Fashion is changing and bringing with it, exciting revolutions in the leather alternatives industry.

Finding sustainable solutions in nature are at the forefront of the vegan fashion industry. There are new and innovative materials now out in the market, and also new materials in various stages of development.

Products such as hemp & Cork.

These products have been been increasing in popularity Ava Single Colour Cork Frontas leather alternatives and are readily available on the market. They are now part of a new and exciting group of products which include materials produced from vegetable material.

These next two products have very limited availability in the market due to limitations on production and distribution. However, they are well and truly on their way to becoming future leaders in the vegan fashion industry. Pineapple leather known as Pinatex  which is made from pineapple leaves fibres developed as Cork is, in Spain.

Vegan Leather

Another interesting newcomer is mushroom leather known as Mycelium which is developed from mushrooms. The material is strong, flexible, and durable, just like conventional leathers. It is also water-resistant. Mycelium is made from natural fibers, so this material breathes and feels like leather.

Vegan leather

Together with other leather alternatives which include ultra-suedes & rubberized leather, they are now making it possible to ditch the “animal” leather, and adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle. As the demand for these alternatives rise, we will see a drop in the prices which will make it a more affordable and main stream option. The vegan fashion industry has less than 20 years behind it, so the industry still hasn’t come into it’s fullness yet.

In the time that HIAH has been a part of this vegan fashion industry, I’ve seen so much incredible research and innovation that it will only be a matter of time when alternative fabrics like these are seen more often in fashion collections worldwide than ever before.


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While you’re here take a look at some of our Vegan Cork Leather bags, designed and made by my own hands. Can’t see what you like. Contact me and I can make something just for you. Thanks for dropping by.


Hello lovelies,

Our New Website is finally  finished and we’re hoping you’re going to love the new features:


  • Choose from one of our many designer bag styles available. Then select from our range of beautiful Vegan Cork Leathers or gorgeous cotton and canvas prints.
  • add an embroidery of inspiring quotes and symbols from our “Beautiful Embroideries” page
  • Let me know what colour and theme you prefer via the “Order Notes” at checkout and I’ll send some sample photos to choose from. Together we’ll design a bag that is unique to you!


At HIAH in addition to our custom made bags and wallets, we will be offering a range of ready made bags as well as an assortment of handbag accessories like tassels, bag organisers, keyrings and other goodies.


We have introduced a HIGH VIBE CLUB and you get the discounts! Join our CLUB to recive monthly updates and be the first to hear about HIAH’s new releases, as well as contests and exclusive discount codes to CLUB members. As a thank you for joing our tribe we also have a $20 voucher to use against your first purchase.


We also have a blog that will include loads of inspirational stories, industry information, tutorials and tips to make fashion fun.


HIAH is Australia’s first Animal friendly producer of quality Custom Made Handbags using Vegan Cork Leathers from sustainably harvested cork forests in Portugal. Did you know that the cork is harvested every 9yrs without the cork trees everbeing cut down. The bark simply grows back. Have a look at the video on our site showing how this wonderful animal leather alternative is produced.

Come join our tribe and see what we can create together. Let me know if there is something you would like to see in our range, or if you have one of HIAH bags and would like to be included in our testimonial page just drop me line and let me know what you think. I would value your feedback.

I look forward to co-creating with you.

Love Paulette x


Cork has long been used as a water-resistant, organic material in many items and now cork is widely regarded as being one of the most ecologically friendly materials around. It’s easily recycled, completely natural, and derived directly from the wood of the cork oak tree; cork fabric is known as a high class fabric made from cork shavings.

About every 8-10 years, the bark can be carefully stripped from the trees without injuring them. Cork trees in fact live about 150 years despite the periodical harvesting. It’s bark is taken off the tree without harming it. When the old tree is removed, two new saplings are planted in its place, ensuring the cork forest continues to flourish and expand. The cork oak tree also reproduces off-springs naturally by dropping acorns that seed themselves and mature into productive trees.

Our bags have been lovingly handcrafted using cork harvested from Portugal Cork Oak forests. This range is an animal-friendly alternative, also respecting the environment. Cork really is the 21st century answer to leather.

Cork is a sustainable, naturally stain and water resistant material which is perfect for the Eco-conscious and stylish woman.

Check out the video below of the Story of Cork which will give you a better idea of the harvesting process.


Hello my lovelies,

The original idea of this blog was to create a place where I could share my creations with those like minded beings who love to sew. However, as I progress on my handbag making journey I find that I’m creating bags with particular themes. This month I’d like to honour a dear friend who lived with breast cancer for many years. This extraordinary woman touched my life when I met her through a friend and she was seeking help with a breast cancer support group that she had been facilitating for about 8yrs at the time. At this point in her life Barb had already been living with breast cancer for 9yrs and had previously had a double mastectomy and now in remission. I quickly warmed to this gentle woman who’s souls purpose was to offer support and resources to other woman going through the same journey and to continue to raise awareness of breast care. As I joined her on the committee we soon became friends. Her drive and determination to keep the support group alive through some very difficult challenges was indeed inspiring as she would organise fund raising events, be it “Shake the Bucket” at the local farmers markets or “Lighthouse Fun Runs” and the even participating in the “Dragons Abreast Australia” regattas as well as weekly support meetings always having something new to share with the women. Barb’s motto was “through connection with each other we can go from strength to strength”, and she did indeed love to really connect with each and every one she met, making them feel important. At first this challenge seemed daunting but with her determination Barb saw it through for 11 1/2yrs till she was diagnosed again in 2015 when the cancer had returned this time more aggressively. We said goodbye to Barb 21st May 2016 when she left her body and earned her wings. Truly one of earths angels. This bucket bag is in Honour of Barbara Pinter.


This beautiful bucket bag is available in your choice of colour and fabric theme. Just send me a message with your specific requirements and I’d be happy to create something special for you.


Paulette x

Hello, and welcome to my blog. Wow! so much to learn here with the online community but I’m excited to share my journey with you. As I’m only new I’m still learning how to take photos for the internet so please be patient as I learn. Come with me while I journey through the land of handmade handbags and lets see what we discover together.