What I do in bed - An Interview with Hawkins & Co

What I do in bed - An Interview with Hawkins & Co

Sleep is very important to me (especially having 3 children under 4), it’s something I prioritise – it’s actually at the top of my list, it comes before designing handbags and running a business. I truly believe that in business to be successful you need do things well – and you can’t do a good job if you’re not at your best. I take time to turn off my phone and switch off from emails each day. Not only is it important to get enough sleep, but in today’s world of Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, emails and iphones it’s even more important to switch-off at end of the day. Getting quality sleep is as important as getting enough, so you won’t find me sitting up in bed checking emails and my instagram likes. I’ve got my eyes shut tightly and I fall asleep dreaming of designs in my head –that’s where I do my best designing work!
October 16, 2017 by NIKKI WILLIAMS
The best holiday vacation bag

The Art of Choosing Travel Handbags

Are you about to embark on holiday or vacation? Going overseas? Is it a trip if a life-time or just a quick getaway?

It’s all so exciting until you’re faced with packing your suitcase the night before. What’s the climate? How many outfits do I need?  How are you going to mix and match your holiday wardrobe and fit it all in suitcase with a 20kg limit?

Here’s our quick guide on how to pack light and travel in style.

September 16, 2017 by nikki williams
Is Real leather is better than Vegan Leather

Vegan v Leather

So real leather v fake leather. Which is better? Welcome to the complex world of ethical fashion!

I was looking for inspiration a couple of nights ago when I came across a black tote bag on a popular fashion website. I clicked on the bag to take a closer look and up popped a warning. Yes WARNING!!!! The warning said “This bag is made from vegan leather and may contain chemicals that cause cancer”. What! Until I read that I was just like everyone else thinking that vegan leather, may be a “eco friendly” alternative.

September 11, 2017 by nikki williams
Do dreams come true?

Do dreams come true?

They say the key to success is to simply show up every day and do what needs to be done. But showing up is the easy part. It’s staying focused that’s the real challenge. 

Success is NOT simply a matter of luck. It’s obtainable by all of us. No you don’t have to be in the right place at the right time...
Why following your passion is bad advice!

Why following your passion is bad advice!

I’m a big believer in doing what you’re passionate about, or “following your passion”, but dropping everything to merely follow your dreams may not turn out to be your best move.

I don’t believe that passion is something existing naturally, waiting to be discovered. It takes hard work and planning to develop.

November 20, 2016 by nikki williams
The Story Behind the Marni Clutch

The Story Behind the Marni Clutch

This was the first clutch I ever designed. I made the very first one from some brown suede I had bought in Darwin, Northern Territory of all places. I used cardboard and glue to model the shape and the rest is now history….well a story I should say. It’s a truly unique design and is inspired by my love of suede (I’m really not sure why I like it so much but I do) and my love of braided leather.
November 08, 2016 by nikki williams
Interview with Insight Fashion Magazine

Interview with Insight Fashion Magazine

Can you believe it took me two years to come up with the name NIKKI WILLIAMS. Naming the brand after myself wasn’t what I orginally had in mind, but I just couldn’t find a name that encapulated the brand. We have a simple set of values: Make beautiful handbags. Treat people well. And tell you all the story of the leather goods we make – putting my name to what I do gives it a real honesty.
November 05, 2016 by nikki williams
4 life-changing lessons I have learned

4 life-changing lessons I have learned

Although I am only some-what new to the game, it doesn't stop people asking 'how you you got started in business' and 'what are the lessons I have learned along the way'. As a child, I was always enthralled with people's stories, anybodies. I was particularly intrigued by what people did and why. I still am. I love that people have shared their stories with me - so today I thought I'd share my story.
August 24, 2016 by nikki williams
Why do we love handbags so much?

Why do we love handbags so much?

These days many of us are prepared to spend more on a handbag than a holiday or even a car - and we want the rest of the world to know it. If you ate beans on toast for a month, could you stretch to Saint Laurent Monogram Satin Small Wallet-On-Chain Bag, Black $1,394.00 So what makes us love handbags so much?

August 02, 2016 by nikki williams
A handbag is a better investment than the stockmarket...

A handbag is a better investment than the stockmarket...

So what is it about this handbag that makes it worth as much as the average family home? Last month a Birkin bag broke records and became the most expensive handbag in the world. The rare Himalayan crocodile Birkin with white gold detailing and 245 diamonds was bought for an estimated $415,000 by an anonymous buyer at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong.
July 24, 2016 by nikki williams