Brand licensing

The V&A is renowned for its award-winning licensing programme, creating beautiful products inspired by artefacts in the museum’s archive. The programme started over 20 years ago and today we have over 80 licensed partners worldwide.

As the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, the V&A celebrates creativity and champions excellence in design to inspire the next wave of designers, retailers and manufacturers. We collaborate with companies which share our values of innovation, high quality design and craftsmanship.

If you would like to get in touch with the licensing team, please email: licensing@vam.ac.uk

WORKING TOGETHER

WORKING TOGETHER

Taking inspiration from over two million objects, our experienced team provides a tailor-made research service. We support our licensees through the design process to create beautiful ranges for the contemporary market. We also offer marketing and branding support, collaborating closely with our licensees to build engaging campaigns to tell the fascinating stories from the archive.

PRODUCTS & MARKETS

PRODUCTS & MARKETS

Our global programme reaches across product categories, from homeware, apparel, jewellery to stationery, crafting and everywhere in between. Our key territories include Europe, USA, Japan, China and South Korea. In 2017, we launched over 1200 new products internationally, growing the V&A’s product distribution network to over 72 countries.

All our profits are returned to the museum, supporting its mission to enrich people’s lives by promoting research, knowledge and helping us to make works of art accessible to all.

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

It has been such a pleasure and privilege to work with the V&A for my first faux flowers collections, interpreting just a small part of their incredible archive into my designs.

Philippa Craddock, Owner – Philippa Craddock Ltd

The original purpose of the V&A was to promote excellence in design and manufacturing, and we wanted to capture this idea to create this series for John Lewis.

Philippa Prinsloo, Home Design Manager at John Lewis
Awards

Awards

Our licensing programme has been recognised by the following industry achievements:

  • Winner of LIMA International Licensing Awards 2017 for Best Art and Design Brand
  • Winner of the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards for best Licensed Heritage or Institution Brand 2018 and 2016
  • Winner of Licensing.biz ‘Most Influential Brand’ for 2017 and 2016 in the Art & Design Category