I started Kate Hill Flowers simply because I couldn’t find anyone to work for in Melbourne that shared my love of contemporary floral design.
It was 2007 and everyone seemed to be working in quite a loose ‘English Garden’ style. So like all young, naïve and ambitious people do in such a situation, I registered a business name, had some business card printed, and turned a spare room into my HQ. Overnight my (very meagre) life savings evaporated and a business was born. Actually, it was more like a job with overheads, but a combination of hard work and happy customers spreading the news of my venture had it quickly gaining some momentum.
But to trace back where it all really started, I need to take you back to the late 90’s, when a friend innocently approached me to help her out in her local flower shop during the busy Valentine’s period.
I was beginning a career an interior designer at the time and while I had always loved being around flowers, it was experiencing the joy of helping people express love, romantic or otherwise, that had me instantly hooked. I switched career paths the very next week and have barely gone a day without flowers in my hands ever since. It’s scary to say that was over 20 years ago, and I have the hands to prove it!
Today I am privileged to serve a loyal and growing customer base who essentially want the same thing as I do from designers in just about any creative field; high quality, beautifully designed products that stand out from the rest. Like me, they also want to buy from someone who cares about all the little things that they’re not really obliged to. Delivering to this standard isn’t always easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As well as running the creative arm of the business, I am a very proud mother to two beautiful young girls. An impossible feat without a little (or a lot!) of help from my husband, who has been with me in the business since the beginning. It’s a big juggle for both of us, but we work really hard and have a great team around us to make sure we don’t drop any balls!
Thank you for stopping by to find out more about my team and I. I hope it’s obvious that we’re incredibly passionate about providing you with truly unique floral products and experiences that stand out from anything else. If not, please let me know!