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Radley Stories

In the Studio

Making Of A Hero Handbag: Hillgate Place

13 June 2024

They say never meet your heroes, but we couldn’t disagree more. In fact, we don’t go anywhere without ours – A.K.A. one of the stylish designs from our Hillgate Place family.  

Forget Superman, Captain America and that one made of metal. It’s Hillgate Place that will really save the day. It’s why we call these our hero handbags. Not only is there a style for every moment, but with thoughtful details like detachable straps and multiple pockets, they’re all ready for whatever life throws at you.   

The origin story. Our multiway grab bag was the very first member of the Hillgate Place family. It’s the one that set the standard for the signature soft grained leather (the kind that only gets better with age), the faux suedette linings and the painted edge front detail that you’ll see across every shape.

Designed with grab handles, a detachable webbing strap and three compartments that will organise the whole family’s essentials (even if you still manage to forget your purse at home). See just how much you can fit inside Hillgate Place multiway over on our Instagram.

Another one that gives you that extra versatility is the ready-for-any-occasion Hillgate Place Chain. The gleaming adjustable strap transforms it from a cross body into a evening shoulder bag faster than you can say ‘one mojito please’. 

Then there’s the Hillgate Place tote bag. Picture this: it’s date night, but you’ve got a morning workout and a day full of meetings to get through first. You’ll need a (large) oak milk latte and the perfect bag to take you from desk to dinner.  

That’s where our throw-it-all-in tote comes in. As our Designers put it during one of our recent launches, “our handbags are made to do it all.” So it has all the space you need on your busiest days, plus a detachable zip-top pouch that doubles up as a clutch for your evening plans. 

Speaking of date-night. Our little Hillgate Place grab makes a perfect plus one for those special occasions. Think celebratory drinks and weddings too, with your packets of tissues and confetti tucked inside. Clip on the leather strap later when you’re ready to hit the dancefloor hands-free.

Because you can never have too much of a good thing. There’s our coveted triangular Hillgate Place shoulder bag. Super soft in that same signature grained leather and thoughtfully shaped to tuck effortlessly under your arm. See it in Cloud Burst grey with panels of sumptuous suede and keep an eye out for the Ink blue edition coming soon.


Hillgate Place isn’t our only hero family. Read all about the Making of our Dukes Place bestsellers over on Radley Stories, where you’ll also find more information on our craft and design process