Heritage

It’s funny … Hunter Gatherer is such a male aesthetic-inspired shop, but my love and knowledge of antiques comes from a line of creative, entrepreneurial women.

It all started with my grandmother. Though she was never rich, she was a glamorous lady who loved beautiful things. So where she couldn’t afford them, she found older pieces and restored them – painstakingly, artfully. Over the years my mother learnt the trade from my grandmother, and the two of them started collecting antique furniture together – usually pieces that needed restoring – and started a small but successful business selling restored antiques from home.

After school I worked in London in the antique jewellery trade until I came home when my grandmother took ill. When she died, my mother was at a loss at what to do with their business. Eventually the two of us decided to go into business together and open a shop, where she would sell her restored antiques and I would sell antique jewellery that I’d brought from London. That was how our first store, Take it for Granted, came into being.

Over the years, the market changed, and so did my life. I had two boys, and one day I woke up and I was surrounded by men – my husband, my brother, my sons, my brother-in-law. And I realised I’d been collecting magnificent, bespoke once-off décor pieces for them over the years, and they were beautiful. People were always commenting on their rooms, and these objects, and I realised that there was a market for this particular aesthetic. The idea took seed in my mind but the timing never really seemed right. Until one day I realised if I didn’t do it, someone else would. So in 2015 I took the plunge and opened Hunter Gatherer, and so far the store hasn’t ceased to surprise me. I’m amazed by the variety of people it attracts, from all walks of life. From fathers and their sons pouring over vintage sporting gear, and 8-year-olds dragging their mothers in by the hand, to tow truck drivers and millionaires, they all seem mesmerised by these special pieces. This is what the shop was meant to do.