back story

Back story

Kevin, a northern chef, met Jenni, a southern book editor, at the beginning of the 21st century. Sharing a passion for history and an admiration of imaginative interiors, they travelled to locations such as Greece, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, USA, Canada and Thailand, fuelling their creative energy and developing their style – and learning a bit about business.

By 2011, with their three children in tow, Kevin and Jenni founded a business in the East of England, selling decorative homewares at local markets and county fairs.

The ensuing decades of hard work, steep learning curves, and constant buying and selling enabled Kevin and Jenni to grow what has become the family business – HAIRSINES LLP – into a charming showcase of decorative antique homeware, paintings, carvings and primitive folkart - quarried from a blend of international trade fairs, street brocantes, vide greniers, flea markets and private collectors.

Brexit was the catalyst for launching the customs clearance arm of the business. The service has been tailor-made for the antique, vintage and art trades - offering fast, friendly and stress-free customs declarations for those trading with the EU.

Since launching this side of the business in 2020, HAIRSINES has grown its client list to more than 300, and expands daily.

Kevin Hairsine

Training at catering college in Hull, Kevin also gained a huge amount of valuable experience

in London, working for the Roux brothers' fine dining team.

He reached Head Chef level by the age of 19, running hotel kitchens, independent gastro-pubs and a fine dining wedding venue. Later, within Compass Group, he entered the management acceleration pathway, working as a senior BDM for various clients.

Since founding the antiques business in 2011, Kevin has also trained extensively with the UK Customs Academy, attaining

level 4 - Advanced Customs Practitioner.

Jenni Hairsine BA (Hons)

After obtaining her degree in Comparative Religion from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Jenni enjoyed a career in book publishing before

co-founding the antiques business in 2011. She completed a Level 5 TEFL course during lockdown, enabling her to teach English as a second language - both overseas and in the UK.