Meet Ramon Calliste – Founder of Global Boutique
Ramon Calliste has realised a lifelong dream – in December 2021 – he opened an exclusive boutique in the heart of Mayfair London, where he could showcase the finest collection of luxury watches, Hermès handbags and fine jewellery for both men and women.
However, this was not Ramon’s first venture into retail. His first shop – Global Watches – was in North London where he initially honed his luxury retail skills. While initially working slightly further afield, he gained the required horological confidence to allow him to become a renowned name in Mayfair London.
His career within the retail world of luxury watches was not a traditional start. His career started in football at Manchester United and then Liverpool but early on he was side-lined with an injury he couldn’t come back from.
When disaster struck ending his footballing career it wasn’t the end for Ramon Calliste. He mused that saying he’s glad he was injured “would be taking things too far”. It was simply put, a new beginning and opportunity.
Ramon Calliste – Recognised Expert in Luxury Watches
Ramon turned to his second passion – luxury watches. He was determined and took on learning everything he needed to know and became a recognised expert in the luxury watch business. He approached the watch industry the same way he became one of the best up and coming footballers – with determination, resilience, and discipline.
That resolve meant he was able to channel what he’d learnt into an entirely different direction – owning his own business in the luxury watch industry, with exemplary customer service would become the lifeblood of his business, with their needs and wants to influence every element of our operation. They are the heart and forefront of Global Boutique.
Over the years his loyal customers started asking him for more luxury goods and he has since grown his business beyond watches to include Hermés handbags and fine jewellery.
Ramon admits he made mistakes along the way, but he has learnt his most valuable life lessons after a ‘fall’ – whether that was on the football pitch or as an entrepreneur – which made him come back stronger and more determined than ever.
He knew he needed to be the best at what he does to win the respect of clients and competitors alike – it’s something he works on constantly. He has a zest for learning and he loves sharing that knowledge with his customers.
Ramon knows that you can’t build something great alone. As an entrepreneur he feels it’s important to surround yourself with great people who share your passion and vision for the business. He’s proud of his team who bring their own ideas and unique touch to Global Boutique.
A successful entrepreneur is nothing without a family. Ramon is the proud husband to Jemma and father to three young boys, who keep him busy and on his toes. Juggling businesses with young children takes a lot of energy, but Ramon makes family time a priority. Today Ramon and his family split their time between London and Dubai.