Accessories Designer, Consultant
Handbags are the driving force of the £200,000,000,000 luxury market, and many of the most desirable are designed by Katie Hillier. For the last two decades, Hillier, as she’s known in a fashion industry awash with Katies, has been quietly developing amazing accessories for all the best labels.
With a career spanning over ten years, Katie Hillier is widely regarded as a pre-eminent accessory designer and creative consultant and counts luxury brands such as Marc Jacobs, DVF, Stella McCartney , Victoria Beckham and Sacai amongst her elite list of clients. In May 2013 Katie was appointed as Creative Director of Marc by Marc Jacobs ; when the label shuttered in 2015, she launched her label ‘Hillier Bartley’ with longtime collaborator and friend Luella Bartley.
A graduate in fashion from the University of Westminster in London, the British designer, began her career in 1999 working alongside Luella Bartley on her newly established brand, on a range of accessories that included jewellery, bags and small leather goods. Her work at Luella has often been credited as the start of the “It” bag movement in the early 2000’s.