With an award winning approach to design and the experience to develop creative, commercial collections, Founding Creative Director, Sarah Raffel's sole mission is to continue to blend design and originality.
In 2003 Sarah graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with 1st degree honours in Jewellery and Silversmithing. During which time she won several awards for design and in her final year she was awarded the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Design and Business. As a result Sarah decided to side step industry or retail experience in favour of establishing and developing her business model, Brazen Studios. In the process of starting-up and undergoing initial business-training Sarah secured one of the first NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) Pioneer Awards to help her establish Brazen Studios.
Since starting up, Brazen has attracted the attention from the likes of American and Italian Vogue, MTV, In-Style and Elle as well and has being invited to speak at the Scottish Government, leading UK art organisations and business start-up conferences. In 2006 Sarah was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace as part of a celebration of Women in Enterprise and in 2007 won Most Stylish Boutique at the Scottish Style Awards.
As one of the original chosen designers of the “Glasgow: Scotland with Style” Design Collective, alongside Christopher Kane, Vidler and Nixon, Olanic, and Aimee McWilliams, Sarah has continued to develop original and diverse collections which are now largely for the bespoke clientele of Brazen. One of her largest commissions came from the surreal and provocative design company Timorous Beasties. To celebrate Robert Burns’ Centenary, Sarah completed a set of 14 bespoke Knives and Forks based around one of Burns’ most recognisable poems “Tae a Moose”.
Year Established: 2004
Finalist: Boutique of the Year 2011 - UK Jewellery Awards.
Most Determined to Succeed Award: PSYBT Growth Awards.
5th Most Inpirational Jewellers UK and Ireland 2010
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