Global Development Opportunities for Leaders Working in Arts, Screen, and Creative Sectors

ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Sarah Raffel

“The ICE programme offered a rare opportunity to experience business from a completely different stand point. While developing key international contacts I am thrilled to be working in one of the most fascinating cities, with a design and retail brand, that continues to grow and intrigue”


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 this 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 own business, 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 contributing £35,000 towards the start-up of Brazen.

Sarah has continued to develop original and diverse collections which are now largely for the bespoke clientele of Brazen.

Sarah was hosted by Goods Of Desire (G.O.D) in Hong Kong.

About Sarah’s mentor

Lynn-Sayers McHattie is a designer, consultant and PhD student at Glasgow School of Art in the School of Design – Visual Communication. Her current research is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

‘My mentor Lynn McHattie has worked with me on a couple of key projects in the past. As a creative business person she facilitates a strategic thought process that allows for commercial, artistic and personal objectives to take equal importance.’