The Hawker brand revolves around three significant tenants that impact all of our decisions for sourcing, shipping and for production. They come into play when making any decision for our future. Referring to these tenants keeps us accountable for the kind of business we want to put out into the world, and the message we want to spread. They are sustainable, artisanal and personal.
By investing in vintage pieces you are choosing to be part of a movement of consumers who are stepping away from mass production, are shopping locally and thinking sustainably. All vintage items have been personally sourced by Hawker. You will never see a Hawker product wrapped in plastic or styrofoam, and any packaging we do use is eco-friendly or has been reused from packaging we have received. We do as much as we can with our own hands, with local makers or tradespeople.
A by-product of today trend for mass production is the loss of local artisanal skills. Generally speaking in Australia furniture makers are forced to outsource to Asia or Europe to remain competitive in the marketplace against larger corporations. Unless there is a pool of consumers who supports a market place of artisanal makers, who understand the need for quality, heritage, care and conservation, in 100 years we will have nothing left to show of the trades and artisanal talents of our past. Hawker resources include traditional craftsman such a wood workers, upholsterers, blacksmiths, printers, glass blowers and leather workers to revive our vintage collections.
Hawker is proud to collaborate with people and suppliers whose skills we truely admire. The resources we utilise are from relationships that have developed over many years in the interior design industry, and from people who work hard to perfect their trades.
We source product from the good people we meet on our journeys; from people who work hard and travel far and who love what they do, so we can bring the best we can find back to the Australia market. The majority of our vintage comes from pickers who untangle the goods from overstuffed barns, and who salvage from factories and derelict warehouses; who supply Hawker with product that is naturally worn, yet still in significantly good condition after being abandoned and forgotten for many years. Each piece is authentic and has lived a life.