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Jen Hamley

Jennifer Hamley, England

'Jennifer Hamley, England' is a collection of luxurious leather work bags. Founder and Designer, Jen Hamley, studied 3D design at university and later took a handbag design course at the London College of Fashion. Her studies, blended with her love of problem solving and beautiful design formed her vision; To banish ugly work bags forever. Each design is filled with a mix of useful features to support modern life. Features to look out for are; removable tablet/iPad cases, USB power chargers, detachable key chains and folio pockets, amongst many others.
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Designed with modern life in mind, Jennifer Hamley creates beautiful leather bags which safely house all your tech items, whilst allowing you the freedom to do your best work. Jen realized that she was carrying way too many bags with her to work. A handbag, a shopping bag, a bag for her laptop, and one for her tablet. And, apart from the handbag, they weren't pretty. She decided it was time to banish ugly work bags from the face of the earth, to make a bag that is multi functional. Bags to support modern life. Bags that inspire.

Jen Hamley studied 3D Design and specialized in furniture and interiors at Northumbria University. She later studied Millinery with Rose Corey, the milliner to the late Queen Mother. After which, she built up cult brand 'Head Full of Feathers' over 5 years. During this time, Jen started to dream about setting up her own handbag label. A chance conversation at a business event made her realize that life is too short to not follow your dreams; and she enrolled on a handbag design course at the London College of Fashion.

Inspiration for the Jennifer Hamley line comes from everyday life, from the inspiring stories of dedicated men and women doing amazing things. We believe that if you have a great bag that organizes your life, and looks good, you start to feel good. That's when the magic happens.

Jen likes to sit outside with a coffee and observe how different people are using their work bags on the street. She takes note of what straps they use, how much they fill their bags, and how comfortable they are carrying them. She always deigns with pencil and a sketch book, which some consider 'old school' but "It's the only way I know. I can get lost in design this way, it's like a meditation" she explains.

Jen enjoys playing with different leathers to create new looks for her unisex designs; "Men tended towards the dark brown, black, and grey messenger or satchel style, whereas women would go for something with more design features and colour. These findings have influenced the design, which will be available in muted leathers for those wanting a subtle look, and in some coloured, printed, or embossed leathers for a more fun and playful bag. The silhouette will stay the same, but the materials and hardware can change infinitely. I love experimenting."

Jennifer Hamley is a brand that encourages you to go after your dreams, to think big and to know that anything is possible. Created with beautiful leathers, custom hardware and pockets to carry everything - now is the time to do it.

SHOP BAGS BY THIS DESIGNER

HBD101 Award Winner - Model KT Leather Messenger Bag in Aubergine with Detachable Clutch

HBD101 Award Winner - Model KT Leather Messenger Bag in Aubergine with Detachable Clutch

Winner of 2 international awards, the Model KT in Aubergine combines Jennifer Hamley's trademark organisation with classic, striking style. It is quickly becoming an icon of Independent British Design. This structured messenger bag delivers easy access whilst on the move, with external zip pockets for a phone, purse or passport. Switch effortlessly between the four carrying styles; cross body messenger, shoulder and shorthandle. The Model KT also connects to your roller bag for extended traveling. The sleek removable clutch, a stand-alone design in its own right, is the perfect companion for making the switch between work and play. Inside the main bag, the light lining provides a backdrop for even the most hard to find items. There is a padded laptop sleeve (up to 15") and room for A4 files too. The key clip, pen sheaths and internal pockets make finding your work accessories a dream. Crafted in fine Calfskin leather and finished with custom pale gold hardware, the model KT in rich Aubergine is consistently being chosen as an icon for successful women. Sizing: Main bag: Fits laptops up to 15"/38cm (screen size) Width - 15"/38cm Height - 11"/28cm Depth - 4.7"/12cm Handle Drop - 18"/48cm - 4.7"/12cm (adjustable) Detachable Clutch: Fits tablets up to 10" x 7" - 25cm x 18cm Materials: Bag: Calfskin Lining: 100% Cotton Comes with: Cotton Dustbag Cotton zip up wire pouch with matched piping Reusable shopping bag Certificate of Authenticity Jennifer Hamley recommends the regular use of a leather wax polish.

$490.00

HBD101 Award Winner - Model KT Leather Messenger Bag in Chocolate with Detachable Clutch

HBD101 Award Winner - Model KT Leather Messenger Bag in Chocolate with Detachable Clutch

Winner of 2 international awards, the Model KT in Chocolate combines Jennifer Hamley's trademark organisation with classic, striking style. It is quickly becoming an icon of Independent British Design. This structured messenger bag delivers easy access whilst on the move, with external zip pockets for a phone, purse or passport. Switch effortlessly between the four carrying styles; cross body messenger, shoulder and shorthandle. The Model KT also connects to your roller bag for extended traveling. The sleek removable clutch, a stand-alone design in its own right, is the perfect companion for making the switch between work and play. Inside the main bag, the light lining provides a backdrop for even the most hard to find items. There is a padded laptop sleeve (up to 15") and room for A4 files too. The key clip, pen sheaths and internal pockets make finding your work accessories a dream. Crafted in fine Calfskin leather and finished with custom pale gold hardware, the model KT in rich chocolate is consistently being chosen as an icon for successful women. Sizing: Main bag: Fits laptops up to 15"/38cm (screen size) Width - 15"/38cm Height - 11"/28cm Depth - 4.7"/12cm Handle Drop - 18"/48cm - 4.7"/12cm (adjustable) Detachable Clutch: Fits tablets up to 10" x 7" - 25cm x 18cm Materials: Bag: Calfskin Lining: 100% Cotton Comes with: Cotton Dustbag Cotton zip up wire pouch with matched piping Reusable shopping bag Certificate of Authenticity Jennifer Hamley recommends the regular use of a leather wax polish.

$490.00

HBD101 Award Winner - Model KT Leather Messenger Bag in Teal with Detachable Clutch

HBD101 Award Winner - Model KT Leather Messenger Bag in Teal with Detachable Clutch

Winner of 2 international awards, the Model KT in Teal combines Jennifer Hamley's trademark organisation with classic, striking style. It is quickly becoming an icon of Independent British Design. This structured messenger bag delivers easy access whilst on the move, with external zip pockets for a phone, purse or passport. Switch effortlessly between the four carrying styles; cross body messenger, shoulder and shorthandle. The Model KT also connects to your roller bag for extended traveling. The sleek removable clutch, a stand-alone design in its own right, is the perfect companion for making the switch between work and play. Inside the main bag, the light lining provides a backdrop for even the most hard to find items. There is a padded laptop sleeve (up to 15") and room for A4 files too. The key clip, pen sheaths and internal pockets make finding your work accessories a dream. Crafted in fine Calfskin leather and finished with custom pale gold hardware, the model KT in vibrant teal is consistently being chosen as an icon for successful women. Sizing: Main bag: Fits laptops up to 15"/38cm (screen size) Width - 15"/38cm Height - 11"/28cm Depth - 4.7"/12cm Handle Drop - 18"/48cm - 4.7"/12cm (adjustable) Detachable Clutch: Fits tablets up to 10" x 7" - 25cm x 18cm Materials: Bag: Calfskin Lining: 100% Cotton Comes with: Cotton Dustbag Cotton zip up wire pouch with matched piping Reusable shopping bag Certificate of Authenticity Jennifer Hamley recommends the regular use of a leather wax polish.

$490.00