An insight into some of Britain’s coolest brands
Affordable Art Fair
All Star Lanes
Bang & Olufsen
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Fisher & Paykel
Graham & Brown
Green & Black’s
Green Man Festival
Hotel du Vin
Pret A Manger
The French Bedroom Company
The House of St Barnabas
The May Fair
The Saucy Fish Co.
The View from The Shard
The Zetter Townhouse
Vibe Instant Energy Gum
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Musician & Actor
Former frontman of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things, Carl released his self-titled debut solo album in 2010. He also took on the lead role of Nero in the opera Pop’pea, which premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in May 2012. Carl also appeared in the Dan Turner film, The Man Inside, released in July 2012.
Radio Presenter & Journalist
A stylish and unique presenter, Gemma’s infectious personality makes her one of a kind. She hosts the weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 and recently presented two hardhitting documentaries for BBC Three. She is the official roving reporter at Glastonbury for BBC Three and is a regular music columnist for Company magazine.
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 movie Third Person. In 2012, David received an MBE for services to drama.
Illustrator & Filmmaker
Quentin’s quirky stop-motion animations have been snapped up by fashion brands such as CHANEL, Victoria Beckham and KENZO. She has created films for the likes of Neiman Marcus and NARS, and her illustrations have adorned items such as bags for Marc by Marc Jacobs and the pages of magazines, including Hunger and Twin.
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 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 Scarlett and Crimson.
Since releasing their first single in 2011, Rizzle Kicks have been unstoppable, selling 600,000 albums worldwide and more than one million singles. Their LP debut, Stereo Typical, peaked at number five. In 2012, they sold out two headline UK tours and secured a BRIT award nomination. Their second album, The Roaring Twenties, was released in September 2013.
Television Presenter & Blogger
As well as telling all in her zeitgeist blog izzyfied.com, Izzy hosts MTV Voices, a platform for interviewing young people about global issues, and is on the tech team at Number 10 Downing Street, encouraging young people in what will be the new frontiers of technology. Izzy is the official blogger at the Grammy Awards in LA and the BRIT Awards in London.
Blogger, DJ & Model
A major influence in the world of social media, Bip’s successful blog, bipling.com, reports on style, music and art. She has shot features for American, British, Brazilian and Russian Vogue, presented on Vogue.com and fronted campaigns for Forever 21 and Loewe. Bip is currently the ‘Fashion Insider’ for CK ONE Color Cosmetics.
Editor, T3 Magazine & Tablet Editions
Luke has been commenting on the latest and best consumer technology for 16 years. As editor of T3 magazine and award-winning tablet editions since 2010, Luke collects air miles in search of the most innovative, exclusive and exciting tech on the planet. He is also a regular pundit for Sky News, BBC, Reuters and CNN International.
Artist, Writer & Broadcaster, Founding Partner of 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 21-year-old pop sensation, Charli XCX has released two free mixtapes through SoundCloud, and her EP You’re The One was released in June 2012. Having toured with Santigold and Coldplay in 2012, Charli is all set to reboot British girl power. Her debut album, True Romance, was released in the UK and US in April 2013.
After recently playing Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue, Charlotte went on to star as Catherine Earnshaw in ITV’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Charlotte has been a recipient of The Sunday Times’ Playwriting Award for the play Shaking Cecilia, which she co-wrote with her Durham Revue co-star, Tiffany Wood.
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.
International Male Model
Spotted by Select Model Management at the age of 16, Oliver made his debut appearance in the coveted Calvin Klein campaign. His career rocketed with Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and, more recently, Superdry and Marks & Spencer as clients. His style blog, iwearthetrousers.blogspot.co.uk, has become the first port of call for fashionconscious young men.
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, lots of singles and numerous BRIT and Grammy nominations to their name. They founded London’s Lovebox festival a decade ago and exited that business this year. Tom lives in London, continues to DJ and is still producing.
Global DJ & Broadcaster
With a celebrity following including Madonna, Giorgio Armani and Richard Branson, Sam Hall, aka Goldierocks, is a global DJ and broadcaster. Her radio show, The Selector, has over four million listeners in 39 countries. As a DJ, she has taken her unique blend of world beats across five continents.
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 make-up artists in the world. She has created and been involved with a whole host of cool brands, from Aveda and Tweezerman to Ruby & Millie.
At 24, Daisy is widely considered to be one of the most influential people in British fashion. She has graced the covers of glossy magazines, including Grazia and Esquire, walked for Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and CHANEL, and has appeared in campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. This year saw the launch of Daisy’s debut film, Confine.
Julien Macdonald OBE
Previously Head Designer of Knitwear for CHANEL and Creative Director of Givenchy, Julien is a luminary of the fashion industry. In 2012 he launched Julien Macdonald Bespoke, an in-house atelier dedicated to creating oneoff styles, handmade in Britain. His designs have been worn by Florence Welch, Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Joan Smalls and Kristen Stewart.
A graduate from the Birmingham Conservatoire, Laura is a unique collision of her Caribbean background and classical training. She was described as ‘The voice of 2013’ by London Evening Standard, nominated for the 2013 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award and included in the BBC Sound of 2013 shortlist. Her debut album, Sing to the Moon, was released in March 2013.
After launching in 1999, Melissa’s eponymous swimwear collection quickly became the ultimate holiday lifestyle brand. Her designs are distributed globally and in more than 250 luxury department stores and boutiques, from Harrods to NET-A-PORTER. Her flagship Notting Hill store opened in 2007, followed by a sister store in Chelsea. A-list fans include Kate Moss, Rihanna and Beyoncé.
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.
Broadcaster, Trend Forecaster & Writer
One of the freshest faces in fashion and entertainment presenting, Angela was named ‘one to watch’ for 2013 by British Vogue. She has worked on projects with the likes of SHOWstudio and NET-A-PORTER, and has a column for leading Irish lifestyle publication U Magazine.
At 21, Jess ‘Spark’ Morgan is releasing her music on her own terms. Her new material contains classics by the bucketload; 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.
First seen as runner-up on Britain’s Next Top Model, Sophie went on to win America’s Next Top Model. She has featured in Vogue Italia, and fronted campaigns for CoverGirl and PUMA. Named by Vogue as ‘one to watch’, she also raises funds for Breast Cancer Research, with the help of her pink dog, Darcy.
DJ, Kiss FM
One of the UK’s most respected music radio presenters, Justin is also a renowned club DJ, hosting Kisstory each weekday on Kiss FM. Also famed for his DJ sets at major product launches and voicing advertising campaigns for international super brands, Justin is at the cutting edge of cool.
Rob da Bank
DJ & Bestival Founder
DJ and BBC Radio1 broadcaster, Rob was also the founder, curator and visionary of the Sunday Best empire – incorporating the multiaward- winning Bestival and Camp Bestival festivals. Rob founded the independent record label Sunday Best in 1995, and recently acquired the debut recording rights for David Lynch. Rob is also the creator of the Association of Independent Festivals.
Art Director & Illustrator, We Are Shadows
James has worked with 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 the likes of Shepard Fairey and Banksy.
Food Writer, Chef & Television Presenter
A leading light and innovator of the pop-up and underground food scenes, Gizzi is best known for presenting Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin. She has also fronted Cooks To Market, Cookery School and Drop Down Menu and has published Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. Gizzi contributes to InStyle, Grazia, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times.
Actress & Fashion Designer
Floozie by FrostFrench and Iris & Edie, Sadie’s clothing ranges, have gone from strength to strength, launching jewellery and watches earlier this year, alongside a make-up line. Sadie is in pre-production for two feature films with her company, Blonde to Black Pictures, while Molly Moon, in which she stars, will be released in autumn 2013.
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 bridal range, Halfpenny London, is no longer an industry secret with the establishment of her newly opened boutique in central London.
Kelly Hoppen MBE
Designer & Entrepreneur
Globally renowned designer Kelly has one of the most celebrated careers in the industry. She has received, among other awards, Grazia Designer of the Year and an ELLE Decoration Award. An ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise, she was awarded an MBE for services to interior design in 2009.
Managing Director, 8lbs
Mark has more than a decade of experience securing opportunities for music artists and labels. Having set up the digital arms of Jive and Polydor Records, he established the commercial partnerships division of Universal Music. In 2012, Mark launched 8lbs – helping talent, rights holders and brands work together – engineering partnerships for Girls Aloud, Martell and Alicia Keys with BlackBerry.
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 cover stars Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Laura Bailey and Daisy Lowe. A former journalist with an enviable list of contacts, Liz also consults for brands across fashion, film and music.
Presenter, Model & Co-Host, Capital Breakfast Show
Top model, radio and television presenter Lisa Snowdon has firmly established herself as one of the UK’s most recognisable faces and voices. She currently co-hosts London’s Capital Breakfast Show with Dave Berry and presents Your Style In His Hands for TLC.
TV Presenter & Fashion Creative
A presenter and award-winning super stylist, Grace has appeared as a judge on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. She has re-modelled a host of celebrities and styled for numerous global fashion bibles. Grace has hosted the Clothes Show Live and London Fashion Weekend and has voiced her views in Cambridge University’s debating society.
Chairman, CoolBrands® Expert Council & 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. He also produces studies for agencies, speaks at conferences, comments on branding issues for the media and acts as an expert witness in brand disputes.