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 04, 2017

Assalamualaikum! Our online store was closed for three weeks in August and September, therefore we have decided to pool the collection from the sale of our bags for these 2 months and choose only one charity. In November 2016, our charity of the month was the Myanmar Emergency Appeal by Muslim Aid. Recent events, however, made us realize that help is needed more than ever for our Rohingya brothers and sisters in Myanmar. This time, we have chosen the Human Relief Foundation (HRF) as our charity of the month.   The specific appeal we have chosen is the Rohingya Emergency Appeal. The Rohingya have suffered years of persecution in Myanmar, and UN figures indicate that over 85,000 have arrived in Bangladesh following... Continue Reading →


August 09, 2017

Assalamualaikum everyone! :) For the month of July 2017, we are guided by our beloved Prophet s.a.w' s hadith: "If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him." - Imam Bukhari. Our charity is the Trees for Life programme run by the Palestine Fair Trade Association which provides olive & almond saplings to Palestinian farmers and covers the majority of the cost of the saplings.   The Trees for Life initiative, which started in 2006, targets young families, starter farmers, small farmers, women farmers, and farmers who have recently cultivated lands impacted by the Israeli wall or subject... Continue Reading →


July 04, 2017

We celebrated Eid at the end of June 2017, and for many of us it was a beautiful event, shared by family and friends, with plenty to eat and drink and often lasting for several days. For some in the world, though, Eid is hardly celebrated perhaps due to war, poverty, oppression, or various other reasons. For our Charity of the Month for June, we have chosen Human Appeal, a charity which have  been delivering aid and development programs that transform lives in the world’s poorest nations for more than 25 years. Specifically we have made a donation on behalf of our June purchasers to their Eid Gift appeal. For only GBP15, a child somewhere in the world will get to know the... Continue Reading →


June 12, 2017

For this blessed month of Ramadan, our charity is the Ramadan Appeal 1438H organized by Islamic Relief Malaysia under the campaign - Ramadhan Ini Masanya (Now Is The Time). Targeting to provide aid to 28 countries - namely Malaysia, Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chad, Chechnya , China, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Palestine (Gaza) , Palestine (West Bank), Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Zimbabwe -  RM100 can provide a food pack for one family. In 2016, they successfully distributed over 200,000 food packs in 31 countries and areas, benefiting more than 1.5 million of the world’s poorest. With your help, we can make 2017 an even better year in terms of donations and... Continue Reading →

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