Export & Retail

Source is responsible for revolutionising the Southern African design and craft industry through product development, worldwide exposure and facilitating the rigorous requirements of international export and supply to global retailers.

Trevyn and Julian McGowan set up their export company, Source, in 2003 on relocating to South Africa after 22 years in the design industry in London. They had fallen in love with the authentic, handcrafted work they found, and were passionate about sharing this artisanal homeware with the rest of the world.

From the outset, Source supplied the most distinctive international stores with fresh and authentic product. Over the years, its client base has grown to include iconic retailers such as The Conran Shop, West Elm, Anthropologie, Jamie Oliver, ABC Carpet and Home, Bergdorf Goodman, Restoration Hardware, William Sonoma, Liberty, Sundance and many others.

Today, Source is the primary agency for the representation of South African design, facilitating the majority of design and craft exports worldwide. It offers a turnkey service to its clients from sourcing, development, logistics and financial management to ‘design under licence’ programmes, enabling local designers to reach the mass market.