by Allie Marie Smith
Hey Girls! Welcome back to our Fashion + Compassion series!
I’m so exited to introduce you to my dear friend Nicole Flowers and feature her brand new line of cute bags, called Hiip, which give back. Nicole and I met at Pepperdine (which is where Wonderfully Made originally started!) and she is one of the most dynamic, hilarious and inspiring girls I know.
Hiip, which stands for “helping individuals in passing,” is a line of hip bags that give back to the community. Hiip bags are kind of like sexy fanny packs, but they can be worn five different ways, and for each bag sold, Nicole and her team give a hip kit (think of it as a survival bag of sorts) to a homeless person in need.
The Hiip Story Nicole had an idea to produce a new and improved hip bag, instead of a purse that women would proudly wear around—not only because it would be stylish and redefined but because it gave back. “I started hiip with the local community in mind because they are so often overlooked by passers-by…” says Nicole.
Compassion: How it Helps
For every hiip bag you purchase, a hiip kit is hand-given to a person in need on the streets. Each kit is loaded with shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, lip balm, and sunscreen. Learn more about the heart behind hiip here.
Fashion: Why They’re Hot The bags are pretty fashion-forward and can be worn five way: As a hip bag (hands and shoulders free!), messenger bag style, over the shoulder, as a hand-held purse, or as a clutch if you take the strap out. The bags come in multiple styles: solid canvas, striped canvas, faux leather, patterned, and soon to come sparkle and waterproof canvas (for gals on the go!)
Buy a bag! I just purchased the Sunset bag in Army Canvas and can’t wait to take it on my trip to Israel and Egypt – it will be perfect for traveling. And I might have to get the upcoming waterproof one for my stand-up-paddling adventures!
Help with a Hiip Handout. If you live in San Francisco, you can sign up to be involved in a hiipHandout and meet other community-minded folks to help pass them out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. Hiip has big dreams and hopes to expand their efforts to more cities in the future.
Which style hiip bag is your favorite?