Recently we caught up with Catherine from Hill & Ellis to find out more about the background of the bags and to see what they have lined up for the near future!
Why was Hill and Ellis set up?
Hill & Ellis was set up to fill a gap in the market for stylish bike bags. I was commuting to work by bike everyday as a freelance TV director and couldn’t find anything that I wanted to walk into meetings with. After an amazing trip to Africa and a challenging climb up Kilimanjaro (where my imagination run wild), I decided that I would leave my job and start up a company making bike bags that look as good on the arm as they do on the bike. We strive to design bike bags that are as unique and as stylish as our customers’.
What makes you stand out of the crowd?
I think the designs stand out for themselves. We get a lot of attention from people at shows and events because the bags are very unique and drastically stand apart from other pannier bags on the market. We also spend a lot of time sourcing the best materials. We use spring loaded pannier clips designed by the industry’s best hook manufacturer for totally security on the bike, hi-vis reflective material for our reversible reflective features, durable handsome leathers and nickel coated solid brass buckles. All our bags come with a seam-sealed ripstop nylon waterproof cover so the bag is protected in the British rain (or any other rain for that matter!) We also exhibit at a lot of shows, so we get the chance to speak to our customers and design collections that reflect their desires.
What is you favourite Fixation Bike?
The Greenwich Bike, I love the subtle tones of the cream on the bike – very sophisticated.
What drew you to making bike bags?
I trained in design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design so it has always been part of my make-up. After deciding that something needed to be done about the style of bike bags on the market, it all fitted into place and I started designing the first collection. It also helps that I am an avid cyclist as I know what is needed from a bike bag – durability, weather protection and security on the bike as well as a great design.
I understand that you are making a Charity bag for Re~cycle. What type of bag is it and when can we expect to see it released?
We love the work that Re-Cycle do (http://www.re-cycle.org), not only do neglected and unwanted bikes get a new life but as all the bikes are sent out to very worthwhile causes in Africa, they really help change a life by doing what a bike does best – carrying us and our luggage. With people in local African communities having to travel for hours just to access drinking water, food, healthcare, school, and employment, a bicycle can drastically lighten the load, giving families the extra time to earn, learn and enjoy life. It is also a brilliantly eco-friendly way of supporting them and anything we can do to encourage more people to get on their bike is good with us.
So we are working on a bike bag for Re-Cycle that has a taste of Africa to it with a donation going directly to the charity to support their brilliant work. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to get our latest news and find out when the bag will be launched. And definitely check out Re-Cycle if you are thinking about trading in your old bike for a brand new Fixation one.
For more information check them out at http://www.hillandellis.com/ or come on down and check out the bikes in-store!