Founder, Richard Brendon, Brand of Tomorrow 2016
Richard Brendon is a British tableware brand with a passion for craftsmanship, design and gastronomy.
Founded by Richard Brendon in 2012, the brand has grown rapidly, and in 2016 was selected by Walpole as a Brands of Tomorrow. Richard Brendon is dedicated to the creation of insightful, refined and progressive products that elevate dining and entertaining to another level.
Richard Brendon firmly believe in the power of collaboration, often working with pioneers in the world of food and drink. Recently Richard Brendon have collaborated with Gleneagles, Four Seasons and Chef Dan Barber from Blue Hill. Richard Brendon also supply many of the most prestigious shops around the globe, including Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman and Lane Crawford.
Richard Brendon care deeply about the provenance of their products and they are committed to working with, and supporting, the heritage craft industries that make their goods. All of their bone china is made in Stoke-on-Trent, England, where the formula for this quintessentially British material was perfected over two centuries ago. Their crystal is made in Bohemia; a region that is world-renowned for producing the finest crystal.
“I did not plan on starting a business, it all came about because I entered a graduate design competition with Wolf and Badger. They started selling my designs and before I knew it my work had been featured in the FT and Le Bon Marche became a customer. For a couple of years I juggled my brand and being a ski bum but in 2012 I took the plunge, I got a haircut and put all of my energy into developing my business. Since then it’s been a roller coaster of highs and lows, but it’s never boring”.
In order to be a successful luxury entrepreneur what are three pieces of advice you would give?
Define clearly what your brand is all about and do not stray from this.
Make sure everything you do is of the highest quality.
Find experienced mentors to discuss your ideas with.
What are the most important lessons you have learned along your journey?
Mistakes will be painful but you will learn the most from them.
Employ people who are great at the things you hate doing.
What are the watch outs along the way?
Some opportunities will be very tempting, but will lead you off course – learn how to say no.
When you were started out who was your biggest inspiration? And what did they tell you that helped make you a success?
Lots of people inspired me, from Paul Smith to Josiah Wedgwood, but it was a close family friend who, really gave me the encouragement and confidence succeed.