Ralph & Russo – London Fashion Week 2017
First established in London in 2007, by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, Ralph & Russo launched in 2010. Ralph & Russo is an international luxury fashion brand revered for producing designs that are contemporary, timelessly elegant and sought after worldwide.
Having initially entered the luxury market with couture, the duo has taken their dedication to design and innovation forward to curate a global luxury brand encompassing leather goods, shoes and more notably of late, the launch of ready-to-wear. The brand has received numerous accolades since their inception, notably, being the first British member in almost a century to be accepted by The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – the governing body that defines which brands will grace the world’s most elite runway. This coveted club aligns Ralph & Russo alongside the world’s most iconic brands Chanel, Christian Dior and Valentino. In 2013, exceptional growth of 400% year on year saw Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo listed on Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ establishing Ralph & Russo as the first global fashion brand to have ever featured.
In 2014, Ralph & Russo announced a passive financial investment by businessman (and philanthropist) John Caudwell for a non-controlling, minority share in the company and subsequently, an undisclosed nine-figure valuation for the luxury brand. Since, Ralph & Russo have opened boutiques in two of the world’s most prestigious retailers, Bergdorf Goodman and Harrods, with a permanent residence on the Harrods ‘Superbrands’ floor. With their own maison’s in two fashion capitals, a global e-commerce offering and a network of international boutiques soon to be unveiled, the brand’s ever progressive identity knows no bounds, showing Ralph & Russo to be an absolute leader in its field.
In September 2016 the duo were included in the Business of Fashion 500, the professional index of names influencing the global fashion industry. At the November 2016 Walpole British Luxury Awards, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo picked up the Outstanding Achievement Award. Expanding meteorically, the potential for Ralph & Russo to act as a vehicle for young talent and as a brand incubator is something that the founders look to and hope to nurture in the future.