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

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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.

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