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Hines Heritage
With brand roots back to the 1830s, Hines is a long established British company specialising in Tapestry Wall Hangings, Custom Tapestry Weaving and Digital Printing, Tapestry Cushions & Home Accessories and Tapestry Fabric. Still based in Oxford where the company has always been located, the business has been owned by the same family since 1950 making it one of the longest established companies still trading in the United Kingdom. Read on to find out more about the company heritage and why it remains strong today.

1830

The Beginning

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.

1950

The Company Changes hands

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.

Pictured here, the company transferred to the current Robertson family ownership in 1950 who continued the business selling clothing and accessories in Oxford until 1979.

1979

Hines Tapestries

The company moved from the High Street in 1979 and began specialising in the world's finest woven Tapestries and home furnishings from France and Belgium.

With a wealth 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.

 

 

1982

3rd Generation

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.

1987

New Offices & Showroom

In order to serve a growing clientele better and to enable the business to experience more growth, new business premises were acquired on the East side of Oxford city. With excellent road and rail links and good parking facilities these new premises 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. Click here to discover more about the Hines Showrooms.

1987

New Offices & Showroom

In order to serve a growing clientele better and to enable the business to experience more growth, new business premises were acquired on the East side of Oxford city. With excellent road and rail links and good parking facilities these new premises 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. Click here to discover more about the Hines Showrooms.

 

2011

Welcoming the 4th Generation

At the end of 2011 Hines welcomed Loren to the team. The fourth generation to join the company, continuing in the steps of his Great-Grandfather, Grandfather and Father before and ensuring the Hines values are upheld with every decade that passes.

Now with 5 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 and serving all Hines clients with dignity.

2019

40 Years

Harvey Robertson, Paul's youngest son, joined Hines in 2019. It was an exciting year for the company celebrating over 40 years of supplying tapestries to discerning customers around the globe.

This makes 6 family members now involved in Hines of Oxford on a daily basis ensuring continuity and the committal to maintaining the company's original core values of integrity, fine quality and personal service.

2020

New Website & Covid-19

2020 sees Hines continue to innovate to bring the best possible tapestries to the marketplace and the launch of a new website to provide our loyal customers with ease of ordering and more product and brand information than ever before.

The period sees countries around the world locked down due to Covid-19, the worst global pandemic for many decades. Like businesses all over the world, Hines have followed the government guidelines for many weeks and quickly adapted to enable support of customers and fulfilment of orders despite tight restrictions and inevitable showroom closure for long periods of time.

 

2021

New Team Member

Hines are excited to welcome Courtney Robertson to the team in 2021, yet another family member further strengthening the service that Hines are renowned for!

Courtney's friendly smile, attention to detail and passion for excellent customer service will be a welcome addition to the Hines of Oxford office.


 

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