Autumn Winter 21 collection launching soon.

About the Maker

I am Laura, the woman behind a hop & a skip. I'm excited to where I am today, it's been quite a whirlwind of a journey.  Luckily for me, I've never been interested in serious stuff like pursuing a career, which means I've done a bunch of different things over the years.  But I don't think any of it was pure accident and looking back it's easy to connect the dots.  It really does feel like making pretty clothes and running a fashion is exactly where I am supposed to be right now.   
In a nutshell, my early 20's I spent studying Psychology at uni, which was a very respectable thing to do for a respectable young woman.  At least, I thought so at the time, because I was brought up to believe that having a creative career was a luxury afforded for kids who came from rich families, and I was certainly was not one of those.  So I just put my head down and did what was expected of me. In time I graduated, started working a serious Government job.  A secure job with good prospects for career projection and… was completely miserable.  

It was around this same time that I stumbled along and into my local women's circus (Vulcana Women’s Circus!) where I start some aerial and hula hoops training. Before long, I quit my spirit numbing respectable job to spend my time training and rehearsing my act and eventually I start performing around the traps. It was so much fun and it was the first time I really started tapping into myself as a creative being.  

By the end of the decade my relationship with the then-boyfriend comes to a very unpleasant end and feeling the city is not big enough for the both of us, I let my heart lead me old Melbourne town.   Here I would spend some wonder filled years playing and frolicking around with fantastic new friends and lovers.  By this stage I am knee deep in life as an independent circus performer and a cruise ship contract takes me out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to meet one very charming First Officer who promptly proceeds to sweep me off my feet (I know... swoon...). Before long, we are expecting the arrival of our little baby boy and... I feel it’s time to shift direction once again.

During my circus years, I had always had a soft spot for costume so I decided to study Costume with the intention of working as a Maker and Designer. Upon graduating, I was lucky enough to get a job at a major elite performing arts company.  It was my dream job!  But... it also had a workplace culture that was... let's just say not so dreamy.   Time to pivot once more...

I don't know about you, but when in doubt I go back to school.  And so I do and I complete my Fashion Design studies with the sole purpose of launching my own independent creative business. 

Which brings us here. When I look back now I can see that every time something has been "wrong" in my life, it was coupled with an opportunity to evolve, to try something new, to better align myself with my true self.  I love designing and making beautiful things to wear, but this not just about cute clothes.  I do this because I am in the process of creating the life I want to live. I want to make things that tell my story and share my values.  And hopefully inspire you to tap into that really real part of you that knows your true creative nature.


xo Laura