Our History

The Product | The Name | The Donkey Cart | Buying Trips | International Recognition | Manufacturing in Bermuda | End of Manufacturing | Expansion

Buying Trips

The first buying trip was undertaken when Mr. Hornburg joined Stavros and Eugenie Niarchoss on their yacht as they sailed through the West Indies on their Honeymoon. Never one to miss an opportunity, he stocked up on straw hats, baskets and paintings by local artisans as they toured the islands.

In the search for the unusual and exotic, they started to travel throughout Europe and even farther. The fashion world was full of characters: Jim Thompson, a silk supplier from Bangkok, was a former U.S. CIA agent who started his company when he was stationed in Thailand after the war. He became one of the most important suppliers to Hornburg Calypso. During a trip to Bangkok, a dinner was held in their honour on the banks of "Klong" or canal. The Klong was lit up and there was a special demonstration of fuchsia and orange silk plaids being woven to please Mrs. Hornburg. Buying trips may have lost some of their glamour, but the quest continues.

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