BRAVE start-up bags New York design award

Liz Gjoni of BRAVE, left, with Jennifer Hamleyand her awards.

Liz Gjoni of BRAVE, left, with Jennifer Hamleyand her awards.

A Bristol designer who set up her own business with help from BRAVE Enterprise has won a prestigious international fashion award.

Jennifer Hamley, founder of handbag start-up Jennifer Hamley, England, beat five other finalists to win the unisex work bag category of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City.

Jennifer’s innovative new bag is designed to provide solutions for the busy business executive and features many sections and pockets, including a removable tablet/ipad case, reusable shopping bag, and USB power pack.

Jennifer’s award success comes just months after she received expert start-up advice from BRAVE, a not-for-profit business support organisation in Bristol that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful ventures.

Jennifer, who lives in Westbury on Trym, said: “I’m ecstatic to have been recognised for my talents so early in my business journey.

“I am especially thankful to Liz Gjoni of BRAVE for guiding me through the business plan. Through methodically writing down costings, forecasts and goals the plan seemed to make everything clearer.”