Luxforecast & Awards

Connoisseurs
  • Trevor Baylis CBE
    Inventor

    Trevor Baylis was born in 1937 in Kilburn, London and was brought up in Southall during the Blitz. His education was disrupted by the War which led to the failure at the 11+ exam.  At the age of 15 however, Trevor was swimming for Great Britain.  His first job was at a soil mechanics laboratory in Southall, where a part-time day release programme enabled him to study mechanical and structural engineering at the local technical college.

    His early career was very diverse: he worked as a stunt man, escapologist, Physical Education Instructor for the Army, and proprietor of his own swimming pool company which successfully installed over 350 pools in schools throughout the UK using his own original design.

    Inspired by a television programme on AIDS in Africa he invented the Clockwork Radio, and in 1997 he was awarded an OBE for services to Africa. Always concerned about the neglect of inventors, inventions and intellectual property, he set up Trevor Baylis Brands plc (www.baylisbrands.com) to help inventors get their products to market. He is also in demand as a public speaker inspiring others to ‘think outside the square.’

  • 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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