Claire Watt Smith
Claire Watt-Smith, founder of Bobelle
BoBelle’s ethos is to supply fairly traded and hand made accessories.
I was bored of the generic and cheaply produced fashion on the high street and wanted to engage my entrepreneurial flair into doing good for communities. With that in mind, BoBelle was founded. I started selling an array of gifts as well as accessories, but in late 2008 I decided to branch out and produce my own BoBelle fashion accessories.
I started to design my own goods and source by-products that were available. Eel skin leather is a fantastic leather as it is three times stronger than cow’s leather yet is much softer. It wears incredibly well and has such a unique feel to it.I would like the masses to realize that fairly traded fashion worth the extra pound. When I had my concession in Topshop on
Striding Out has been fabulous both for BoBelle as a business and for me personally.Being one of the Future 100 winners as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs was such an achievement. As a result, I have been featured in many publications including The Oxford Times and Business Review, as well as presenting on Entrepreneurship at London School of Economics and the