Manchester based accessories company Little Hill People combines the culture and vibrancy of Northeast India with a stylish contemporary aesthetic. With a personal story, Little Hill People’s designs have been inspired by founder Stacey Aydeniz’s childhood, growing up watching her elders weave wonders with their hand looms, while she grew to fall in love with the ancient , artisanal weaving techniques involved in the region’s traditional dress.
In 2011, Stacey decided to relive the stunning aesthetic of Northeast India, introducing it to the European market, in the form of statement ethnic hand crafted bags and accessories. With the motto “Little people, big designs” Stacey’s team of artisans work with sustainable materials such as bamboo and bone, while they often incorporate upcycling techniques such as transforming old shawls into aztec and tribal style messenger bags.
With every item bought, a community of artisans is supported with a stable income and a better life, but the designs themselves will appeal to all types of consumers,wether they are passionate about ethical fashion or not. I’m glad I discovered this label with the ever nearing summer approaching, as the pieces are perfect for a relaxed bohemian, even festival feel, which fits right in with the holiday season and those balmy summer evenings.
Little Hill People is currently stocked in two boutiques in Camden Town, London and two in Manchester, but they have an online boutique and blog, so definitely check out their lookbook if you enjoy ethnic ethical statement-wear.