Being an entrepreneur….

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The fun part being an entrepreneur is a constant ‘hunt’ for ideas, you never know when the bright idea strikes you…

We are currently working on the collection for next autumn – doing the last changes on prototypes, checking color trends……& we have not yet launched the first collection for summer from Hippi Grace….

Therefore Hippi Grace is now being ‘dressed’ for winter AW 2013… with some beautiful soft leathers, wool and the extra little twist. We must admit it is a little hard to wait to show you all the new stuff which we hope you will like.

As the weather here in Norway is getting cold – we are in the right mood. Always carrying the notebook ‘saving’ the ideas and things to do…

Spanish Craftmanship

Spanish Craftmanship

Back home from a great trip. It is such a great pleasure working with Spanish companies.  Real craftsmanship !
We do also work with companies, where the new generation is taking over their family business.

Did you know that it takes 4 years to become an artisan, craftsman(woman),  in making leather handbags ! Did you know that they use a ‘hammer’ made from the Olive tree, to shape the leather.

One bag can consist of 40-50 different parts. We enjoy  working with people performing real craftsmanship where there is a tradition of making beautiful leather handbags.

Made of soft quality leather of cows and calfs. Where you can smell the real leather, and the leather is looking better the more you use your handbag.  Their tradition for many many years, making beautiful leather handbags.

Have just made you a little mood board with inspirational pictures, from the factory and the tools used for making the handbags and the famous ‘hammer’ of Olive tree. When you can hear the sound of the hammer, you know they are working.
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Let us also introduce you to a new generation taking over their family business. This is Vicente and Tamara, brother and sister. They are the one making our fabulous soft boots for this spring.

Your feelings… TO MATCH YOUR HORSE …

We can never have enough of the stylish classic natural look…. Chic & with a summer feeling.

It can match your feeling for a horse or your interior..
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Your feeling for nature ?
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In particular when the leather is soft and high quality calf leather with a little structur on top. This is Carla Sade, made in Spain. A perfect sized shoulder bag. To match for all natural occasions…. such as

The feeling for the Beach …
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Or just the important little bees….

ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW SMART LUXURY COLLECTION ?

ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW SMART LUXURY COLLECTION ?

JOIN US BEHIND THE SCENES

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It has been a little quiet on the blog lately, but we are working hard behind the ‘scenes’ and we are soon to launch our new collection for the autumn. This is just to give you a little feeling from our photoshoot in Oslo.

Being a small growing company, we always have to look for smart and low cost solutions. We wanted to find a unique place in Norway, when planning our photoshoot for Hippi Grace. This took place with a great help from a FAB team !

Bogstad Manor was the place – Wow – what a beautiful place for photoshoot !
A cultural monument in Oslo, Norway. Bogstad Manor holds a central position in our Norwegian history, both as an industrial estate and as a centre during important periods of our political history.
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Peder Anker is the man mostly associated with Bogstad Manor. He was our first Norwegian Prime Minister in Stockholm in 1814 during our union with Sweden (1814-1905)
Before 1814 we where in a union with Denmark for nearly 450 years. Did you know that Norway is quite a young independent nation ?
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Hippi Grace is meant to be a reflection of how woman wants to dress in our Scandinavian way of living. The majority of woman work and we need to dress a bit more formal, therefore we design our brand with the Grace look AND to enjoy our favourite – the casual, relaxed & cool style – The Hippi Style. That´s us – Hippi Grace.
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Thank you Alpaca Society for lending us FAB clothes for the shoot ! We are so much looking forward showing it to all our followers.

Thank you Nina, Lena, Hedvig, Karin, Heidi and Ingrid for great help and support ! A fab team work. Gracias !!!

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MONDAY INSPIRATION & THE MESSAGE IS STILL – DRESS THE WAY U LIKE !

MONDAY INSPIRATION & THE MESSAGE IS STILL – DRESS THE WAY U LIKE !

I am a huge fan of denim and have brought my old bootcut jeans out from the closet, again !

Have made some inspiration for you, new week – new opportunities ! After I started in the fashion business I have met many F.A.B & great women ! My message is still – dress the way you like ! Use colors, it gives you energy. Bring on some cool shoes – when you follow you heart you will look great ! Make a change !

Hippi Monday !
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Another favorite is the poncho – put on a cool leather bag – sunglasses – your favourite boots & your bootcut jeans. I was told that the bootcut model made my legs look longer – that made me happy !
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THE WINNER IS …

THE WINNER IS …

Hippi Sunday and congratulations to the winners of our last draw of Hippi Grace bags.
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We congratulate the winner, Elisabeth Hollekim and we have also added two more lucky winners of the Hippi Grace 3in1- the leather bag you can carry in 3 different ways. Congratulation to Hege Kleven and Sissel Forheim Kristoffersen.

We are still celebrating the fabulous response after the media coverage when Crown Princess Victoria was wearing the Hippi Grace New York bag. Tomorrow we are celebrating a new media coverage in
Se & Hør.
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Wish you all a wonderful new Hippi Week !

HIPPI GRACE GOES TO ISLE OF MULL

A MAGIC ISLAND – ISLE OF MULL

Leaving for OBAN, Scotland to catch the ferry to the magic island, Isle of Mull. The Island where you can feel the atmosphere of nature, friendly people, beautiful scenery.
THE ENTRANCE TO ISLE OF MULL WAS MAGIC

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We took the ferry from OBAN, lasting about 3 quarters of an hour in a comfortable ferry. It is just to prebook the tickets on internet for your car + passengers. The island is big so we decided to go to Tobermory on the North end of the Island, since we where short of time.
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THE HOTEL WITH A MAGNIFICENT VIEW
THE WESTERN ISLE HOTEL

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GREAT SERVICE
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RELAX IN THE LIVING ROOM WITH FIRE PLACE
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SCOTLAND ROCKS !

 

DREAM TO COME BACK AND SEE IT ALL FROM THE SEASIDE…

UNSPOILT NATURE AND THE PLACE WHERE YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE ….

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HIPPI GRACE TOKYO VISITED THE TOBERMORY DISTILLERY

A PERFECT MATCH TO QUALITY & TRADITION
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THEN WE DROVE OFF TO CALGARY BEACH

ANYBODY HOME ?
THIS IS THE ISLAND WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE WILDLIFE AT THE COAST
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THEN WE WHERE HEADING BACK AND MET
THESE THOUGH GUYS
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HIPPI GRACE TRAVEL TIPS – DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND

HIPPI GRACE TRAVEL TIPS – DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO SCOTLAND ?

Hippi Grace goes to GLASGOW in the early spring

GEITEFOTEN SORTHVIT

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What about a visit Glasgow and the West Coast of Scotland, just in time to see the snowflakes starting to bloom. We have both been students in this great city – some time ago. Now we where heading back to where we spent our fabulous student days. At the same time we decided to visit the west coast of Scotland and see one of the beautiful islands – Isle of Mull.

Here is a travelling tip to a family trip or just a romantic rescue for a couple. We love travelling and finding smart travelling solutions on internet.

We booked a low price ticket with Ryan Air to Edinburgh. Rented a car and drove to Glasgow. Had booked a flat to rent in the city centre, also at a fairly good price. Going back to Glasgow University – the 4th oldest university in UK, established in 1458. Stratchclyde University with its more modern history.
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Glasgow offers a great opportunity for shopping. Buchanan street, down to Argyle Street. Along with a number of other places to visit. Museums – art galleries – the Charles Rennie MackIntosh school of art – his house or the MackIntosh tearoom…

AFTER GLASGOW WE HIT THE ROAD …TOWARDS
LOCH LOMOND
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After a few days we hit the road and set off towards to LOCH LOMOND, driving through the beautiful landscape. You have to stop at the old Stone Pub – The Inverarnan Drovers Inn. Where the Norwegian students had some unforgettable parties during our Norwegian Student Weeks…
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Nothing had changed – except for everything getting older. Though hard to discover since the pub opened its doors in 1705 for people travelling up and down the banks of Loch Lomond. A pub that has bore witness to many of the most historic events in Scottish history. The pictures speak for itself – and absolutely worth a visit.
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In the old atmosphere you can feel the history, eating delicious food. You can also stay overnight and maybe you will meet some of the ghosts who is visiting.

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HIPPI GRACE JUST LOVES HARRIS TWEED

When travelling the perfect combination is the Hippi Grace Tokyo which has the room for papers – documents – camera and extra lenses ++ Then Hippi Grace Barcelona with all the essentials when climbing in and out of the car is perfect. Suits your phone – wallet – keys – passport + some extra beauty details. This you can use as a crossover or just as a clutch. Always hanging on to your body.
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THE Journey continues to Isle of Mull in our next issue of the blog…

PHOTO SHOOT ABU DHABI – BEHIND THE SCENES….

PHOTO SHOOT ABU DHABI – BEHIND THE SCENES….

WOW – what AN amazing trip to the UAE, visiting both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Travelled to meet and work with my friend, photographer Line Moen, who is living in Abu Dhabi and working as dressage trainer for The Emirates Heritage Club.

MEET LINE MOEN

Line is  the photographer for Hippi Grace summer 2015 collection of leather bags. She is also one of the models and we are really looking forward to show you the great pictures. Here is a little taste behind the scenes.
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On our way to Al Ain, searching for the desert. We suddenly discovered the sandy hills and desert along the highway. Mia and I decided to explore and entered the first exit. Sometimes it is important to follow your intuition….

We could see the camel walking on the hills…..

Suddenly a little man was sitting on the hills, waving his hands and when we continued along the road, we could see a small camel farm. Where the sheppards where living in their tents. It was afternoon and the light started to be quite magic. We had to hurry in order to get all the shoots we had planned.

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MEET MIA TÖRNING MILLER

Mia is living in Abu Dhabi and from Sweden. She is a friend of Line and is riding at the same club with Line. In addition Mia is working on her own business project. She is one of the model for the SS 2015 for Hippi Grace.
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MEET CAROLINE S. TODLER

Caroline is working for Line, training the Arabian dressage horse. She is Norwegian and so good with the horses and camels. Have a look here.

FRIENDS FOREVER
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I really want to give a big tribute to Norwegian – The Norwegian Airline company, who has been awarded the best Low-Cost Carrier for the second year in a row. The fabulous flight-deals they offer t/r Dubai. I had the pleasure of sitting next to a Swedish couple, who was on their way to visit their daughter in Dubai. They had been driving from Sweden to Oslo, in order to fly Norwegian and enjoy The Norwegian flight tickets at such good prices ! Check out their flights if you are looking for a place to visit and enjoy summer.

Thank you Mr Kjos ! We are admiring your company !
As we operate a small & lean business, we have to be careful with our expenses.

Thank you Line, Mia and Caroline for a fantastic photo shoot and brilliant photos.

BEING RESCUED IN THE END ..

In order to have a little excitement we ‘topped´ the photoshoot being rescued by these men, when our car was stuck in the sand, in the dark, in the desert ….No cars ! Suddenly a car appeared, they called for assistance and rescued us. We had the pleasure of listening to their car-stereo playing ‘The Fox’ – by the Norwegian group Ylvis – in the desert and serving us Seven Up !
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Thank you Line – Mia – Caroline for an adventure we’ll never forget !

Go Hippi Go Grace !

FASHION ALSO FOR MEN

FASHION ALSO FOR MEN

Finally we hit the launch button for our new line of leather messenger bags for men !

A teamwork between mother & son, our youngest. Ole Andreas (14) came to me and asked if I could make him a messenger bag he could use for school. A mothers heart could not resist – of course. We agreed he should give me a drawing of what he was thinking about.
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