Heroes star branches out

Hayden Panettiere has created a new handbag for US firm Dooney & Bourke.

The Heroes star already has a lucrative contract with the company to promote its products, but now she’s decided to team up with head designer Peter Dooney to launch the Hayden Clutch.

The bag features a 24-carat gold lion head, after her astrological sign Leo.   

‘I asked if I could design a clutch because I carry them around all of the time,’ she says. ‘Instead of putting my name on it, I put a lion’s head on it. It’s a way of representing me.’

But Hayden, 19, who also made a bag for the firm’s autumn 2008 collection, isn’t about to quit her day job.  

‘I’m going to stick to acting,’ she tells People. ‘If I designed anything it would probably be something for myself, more of a personal thing. I’m not interested in becoming a designer.’

The Hayden Clutch will be available in the US next month.

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