The Hines story started on the Oxford High Street in 1830, the beginning of a long-established tradition in fine quality textiles, when Mr William Hine opened his gentlemen's tailors and outfitters business.
WP Hine & Co soon became one of the leading outfitters in the city of Oxford, supplying discerning customers, both local and visiting tourists, with high quality clothing from their quintessential English shop.
The Hine family continued the outfitting business for several generations, serving an international clientele over many decades with gentlemen’s clothing including hand-tailored bespoke and readymade suits, coats and hats.
The company transferred to the current family ownership in 1950 who continued the business selling clothing and accessories in Oxford until 1979.
The company moved from the High Street in 1979 and began specialising in the world's finest woven Tapestries and home furnishings.
With a weath of experience in textiles, Hines became the market leader in the UK for tapestries and tapestry cushions, building showrooms and sewing workrooms in Oxford to meet an ever-growing demand for the collections.
As Hines continued to grow, the third generation of the family joined the business in 1982 further establishing Hines already renowned reputation for only the finest quality tapestries.
After trading for 3 years the tapestry collection had grown quite significantly offering a varied collection for quick delivery from stock.
In order to serve a growing clientele better and to enable the business to experience more growth, new business premises were acquired on the London side of Oxford. With excellent road and rail links and good parking facilities these new premised allowed customers to view tapestries in a central showroom environment within one hour from London.
These showrooms are still used by Hines today and are visited by 1,000s of visitors every year.
With the importance of eccomerce growing, Hines of Oxford launched its first website which was a great sucess.
Offering a limited collection of its tapestries, cushions and oak furniture for viewing online proved popular with clients and since then Hines have continued to innovate and relaunch its website every few years.
With a new website came a re-brand to the brand you see today which reflects the traditional values of the company.
At the end of 2011 Hines welcomed its newest member of the family to the team, the fourth generation to join, continuing in the footsteps of Great-Grandfather, Grandfather and Father before, ensuring the consistancy of Hines values are upheld.
Now with seven members of the family involved in the business on a day to day basis, the entire Hines team understand the importance of keeping alive the legacy of the company's heritage.
Hines of Oxford continue to innovate and grow by developing its online presence and creating new ways for its clients to experience tapestry in their own home creating a following with discerning customers from accross the globe.
Today, Hines of Oxford is still family owned and managed, and committed to maintaining the company's original core values of integrity, fine quality and personal service.