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Shortly after her graduation from Westminster University, Katie Hillier's smash hit beaded ribbon belt conceived for Luella's second show, “Daddy I Want a Pony” sparked her long line of memorable collaborations with fashion's most eminent and esteemed designers and luxury houses –– including Giles, Stella McCartney, Hogan and Salvatore Ferragamo. As one of Elle UK's “50 Most Influential in British Fashion” – and as the 2009 winner of Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards – Katie now helms Katie Hillier Ltd, collaborating with the likes of Clements Ribeiro, Converse, Daks, Gap, Hugo Boss, House of Holland, Jonathan Saunders, Markus Lupfer, Samantha Thavasa and Sophia Kokosalaki. Since 2003, Katie has been the freelance designer for the Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories collection –– where her sought-after, whimsical creations span everything from handbags, hair accessories and jewelry; to boot, for the past two years Katie has been the design consultant for Marc by Marc Jacobs eyewear and watches (licensed through Safilo and Fossil firms). Her fanciful fine jewelry collection, Hillier London, has a cult following amongst fashion’s zaniest insiders –– who all routinely flock to Colette, Dover Street Market and Matches to snap up her charming creatures.
And so I “sat down” with Katie last week…
Katie: Our inspiration comes from everyday objects and by adding a twist of luxury! We at Hillier London are totally obsessed with animals and as we spend a lot of time in the wonderful British countryside it only seemed natural to start off with iconic woodland animals –– with the addition of our German Hound!
Of all of your accessory collaborations this season (with Marc by Marc Jacobs, Henry Holland and Loewe), which are you most excited to see come to fruition?
That’s a tough one; every client is totally unique and we are always working with new techniques and concepts… so everyone is as exciting as the next! (Sorry to be so fashionably diplomatic!) But keep your eyes peeled on the shows!
What – or who – makes you happiest?
Doggies, bunnies, my wonderful friends at Hillier London, my cottage in Great Tew… and waking up on a Saturday morning and going to Broadway Market in East London for a delicious violet cupcake, coffee and reading the papers! Pretty simple, really!