Style Incorporated

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Style Incorporated's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Style Incorporated is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
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Founder and Managing Director
Patricia Lindo (centre) with her
Founded in 1997, Style Incorporated is a recruitment
agency specialising in the luxury, retail and lifestyle sector.
Based in central London, it works with top-level brands
including Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Burberry and offers
a range of services including executive search, temporary
recruitment and events, promotional and hospitality staffing
solutions. Founder and Managing Director Patricia Lindo tells
more about the reasons behind its
success and issues facing the sector as a whole.
Over the past 20 years, Style Incorporated has developed into one of the most
highly respected niche recruitment agencies within the entire luxury and lifestyle
industry. We offer a bespoke service and have become the recruitment partner of
choice for a range of leading portfolio brands. Our success is partly thanks to our
international expertise and unique industry insight, but also the result of our highly
personalised recruitment process that places us in the unique position to carefully
fulfil the needs of our clients.
As an agency we have developed a detailed understanding of the nuances of the
luxury industry thanks to almost two decades of experience working with high-
end brands and retailers. We are experts in the highly specialised field of luxury
recruitment, while also aware that time and trust are high-value commodities to
our clients. This is why we strive to build long-term business relationships with
clients and candidates so that we can ensure our recruitment services are truly
made to measure.
»Founder and Managing
Director: Patricia Lindo
»Founded in 1997
»Based in central London
»Services: Recruitment and
staffing for the luxury retail
»No. of employees: 8, with 200
contractors and temps
Style Incorporated
Highlighting best practice
Understanding client needs
and delivering on them
I established Style Incorporated in 1997
as a temp agency, which provided
retail staff for a range of luxury brands.
This was a great success and from
there we moved into permanent
recruitment. We have since expanded
further to provide highly trained staff
for high-end events. We have over 200
contractors currently on our books,
with 70 working within temporary
positions and the rest acting as event
staff. We have recently set up a
consultancy division for project-by-
project based work.
As a breakdown of the business,
around 40 per cent of turnover comes
from our recruitment and executive
search assignments, a further 40 per
cent comes through placing event
staff and the final 20 per cent through
temp staff. In-house we employ eight
recruiters and administrative staff
from our Soho office, from which we
manage all our candidates, temps and
event staff.
Among some of the clients we have
worked with over the years include
Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, David Collins,
Caesarstone, Condé Nast, Swarovski,
Burberry and Ralph Lauren, and this
is a great source of pride for the
business. We have managed to attract
such a high-calibre range of clients
because of our highly personalised
service, the close partnerships we
build with clients and the regular
updates we provide. Our staff are
discerning when aligning our temps
and candidates to the businesses we
recruit on behalf of. We dedicate a
great deal of time to build a detailed
understanding of the job description
and required candidate persona. This
enables us to attract the appropriate
personality and skill set required to
meet the role and fulfil the client’s
specific requirements.
We are also highly adaptable and
flexible, providing clients with access
Style Incorporated work
with a variety of top-
level brands and names
in the sector
Among some
of the clients
we have
worked with
over the years
include Louis
Vuitton, Max
Mara, David
Condé Nast,
Burberry and
Ralph Lauren
to staff with only a day’s notice. I
have been careful to develop an
entrepreneurial attitude toward
problem solving, and our staff are
always able to think outside the box to
meet a job description.
When dealing with temps we
offer a similar level of service and
adaptability, utilising clear channels of
communication to provide them with
the opportunities they are looking for.
We never begin work with a temp
without first meeting them in person,
we offer detailed feedback and we
provide them with the support that
will allow them to perform the role to
the best of their ability. By developing
such a strong relationship with our
candidates not only do we ensure that
they find appropriate roles, this also
benefit our clients long-term. We have
a high success rate for temps securing
permanent positions within the brands
they are being introduced to. This
provides our clients with the security
that new staff can fit into their team
seamlessly and deliver the required
level of performance without fuss.
Adapting to change
We work in a truly rewarding role, in
that we are able to match ambitious
young people with truly world-
class brands and provide them with
valuable experiences. It brings us great
satisfaction to move people into new
roles and to know that we are often
offering them opportunities with the
brands of their dreams. Over the years
we have seen a considerable digital
shift within fashion and lifestyle which
has had a significant impact on the
industry. This requires recruitment
to be more agile to changing
requirements of the clients.
Brexit and the subsequent ambiguity
has evidently played a role in
workforce movement, and the impact
is only amplified within the fashion
sector. Fashion is a very international
business, and as a result of uncertainty,
UK workers are more likely to consider
other options to avoid the potential
effects of Brexit. Therefore, the sooner
we have a solution to the whole
situation, the sooner we can plan with
certainty. We understand that this is
the case across multiple sectors.
Retail is also a struggling sector with
diminishing footfall in stores around
the UK high street. This has had a
positive impact on temporary staff
demands as retailers prefer to look for
lower cost and more flexible options.
The events side of the business has
also seen a steady growth, as the high-
end market in which we operate is
less affected by the more general retail
The current climate remains a
challenge, but through our diverse
range of options we are confident we
can continue to provide the staffing
that our market needs.
Over the years
we have seen
a considerable
digital shift
within fashion
and lifestyle
which has had
a significant
impact on the
Patricia says the impact
of technology on the
fashion and lifestyle
sector is noticeable

This article was sponsored by Style Incorporated. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster