To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be quite the understatement, but challenging times often force us to re-evaluate and step outside of our comfort zone in order to work out what is important in life. This idea of thinking differently, and taking a leap of faith, is one shared by a collection of seven young entrepreneurs we have profiled in this issue. These are people who resolutely do things their own way, but share the same passions for the product, the challenge, and for the future.
Speaking of trailblazers, Brummell has proudly showcased women making strides in the City for more than a decade. This year, naturally, is a little different, so we decided to catch up with 10 influential industry change-makers who have featured in Brummell’s Inspirational Women listing over the years to find out what they did next.
When it comes to the City itself, the question of ‘what’s next?’ following the aftermath of something as disruptive as a pandemic is one on everyone’s lips. In this issue, futurist Mark Stevenson shares his thoughts on the inevitable reboot of the City — and why he believes it needs to change the way it operates to ensure long-term success.
It is said that when you’re going through hell: keep going. And, in spite of everything, 2020 has made businesses more determined than every to power on. This year, British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith celebrates an impressive 50 years in the industry. We asked former Wallpaper* editor Tony Chambers to look back on the man behind the iconic brand, half a century on. We also shine a spotlight on statement timepieces in our Watches of the Year special, including new releases from Breitling, Patek Philippe and Omega, to name a few. Elsewhere, we showcase a series of boutique brands to have on your radar, from slow-made clothing to artisanal British-made fragrances.
We hope you enjoy this issue and take heed from the wise words of Albert Einstein, which have underpinned it: ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.’