Ethnicity meets high end fashion as designer Stacey Aydeniz, born in Shillong, creates stunning pieces with her brand Little Hill People.
Little Hill People is an ethical/boho fashion brand, that creates original products including accessories, bags and clothing. The pieces are inspired by the Northeast Indian culture, where the materials used for the designs are also sourced from.
Stacey, tell us a little bit about yourself to begin with.
I am a designer from Shillong, Northeast India. I love art, music, food and culture and didn't realise, that one day I would be representing the handloom heritage of our indigenous tribe through my design collection.
When did you start ‘Little Hill People’?
I began my Designer Brand "Little Hill People" in 2014 and we are doing very well this year!
Tell us about the products that you offer? What materials and fabrics do you use?
I sell exotic handbags and apparel, all sourced from Northeast India and developed in our studio in UK.! I use locally-made handloom materials for our bags, grass beads, bone and bamboo for my accessories.
A special thing about handloom material is, that it is normally used for traditional shawls, but due to the interesting designs and unique feel of the textile, I felt Haute Couture clothing and handbags would be an ideal medium to show off the creativity of the women of the North East.
Our brand teams up with local artisans through NGOs and self-help groups giving them a global platform. We buy their crafts for fair price instead of going through middle men, who pay them 1/3 the price. Through this fair business and trade conduct, we create fair sustainable income and employment. This encourages local artisans to continue their much loved tradition.
Using fabrics and materials from the Northeast, why did you think that would appeal to people across the world and how has the response been so far?
The response has been overwhelming. There are still people out there, who highly appreciate handmade items. They are aware, that handmade things are painstakingly made and time consuming.
How can people purchase your products? Do you ship products all over the world?
Online at www.littlehillpeople.com and yes, we do.