Through the expansion of teams, regular attendance of industry events and new partnerships being formed, 2018 was a productive and dynamic year for Elite Associates. Our ever-increasing presence in fashion, beauty and hospitality has ensured that we remain at the forefront of our passion for creative businesses.
This year, we encouraged our teams to immerse themselves in industry talks. One of the biggest topics of conversation in the luxury industry this year was beauty. Our Beauty Division attended the Glamour Beauty Festival which exhibited a vast range of brands and products. We were also invited to attend the Chalhoub x Walpole “Future of Beauty Brands” Breakfast to explore more about the Middle-East’s love for cosmetics.
The Middle-East was veritably another important subject matter within the luxury industry. In May, Dubai hosted the Arab Luxury World summit, also attended by ourselves, which featured talks surrounding the matters of digitalisation, new markets and omnichannel experiences. Our 14th edition of Elite Quarterly was heavily inspired by this region and its impact on the luxury market.
Elite Associates was additionally present in fashion-centric events over Europe, from being an involved figure at Graduate Fashion Week to attending Pitti Uomo’s menswear festival in Florence. In November, we sponsored the Luxury Maker of the Year at the Walpole Awards, with whom we have a strong relationship.
We, of course, remained at the forefront of hiring events in London, having worked with numerous institutions. Our teams worked closely with colleges such as Regent’s University and Instituto Marangoni, as well as the acclaimed start-up Pepper Your Talk to host a CV workshop. Elite Associates additionally continued its relationship with The Prince’s Trust to take part in their hugely successful hiring lunches, helping young disadvantaged people find unique opportunities for their careers.
Charity has remained a hugely important facet to our culture. Below is a selection of just some of the associations we have either worked with or donated to:
- Look Good Feel Better – Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is the only international cancer support charity that helps women and teenagers manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Their aim is to greatly increase people’s confidence and self-esteem at a very difficult time in their lives.
- Beauty Banks – Beauty Banks is a non-profit – like Foodbanks but with essential personal care & beauty items instead. They collect, re-package and distribute parcels to their charity partners – registered foodbanks & shelters who ensure donations get to those who need them.
- Princes’ Trust – After completing his duties in the Royal Navy, Prince Charles of Wales founded the Princes’ Trust in 1976 improve the lives of and empower disadvantages youths and communities in the UK.
- Smart Works – Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to women in need.
- NSPCC – The NSPCC was founded in 1884 and since then, they have helped children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protect children at risk and find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.