Bernie de Le Cuona – one of the most influential people in British luxury

By Elspeth Pridham
November 19, 2020

Bernie de Le Cuona is on The Walpole Power List 2020 making her one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury.

Bernie is recognised in the new Custodians category of inspirational individuals who excel as leaders of innovation and sustainability in their sector.

The Power List celebrates the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, within Walpole member brands, who have continued to steer the sector to success. The categories are Custodians, Heroes, Game Changers, Gurus, Legends, Rising Stars, Storytellers, Taste-Makers and Innovators.

A new category for 2020, Custodians holds up the individuals who have progressed their brand’s sustainability goals during a particularly difficult year, in particular the Walpole Sustainability Manifesto pillars: leading the transition towards a circular economy; safeguarding environment and natural resources; guiding suppliers towards sustainable practices; and advocating equal and respectful working conditions.

Bernie de Le Cuona, founder and CEO of de Le Cuona said, “To be nominated as a luxury leader is such an honour and acknowledgement to my team, the artisans and myself for 27 years of dedication to innovation and for aspiring to achieve and maintain the intangible pinnacle of luxury in every aspect of what de Le Cuona does.

This has been a year of immense challenges, but as a company, we moved ahead courageously and produced Pure, which is 100% organic linen certified to The Global Organic Textile Standard and designed without compromise on the beauty and the handle of the fabrics. A first for the industry and a game changer of sustainable luxury in interiors.”

Helen Brocklebank, CEO of The Walpole said, “‘What does luxury mean in a time of necessity? Throughout this extraordinary year, that question has been answered many times over as British luxury has responded with courage, creativity and fortitude to the immense challenges of the pandemic. Sometimes it takes a crisis to show you what you’re made of, and the 2020 Walpole Powerlist is here to shine a light on fifty individuals who exemplify the exceptional calibre of those working in British luxury. There are testing times ahead, but with such talent to drive it forward, there is no doubt at all the sector will emerge stronger and fitter than ever before.”

About Walpole – As the official sector body for British luxury, Walpole’s purpose is to promote, protect and develop a sector worth £48 billion to the UK economy. Founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation, Walpole counts more than 270 British brands in its membership and is recognised in both Westminster and Brussels. Members include Rolls Royce, Alexander McQueen, Bentley Motors, Rolex, The Victoria and Albert Museum and de Le Cuona.

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