Henson first started collaborating four and half years ago, creating a men’s t-shirt line from organic and locally sourced cotton. Setting up an online shop during the ‘t-shirt revival’ period, their debut collection demonstrated their green design ethos already at work.
Today, high-quality, sustainable products is what Henson is all about. Their work has just been chosen to represent Australia at 2013 Tranoi Trade Show in Paris.
“Our creations feel organic and maybe a little bit raw,” says Henson co-founder and designer Brent Gold.
“Our inspiration comes from that natural world, and we’re obsessed by the thought that something untraditional, unconstrained and maybe even a little bit ugly can be coveted and therefore become beautiful,” continues co-founder and designer Andy Henson.
Their latest collection includes not just unisex jewellery but luxury leather goods that feature inlays of cowhide and Sting Ray. Like their jewelry line, many Henson pieces mixing hard edge styling with luxe materials to strike a balance between spikey and soft.
In 2013 Henson’s jewellery is also evolving. Moving on from crystals and semi-precious stones, the new collection is wrought in hand-beaten gold and silver, and even includes beautiful pieces crafted with black diamonds and black pearls.
“We started making things and experimenting, then after a while we found own authentic look and feel which we have maintained,” says Brent Gold.
“Now no matter weather it is girls or boys – whether it is plain or sparkly, it has our style,” Gold says.
By the end of 2013 Henson will have their own ‘bricks and mortar’ store in Australia, a deliberate strategy they say will allow more consumers to get “up close and personal” with their products.
“When people pick up our pieces, we want them to be able to instantly feel that they’ve passed through human hands. We guess in that way, our jewellery is reaching out to find new owners, and not the other way around.”
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