An insight into some of Britain’s coolest brands
Affordable Art Fair
All Star Lanes
Bang & Olufsen
Cirque du Soleil
Dazed & Confused
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Edinburgh International Festival
Graham & Brown
Green & Black’s
Haunch of Venison
Martin Miller’s Gin
Pret A Manger
The Berry Company
The French Bedroom Company
The Hospital Club
The May Fair
The Zetter Townhouse
Musician & Actor
Former frontman of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things, Carl released his self-titled debut solo album in 2011. 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 appears in the Dan Turner film The Man Inside, released in July 2012.
Make-Up Artist & Creative Director, Illamasqua
Before training to become a make-up artist, Alex trained and exhibited as an installation artist. Today she is known for blurring the boundaries between technology, art and commerce with visionary digital collaborations. As the creative director and co-founder of cult cosmetic line Illamasqua, Alex has shaped a brand-leading cosmetic phenomenon.
Radio Presenter & Journalist
Radio DJ and roving reporter, Gemma is all things music. Starting her radio career at Channel 4 Radio in 2007, she currently hosts the weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 1. She also pens a music column for Company magazine – ‘Gemma Meets’ – and has played stylist to such stars as Florence and The Machine and The Pigeon Detectives.
Singer & Songwriter
Writing songs since the age of 12, Eliza’s talent soon got her noticed and she signed her first publishing deal at 16. Her platinum-selling eponymously titled debut album has sold over 500,000 copies to date. She is currently working on her second album.
Musician, Actor & Film Director
Ben Drew, AKA Plan B, is a maverick figure in the world of music. Following his quadruple-platinum number-one album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, a BRIT Award, three Ivor Novellos and sold-out headline tours, Plan B’s self-penned directorial debut film and album, iLL MANORS, was released in June 2012.
Ruby Hammer MBE
Ruby has had a pioneering influence on the fashion and beauty industries for over 25 years and is one of the most respected make-up artists in the world. She recently launched Ruby Hammer Recommends, an exclusive range for Debenhams and writes a monthly beauty column for Easy Living magazine.
A RADA graduate, David has received huge critical acclaim for his work in theatre, television and cinema. He played Captain Poison in the Oscar-nominated film Blood Diamond, and recently starred alongside Claire Danes in hit US drama Homeland. David was made an MBE for services to drama in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.
Illustrator & Filmmaker
Quentin is an illustrator and filmmaker whose quirky stop-motion animations have been snapped up by fashion brands such as Chanel, Victoria Beckham, E. Tautz, Holly Fulton and, most recently, KENZO. Her films have featured in both the British Fashion Council’s London Fash/On Film programme and the New York Fashion Film Festival.
Millie Kendall MBE
Beauty Brand Creator
Millie has been instrumental in the success of many cult brands, from Shu Uemura, Aveda, Tweezerman, L’OCCITANE and Ruby & Millie, to, more recently, Scarlett & Crimson and Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique. Millie has co-founded BeautyMART with Anna-Marie Solowij, a new disruptive retail concept for beauty, launching in Harvey Nichols autumn 2012.
Since the release of their first single in May 2011, Rizzle Kicks have been unstoppable, selling 300,000 albums and one million singles in under a year. Their LP debut, Stereo Typical, which peaked at number five, has secured them four top-ten hits. They will embark on their second headline tour in winter 2012.
Writer & Blogger
Also known as Susie Bubble, Ms Lau started her blog ‘Style Bubble’ in 2006. It has gone on to feature in The New York Times, British Vogue and The Guardian. Susanna has been commissioning editor for Dazed Digital and now works full-time on her blog and other projects, including writing for Pop magazine, The Guardian and Elle UK.
TV Presenter & Blogger
Izzy currently hosts MTV Voices, a platform for interviewing young people about global issues, which is filmed at her monthly live music night, Apocalypstick. She recently won a national competition to be the official blogger for the BRIT Awards, and appeared in both UK and US editions of the Red Pages’ Hot100.
Blogger, DJ & Model
Bip has generated tremendous interest from the fashion industry. Her fashion, music and art blog, bipling.com, is a touchstone for her ever-growing army of fans. Bip has modelled for features in American, British, Brazilian and Russian Vogue, Nylon and Elle, and fronted campaigns for Forever 21 and Loewe. She is currently the face of MADE BY NIKE.
Callum is a self-styled entrepreneur who, after leaving school at 17, established Let’s Go Crazy – the pioneers of 16+ dance events. He has since set up Youth Army, a brand-facing advocacy marketing company. His holding company, Let’s Go Holdings, will soon be launching Yourvine, a website helping brands to promote and facilitate advocacy.
Editor, T3 Magazine
Luke has been commenting on the latest and best consumer technology for 15 years. As editor of T3 Magazine and award-winning iPad editions since 2010, Luke clocks up air miles in search of the most innovative and exclusive 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
Gisèle became a publishing sensation when over a million people read her fashion books, and now her daily blog, thegoddessguide.com. Her highly articulate and intelligent approach to culture, travel, art and fashion has won her numerous accolades, including two digital Lovie Awards from the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Tabitha Somerset Webb
Founder, Project D &Tabitha
Tabitha is best known in the fashion industry as the founder and principal designer of the eponymous must-have handbag and accessory label, set to relaunch in August as Tabitha London. She is also co-founder, with Dannii Minogue, of luxury label Project D, which can count Kelly Brook, Hayley Atwell and Lara Pulver among its fans.
Charli XCX is 20-year-old pop sensation. She has released two free mixtapes through Soundcloud and her EP You’re The One was released in June 2012. Her debut album will be released through IAMSOUND Records in October 2012. She wrote for the soundtrack of indie move, Elfie Hopkins, and toured with Santigold and Coldplay in Summer 2012.
Actor Charlotte Riley recently played Sarah Hurst in Easy Virtue and 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.
Rob da Bank
DJ & Bestival Founder
Rob is a British club DJ, BBC Radio 1 broadcaster and the founder and curator of the multi-award-winning Bestival festivals. Rob also founded the independent record label Sunday Best in 1995, and has since propelled dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip and teenage rockabillies Kitty, Daisy & Lewis into the charts.
Ben de Lisi
Ben has a long-standing couture business and is famous for dressing Kate Winslet for the Oscars and other red-carpet events. He has designed diffusion lines for Debenhams since 1997 and his new beachwear range will launch next season. His Principles clothing range relaunch is underway in Russia, and will open in over 35 stores across Europe.
Art Director, Graphic Designer & Illustrator, We Are Shadows
James has worked on brands such as Nike, Smirnoff and She Died of Beauty. His artwork has shown internationally and 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 Banksy and David Shrigley.
Food Writer, Chef & Television Presenter
Top chef Gizzi is a leading light and innovator of the pop-up and underground food scenes. Best known for presenting Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin, she has also published the hugely successful Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic, as well as fronting TV shows Cooks To Market, Cookery School and Drop Down Menu. She contributes to InStyle, Grazia, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times Style.
Actress & Fashion Designer
As well as starring in a one-woman show at the Soho Theatre, Sadie has been working on a number of features with her production company. In addition to her two clothing ranges – Floozie by Frost French and iris & edie – Sadie is currently working on two new brands, to launch in 2013.
Fashion Designer & Stylist
Kate Halfpenny is a celebrity stylist and fashion designer, famed for her bespoke gowns worn by celebrities such as Rihanna, Emilia Fox, Daisy Lowe and Kate Moss. She also creates costumes for big brands such as Hugo Boss, Stella Artois, PlayStation and Marks & Spencer. Her bridal range, Halfpenny London, is no longer an industry secret.
Rickie Haywood-Williams & Melvin Odoom
Presenters, Kiss 100 Breakfast Show
Best known for presenting the Rickie, Melvin & Charlie show on Kiss 100 every weekday morning, in 2012 the pair won gold in The Sony Radio Awards’ most prestigious category – Breakfast Show of the Year. They are also familiar faces on T4 and 4Music.
Kelly Hoppen MBE
Kelly is a globally renowned designer and entrepreneur with an iconic personal style. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year, European Women of Achievement and Grazia Designer of the Year. In 2009, Kelly received an MBE for services to interior design.
25-year-old Daisy Knights is taking the jewellery scene by storm. Her ethereal creations have won her critical acclaim, including the coveted Cosmopolitan Ultimate Fashion & Beauty Entrepreneur Award in 2011. This year, Daisy has also gone on to collaborate with Urban Outfitters, and Made for asos.com, creating an exclusive range of bags and accessories.
Partnerships Director, Universal Music
Mark has over a decade of experience securing new opportunities for music artists and labels. Having helped transform the digital arms of Jive Records and Polydor Records, Mark now specialises in integrated partnerships, working with the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Jessie J, Lana Del Rey, Burberry and PlayStation.
Founder & Director, doll, numbernine and On|Off
Lee is one of the country’s leading fashion and design experts. He featured as one of The Guardian’s ‘Courvoisier The Future 500’ individuals and was identified by Design Week as one of the 50 most important people in design today. He has created bespoke pieces for artists such as Jessie J and Little Dragon. Lee is an honorary member of Oxglam.
Since founding her eponymous luxury fashion label, Hannah’s quietly powerful signature aesthetic of sleek minimalism is always evident in her sphere of work. Her creative force is also evident through the various global brand consultancy projects she works on and her bespoke work in the music, film and art worlds.
TV Presenter, DJ & Model
Zara is well known for her great sense of style and for presenting shows on Fuse TV and Current TV in the US, as well as MTV in the UK. She DJs for high-profile fashion labels and has featured in campaigns for Méchante of London, IDOL Magazine and Olivia Rubin. Zara recently designed a jewellery collection for Made, exclusive to asos.com.
Digital Editor, glamour.com
Natasha has been working across lifestyle and fashion websites since 2006. She is digital editor of glamour.com, where she oversees the creative direction of the fashion, beauty and celebrity editorial. Natasha spends most of her time chasing social trends and obsessing over traffic stats.
Liz is an entertainment publicist with more than a decade of experience and a client list including 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.
Paul Percival & Adam Reed
Co-Founders, Percy & Reed
A unique environment that delivers the pinnacle in creative hair styling, Percy & Reed is one of London’s most talked-about salons. Paul and Adam combine session styling and working with A-list clients alongside the development of their award-winning hair care line.
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 is one of the stars of Marks & Spencer’s hugely popular advertising campaign, and currently co-hosts London’s Capital Breakfast Show with Dave Berry.
Beauty Journalist & Brand Consultant
Anna-Marie is an award-winning former beauty director and contributing editor at Vogue. She writes for the Financial Times’ How To Spend It, Condé Nast Traveller and The Gentlewoman. Anna-Marie is a partner in the branding agency Rain23 and co-founder, along with Millie Kendall, of BeautyMART, Harvey Nichols’ new beauty boutique.
Jo Tutchener Sharp
Founder, Beauty Seen PR
Jo launched Beauty Seen (part of the Exposure group) in 2007. The agency provides dynamic campaigns to brands such as Cowshed, Topshop Make Up, NARS Cosmetics, Decléor and Revlon, as well as creating spas backstage at events such as the BRIT Awards and MTV EMAs.
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, London Fashion Weekend and has voiced her views in Cambridge University’s Debating Society.
Chairman, CoolBrands® Expert Council & Chief Executive, The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA)
Stephen is a leading branding commentator and consultant. His 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.