferences, comments on branding issues for the media and acts as an expert witness in brand disputes.