Monday, August 30, 2010

History of The Hawke I

Long long before Vintage Hawke was dreamed up over a love of vintage clothing & a desire to share it with others, in lands far away from New Zealand, there has been a long standing tradition in certain nationalities to practice hawking, also known as falconry.  It involves training Red Tailed, Harris Hawkes or Eagles to hunt for prey for humans. 

I saw the most wonderous documentary about an 86 year old man who hunted with his Hawk every day, it was just amazing to watch man and bird have such close affinity for each other! 

Until its a reality to live in remote continents with indigenous people and learn the art of hawking, taxidermed Hawke with an e named Herbie is the right hand Hawke and shop name inspiration.  Photos following of the bird who started it all in part II...

The Studd Brothers

Victorian cricket players the Studd Brothers

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vintage Virtuoso - Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer. All in a life's work right?

I really appreciate that these images capture him as so obviously bursting with ideas; and as a character so unique he could never be replicated. 

Pretty As a Picture

How can this photo not make you giggle?  I love that Waimaraners look  like  they  are made  from pure silk,  beautiful.  Another gem from the one and only Man Ray

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Roll With It

Dancing is such a charmingly fun past time.  I hope you find time for dancing in your weekend whether it's at home, your favourite bar, dance class, on the street, at your pals place or with a bunch of besties wherever the evening takes you!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Taxidermy for Tuesday

Cai Quo Qiang's work Head On is part of an AMAZING solo exhibition from the Guggenheim in 2006 entitled "I Want to Believe" which used 90 taxidermed wolves suspended in an aerial arc colliding with a glass wall at the end.  I want to believe these wolves died of natural causes. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010



Quite possibly my favourite word in the whole world, a Wunderkammer can describe the elusive collection of a cabinet of curiosities filled with treasures; which by nature is personal and full of wonderous things, on any scale.  

Butterflies and insects, taxidermy, sea creatures, wing backed chairs  and beautiful filigree panelled partitions together in a victorian room will one day be in the wonder chamber which houses Vintage Hawke's collection!

Here are photos of some favourite Wunderkammer collected over the years, it becomes blindingly obvious that the curiosity of choice around here is some sort of animal... 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Wind Up - Good and Late

I was given a CD yesterday of a band called My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, it is such awesomely fun swingy musical genius which makes you want to jump around; sheer excellence. A real eye opener to a whole new genre of music I never knew existed! 

The first song summed up what fun this weekend could be.  If your plan is to "go anywhere as long as we stay out good and late" you're sure to have fun right?  If you stay out late you should be having a good time!  I hope you have adventurous events planned for some kind of weekend carnage in any shape or form, and stay out good and late with your dancing shoes at the ready.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pretty as a Picture

The One and Only Man Ray

Dear Gentlemen...Cufflinks 101

As fine gentlemen know all too well, men's dressing is about the detail. This comes into play nowhere more so than when it's time to dress up & look sharper than a shark fin. The cufflink is a subtle accessory which will add the finishing touch to your suave self. Clark confirmed this train of thought...

Clark Gable and his Cufflinks

Cufflinks originated from strings which were used to tie ruffle shirt sleeves together in the 1600's (think the pied piper), and then eventually in the 19th century morphed into what they are today.  The original cufflink was called a bouchon de manchette and were glass buttons joined together by little chains. 

When selecting your cufflink of choice (and some will be available on when the store opens yay) the options are limited only to your imagination dear sir, from crocodiles and panthers, to the perfect deco style streamlined jet or a simple silver bar, you can wear your personality on your sleeve.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hawke's Favourite Family

Who else but the dear Addams, so influential, dark and mysteriously subtly sinister...  Morticia and Wednesday, Pugsly and Fester, and cousin It!  Their house all filled with beautiful decayed details and so very victorian, I could watch this movie over and over.  Last year I did for my final year project to look at the set design, it is absolutely stunning!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Mods & The Rockers

In 1960's Britian, the Mods and the Rockers were a young subculture at war with each other.  The Mods were the scooter driving clean cuts and the Rockers were the biker leather jacket posse, which as i'm sure you can imagine would have made for some serious school yard style fights!  I think I would put my money on the Rockers....


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Victorian Vernacular - Oscar Wilde

A very fine example of the refined, distinguished Victorian gentlemen who would be endlessly fascinating to sip tea with in a secret garden and ponder away the hours. 

Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

Deco Darling - Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker, the first African American woman to star in a motion picture and become a renowned entertainer was an all round lover of super shiny large deco accessories.  Her nickname was Black Pearl, how pretty is that?