Hill & Friends’ Georgina Fendley on work and life
One half of luxury accessories label Hill & Friends and the founder of creative branding agency Construct, Georgia lives in Bath with her family
Icommute to London from Bath daily, which means getting up at 6.45am to let the dogs out, wake up my children (Rufus, five, Phoebe, 12, and Isaac, 15) and then get myself ready. I leave too early to take the children to school, so my nanny drops them off. I start working on the train – it’s my chance to catch up with emails and plan the day ahead. Thankfully, Hill & Friends and Construct are based in the same building, which makes it easier for me to split my time between the two companies.
The office is filled with Emma’s [Emma Hill, who designs the bags for Hill & Friends] samples – we can’t escape them. I think it’s important to test the new bags, and as I’m always carrying a crazy amount of stuff, I’ll usually have two with me.
My days are often full of back-to-back meetings, and because I spend so much time on the train, I try to get out at lunchtime to have a quick walk – although I usually end up eating at my desk. My favourite part of any working day is when the team and I share ideas. For Hill & Friends this could be about window concepts, seasonal campaigns or event ideas, and for Construct it might be a client’s rebrand.
Twice a week I make sure that I get home in time to read Rufus a story and put him to bed, which is really important to me. I then get to hang out with my two older children and help them with their homework.
My husband, Tim, is a designer and travels for work a lot, but it isn’t a problem for us. I’m quite self-sufficient and it means when we are together we’re really generous with each other. We enjoy being at home as a family – it’s a great way to switch off after being busy and travelling so much.