HELLO HARPER + RILEY
We love a little sparkle in our lives. And we love fabulous people making fabulous pieces. So when we discovered Hello Harper + Riley. It really was love at first sight. They make rocking. Edgy. Stylish. Personalised Denim Jackets for your little loves.
We had a chat to the lady behind the brand, and Mama to twins Harper and Riley. She really is a super star. One of those genuinely fabulous women who sparkle and shine. Just like her clothes. She has a rocking personality. A rocking vibe. And a totally rocking business. She shares with us how it all began. How she manages the mum-life-work-life juggle. Her biggest influencers. And more.
Not only is she super gorgeous and super lovely. She has a rocking surname. Hamburger. Yes. That really is her name. The. Best. Tina is Mama to darling twins Harper and Riley. Two of her greatest achievements born six weeks premature. Although they were small, they were oh-so perfect. She really had no idea what she was in for. Sometimes the test her. But like all babes. There are moments of absolute love and beauty. Double the awesome. And double the work.
Tina's husband is the Executive Chef and Owner of Stagger Lee's Cafe in Fitzroy. From what we hear. They make the best strong coffees. And Mimosa's for the extra tough days. Melbourne Mama's make sure you pop down to check it out. Amazing.
For Tina. Life is busy. And perfectly imperfect. But she wouldn't have it any other way.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS, HELLO HARPER + RILEY.
We are a colourful, children's jacket brand aimed for ages 1 to 5 years. Based in Melbourne Australia, we focus on creating edgy, playful designs that are both stylish and expressive. Say it with denim!
AND WHAT MADE YOU START YOUR SMALL BUSINESS.
I created two little beautiful humans, twins Harper and Riley and whilst on maternity leave I found myself needing a creative outlet. My mother was a dress maker and used to sew and hand sequin all of my dance costumes. I’ve always been inspired by sequins and sparkles. I love dressing the girls and inspiring them to be a little different. We are always singing, laughing and dancing. They are my ‘girl gang’, we ‘run the world’ and can do anything when we are together. All our designs come from some part of our life. Nothing gets created without the squealing approval of H+R.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE BUSINESS LIFE MUM LIFE JUGGLE.
Am I managing?? (lols) Like everyone else, we do the best that we can. Life is crazy busy and some days are harder than others. But we wouldn’t have it any other way! Life is crazy, fun and mostly chaotic! I am passionate about our little brand and I believe in it. I think as long as you love doing what you do it doesn’t feel like work. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Cliché I know (insert eye roll here!) but it really is true! Family ALWAYS comes first and I try to be honest to my followers and only promise realistic time frames.
THROUGHOUT YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY, WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT.
Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS.
Go for it! Why not?? Have a clear vision and ensure it is executed correctly. Most small “mummy” businesses are social media lead. You only get one shot to impress. Use your resources and network, network, network!
WHO OR WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCERS.
HELLO the 80’s and 90’s… haha as if you couldn’t already tell! Sequins, sparkles, patches, texture, doc martins, 80’s high tops and everything Harper and Riley! When you see Harper and Riley’s every day style you can clearly tell that I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s and I am living vicariously through them now! Alessandro Michele designer for Gucci, is clearly a massive influence on the brand.
AND WHAT IS PLANNED FOR HARPER + RILEY’S FUTURE.
We have so many exciting collabs coming up. We can’t wait to show everyone what we are working on! One project we are super excited about is teaming up with Benny from The Unlovables (a super edgy and cool denim jacket brand for adults. Featuring vintage jackets.) He recently travelled to the states and picked up a handful of kids vintage jackets which we will be creating a limited edition range of one off jackets!
GET YOUR STALK ON.
GET YOUR SHOP ON.
WORD THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH.
Knickers… I’m seriously giggling while I’m typing this!
My kids not sleeping! Why won't they sleep?!
Oh hey Rosé.
SOMETHING YOU ARE NO GOOD AT.
Swimming in the ocean… I don’t get it! I try to dive under the waves and I just get dunked every time! Definitely wasn’t a mermaid in a past life!
CAREER HIGHLIGHT SO FAR.
We are so new to the scene. We are only just getting started! So far though, I would have to say meeting other small business owners. Exciting collabs with Fawn and Finch and Captain + Co and many more to come!
TOP FIVE TO FOLLOW.
Ahoy Trader, Bobo Choses, Live Loud Girl, The Bee and the Fox and Stagger Lee’s (of course!).