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The Most Inspirational Women in British Luxury

Our top picks of the most inspirational women redefining the British Luxury sector. #IWD2020 #InternationalWomensDay


In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we celebrate the most influential and inspirational women defining the British luxury sector.

At Pelorus Agency we work with some of the most inspirational women in business, across diverse industries, roles, and countries. Celebrating the achievements of inspirational women globally and fostering an environment where women thrive in business is something we care deeply about. 

As an experiential agency with a creative approach to travel and event planning and military-precision style execution, we design disruptive engagement, experiential and retention programs for the world’s most innovative brands. Our goal is to educate, inspire and push the boundaries of our client’s employees and customers. 

Read below the contributions of the most influential female leaders in British luxury and why they made our list.


As the CEO of Walpole, an organisation founded in 1992, whose purpose is to promote, protect and develop the British luxury sector, representing over 250 British luxury brands, Helen has become one of the influential female leaders within the luxury British sector. With long-standing expertise in working with luxury brands, Helen fosters a network of young brands and entrepreneurs to become major players on the international luxury scene.


Since launching her brand in 2001, Stella McCartney has built a global luxury fashion house founded upon sustainable values and has been championing conscious consumption for years. Having bought a 50 percent share of her label from luxury conglomerate Kering, she has taken full control of her business and its future of being one of the most forward-thinking and powerful independent houses in fashion.

JO MALONE Perfumer

Joanne Malone is a British perfumer, and the founder of two perfume brands Jo Malone London and Jo Loves. Her autobiography tells her remarkable story from her early life of helping her father sell paintings at market stalls to founding the Jo Malone brand and becoming one of the world’s most successful businesswomen. Having gone through difficult times in the past such as overcoming breast cancer, and sharing her journey of fighting her way through adversities makes her an inspiration to any modern woman looking to reinvent herself.


London-based diamond jeweller, Jessica McCormack, is renowned for her distinctive aesthetic, modern craftsmanship by combining antique and modern diamonds. Her style is defined by Georgian techniques and contemporary look. Handcrafted in-house in her London workshop, her designs are the ultimate luxury pieces, to be worn and passed down from generation to generation


Kathryn enjoyed a successful career in her 15 years at Gieves & Hawkes where she was known as a rising star, becoming Head Cutter, the first woman in the history of Savile Row. Having founded her own tailoring house in 2012, located at Mayfair’s No. 6 Brook Street, she achieved another first in 2016 by becoming the first female Master Tailor on Savile Row with a seasonal store.

HOLLY BRANSON Entrepreneur

As the daughter of business mogul, Richard Branson, Holly has naturally followed into her father’s footsteps of leading the Virgin Management’s senior team. Holly’s understanding of business and vision has enabled the Virgin brand to grow and improve the millions of lives the brand touches. Not only has she proved herself as a respected businesswoman but shown us all that you having a sense of adventure and desire to push your personal boundaries is key to succeeding in business. Her quest for adventure has led her to climb Mont Blanc, kite surfed the English Channel and attempted to break the sailing record across the Atlantic.

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