Pip Robins is a Toronto-based company that creates accessories for both men and women. Handcrafting items designed to withstand the test of time and fashion trends, using materials like leather and waxed canvas allow the collections to be durable and fashionable, while remaining classically designed. Handbags, totes, fanny packs, belts and buckles, key chains, wallets, and other leather goods are all part of the 2017 Pip Robins Accessories line.
About Gillian Hyde
Gillian Hyde is the designer and maker of every item in the Pip Robins' line. She was raised on a farm in rural Nova Scotia. Her childhood consisted of a clean lake, acres of forest, hay fields, an orchard, and a well-tended garden, all resulting in an appreciation for nature that has never subsided.At age 17 she left the farm, moved to Ontario for a short stint at an ill-fitting university, and then found her purpose and groove by travelling and living abroad for nearly ten years. After graduating at the top of her class from an IT program, she lived and worked in Europe, West Africa, Mexico, across Canada, and the Caribbean.
In her mid-twenties, Gillian happily moved back to Nova Scotia, where her roots run deep and everything is nautical. However, after five years there, she once again craved the unfamiliar and made the move back to Ontario- this time to Toronto.
Pip Robins Accessories has been Gillian’s full-time career since mid-2011 and she continues to handcraft each item herself. The business has grown exponentially since her move to Toronto in late 2012, and she thoroughly enjoys travelling from coast to coast to attend high-end, juried craft shows and festivals to sell her wares.