Luxforecast & Awards

Connoisseurs
  • Alex Proud
    Founder of: Proud Galleries, Proud2, and Proud Cabaret

    Alex Proud created the Proud Group in 1994. The group has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings... Alex founded his first venture; Proud Galleries nearly twenty years ago. The project was built on a trailblazing conception of bringing accessible photography to the masses.

    A natural born impresario, Alex expanded the company to include live-music and photography with the opening of Proud Camden Bar and Gallery in 2000. In 2008 the bar and live music venue moved into its current location in the Grade II Listed Horse Hospital.

    Proud Cabaret was the next edition to the Proud Group. Opening in 2009 and modeled on a 1920s speakeasy, Proud Cabaret quickly established itself as one of the most luxurious and extravagant burlesque and cabaret restaurants in the country. This success naturally inspired added venues in Camden and Brighton.

    Alex has a talent of taking iconic venues and making them relevant to new audiences. His latest venture has seen him redesign and reopen Matter as Proud2, injecting the venue with a new lease of life. This year alone Alex has commissioned the revamp of his Camden and Brighton dining venues to mimic the style and success of Proud Cabaret City...

    “Many have an insatiable appetite for new items and experiences, it’s a phenomena I consistently witness. I’m looking forward to helping rate which are the ones that appear to be the most worthwhile.”

  • Alex Proud
    Founder of: Proud Galleries, Proud2, and Proud Cabaret

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  • Anouschka Menzies
    Founding Director of Bacchus

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  • Bip Ling
    Blogger; DJ and Model

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  • Giles Deacon
    Fashion Designer

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  • Gurinder Chadha OBE
    Director and Producer

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  • Joan Burstein CBE
    Co-founder of Browns

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  • John Mathers
    CEO, the Design Council

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  • Katie Hillier
    Jewellery and accessories designer; Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs

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  • Leanne Benjamin OBE
    Principal dancer Royal Ballet

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  • Luke Johnson
    Chairman of Royal Society of Arts; former Chair of Channel 4; Chairman of Patisserie Valerie and Gail’s and FT columnist

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  • Michael Ward
    Managing Director of Harrods

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  • Nadav Kander
    Photographer

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  • Poppy Delevingne
    Model and British Fashion Council ambassador

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  • Professor Wendy Dagworthy
    Royal College of Art’s Head of Fashion

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  • Sir John Hegarty
    Founder. Creative. Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH)

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  • Tom Chapman
    CEO and Co-founder of MATCHESFASHION.COM

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  • Trevor Baylis CBE
    Inventor

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  • Wayne Hemingway MBE
    Co-founder of Red or Dead; Chair of Building for life; Founder of HemingwayDesign

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  • Zara Martin
    TV presenter and DJ

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