Inspiration In The Everyday

July 28, 2016

It is indeed a strange and wonderful thing, inspiration. And exasperating too, sometimes! We can wait days and weeks and even years for inspiration to appear, or it can come in the blink of an eye.  For our second range, we wanted to focus on something all of us can identify with, something we do and practice on the daily. There were many sleepless nights (!), discarded ideas, duas and prayers. And then it occurred to us, how big a part the concept of Salam or Peace plays in our lives. The word Islam, itself, means peaceful and willing submission. We greet one another by wishing peace. And in a wider role, we wish for peace, the existence of an ideal society, Dar-As Salaam,... Continue Reading →

Baby Steps

June 20, 2015

We had the opportunity to open a booth at two conferences which took place recently at Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Putrajaya, Malaysia. First was Ilmfest, on 16th and 17th May. It was the first time we were showing our bags to the public, so it was quite nerve-wracking! In the end, though, it turned out to be a lovely experience as we met so many lovely visitors to the booth.     The second was the Being ME conference on 13th June 2015, a women only conference which this year is entitled Love, Aisha. Again, we had lots of fun meeting the other booth participants and were beginning to feel like old hands in the conference circuit (ha!) In the future,... Continue Reading →

And So It Begins

May 01, 2015

Welcome to the Hessa website! It’s been an interesting journey, from a teeny, tiny idea taking root and setting up camp in the brain and refusing to let go, all the way to this, the lovely realization of a dream. We wouldn’t change a single thing though, for hurdles and obstacles teach us that some things are worth it.   We hope to bring out something for everyone, from totes to slings to backpacks and everything in between. It might take a while though, so please bear with us. After all, good things come to those who wait!    In the meantime, we hope you like what we currently have on offer. All feedback and suggestions warmly welcomed, so write away!... Continue Reading →



October 02, 2016

A smile is charity and it is sunnah. And indeed, what is more beautiful than the smile of a child? Sadly, every 3 minutes, one child in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate (estimated 1 in 500-750 births) , a condition where there is a gap in the mouth that didn't close during the early stages of pregnancy. Our charity of the month for September 2016, Operation Smile, is a charity founded in 1982 which provides medical assistance for cleft lip and palate patients, both children and adults, around the world.     A cleft lip and palate surgery costs as low as USD240, thanks to the generous contributions of medical professionals who volunteer their time, as well as... Continue Reading →


August 23, 2016

In August 2016, RM10 from the purchase of each bag will be channeled to Islamic Relief Malaysia's Al-Quran Braille Waqaf programme.     A joint collaboration between Islamic Relief Malaysia and the Malaysian Muslim Association for the Blind (PERTIS), this programme raises funds to publish the al-Quran in Braille and to distribute them to the visually impaired all over Malaysia.    A sum of RM210 is required to print one Al-Quran in Braille, which consists of six volumes and 5 chapters in each volume. Printed by PERTIS itself, each copy of the Al-Quran unfortunately can only last for about 5 years.  Most of the time, we do take our sight for granted. This programme is a great opportunity to ensure that... Continue Reading →


August 03, 2016

If we live in areas where water is abundant, most of the time we do take it for granted. It's hard to imagine life where clean water is a precious commodity, where we have to walk miles every day just to find water for our families. Yet that is a reality for many in some parts of the world.  Our Charity of the Month for July is charity:water, a US-based non-profit organization whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet. Besides the tremendous work that they do, we also appreciate the fact that 100% percent of donations are used to fund water projects. So far they have funded over 20,000 water projects in... Continue Reading →


July 02, 2016

Our charity of the month for June 2016, is the UK based charity, Help Refugees.   The refugee crisis has worsened, and it estimated that more than 60 million people have been displaced from their homes. Help Refugees assists by providing aid & upholding dignity for refugees and works fast to send aid & assistance to refugees across Europe, including basic aid (food/clothes), sanitation, medical aid, volunteer support, shelters, search & rescue and outreach work. So far they have sent aid by lorry to places including Greece, Calais, Macedonia and Serbia and built shelters in refugee camp in Calais, among other initiatives, and hope to do even more in the future to help wherever they can. RM10 from the purchase of bags... Continue Reading →

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