Explore the Tropical Elegance of Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore

Step into a little escape from bustling Singapore with the ‘With Love, from the Tropics’ Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel. Crafted by Senior Pastry Sous Chef Jamie Ho, this high tea experience is a delightful fusion of tropical flavours, elegant presentation, and stunning views. From the moment you arrive, soak up the luxury with […]

The Difference Between Strength and Courage

During my recent adventure with Hart and Soul Retreat in Bali, I was introduced to a poem that deeply resonated with me. It speaks volumes about the nuances of strength and courage in our lives. The fact that we are always told to be strong — strong as women, strong in business, strong as mothers, […]

The Unedit | Singapore Master List / Wishlist – Dining & Bars

A year in the making, I’ve been curating this wonderfully long, entirely unruly list of ‘to try’ and ‘tried’ experiences, unraveling the vibrant landscape of Singapore. It’s an ever-expanding collection, with each new suggestion from friends or serendipitous encounter prompting another addition. Whether it’s a suggestion for a visitor to Singapore or my husband’s next […]

Braving Life’s Journey: Discovering Fierce Love and Courage with Katrina Hart

In a world where inspiration is often found in unexpected places, Katrina Hart stands as a beacon of courage and resilience. From her transformative journey away from the corporate world to her commitment to wellness, Katrina’s story is a testament to the power of self-love and the pursuit of purpose. I first had the privilege […]

Singapore | Feb Fabulous Five (And a bonus few as it was birthday month)

February has been an absolute whirlwind of adventures, and I couldn’t be more excited to share some of the highlights with you! From celebrating my birthday to immersing myself in Singapore’s vibrant food culture, here are some of the standout experiences that made this month truly special; 1. Atlas – Parkview Square, North Bridge Road [...]

Throwback | SMH Article 2016 | Ten years on, three women tell how ‘Eat Pray Love’ inspired a life change

Taking a stroll down memory lane… In the midst of crafting a piece for a book on inspired travel, I found myself reminiscing about my own ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ journey back in 2015. Curiosity piqued and I decided to give it a Google and stumbled upon an interview I did for the Sydney Morning Herald […]

Photographs for Peace: Australian Photographers Unite for Humanitarian Impact

In the face of global atrocities, a group of compassionate photographers and organisations have come together to create a tangible impact for the most vulnerable victims, women and children. As we bear witness to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Photographs for Peace emerges as a little beacon of hope. Agender unites Médecins Sans Frontières […]

Thank you for the Magic 2023!

As we bid farewell to the wonderful of 2023, I wanted to share my deepest gratitude & love to our phenomenal clients, suppliers, artisans, trades & our remarkable team. Your unwavering support, trust & creativity have been such an important part of our journey, so we say a massive thank you. EMBRACING CHANGE This year […]

Bag Maintenance & Cleaning Tips

We at Hills & West create timeless pieces that are made by hand making them all a little bit beautifully different. From a cross-body bag to a backpack, we have created all your everyday companions with a few fun ones too. We’re overwhelmed with joy with your contionous support and with your gorgeous response to […]

Can you claim a tax deduction for your work bag?

The short answer is ABSOLUTELY YES, you can claim your handbag as a tax deduction. Up to $300. But don’t go shopping just yet! There are some important things to keep in mind. The basic rules for claiming a handbag or briefcase as a tax deduction is that it must be directly connected with producing […]

10 Simple Steps to Happiness in 2022

We believe in the transformative power of thought, decluttering, purposeful styling and design. Also a little bit of fun in everyday life. We are also huge lovers of minimalism for functionality and setting yourself up for success through easy habits that make life more enjoyable. We are all about paired-back, not cut-off. Creating a home […]

Our Sustainability & Impact Goals

We want to have a positive impact on this planet. Doesn’t everyone? When we first created our Sustainability policy in 2020 it seemed like such a difficult task and were a little nervous about how successful we would be (we are a small business after all) However, after the bushfires, huge impacts of climate change […]


LOOKING FOR LAST MINUTE XMAS GIFTS? Join us for our Holiday Gifting Pop-up at the H&W STUDIO – Surry Hills, Sydney 12th December 10.30am to 3pm The Australian Made Collections family of makers are bringing together their unique pieces, one-offs, candles, samples, clothing, trinket dishes,  fashion, cheeseboards, jewellery, bags & more. With some can’t resist pricing. Including […]

A-Tote For All – The New Apple-Leather Collection For Everyone, Everywhere for Every Wear

We’re so excited to announce the release of our latest collection, A-Tote For All, a capsule collection of four new styles, and it’s made of apple! Yes apple. This summer, we’re taking major steps towards our sustainability goals, releasing a collection that is made from an eco-friendly leather alternative. Reducing our environmental footprint, the collection is […]

An Apple Story…

There once was an apple happily perched on a tree… The sun was shining and this juicy apple was getting ready for pressing. It knew that like its forefathers it would be made into a delicious juice to be enjoyed by many a family together. What this apple did not know, was that humans had […]

We’re Hiring | Are you a talented creative & all round assistant?

Are you an all round go-getter, who loves working on a diverse portfolio? Love what you see at @hillsandwest @hillsandwestinteriors and feel like you would like to join the small team in Surry Hills? We’re on the lookout for a super talented creative who loves nothing more than getting stuck into a project and bringing […]

One Tree Planted with Every Hills & West Bag

We care deeply for our planet and reducing our environmental footprint, and catering to our environmentally conscious customer, is important to us. We’re excited to share that we have taken another step forward and partnered with One Tree Planted @onetreeplanted to help reforestation of our Australian land, one bag at a time. Trees clean our air […]

In the News | Ragtrader | WeShow Expansion into 3 more centres

Excited to be mentioned in Ragtrader. “Pilot partner for the concept, luxury accessories brand, Hills & West (pictured) proved the concept had legs, after being exposed to more than 13,000 new customers in 12 weeks.” Read full article below or click on the link here: Mirvac has announced it will expand its rapid full-service retail solution, […]

The WeShow Experience | Short Term Leasing | Our First Store

As an indépendant, smaller emerging brand, stepping into a bricks and mortar store is often daunting. Partnering with a forward thinking shopping centre, having their knowledge, experience and financial support really made the process so rewarding and definitely has wetted the appetite to do it again. Partnering with WeShow, Mirvac We are so appreciative of […]

#WeWearAustralian 2021 | Together Supporting Australian Made

#WeWearAustralian is BACK, as designers and makers join together again to share the Australian love, and support local designers and makers. As MASSIVE supporters of Australian made (check out our @AustralianMadeCollections on Insta or visit australianmadecollections.com) we know many of our wonderful community are also ambassadors of supporting local. Please help us share the word […]

Being Brave in Retail | Hills & West Popup Store with Mirvac

Being part of the Mirvac’s retail innovation throughout the pandemic has been such an honour for Hills & West. From conception through to implementation, we continue to benefit from that face to face engagement with our customers. Now as they look for the next generation of WeShow short-term retailers, I am excited to see how […]

Hills & West East Village | Interview founder – Aisha Hillary-Morgan | IWD

Having East Village as the first Hills & West home has been an absolute privilege. I was very excited to share our Hills & West, Australian Made Collections story with the East Village team. Following are some of the questions we covered; What has been the hardest challenge you have faced in business overall? What […]

Supporting Australian Made – Why our makers make local

As you know, being Australian made is part of our DNA. We love supporting local and within our first Hills & West store, in East Village Sydney, we are helping you discover over 15 Australian made artisans with a similar passion and ethos as ours. We asked the Hills & West family of makers, why […]

Hills & West East Village | Australian. Handmade. Collections.

We are so excited to partner with Mirvac to bring you a new all-Australian retail experience in East Village in Zetland, from next Saturday 12 December. For three months shoppers can experience an evolving curation of over 15 Australian makers both in the physical store and through the complimentary online store. All pieces are handmade […]

Jamie Azzopardi | Justin Cassin & Wishlists

Last winter, we introduced you to stylist Jamie Azzopardi, who styles for campaigns, magazines and fashion brands. Jamie is known for great style and an elevated look. Jamie styled the latest shoot for Justin Cassin, featuring our Gentlemen’s Essentials Duffle Bag and Surry Mini. Whether you’re travelling for work or a weekend getaway, the Gentleman’s Duffle […]

Micky In The Van | Magical storytelling | Melbourne

While in lockdown we have been chatting, and creating (see our Style’s By You beauty later on), with a fabulous friend of ours, Estelle, stylist and founder of Micky In The Van. Estelle is a visual storyteller and her imagery and wearable art take you on magical, very fabulous (can I use fabulous more than […]

Jasmine Alexa | Timeless elegance for the modern active woman | Melbourne Label

Timeless active-leisurewear for the modern woman, inspiring you to move with ease, confidence and in these uncertain times, at your own pace. Today we introduce you to the Melbourne active wear label, Jasmine Alexa. Jasmine has a gorgeous mission, even more amazing than making beautiful, comfortable, sustainable and ethical clothing, Jasmine wants women to feel […]

THE STYLE DOCTOR I Let’s talk body shapes

Do you know your ‘official’ body shape? I know I have always been pretty confused (and it has changed a little over the years 😉 So I decided it was high time to demystify body shapes and get some tips from the professionals. I am very excited to sit down with The Style Doctor extraordinaire, […]

Cazinc The Label | Sustainable Trans-seasonal Fashion | Melbourne

Supporting local is what drives us and whist Melbourne is still in lockdown, we want to continue to support and share some of our creative friends. Today we are introducing you to Caz, from Cazinc The Label, an incredibly talented, multifaceted woman who shares many of our loves (trans-seasonal wardrobe staples, interiors and champagne to […]

Sanserié | Melbourne Made | Love Australian Made

As Melburnians face another lockdown we wanted to help in some way, and thought it would be the perfect time to share some of our favourite Melbourne brands and their backstories. Today we are introducing you to Sanserié, part of the FAID Store family, and its gorgeous founder Monika Peff, who is very aligned to […]

The Open Door Collective | Bringing Businesses & Locals Together

When Hayden, our talented Gentleman’s Essentials Collection photographer, introduced us to his friend Adam, we were very excited to hear about his latest project, The Open Door Collective. The Open Door Collective, T.O.D.C, is a platform with the goal of bringing individuals, and their businesses, to light; highlighting their stories, their journey’s, sharing what makes […]

Klarna Store Welcomes H&W | H&W Welcomes Klarna Payments

Since the beginning, we have always tried to collaborate with like-mined designers, stylists and platforms trying to innovate and support independent brands. Recently, we partnered with Klarna, a Stockholm based fintech company, launching in Australia, offering in-app shopping experiences, digital payments and now Hills & West featured in their online store!! Klarna have more than […]

Jamie Azzopardi’s Winter Wishlist | Celebrity Stylist

With the advent of the colder months, and boy has it become chilly, it’s time to have a winter wardrobe revamp and make sure your wears are ready to keep you nice and cozy. If you haven’t started your winter wishlist yet, don’t worry, here’s stylist Jamie Azzopardi recommendations. He collated pieces from some of […]

Meet Jana | Interior Designer | Residential & Commercial

With the expansion of the Hills & West Home product range into styling and decoration, with Hills & West Interiors, we are excited to be expanding the team. Over the last 12 months we have been developing our Interiors styling offering and partner network both locally, in the UK and Europe, and today we would […]

31MADISON | Helping independent brands

We love sharing a backstory and today we are introducing you to 31MADISON, an online destination for fashion and accessories. Tony, 31MADISON‘s founder and driver, has worked with global brands, large and small, for many years. He knows exactly how difficult it is for independents to build an audience, so decided to do something about […]

Samantha Jones | POL Clothing

Theo the Label | Esther Kirwan | Founder & Designer | Melbourne

Jasmine Alexa | JASMINE ALEXA

Kash O’Hara | The Style Doctor

Jenn & Gems | Palmaira Sandals Australia

Jessica & Kathryn | CEDAR & ONYX

Aisha Hillary-Morgan | Hills & West

The Classy Lad │Meet Dapper Gent Hamza

When launching the Gentleman’s Essentials Collection last year, I was obsessively stalking Instagram for stylish mens’ accessory inspiration (does anyone else get lost in an Insta hole?). When I scrolled across The Classy Lad, I was impressed with the abundance of dapper styling inspo, from suiting to accessories, and when he reached out about my […]

Introducing Gallantoro | Return of the Gentleman

Meet Gallantoro, a unique online destination and store that invites you to tap into your inner Gentleman. That is something we definitely try to encourage 🙂

#WeWearAustralian | Shop for a Cause with Klarna

#WeWearAustralian#ShopforaCausewithKlarna12th May 2020 – 15th June 2020 After an incredibly successful #WeWearAustralian campaign reaching over 7 million publication views and over 11 million through social media, we are continuing the Australian love, this time powered by Klarna who want to encourage more people to shop Australian. Now, with the support of leading shopping experience and payments […]

Celebrating Australian | Silk Wolfe | Sustainably Made in Sydney

Timelessness, fun and full of heart, meet Charis Pixie’s Silk Wolfe. During COVID-19, I wanted to help put a spotlight on some of my fellow Australian designers, who too, are trying to navigate these uncertain times. Designers who want to create pieces that stay in your wardrobe, not fast and disposable, are made for durability, […]


Australian made is what inspires and drives us. We’re so proud to support #WeWearAUSTRALIAN: an initiative to raise awareness for everyone in the fashion industry, with an Australian passion like us, impacted by these uncertain times. Designers and creatives who are uniting as an industry to contribute to the rebuilding of our Australian fashion community. […]

Sarah Silverton | Photographer & Australian Made Accessories Creator

With a passion for photography and the sea, Sydney-based Sarah Silverton has spent decades capturing the sand and surf along the gorgeous coastlines of Australia. Her evocative seascapes have been exhibited through wall art, homewares and fashion accessories. All of which are beautifully designed and made in Australia. You know that we are huge supporters […]

Meet FAID | Supporting Australian Designers in The Rocks

Did you know that only 8% of the clothing sold in Australia is made locally? That means a whopping 92% is sourced, sewn, packaged and imported overseas.  At the same time, there are many Australian designers braving the status quo and sustainably designing, sourcing and producing locally, with incredible craftsmanship and love.  So, how do […]

Lunar New Year | The Year of the Rat | Let the Celebrations Commence!

2020’s Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the first in the 12-year Chinese calendar cycle, the Year of the Rat. * 2019 marked the Year of the Pig, the last animal on the Chinese zodiac. * For those who can’t help but look ahead, in 2021, the second in the cycle is the Year of the [...]


Here we have it (finally!) part 3 of my American vacay to the oh so gorgeous Malibu and my guide to EAT, STAY, PALY & SHOP to make your own holiday smooth and easy! A little background on Malibu before we jump in. Being on the West Coast of California, this city is also known [...]

Inspire Series | Bridgette Kirk | Fervent Founder, Stylist & Entrepreneur

We love introducing you to talented humans. People, who have a deep passion, identify a gap in the market and then have the fearless resolve to go for that dream and create. Bridgette Kirk, former TV presenter, founder and creator of Spilt Milk (ladies you need to get your hands on a canister of this miracle 3-in-1 [...]

Gentleman’s Essentials | The Bespoke Corner Tailors

For the launch of our Gentlemen’s Essentials Collection, we were lucky to have had the opportunity to collaborate with The Bespoke Corner Tailors, whose made-to-measure suits are the consummate example of a Gentleman’s essential. Joining forces eight years ago, Rami and Miles have created an experience like no other which goes beyond simply creating fine [...]

STAY, EAT, PLAY & SHOP – Visual tour through Palm Springs

Welcome to part two of my US trip earlier this year, and this time we explore the fabulous and oh so glamorous Palm Springs. I have to share that I immediately fell in love with this place nestled in the dessert and contniue to be inspired by the architecture and interiors. It is a bucket [...]

The Hospitality Veteran Bringing the Bar to You – David Best

  At Hills & West we’re all about introducing you to amazing Australian talent and unique products. We also have a huge appreciation for beautiful branding and packaging, and when this is mixed with some of our favourite cocktails, did we mention Negroni and Old Fashioned, we had to delve deeper and share. Meet David […]

The Inspired Co | Supporting Independent & Sustainably Driven Designers

We love showcasing the passionate people who help elevate and share independent designers and start-ups stories. The platforms who understand the immense value of support and collaboration in the early years to help grow awareness of the talent and incredibly unique products out there. I’ve had the pleasure to interview Kassandra Craig, one of these […]

Mid-Season Guide | Tips & ideas to keep you inspired

Our Mid-Season Essentials We hope everyone is managing to stay dry amongst this crazy spring weather! We were all excited when things started to heat up and started to pack away our warmer wears, to begrudgingly drag them all out (*again*) for the coming week. So we thought, why not create a guide and share […]

The Ultimate Gentleman’s Essentials by Hills & West

What are the ultimate essentials for the dapper gentleman? While creating our latest capsule collection for him, we wanted to ensure that we did the research; asking the dashing gents in our midst, the bespoke tailors and whiskey lovers, and so on, what they thought would be the ultimate must haves for the dapper gentleman. [...]

Interiors Styling and Decorating join the Hills & West Repertoire

Since October of 2015, Hills & West has been dedicated to creating beautiful, luxurious and functional pieces for the wardrobe. Two years ago, we expanded into creating beautiful pieces for the home with HILLS & WEST HOME. Now, we are “officially” extending our desire to make people happy and create beautiful things, by taking the [...]

Spring Into Spring With Our Art Edit

Spring is finally here. It is a time of rebirth and renewal in the outdoors and so it is a glorious time to do the same indoors. It’s an opportunity to put away some of your dark colours and throws that kept you feeling cozy in the winter months and add some fresher, brighter colours […]

Our latest FFF reads including iconic handbags, sustainability, productivity & more

Welcome back to another Hills & West favourites, bringing you a range of different reads we loved from latest fashion labels, antique furniture stores and even inspiration on how to kick start your personalised morning routine to be more productive. 1. Fashion: 7 Iconic Designers and Their 12 Must Have Handbags No one has time […]

Fathers Day Ideas – Surprise Him

Fathers Day is not too far away and we want to make sure you get your father the perfect gift. No more last minute scrambling around quickly grabbing a coffee mug, socks or Bunnings gift cards 🙂 We’re here to give ideas. Also, if you get your Hills & West weekender bag orders in this [...]

Melbourne Staycations – EAT, STAY, PLAY and SHOP

We hope you enjoyed our last Staycation tips on where to EAT, STAY, PLAY and SHOP in Sydney. As feature in LUXNOMADE. this week we’re sharing some of our favourite hot spots in Melbourne.   We loved our two years living in this fabulous city and frequently return to visit our friends, creative collaborators and [...]

Inside Hills & West with founder & bag lover Aisha Hillary-Morgan

Introducing the Chevron Collection – Hills & West

Meet Jim. One of Hills & West’s Artisans

A quick look at Hills & West

Making The Chevron Collection – Hills & West


Aisha Hillary shares her love for the city of Florence and her top tips on where to eat, play, explore and shop… I often share my places to ‘EAT, PLAY, EXPLORE & SHOP’ list with friends and family embarking on their first visit to Florence, so thought I would create a Hills & West Guide [...]

Handcrafted, personalised jewellery, that lasts forever – The Deer Ruby Story

A little about Deer Ruby… I’ve been in the fashion industry for over 20 years in some form or another, but I got my start owning four children’s boutiques in Adelaide at the age of 18. This was definitely the beginning of a lifelong love affair with fashion. Honing my creative skills, crafting unique pieces […]


As covered in LuxNomad, following is our City Guide: Eat, Stay, Play and shop in Los Angeles Enjoy…. Back from my adventures in the US of A, I am very excited to share some of the fabulous restaurants, hotels and places we experienced. Although we were only away for 8 days, we did so much [...]

We’re looking for an intern! Lovers of bags, interiors & Australian made may apply!

We’re very excited to be offering one person who is keen to work for Hills & West and learn what’s behind running a business an internship. After the wonderful experience we have had with both Hayley and Maddison (both part of the Hills & West fam bam now), we’re looking for someone passionate, creative, who […]

Design Tips & Inspiration from H&W Design & Production Manager, Maddison

Behind every brand is the wonderful people that makes our hearts beat and creatively thrive. We’ve been so lucky to have really passionate people who genuinely want to support our mission and help us be a success. From the beginning our mission has been simple - create exceptional pieces, while doing what we love, and [...]

Timeless, Elegant & Classic – My Milliner Shares Her Hat Crafting Story

While packing our perfect holiday accessories for Palm Springs, and getting our hatbox ready, I reached out to my favourite local hat founder and designer, Amelia Hughes, from My Milliner. I was very keen to hear what’s next in her journey and some gain some styling tips for the hot and cooler months. Following we [...]

Buying Better | Mission to Minimalism & Space

2 – Managing your space to occupy the things that are of value to you. Especially spaces where you would typically store things, like the wardrobe. You would be amazed by the beneficial compounding effect this has on managing simple mundane tasks like doing the laundry. 3 – Clearing the body and mind… Allowing time […]

Our Fortnight Favourite Five Covering Interiors, Winterware & Getaway Inspo

Welcome back! We hope you are all enjoying the winter weather and spoiling yourself with some comfort food and a nice glass of red (or tea should I say). In this FFF we found some great finds in Fashion, Lifestyle, Health, Home Living and some life hacks to save you some valuable time. Sustainable Home [...]

EAT, STAY, PLAY and SHOP – Johannesburg

Recently published in LUX NOMADE. a conscious travel and wellness magazine, here are our Hills & West Diaries in Johannesburg. ….. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of going to Johannesburg to visit ta dear friend (and business partner – you can’t get better than that) and work on a new H&W future project […]

From Media to Seaside Self Starter – Louise on Simplifying & Skincare

  I’d like to introduce you to the fabulous Louise Pearce, a wonderful and passionate soul I worked with before I started Hills & West at SBS. Louise was a corporate who worked with C-suite media tycoons before she decided to have a sea change and move with her family to Port Macquarie. Once her […]

Our Fortnightly Favourite Five Covering Fashion, Food, Fitness & Some Self Beauty

Welcome back to another Fortnightly Favourite Five at Hills & West. We may not be so on the ball with our fortnightly delivery but the content is well worth the wait 🙂 We hope you’re wrapped up nice and cosy as we are focusing on some winter tips as the chill sets in and we […]

The Style Doctor Sharing Trends & Tips to Style Success

Stop self-diagnosing with your wardrobe worries, and turn to the experts! The Style Doctor experts that is. We always love sharing the fabulous people we meet, whilst hopefully imparting some wonderful words of wisdom and inspiration, and this no exception. Last year, at a lunch hosted by the Palmaira Sandals Australia ladies, I was sitting [...]

Being Stylish and Confident at Any Age, Secrets From Stylist and Model Violet Trikilis

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. A true fashion icon and style inspiration to us here at Hills & West, we’d love to introduce to you the fabulous stylist and model Violet [...]

We have it in the bag this winter…

  It’s winter and super chilly so we think it’s high time you treat yourself to some winter centric, leather staples. As much as our bags are versatile all year round, we do have a couple of favourites perfect for winter occasions, with some great outfit and accessories inspo to go with them. The Weekender […]

Sydney Fashion Week in Review By Coco Louise

  Fashion Week provides a fabulous buzz for all fashionistas alike. Letting us see the latest trends, designs and meet the designers. Of course, our secret delight is all the street style inspo. Since we were unable to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this year (we were in South Africa working on our next project […]

Our Fortnightly Favourite Five Includes…

2.Homeware – A happy home starts with your dream interiors We’re always looking for new pieces to brighten up our studio and whilst prepping for our upcoming Palm Springs getaway (we are so excited to explore all the interiors and architecture as we know they are going to be next level), we discovered Alan Walsh, […]

Fine Art Photographer & Educator – Setting Sights on Enlightening the World

Amelia Soegijono is a beautiful soul with a mission to use her photography as a vehicle to tell the much needed stories of the world and make it a better place. Amelia and I met in March at the Queen Hood event and instantly connected about wanting to capture all life’s special moments, our mutual [...]

H&W Staycations: Sydney

  We are often playing tour guide for our friends and family from oversees in Sydney, always searching for some unique experiences and places to try ourselves. So we decided to create a ‘Staycation Series’ , starting with Sydney. So if you’re fresh to Sydney or just want some inspo on some of the go-to […]

International Stylist, Personal Shopper & Fashion Lover – Coco Louise

Who is Coco? I am Coco Louise an international stylist, personal shopper and fashion trendsetter. I was born in Sydney and lived in Beirut Lebanon for 10 years where I completed High School. Based in beautiful Melbourne now! As a person, I am extremely bubbly, I love a lot  (if there is such a thing) and […]

This Fortnightly Favourites Five Includes…

Here comes more recommend reads from us to keep you inspired through the week!   1. Fashion: 4 steps to building a capsule work wardrobe Keeping up with fashion trends season in and out is exhausting, especially In the corporate world. We might of just found you the perfect bible to maintaining a staple work […]

Luxury shoe designer ASHLEY LIM challenges the traditional for the WORKING GIRL

We love introducing you to inspirational women who are challenging the norm with the aim to bring you something exceptional and different. Ashley Lim, creator of the self-named luxury shoe brand, is definitely one of these women. We were lucky to meet last year when we pooled our resources to open the doors to our [...]

Some suggestions to make this Mother’s Day memorable

Looking to do something a little different and special this Mother’s Day? We have scoured the net and here are some suggestions to get the ideas flowing and create a wonderful day for that someone special. From healthy activities to days out wining and dining, we have also sprinkled with a few different style activities […]

Easter cheer as the holidays are almost here!

We love Easter, and this year with Anzac Day the following week, we have some holiday planning ahead. We thought we would pull together some gifting ideas and recipes to have you baking and sharing wonderful treats this Easter. We are definitely looking forward to a mini break with friends and family. What have you […]

Finding Your Purpose & Keeping Momentum

On Thursday 28 March, I was lucky to sit in-front of a gorgeous group of women and share my story. It was the first Queen Hood event for 2019 at the picturesque Boathouse in Shelly Beach. I shared the stage with the fabulous Jenny and Gemma from Palmaira Sandals Australia, as Elka Whalan, founder of [...]

Our Fortnightly Favourite Five Includes…

Welcome back to our Fortnightly Favourite Five reads, and in this editon we’re on the topic of sustainability; at home, in fashion and inspiring stories of artists that keep us motivated here at Hills and West. We hope you enjoy them and take something wonderful away with you. Sustainability: Who’s keeping up!: The catalyst of […]

Meet Hayley, Sustainability and Design Lover

We’re very excited to introduce you to our newest member of the team, Hayley. As a designer and ‘will do anything’ intern for the last few months, we just love having her around and we decided together she had to join the team. She approached us after seeing Hills & West in our pop-up in […]

Our Fortnightly Favourite Five Includes…

We’re back with this fortnight with five more of our favourite reads and recommendations. This weekend snuggle up with a warm drink, in a comfy corner, and get ready for some content and stories to get you inspired. Lifestyle: Looking for a new adventure? Getaways in autumn are our favourite and we know many do […]

We’re Moving!!

But not to worry we’re not far, we are moving just around the corner to Surry Hills. So to help us lighten our load we’re giving you 25% OFF ALL STOCK! Better be quick… sale ends Friday 29th 7am. Discount Code: MOVING25

5 ways to consciously shape your house into a home

Everyday we are bombarded with messages of the latest fashion and interior trends, what’s hot this season and what’s the ‘it’ colour for items of clothing, to pieces of furniture. It’s hard staying up to date, let alone knowing where to start. Nowadays we are also growing much more aware of our impact on global [...]

Our Fortnightly Favourite Five Includes…

Welcome to Hill & West’s first ‘Fabulous Five’ for the fortnight… Here we share some of our must read blogs, fashions tips & lifestyle recommendations that we think are pretty inspirational. Let us know what you think or have any of your own recommendations! Lifestyle: Ethical Fashion Reading List http://www.thesustainableedit.com/ethical-fashion-books/ This is great read for […]

The Real Deal with Queen Hood – Sharing Real Women’s Stories

Almost a week ago we celebrated International Womens Day. A day to remember those who have impacted our lives for the better and champion those who have and are paving the way for equality. Reflecting on this day, we wanted to introduce you to Elka Whalan (fka Graham), founder of Queen Hood. With her positive [...]

Let’s Celebrate Women #Balanceforbetter

Happy International Women’s Day today! Set up over a century ago to increase awareness and advocacy for gender equality, #IWD is gaining global traction and support and is a wonderful day to remind us of where we have come from and where we still want to go. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. Balance is not […]

Hills & West Styling & Love for Minimalism

This year, along with some new additions to our bag and accessory range, I will be focusing more energy into styling and creating lifestyle accessories for the home. Why… well besides always loving design, interiors and styling, I was totally inspired after completing the Interior Decoration course at The Coco Republic Design School in Melbourne [...]

‘How to wear’ Hills & West – bucket, backpack and folios

We pride ourselves on being a label that is all Australian made, season-less and can transcend any occasion. A big part of what inspires our design (what I spend months prototyping and testing) is looking at how we can make each piece timeless and how to design it so it is multifunctional, can be worn [...]

.M Contemporary Gallery – The ideal backdrop to style H&W’s look for 2019

In December last year we had the opportunity to showcase our collections alongside other notable artists in Sydney's .M Contemporary Gallery (you can read about the artists here). The gallery, located in the beautiful tree-lined suburb of Woollahra, Sydney’s epicentre for lovers of art and experienced collectors, buzzes with fortnightly exhibitions and the gorgeous space [...]

‘How to Wear’ our ‘Mix & Match’ Lunar Collection

2018 seemed to be the year to be inspired by shapes and architecture. Like the Chevron Collection, the Lunar Collection was influenced by shapes, symmetry, geometry and modern architecture. With a focus on femininity, structure and naturally occurring shapes, the Lunar Collection was designed with the intent of being seasonally and environmentally transcendent, elegant and [...]

Lunar New Year Celebration Time

Lets celebrate, it’s THE LUNAR NEW YEAR! And there is cause to celebrate as it ‘s the year of the Pig: a year of fortune and luck! Lunar New Year is the beginning of a year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon, accounting to a purely lunar calendar or a lunisolar calendar. The year of the Pig occupies the last (12th) position [...]

News: The Australian label staying true to Australian made

We were very excited to be interviewed by The Big Smoke Australia, who were curious about our ‘all Australian made’ journey and the inspiration behind our new Lunar Collection. We really like the The Big Smoke as they approach news uniquely. The Big Smoke cater towards discerning readers who want to access ideas differently, dedicated [...]

Seakyu Inspiration with Christopher Quyen

As you build your brand and meet and work with more and more fabulous creatives, it is such a wonderful fuel of inspiration. Meet Christopher Quyen, founder at Seakyu Creative, the photographer behind Hills & West latest shoot. We worked together to create some playful fun with the new Lunar Collection and give the Hills [...]

For the love of Art – .M Contemporary

Situated amongst the treelined pathways of Woollahra on the iconic Ocean St is a beautiful gem of a gallery known to locals and people afar as .M Contemporary. In the 5 years its been operating, .M contemporary has previewed the works of both established and emerging artists from around the world — showcasing their unique [...]

Whisky + Tailor’s 2018 Best Gifts For Men

We all love a good gift guide, especially when selected by the ever so stylish, in the know, whisky loving, Whisky + Tailor. Click here to read their list of best gifts for men in 2018. Here is a quick summary of what to expect: Whisky – I know a man or two who has […]

Hills & West Exhibition & Lunar Collection Preview

To celebrate 3 wonderful years, Hills & West will be exhibiting our pieces expanding from the very beginning to a sneak peek into the future. As well an exclusive preview of the Lunar Collection. We will be exhibiting our collections from: Morgan, Everyday, Chevron, Traveller and Home at the gorgeous .M Contemporary gallery in Woollahra, […]

We have turned three!

It’s been three years since we said “lets do this”! (I say ‘we’ as it takes a village to raise a child’). Hills & West has been fortunate to hit its stride as well as a few balls out of the park. Opening our e-store with a small collection of only five pieces, today we have [...]

Interview with Label Magazine

We were very excited when Label Magazine approached us and said they were interested in our story. They had seen our collection on Here is the interview titled: Leather Lover 1 Tell us about the process of getting Hills & West off the ground. In October of 2014, I was coming back from a work […]

Meet ‘Made in Britain’ Luxury Handbag Label, ISABELLA QUEEN

We love to bring you the wonderfully diverse journeys of likeminded designers… especially those who strive for high quality, locally handmade pieces that go against mass produced, and focus on the unique and different. Meet ISABELLA QUEEN, she is one of these inspirational designers who has such an interesting story, I had to share it. […]

Making an Everyday Bag Extraordinary – Our Everyday Shopper is BACK

So excited to have the shopper BACK in stock and fulfilling pre-orders! As you must know by now, at Hills & West our motto is to make the lives of busy people easier without sacrificing style for functionality. One of our defining features as a brand is our loyalty to our customers and ability to […]

New Pop Up Destination with the Australian Designer Collective – All October & November

After the roaring success of our last Pop Up shop on 77 George St, The Rocks, we have extended our collaboration with Australian designers for another six weeks… but slightly up the road. Now at 83 George St, The Rocks, Sydney, under the new name Australian Designer Collective. The collaboration includes your favourite original five […]

The Langham Sydney & Wedgwood tea

We love beautiful things and experiences, and love sharing our experiences with High Tea Society. Enjoy our review of the Langham Sydney. Situated amongst historic buildings and quaint cobbled streets, at the Langham Sydney you can enjoy a lavish Afternoon Tea in delightfully intimate interiors and breathtaking harbour views from a window seat. Whatever your […]

Inspiring Rare Birds – The Value of a Mentor

I love sharing other people’s stories however this time I wanted to share my start-up, fashion journey and say that it is ok to reach out for help. Here is a little piece I wrote for the Inspiring Rare Birds Community. Read the article here or below. Let’s be honest. No matter our achievements or […]

Hills & West interview with Australian Fashion Council

Recently I caught up with the Australian Fashion Council to talk all things design, inspiration, how Hills & West came to be and where I see it going. Hope you enjoy this little Q&A 🙂 TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR OWN INDUSTRY BACKGROUND AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ‘FASHION’? In a few words; branding, [...]

Vogue Fashion Night Out – Join 6 Australian Luxury Labels Thurs 6 Sept 10am to 8pm

This Thursday, 6 September, we are part of Vogue Fashion Night Out celebrating with bubbles and a one night super special offer, not to be missed. From 10am to 8pm talk directly to the designers, shop the stunning pieces, have some bubbles, delicious nibbles and enjoy our specials to say thank you for supporting Australian fashion. 6 [...]

Lustr – the platform connecting independent Australian labels

When you are an emerging independent fashion label, building your profile and getting in front of potential people, who appreciate and love your product, is hard. About a year and a half ago, a gorgeous entrepreneur reached out to me and said she had a new project she wanted Hills & West to be part [...]

A Fathers Day Story

Very soon it will be the first Sunday in September when many of us here in Australia give gratitude to the fathers in our lives. Whether it be our own fathers, the fathers of our children, our friends who we admire or the father figures who have inspired us along our journey, it’s a time of […]

6 Australian Labels Showcasing in The Rocks, Sydney

Hills & West is excited to announce it will be showcasing with 5 other gorgeous Australian designer labels in The Rocks, Sydney from 18 August to 16 September 2018. The collaboration with five other like-minded brands include Cedar & Onyx (classic luxury for women of all sizes), Everyday Cashmere (cashmere, silk, and cashmere essentials), Boehm Intimates (lingerie of delicate lace and luxe), Extraordinary […]

The Power of Collaboration – 6 Australian Labels

At Hills & West we love collaborating and working with other home-grown, Australian creatives. Recently I worked on a shoot with six other like-minded and inspiring women. Combining pieces from our collections to style and create some perfect, easy to wear, luxurious ensembles. With the intent to appeal to independent women who want a curated look, [...]

Travel Essentials: Hills & West x Everyday Cashmere

We are excited to announce that Hills & West products are now stocked at the Everyday Cashmere flagship store in Sydney. We love their philosophy of packing light for travel, only taking the essentials without sacrificing style and maintaining luxury. Much like the Hills & West philosophy to declutter and simplify, providing premium hand made everyday companions, Everyday […]

The Store by Fairfax takes on Hills & West

We are very excited to announce that Hills & West is now part of The Store. The Store is a one-stop shop supporting and promoting designers and Australian independent creatives. This includes, makers, artists, ceramicists, fashion designers and more. The Store is a constantly evolving marketplace that aims to collect quality objects of desire, chosen by their network […]

Loving your leather goods

At Hills & West we select the best quality skins to create the perfect pieces. All our products are made from high quality leather, sheepskin, nappa and pigskin, right her in Australia using artisanal techniques. This makes each piece unique. As the appearance of these skins change due to time and exposure, we wanted to give [...]

A little story about Mother’s Day

I always love to discover the stories behind events or people, so I decided to look into the origins of Mother’s Day and why we chose this day to honour and give gratitude to our mothers and motherhood. When I did a little digging celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, […]

Little Lenny has joined the Chevron family

We are excited to announce the brand new addition to the Chevron collection, our little Lenny. Lenny was developed with the intent to be the perfect hands-free accessory to carry your essentials. Whether you’re attending a music festival, hitting the dance floor, walking your dog (a twice a day occurrence for me), or just going for [...]

Going Global

Due to lots of fabulous requests, and knowing that we can cater to all our Australian customers with the utmost care, we are finally shipping internationally. We are excited to be expanding the delivery of our quality handmade Australian bags and accessories around the globe. They were crafted and designed for the modern man and […]

Not just a Black Tote

The humble Tote has been a staple in the wardrobes of men and women since its inception into the fashion world as L.L. Bean’s Ice Bag in the 1940’s. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the Tote received a rather luxurious facelift when Bonnie Cashin for Coach evolved its utilitarian-plain canvas design by opting for leather and vibrant [...]

Not just for lovers

On February 14 people in Finland celebrate Ystavanpaiva, which is translated as Friend’s Day and in Mexico they celebrate Dia del amor y la amistad, the day of love and friendship. Even though Valentines day has been totally over-commercialized in many ways it’s still a day we can share the love and appreciation to all… in whatever way […]

Introducing Chevron Chic with Darcy, Parker & Baxter

Meet our latest collection crafted as the chic, transeasonal solution to all your work, weekend and evening elegance needs. The perfect companion for the stylish commuter with a minimalist design that delivers maximum impact to your wardrobe. The Chevron Collection, of course handmade in Australia, was designed and refined through traditional artisan techniques during my time [...]

Travel made stylishly easy

Welcome to our new Traveller Two-Piece Collection, handmade with care in our Sydney, Redfern Studio, by our fabulous craftsmen. Our mission was to create a collection that had a minimal aesthetic and was incredibly practical and versatile. Ultimately making our usually hectic travel incredibly easy and chic. Our traveller collection is soft, subtle, sturdy and flexible. [...]

Proudly Certified Australian Made

When starting Hills & West, one of the important guiding factors was to create a product that was made locally. We wanted our pieces to be handmade in Australia, using the highest quality materials and innovatively crafted with local artisans intertwining my learnings from Italy where I was taught. We are very happy to announce [...]

The ‘no paintings’ Gallery – a Platform for local designers

A gallery with a difference, the Platform Gallery was founded upon the concept of generating a space to showcase the work and craftsmanship of local designers, makers and creatives with a ‘no paintings’ policy. With a desire to challenge the notion of what constitutes art, Platform Gallery showcases the works of master crafters and artisans by ensuring [...]

A sustainable story

Every season we hear about what’s "in" and now "so so out". What was yesterday super fashionable today is no longer part of the wardrobe of the fashion forward. These trends fuel the impulse overconsumption of pieces where the craftsmanship expires just as fast as the hype. Has the love for the timeless piece gone? The [...]

Hills & West spotted in the Sunday Telegraph Insider

Theo the label – welcoming Hills & West to the family

Meet Theo, a Melbourne-born clothing label with a soft spot for sustainability. Established in 2016 with the desire to create sweatshop-free staples for the everyday wardrobe, we love what it stands and even more the people behind it. I met the founder and designer Esther at Melbourne Design Market in June and I was absolutely in [...]

Japan Travel Edit Up In The Sky With TLSE

This fabulous Japan Edit from Evie, the communications coordinator from The Lifestyle Edit (TLSE), as she travels to Japan for summer. TLSE brings you a beautiful curation of Life + Style, introducing you to style makers, designers, travel edits, local stores, and what’s trending in interiors, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. We were very excited when […]

Win a fabulous high tea hamper with our new shiny rosegold petite purse

Everyone loves a hamper full of chocolates and treats. Enter the High Tea Society's competition with prizes valued at over $600. Enter and this fabulous concoction of prize can be yours. I have been working and contributing to The High Tea Society since my SBS days over 8 years ago. I always love to seeing [...]

Top Accessories for Frequent Travellers

We were very excited to see our Everyday Shopper and Luxe Mini Organiser as part of this collation of top accessories for frequent travellers in Surf4Travel. I wanted to share the great tips from Karen Harvey, and she is absolutely right, we take our Everyday Shopper everywhere. “I’ve spent a lot of time taking short trips […]

Melbourne Design Market – 25 June 2017 – Come Meet the Designers

We are hitting the design market scene in Melbourne this June 25 at Melbourne Design Market. This year one of our big ambitions was to get out there and showcase our wares as much as possible. After a successful Finders Keepers in Sydney we are getting ourselves ready for Melburnians this June. One Australia’s much-loved [...]

mother + joey – bringing life into Australian family lifestyle fashion

After seeing a gap in the market, a chat over the back fence and nine months of creating, mother + joey was born. This is a wonderful story about two mother’s who saw a gap in the market, wanted to create a legacy and still have the flexibility to manage their five kids aged five and under. [...]

Showcasing at the Finders Keepers Market: Sydney 12 – 14 May

We are very excited to announce our first retail appearance in Sydney, at the prestigious Finders Keepers Design Market held at Barangaroo Reserve in May. Founded in 2008, Finders Keepers has now grown to be Australia's leading and largest design markets, featuring the work of independent makers from across Australia. We are so chuffed to be amongst some [...]

International Women’s Day – Appreciation, Collaborations & Giveaways

International Women’s Day is a wonderful way to come together and acknowledge all the amazing things women do. We know women are passionate, driven, dreamers, challengers, inspiring and sometimes a little cray cray; however when we join forces, phenomenal things happens. This year I wanted to partner with some women who I admire, the Palmaira Sandals Australia girls, through […]

Stepping back to move forward – one of my favourite learnings

Sometimes you need to step back to move forward. After leaving the corporate grind I started each year by gifting myself sometime to recharge and reboot. It has had such an amazing impact on my creativity, productivity and overall happiness throughout the year, that I try to override my engrained guilt of always having to […]

In the News ‘Eat Pray Love’ stories – life changing inspiration

With 2016 coming to a close; a time when we reflect on the year that has been and start to collate our aspirations for the year ahead, I thought it was pretty timely when my story was shared in Sunday Life Magazine. When I was asked to share my story I was so excited and […]

Time to be inspired and live like a local in Italy

It’s time for Hills & West’s next adventure. The wanderlust has kicked in and the strong desire to be inspired, meet wonderfully new colourful characters, eat amazing cuisine and create some beautiful new products is about to be satisfied. A journey to a place steeped in history; a place where masters once roamed, cathedrals were […]

If you’ve got it flaunt it – chatting with Kirsten Hughes from Flaunter

Starting a new brand is incredibly daunting. Entering the fashion world and putting yourself out there in front of fashion media is a whole other level of scary. When I started I was really lucky to have some friends to guide me. I also was introduced to many successful designers and stylists who have been [...]

The countdown to Christmas has begun!

It’s December and Christmas is almost upon us; lights are being hung, trees are being decorated, and children (and a few of us adults) around the world are eagerly marking off the days until December 25. Have you got all your presents purchased?  Has Christmas crept up on you again this year? Well, never despair; Hills & [...]

We are at The Design Anarchy – get your Christmas gift inspiration

With Christmas fast approaching we find ourselves reflecting on the year that’s been and how we can bring more joy to the wonderful people in our lives. With the recent celebration of our Morgan Collection turning one, we’ve spent a lot of time reflecting and doing some future planning.   We are so fortunate to spend [...]

Going retail – Fitzroy Emporium

Set up like a market, in the environment of a retail store, the Fitzroy Emporium is a unique space that hosts a niche collection of Melbourne designers, displays, bespoke wares and quality finds. Huddled at 91 Smith Street, Fitzroy, near the corner of Gertrude Street, its façade beckons, inviting you to explore all the curiosities […]

The Morgan Collection has turned one…

Our first collection, the Morgan Collection, has turned one and we wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for their support. From the beginning our mission has been simple – do what we love, create exceptional pieces and make people happy along the way. We are so excited that our Morgan 3 in […]

The High Tea Society – delve into the perfect afternoon accessory

By now everyone must know I am an absolute lover of high teas. Not only is it a culinary journey of sweets, savouries and bubbles, it is an experience that often surprises and delights if you are a foodie like me. Many years ago, during my SBS Food days, I was lucky to be introduced [...]

When fashion and travel photography merge – it’s a wrap with Bird and Knoll

Imagine bringing your holidays to life on wearable art? Also, how amazing would it be to have the opportunity to work with Qantas, Jess Hart, Edwina McCann and Nicole Warne, inspiring photographers to share their favourite shots to create a collection? Well Bird and Knoll have made it happen. This creative duo have been creating wearable [...]

Father’s Day – the perfect gift for the dapper dad

If you're stuck with what to buy dad this Father's Day, then we have some stylish tips for you. If he is more of a modern man who loves to look sharp, then our Business Folio in Whiskey or Black is the perfect practical gift for him. With an easy access pocket at the front, [...]

In the news KarryOn Hills & West on travel

I was incredibly excited when KarryOn asked me if I would be interested in having a chat about all things travel and Hills & West. Meeting in my new hood in Abbotsford, Melbourne, following is the very generous and complimentary (*blush*) account of some of the things we chatted about. I have to say, I do […]

Following her dreams – Katrina Hart’s story

We often read stories of people who have become famous, invented something, sold something, made loads of money, cheated, double crossed or have had something disastrous happen to them. Today I want to share a story of a person, who is just like you and me, working through life with dreams and passions is chasing [...]

It’s all in the detail – the artisan’s behind Hills & West

Today I want to share the story of the two amazing artisans behind Hills & West bags: Marianna and Boris. I have been so lucky with my journey so far. The connections I have made and the partners I work with have made this dream such a beautiful reality. So I want to tell their [...]

Change the future for young girls around the world – Room to Read’s Lunch for Literacy – Sydney

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” -Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General Children’s education is a subject very close to my heart. When I started my journey discovering my WHY, I was fortuitous to be given a […]

Golden experiences – Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s 50th Anniversary High Tea

Are you a high tea lover like me? Join me as I take you on a golden journey, reminiscing of the traditional high tea, as I review the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel's 50th Anniversary High Tea, for the High Tea Society. To mark the milestone, in the Wentworth Hotel’s distinctive horseshoe shaped heritage-protected building, the Sofitel has created a contemporary [...]

Getaway Guru experience fancy a villa in France or Italy

“Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer” Discovering all the wonderful new experiences, cultures, meeting interesting people, delicious food and super stunning landscapes.... almost everyone loves travelling. How can you not. I personally just can’t go a year without scratching the wanderlust itch. Four months ago I [...]

Empowering imagery & capturing the moment – Prue Aja

A photograph can capture a special moment, tell a story, bring a product to life or inspire someone on so many different levels. Photography has always been an core ingredient and love in my life. From my days with film in London, over 10 years ago, when I photographed indie band’s record covers and model’s [...]

Workbag as a tax deduction – hell yeah!

Did you know you could claim a tax deduction for your Hills & West bag? As the financial year comes to a close and we are all frantically getting our accounts in order, be smart with your tax and claim part of your everyday workbag essential. After a wee reminder from Melissa Browne, CEO of accounting [...]

1930’s High Tea decadence at Primus Sydney

I absolutely adore a High Tea. From the Orangery in London's Kensington Palace to the Clifford Pier's Heritage High Teain Singapore's The Fullerton Bay Hotel, I always try to fit a High Tea amongst my travels. Recently, when I was enthusiastically talking through some of my High Tea experiences, Michelle from the The High Tea Society asked if I would be [...]

The art of makeup – Sydney Makeup Artist

Positivity breeds positivity! I love artistry and when I first met Nicola, a flawless bundle of energy, her passion and creativity was infectious. In this creative edit I take you into the world of a makeup artist, her top tips, words of wisdom, inspirations, working with Margaret Zhang, Dior and more. Nicola’s story I originally [...]

Imagination comes from the heart dog&boy musings

I love a story. Especially when the story comes from the heart. When I met Sonya from dog&boy we instantly had a mutual connection. We both had our corporate pasts, an understanding of the rollercoaster ride of the creative journey involved with a new business and we also shared a deep understanding on the importance of appreciating the [...]

Look Book – the Morgan capsule collection 1

Hills & West believe accessories should add practical luxury to our everyday. The Morgan Collection, handmade in Australia, offers stylish, functional, superior leather work companions for the modern man and woman. We believe in quality craftsmanship, versatility, minimalism and smart design. We aspire to make luxury a bit more attainable. From the beginning, our mission [...]

Fashion Law – tips for the fashion entrepreneur

I was super chuffed when I was approached by Sara from Axis Legal to feature in her ‘5 Minutes With’ fashion entrepreneurs for their new destination online for all things fashion business and law. You can sign up for free to unlock a wealth of legal/business tips specifically tailored to the fashion profession. You can […]

Animal Instincts

It's getting chilly and we're getting our grrrrrr on. If you fancy a tactile addition to your outfit, get your classy claws on one of our limited edition cowhide clutches. Typical Hills & West luxury with a classic, practical twist, these clutches are made with premium black or whiskey leather, handpicked grey or jersey cowhide front detail and [...]

The Personal Touch

Would you love to have your limited edition Hills & West accessory personalised? From April we are offering a new service allowing you to monogram your name or initials on any piece of Hills & West. We were really touched when we were asked to personalise our Morgan Organiser for a wedding last month and […]

The Man Bag – the modern man’s accessory

Never underestimate the potency of the accessory. Work, weekends, working out – bags are no longer an afterthought. These days, the long-overlooked accessory has become a finishing touch to any outfit, just as shoes or cufflinks have in the past. Whether it is for your gym kit, or personal office, the days where the modern [...]

Styled By… the empowering wardrobe – Q&A

We all know how confident you feel when you look sharp. Never underestimate the power of the outfit. Especially when in the corporate world; I find it amusing how we spend hours polishing up on our credentials, industry news and skills, however when it comes to our wardrobe, people just don’t invest the time to curate [...]

Five good reasons to fall in love with Salzburg

As an Australian used to warm festive seasons, I was in search for a city that epitomized a European winter wonderland. I was in Ireland for a week over Christmas and heading to the slopes in Obergurgl, Austria for January, so needed a convenient segue. I was very lucky to have stumbled across picturesque Salzburg. [...]

Benson & Morgan – Q&A

"IF YOUR GOALS DON'T SCARE YOU THEN THEY'RE NOT BIG ENOUGH" I love this quote. Even more so, the guys behind Benson and Morgan, who stylishly sport this quote on their site and recently included our Morgan Business Folio in one of their shoots. Benson and Morgan, is an online destination for everything fashion, travel and [...]

Whiskey Business – the folio for the debonair

The Morgan Business Folio is coming in whiskey and it’s the business. Tailored to the modern man who prefers a brown accessory, the whiskey business folio is made from Italian leather and gunmetal black hardware. We scoured purveyors of leather far and wide for premium hides that would age with distinction, to give the ultimate [...]

Now you can pre-order!

With so much wonderful feedback from our customers in 2015 (thank you!) we are excited to announce a new pre-order service for Hills & West this year. From Feb 2016 anyone wanting to purchase a favourite piece in advance can do just that – and we’ll promise to reserve one of our luxury, handcrafted bags […]

Five simple aspirations

Do you set yourself goals or aspirations? Last year it was a year of reflection and activating some of the dreams I had been putting off for so many years. This year, I have decided, is going to be a year of growth. After a lot of reading, brainstorming and pondering, I’ve identified the key […]

2016 is going to be a BIG year

We are totally pumped. It’s hard to believe that in March, Hills & West will be turning one. Over a wine, in the company of some incredibly supportive friends and through dreaming big, Hills & West was born. We posed the question: if you could do whatever you wanted in life, what would it be? […]

Tis the season to be grateful

https://hillsandwest.com/product-category/home-accessories/ 2015 has been HUGE. Absolutely huge. As a planner, dreamer and list writer, I think it is so important, when the year draws to a close, to take the time to reflect and actually acknowledge everything that has happened over the year. Both positive and challenging. This time last year, there is no way […]

Quirky Voyeurism Interiors, Fashion & Food with Two Birds

  I love voyeurism and hearing other people’s stories. I love it even more, when other creative people make the effort to bring stories to life. When I stumbled across Two Quirky Birds, it was a fabulous concoction of all the wonderful things I adore including interiors, fashion and food, delivered in a deliciously, honest […]

Hills & West joins The First Thread community of emerging designers

Starting a new accessory label is not an easy feat. Not even when you are as passionate as I am. You have the upfront investment with your time; brand design and development, website development, content creation, sampling, product photography, merchandising, look books; materials such as leather and hardware and then there is the largest expense […]

Minimalism, function & quality the essential lifestyle accessory by Hills & West

The entrepreneur and global explorer in me was always on search for the perfect practical, durable, versatile and timeless workbag, and it was starting to become an obsession. A bag that was elegant, luxurious, made with quality craftsmanship, had multiple clever pockets, clean design and large enough to carry my computer, gym gear, notes, camera, […]

The Morgan collection’s namesake

Inspired by a passion for bags and named in gratitude; the debut Morgan collection was crafted with love and is just the start of a whole new range of lifestyle accessories from Hills & West. With less than a week until the launch of the new Hills & West collection, I thought it would be [...]

Vagabonding travel diaries part two Europe

In part one of my 50 destinations in 105 days: travel diaries, I shared the stats of my four-month adventure, and some of the wonderful things I experienced in Asia along the way. Here is a little recap of the stats: Over 1.5 million steps, 105 days, 50 different destinations (cities/villages), 46 beds, 20 flights, 16 [...]

Handbag making in Milan following a dream

Each year I love to learn a new skill, brush up on a new language or try to take a passion further. Last year it was all about feeding my handbag obsession by going to the handbag motherland and learning the ins and outs of the trade from artisans who have worked with some of [...]

50 destinations in 105 days travel diaries part 1

Everyone loves a stat. I certainly do, and after four months on the road I decided to tally a few of my own. Over 1.5 million steps, 105 days, 50 different destinations (cities/villages), 46 beds, 20 flights, 16 countries, 10 boat trips, 7 country boarders by foot, 5 intrepid tours, 3 festivals, 2 sleeper trains, [...]

Disconnect to reconnect my 5 harsh truths

“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.” — Steve Jobs Well I disagree with Mr Jobs. I believe technology is absolutely changing the way we experience life, and on a recent world trip I realised just [...]

The art of living

Do you ever feel like your mind is at capacity and new information is stored at the detriment of something potentially really important? Like there’s a layer of fog that seems to thicken as each year progresses?  That’s where I was at – and I didn’t like it at all.  So I decided to take […]