Mark O’Callaghan, Co-Founder, Echlin, Walpole Member

Mark O’Callaghan, Echlin Co-Founder, previously worked in senior positions with luxury brands including Harrods, Mulberry and Burberry, amongst other boutique fashion marques. Alongside a career spent in London, New York, Europe and the Middle East, he built up a portfolio of residential property in the capital. Seeing an opportunity to bring the creativity and craftsmanship of the global fashion industry to property design and development, Mark set up Echlin to deliver ground-breaking projects and exceptional residences.

Noted for their ‘ground-breaking’ projects, the Sunday Times named them a designer and ‘developer to watch’ and the Telegraph described their RIBA nominated Chelsea Townhouse as one of the ‘most elegant in recent memory’. Echlin works on residential, commercial, and retail projects and are currently engaged in 9 different locations in London, Europe and Asia.

In order to be a successful luxury entrepreneur what are three pieces of advice you would give?

Be passionate about your product, know your market and ensure that your aftersales service is exemplary.

What are the most important lessons you have learned along your journey?

Be resilient, even if things are not going well, keep pushing, and never let go of your vision for your brand.

What are the watch outs along the way?

Market stability can change very quickly so having an International presence will protect you from this.

When you were started out who was your biggest inspiration? And what did they tell you that helped make you a success?

Mohammed Al Fayed at Harrods. He used to tell me that retail is detail but in Harrods retail is the detail of the detail!