I have founded luxury businesses such as Links of London and Annoushka and seen them grow internationally.When we sold Links of London in 2006 the company had significant company operated businesses in the United States,Canada,Hong Kong,the Middle East as well as wholesale business further afield.Annoushka ,still only five years old, is one of the most exciting fine
I have founded luxury businesses such as Links of London and Annoushka and seen them grow internationally.When we sold Links of London in 2006 the company had significant company operated businesses in the United States,Canada,Hong Kong,the Middle East as well as wholesale business further afield.Annoushka ,still only five years old, is one of the most exciting fine jewellery brands in the United Kingdom.
I have also invested in new consumer and luxury brands founded by others acting as a mentor to new entrepreneurs.In the case of Bremont Watch Company prior to their launch, whilst in others such as Orlebar Brown ,Shoreditch Grind and Mr Hare early in their development.I hope to bring very practical advice to a founder,supporting them through some of the challenges that I myself have been through.
Through founding and chairing Walpole Brands of Tomorrow since 2007 I have mentored over sixty growing British luxury brands including Charlotte Olympia,Me & Em,Wolf & Badger,Otis Battersbee,Field Candy and Business of Fashion.
My early career as a commercial lawyer in Hong Kong and the City of London has been invaluable in terms of being better able to orchestrate sensible commercial agreements whether for investment,distribution,franchising or supply as well as understanding the language of business.
I have a keen interest in the arts and in particular fine art,sculpture and theatre
Chairman @ Cass Sculpture Foundation is an independent commissioning body dedicated to commissioning new work from emerging and established artists. It was developed as a charitable foundation in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass.
The Foundation's 26 acre grounds are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures, all of which are available for sale with the proceeds going directly to artists.
By combining the best of philanthropic and commercial commissioning models, we are able to continually commission and show new sculpture. To date the Foundation has helped produce over 400 works From March 2015 to Present (10 months) West Sussex, United Kingdom, United KingdomSeed Investor and Director @ An exciting new retail coffee concept which genuinely differentiates itself from the competition, offering high quality coffee under a strong brand in an accessible environment, with the added differentiator of also transforming into a cocktail bar and events space at night. It has been open less than 2 years and in this time has won numerous awards (with no marketing) and its Old Street site is now probably the busiest independent coffee shop in London.New sites have opened including Soho Grind,Holburn Grind and London Grind with more on the way! From February 2014 to Present (1 year 11 months) London, United KingdomSeed Investor and Chairman @ Bremont is an award-winning British company founded by Nick and Giles English producing beautifully engineered chronometers at our Headquarters in Henley on Thames, England.The Company has grown rapidly launching Bremont in the United States,the Middle East and Asia.
I am a founding shareholder in the Company and have chaired the business since its launch. From October 2007 to Present (8 years 3 months) Co-founder and Chairman @ Annoushka is the eponymous fine jewellery brand created by designer Annoushka Ducas MBE and the leading fine jewellery brand in Harrods Designer Jewellery,Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge,and Liberty.
Annoushka's studio is based at 41 Cadogan Gardens SW3 and she recently opened a flagship store at Number One South Molton Street
www.annoushka.com From May 2008 to Present (7 years 8 months) London, United KingdomOwner @ Chalet Floralie is a luxury chalet situated in the heart of the Trois Vallees,the finest ski area in Europe,which accomodates up to 18 people in comfort and splendour!
www.skifloralie.com From 2009 to Present (6 years) Chairman and Seed Investor @ Founded in 2007 Orlebar Brown is a fast growing British style led resort and swim wear brand
I was an early investor alongside Venrex and a longstanding Board Advisor.
In August 2013 Piper Equity invested £8 million into the Company to accelerate its global expansion.
In September 2015 I became chairman of the Company From May 2009 to Present (6 years 8 months) Seed Investor and Chairman @ Mr Hare is a fast growing luxury shoe company founded by Marc Hare with a prestigious group of stockists including Dover Street Market,Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in london,Collette in Paris,Maxfield in LA..In August 2012 Mr Hare opened a flagship store in Stafford Street ,Mayfair London and most recently in Notting Hill Gate.
I am a shareholder in the Company and joined as chairman immediately prior to the launch of the flagship store and transactional website.
www.mrhare.com From July 2012 to November 2015 (3 years 5 months) Investor and Board Advisor @ I was an early investor in this ecommerce marketplace,the world’s online destination for jewellery, bags and fashion accessories with a story made by independent designers. The site offers customers exquisite accessories made by emerging designers and undiscovered brands hand-selected by a team of stylehunters. From 2012 to May 2015 (3 years) London, United KingdomChairman and Founder @ Walpole Brands of Tomorrow provides probono mentoring for small luxury brands with big ambition.Over the last six years nearly 40 companies have benefitted from being mentored by luxury industry experts and have gone on to achieve great sucess.These include Orlebar Brown,Bremont Watch Company,Astley Clarke,Charlotte Olympia,Mr Hare,Miller Harris ,Elvis and Kresse and Osman Yousefzada From January 2007 to March 2014 (7 years 3 months) Development Board @ A wonderful theatre! From September 2006 to January 2014 (7 years 5 months) London, United KingdomTeam GB Ambassador @ Helped British Olympic Association raise £20 million to support British athletes for London 2012 From March 2009 to July 2012 (3 years 5 months) Chairman of the Development Board @ I established the Pallant House Gallery Development Board to raise funds for endowment fund for this award winning gallery.We introduced a patron scheme and an ''Up Close'' programme bringing artists and gallery supporters together. From October 2007 to September 2009 (2 years) Owner and Chairman @ I founded Links with my wife Annoushka Ducas in 1990 growing it to a turnover of £50 million.We left in 2007 following the sale of the company . From 1990 to November 2007 (17 years) Executive Assistant to the Managing Director @ I assisted a Saudi family office in London involving myself project management,private equity investments,and the negotiation of commercial agreements From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) London, United KingdomSenior Solicitor @ I practised corporate commercial law focussing on the acquisition and sale of private companies,corporate finance and private equity deals. From June 1993 to May 1995 (2 years) London, United Kingdom
Modern History @ University of Oxford From 1980 to 1983 Oundle School From 1974 to 1979 John MBE is skilled in: Business Strategy, Negotiation, Public Relations, Marketing Strategy, Strategic Planning, Watches, Jewelry, Sales, Luxury, Retail, Brand Development, Luxury Goods, Merchandising, Diamonds, Brand Management, Fashion, Marketing
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