Timeless, practical and versatile bags and accessories, Australian Made.
Charitable. Ethically made. Locally made. Sustainable. Transparent.
Hills & West was born out of a desire to make luxe, timeless lifestyle accessories more accessible, while supporting my local community and creating a vehicle for giving.
Hills & West is located and manufactured in Sydney, NSW.
Who makes your bags?
Founder and creative director, Aisha Hillary-Morgan, designs the bags and then works with local artisans to handcraft the bags.
Can you share a little more about your values?
We believe in…
Decluttering, simplifying. Too many people have cupboards full of cheap or broken stuff. That has to stop. Minimalist, versatile and clean are the pillars of the Hills & West brand. It’s about function and form, focusing on practicality and durability to complement your stylish everyday. We’re aiming to provide a cornerstone of your working wardrobe with every piece made to be timeless and adaptable for the modern man and woman.
Versatility. Our bags and accessories go from morning til midnight, from season to season, complimenting trend on trend. We craft for multiple uses, colour combinations and to dress up or down. We want to encourage creativity and your inner stylist.
Attainable luxury. Many aspire to luxury, but it’s often out of reach beyond the one-off investment. Our brand of luxury is achieved through smart design and local craftsmanship and we aim to make it bit more attainable through fair pricing. By harnessing the power of online, we can remove the mark-ups so often applied by middlemen, making our bags instantly more accessible.
Quality and craftsmanship. We take an artisanal approach, using traditional leather techniques originating from Italy and premium quality materials favoured by international luxury brands. (And the people who make my bags have been doing it for 30 years.)
Australian made. We make by hand locally – we’re totally Australian Made.
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 a little bit closer to their dreams. You can read more about that on my Sustainability page.
We’re aiming to provide a cornerstone of your working wardrobe with every piece made to be timeless and adaptable for the modern man and woman.
Aisha Hillary-Morgan, founder of Hills & West
Which particular fabrics do you use?
Leather – timeless and quality.
Any extra efforts you make at Hills & West that you can share?
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 about 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.
Can you share some labels you admire?
Anyone who takes the chance to follow their passions. That is why I have started @AustralianMadeCollections – Bringing all Australian Made products with purpose together.
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