Shops We Love: Modern Handmade Jewelry by Benu Made
There is a joy that seems to be inherent with Pauline Hagan and her Benu Made modern handmade jewelry collection. You see it clearly in her jubilant designs and it certainly shines through in the photographs she uses to promote it. Pauline takes leather and uses it as her canvas to create an array of beautiful and golden pieces. It’s hard not to love every single piece.
Benu Made is a creative jewellery brand combining shiny metallics, bold shapes and beautiful leather textures.
All Benu Made jewellery pieces are thought up, drawn, designed and skillfully created by me, Pauline Hagan, in my studio in Prague. I’m self-taught, and my vision is to create bold, eye-catching conversation pieces that bring personality and twist to the simplest of outfits.
I choose all of my materials very carefully – selecting high quality, durable and beautifully textured leather. I’m proud to be able to run Benu Made in a very lean way: all pieces are made to order, I use leather in small quantities and have very little material wastage, since I can use every last centimetre of leather.
Leather is at the foundation of everything I do. Its versatility means that it can be cut into any shape – making the creative design process very organic and free of planning and elaborate sketches.
Running my own business brings me flexibility, happiness and the most fascinating and unexpected challenges. I love being able to create something beautiful with my own two hands, from start to finish, that’ll be treasured by a customer.”
“Leather is at the foundation of everything I do. Its versatility means that it can be cut into any shape – making the creative design process very organic and free of planning and elaborate sketches.”
I’m half French, half British and I grew up in London and then in Paris. I was a creative child and my loveliest memories are of messing around with all sorts of paints, glues and paper, but I had never imagined being able to create for a living.
After graduating I worked in marketing and project management in London and Paris for six years. I soon started to try to bring my own creative ideas to life – and being my own boss became a very realistic prospect. With buckets of encouragement from friends and months of experimenting with materials and techniques, I launched Benu Made in December 2012 – juggling it with my full time job.
At the end of 2014 the opportunity arose for me to move to Prague. I jumped at it, and I’m now very happily running Benu Made as my full-time business, from this inspiring and peaceful city.
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