Magnificent 60 of Spanish excellence
In just five years, CÍRCULO FORTUNY grows from eight founding partners to 62 members
Five and a half years after the launch of the Círculo Fortuny project, the association—chaired by Mr. Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón—has 62 members, and is the only internationally recognised representative of Spanish high-end brands and prestigious cultural institutions.
In 2016, seven cultural institutions joined this circle of Spanish excellence as Honorary Members: Basque Culinary Center, Reina Sofía Music School, MACBA Foundation, Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Royal Academy of Gastronomy.
Spain’s internationally renowned gastronomic sector contributes to the global image of the country. The brands Gramona, Hacienda Queiles, and Marqués de Murrieta have joined the project in the last 12 months, helping to reinforce our country’s agri-food culture and strengthen its position as an authority in the field.
Círculo Fortuny supports the initiative to create a European Master Craftsman that showcases the artisan-creator, thereby attracting new and future talent to these trades. In this categoary, the latest members of Círculo Fortuny are the tailor, Manuel Calvo de Mora and Vicente Gracia Joyas.
The fashion house T.ba, conceived as a cosmopolitan alternative to country clothing, joins Círculo Fortuny, enhancing the influence of Spanish apparel among Europe’s high-end firms.
Círculo Fortuny’s milestones in 2016
In July, UNESCO and CÍRCULO FORTUNY presented the #Comprometidos con el Patrimonio y la Creatividad (#committed to heritage and creativity) campaign, inviting participants to take an active role in the protection of heritage and the promotion of creativity, sharing it on social networks. Spain was the first country to follow the French initiative.
In October, the Executive Chairman of Círculo Fortuny, Mr. Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón, representing ECCIA (European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance) was invited to participate in the top-level conference “Cultural and creative industries: employment, development, and Europe’s digital future” held in Brussels, where he emphasised the firm commitment of the luxury industry to strengthen professional training, entrepreneurship strategy, and youth employment.
The 5th Fortuny Day was dedicated to “The evolution from craftsmanship to an iconic brand of excellence.” At the invitation of the association, the Executive Vice-President of Hermès, President of ECCIA and Chairman of the Comité Colbert, Mr. Guillaume De Seynes, attended the event to explain the trajectory and values of Hermès, a maison that—through tradition and innovation—is infused with extraordinary artisanal value.
Member of the European Parliament and co-president of the Creative and Cultural Industries Intergroup, Hon. Mr. Christian Ehler, also participated in the conference as a speaker, announcing that “the European Union will allocate more than EUR 700 million in support programmes to various SMES and to combat counterfeiting.”
About Círculo Fortuny:
Círculo Fortuny was set up as a non-profit entity on 12 May 2011 in order to bring Spain’s luxury creative and cultural brands together under a single platform with one voice so as to promote and support its members and, more broadly, to help fortify Spain’s brand equity.
It is the only association accepted abroad as the legitimate voice and representative of Spain’s high end goods and services companies and industries.
Carrera y Carrera, LA Organic, Lladró, Loewe, Marqués de Griñón Family Estates, Natura Bissé, Numanthia, Sotogrande.
From its creation the following brands have joined the Association:
Abadía Retuerta, AYA-Aguirre y Aranzabal, Bagués-Masriera Joyeros, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Carmina Shoemaker, Castillo de Canena, Cinco Jotas, Dehesa de los Llanos, Delpozo, Felipe Conde Luthier, Fernando Caruncho, Gandiablasco, Gastón y Daniela, Gramona, Grulla Armas, Hacienda Queiles, Hotel Barceló Formentor, Hotel Ritz Madrid, La Zagaleta, Lorenzo Caprile, LZF Lamps, Magnanni, Manuel Calvo de Mora, Marqués de Murrieta Estates & Wines, Navascués, NH Collection Hotels, Osborne Vinos Viejos, Real Conservera Española, Rosa Oriol Atelier Tous, Sara Navarro, Sha Wellness Clinic, Suárez, T.ba, Tresserra Collection, Vicente Gracia Joyas, Viñedos y Bodegas Sierra Cantabria.
International members with a presence in Spain are:
Bulgari, Cartier, Hackett London, Louis Vuitton, LVMH.
As honorary members they make part of Círculo Fortuny:
Basque Culinary Center, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, Fundación Museo Sorolla, Gran Teatre del Liceu, MACBA, Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Real Academia de Gastronomía, Teatro Real.
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Magnificent 60 of Spanish excellence