Have you ever had that wake-up moment when you asked yourself what the hell you’re doing with your life? Well, mine was in October 2014.
As a thirty-something who, in her heart, was aching to follow her passions; to uncover unique experiences, discover new cultures and meet the creatives who were adding so much colour to the world. It was time to break out and be inspired, leave a pretty great career, pack up my bags and search for some new adventures.
Within the first year, I am lucky to say, that my journey has led me to follow a longstanding desire to create luxury accessories, debuting with a handmade, leather handbag and accessory range. Using traditional techniques from Italy, premium leather and all Australian made, I am creating high-quality work companions for the modern man and woman.
I have also started collaborating with some brilliant minds and creative souls. My aim is to collect and create little gems that inspire, tempt and encourage you to take that leap of faith and do what you love.
Why Hills & West?
It’s a combination of my nickname, Hills, and the strong influences from my Western European upbringing, West. Plus, I always think two is better than one, and Hills & West had a ring to it.
From the beginning, our mission has been simple – do what we love, create exceptional pieces and make people happy.
Handcrafted, locally produced
Hills & West was born out of the desire to make luxe, timeless lifestyle accessories, accessible, all whilst supporting local community and creating a vehicle for giving.
The Morgan Collection is locally sourced, Australian designed and handmade in Sydney by talented artisans who have been creating leather bags for over 30 years.
The beauty with Hills & West handcrafted accessories is that no bag is exactly the same, the quality is unsurpassed and your investment will only get better with age. When you buy a piece of Hills & West you purchase a unique, superbly crafted, timeless and ethically produced piece to add to your stylish everyday.
A little about me
Stevie Wonder sings of his daughter Aisha and the meaning of her name: ‘life’ in his song Isn’t she lovely. With parents who adored Stevie, I became Aisha and was brought up singing to his tunes and embracing everything life had to offer.
Brought up in a family with an international business, from a very young age the appreciation for life, travel and different cultures was ingrained in me. This is what has motivated me to create Hills & West and share my journey.
I hope you enjoy my stories and creations as I explore this insatiable lust for the new and appreciate the art of living.
Aspiring to declutter and simplify, Hills & West creates staple collections that caters to the busy lifestyles of the modern man and woman. Each collection offers Australian made, high-quality, unique and versatile leather companions, at attainable prices.
We believe in…
- Quality and craftsmanship. Using traditional leather techniques and premium quality materials favoured by international luxury brands, this artisan approach ensures quality is never compromised.
- Function and form. Minimalist, versatile and clean designs are the pillars of the Hills & West brand. Focusing on practical and durable product that complements our everyday lifestyle, every piece is made to be timeless and adaptable. Designed and inspired to cater for everyday use as the cornerstone to the working wardrobe.
- Attainable luxury. The attributes of the luxury industry are always admired, but often out of reach beyond the one-off investment. Hills & West’s aspirations are achieved through smart design and local craftsmanship. By harnessing the power of online, we can remove the mark ups so often applied by the middlemen, making our bags instantly more accessible.
- Giving back. As the Dalai Lama says, “If we are lucky enough to be living a good life then we should recognise that gift and do something for those people who have less”. Each year through fundraising and donating 10% of our profits we hope to help children around the world gain an education and get that little bit closer to their dreams.
From the very beginning, our mission has been simple – do what we love, create exceptional pieces, inspire and make people happy along the way.
I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to follow my dreams and create HILLS & WEST that I want to make sure that I give back and help others follow their dreams too. Each year I am going to donate 10% of my profits to help children around the world gain an education and get that little bit closer to having access to their dreams.
To start, HILLS & WEST will donate to the Rainbow Children’s Home of Nepal – an orphanage that touched my heart on my travels in Nepal, who are doing such amazing acts of kindness, with so little.
The Rainbow Children’s home has been keeping children safe and educated since 2007 and continue to help local communities that have been devastated by natural disasters.
Please read all the wonderful work that Goma and her team are doing www.orphancarenepal.org
It is amazing at how so little can have such a big impact on these children’s lives.