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Our craft goods workshop is based in Tel Aviv, and we are building our brand on a foundation that celebrates quality, craftsmanship, and tradition at every stage from raw material to finished product.Our goals are simple; to envision, design, and create in-house and by hand, beautiful pieces. We make sure to keep our designs timeless yet original. We follow our passion, not following fleeting trends or outside influences.
The name Havie originates from the words “to have”.
We feel that people will admire our products and be drawn to have them in their lives. Each piece is made to age beautifully. The more you use it, have it, the more precious it becomes, gaining special character. The piece becomes Havie.
Over three years ago, wanting an outlet for our creativity and passion for design, the idea of making bags came to our minds. We both agreed that the world does not need another line of fashion accessories, but if we were going to create one, it needed to be unique, be authentic, and have a strong perspective. It took us an entire month to finish our first bag, working on a concept and a prototype before defining our vision, based on utility essentials and military inspiration.
It was all so simple in the beginning…Our goods represent years of working early mornings (before going to our day jobs), and late nights (sometimes over bottles of beer), teaching ourselves techniques and talking endlessly with each other about designs, trying to solve complicated construction problems in the simplest ways.
All the while, we worked exclusively with hand tools and one sewing machine (which we named ‘Monika’) out of a space more suited for a twin bed than a manufacturing studio.
In January 2013, with the support and encouragement from our family and friends, we officially launched the brand with our first collection.
As time went by, we discovered a growing, thriving community that supports and believes in what we do.
Demand for our bags grew. So we opened a studio and moved our small workshop to a fun, cool neighbourhood that is a home to many young creatives.Now our lives are built around Havie. And we love how our brand is growing and evolving.
To us, our goods express everything we value. We are well aware that the way we work is not the most efficient, and certainly not very cost effective, but we are sure that we have sacrificed nothing of our vision.
One of our biggest challenges and joys is searching for new and unique materials at supply stores or rummaging for hours through thrift shops and markets...looking for old army gear, uniforms, tents and duffle bags.
We love to discover treasured items that tell a story. There is a certain romance in finding someone’s initials handwritten on an old army tent or reading hidden messages scribbled in several kinds of ink. It makes us think of the lives and the adventures that these objects were part of.
We deconstruct, up-cycle, and create, giving new life to decades old materials. The result is a line of beautiful, useful pieces that we hope will be treasured by their owners.
"We’re not saving lives here, we’re just making bags, but sometimes when a new style is created we have a moment when we feel like we’re saving our own. We want to applaud everyone else who’s working to do the same, because quite simply - it’s hard"