Winter Window Display


Oh, I had fun with this one! Planning a window display is fun but slightly stressful, I get a million ideas whizzing around in my head and it’s difficult to choose which one will be a. relatively simple to construct, and b. look great in our awkward window.

This year I wanted to make a huge snowglobe filled with trees and mountains and Santa and presents. I was thinking about papier mache and wind machines and actual bunnies. After a lot of brainstorming and a trip to Hobbycraft, the idea got simplified – like all good ideas do – and I don’t think I could have wished for this to turn out any better in the end. It’s an abstract snowglobe winter scene with pom poms, glitter, stars, mountains and (dare I say) quite a magical feel. I love it!

with the shop lights on

lights on close up

shop lights off/window light on

christmas window display hannah zakari

I hope you like it as much as we do at HZ!

Rachael x

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Cocktail Clutch Bag WorkShoppe!


All the way back on the very first day we opened the Hannah Zakari Shoppe, the very awesome Corinne from Dazed Dorothy set up a small working studio at the back of our shop to customise and make bespoke pieces for our customers. Five years on she’s back again hosting a bag making workshoppe in our upstairs room…

Corinne - Dazed Dorothy

Corinne started Dazed Dorothy in 2008 making colourful and playful leather and suede bags adorned with the prettiest vintage adornments and now combines creating these beautiful accessories with lecturing in Textiles and Fashion at Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald Campus.

Now you can join Corinne in a fabulous & fun sewing workshop where you will design & sew your own leather ‘Cocktail Clutch Bag’ just in time for the upcoming round of festive season parties!

Cocktail Clutch Bag

Each one-day workshop will last from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 9th November and costs £65.00.  Your class will accommodate 5 participants so you can be sure of lots of one-on-one tutoring and you’ll leave with a beautiful bag .

For more information and to book, please visit the Dazed Dorothy website.

Hope to see you there!

Rachael x

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Window Collaboration with Laura Berger


We do love to collaborate on fun things at HZ and there’s no better time than in the summer when the Edinburgh Festivals are in full swing and the city is fully of shiny, happy people.

This year we’ve collaborated with Chicago based illustrator Laura Berger to create a window display full of jungle delights and cute creatures. We’ve got the Mofo tiger (one of my favourite ever HZ products!), a topless tarzan, a chilled out sunbather, a wee zebra hiding in the grasses, some welcoming Pineapple Goddesses (Carmen and Miranda) and, of course, we have Greyfriars Bobby (because it wouldn’t be Edinburgh without him).

Here’s some pics, taken on a beautiful sunny day – hello sunshine!

Hannah Zakari Window

Inside Window, Tarzan and sunbather

Greyfriars Bobby Shading in from the sunshine

Carmen (or Miranda?) our Pineapple Goddess


The Hannah Zakari Shoppe


We’ve had so much fun creating this and it was such a pleasure to work with Laura! We hope you can visit the shop and see if for yourself, but if not then check out Laura’s artwork and cards in the HZ webshoppe!

Rachael xx

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New: Stay Home Club, Marine Mistake & Lou Taylor treats!



Hello lovelies! I’m really excited to share that we’ve been busy bee’s here at Hannah Zakari this week, and we’ve got our favourite Post Man run off his feet with lots of packages full of shiny new stock for us! With treats from Stay Home Club, Lou Taylor and Marine Mistake hitting the shelves and online store, my little eyes have been like giant saucers… there’s just so many fun things to play with!

First up we have an amazing new collection of acrylic jewellery from Lou Taylor, who’s created some beautiful paint brush brooches and earrings and the most amazing little painter pallet accessories. Very art school chic! And for those of you who love art deco, you’re going to fall head over heels for Lou’s beautiful swimming ladies. This brooch is top of my wish list for summer, alongside those spiderplant earrings … I mean who doesn’t need a pair of these in their life? I love a good statment piece, it can totallly transform an outfit with very little effort.

We have a fresh batch of Marine Mistake treasures in too, which means we’ve restocked the incredible Tatoom collection and we have some beautiful new pieces which are itching to get out in the sunshine. I’ve already snapped up the ‘I See You’ necklace starring the infamous all seeing eye (aka ‘The Eye Of Providence’) because y’all know Beyonce would be proud of that little addition to my jewellery box!  Illuminati conspirisies aside, we’re all head over heels for the new geometric collection too, don’t you think these were just made for going to festivals? Yes please!


Hip hip hooray! Stay Home Club is back with avengence! HZ has restocked these killer ‘Awful’ tshirts alongside other classic SHC pieces like ‘The Worst”, “Recluse” and the kitty cat logo tees, which you know I spend a substantial amount of time wearing (ahem, wearing one as we speak!) Alongside these we also have more patches, brilliant badges and even more of those ridiculously popular tote bags. These have been selling like hot cakes over the last couple of weeks, so if you’ve been eyeing them up you’d better get in there fast!

Besides all this, we’ve been secretly plotting a fabulous new look for the shoppe, so watch this space for updates on how we’re rocking it for summer and prepare yourself for the greatest window display of all time!

Vicky xox

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Newbie Wish List!



Hello! My name is Vicky and I’m the newest member of the wonderful world of Hannah Zakari. I know what you’re thinking – best job ever! – and I have to admit you’re right! Between the pink walls, beautiful jewellery and vast collection of incredible designers, it’s one of the most inspiring places in Edinburgh and one of my top picks for online shopping… And let me tell you right now, I have not been paid to say that! I’ve personally blogged about my love of this store before I started working here, so you can rest assured that this post comes from the heart.

Today I thought I’d introduce myself and share my current HZ shopping list with you… you can tell a lot about a lady from her shopping dont-cha know! Having said that, my wish list is actually ridiculously long (I’m a hoarder of pretty things!) but I don’t want to keep you all day, so here are my top 5 favourites… make of me what you will!


Top of my list has to be this amazing print of Night Swimmers by Laura Berger. I’ve not actually seen Laura’s work until I started here, and although I am mighty fond of her Festival of Hugs greetings card (there is no occasion this card is inappropriate for) this would take pride of place in my studio at home. They’re just so playful and happy, which is precisely what you need to surround yourself with when working to keep you motivated.



I’m currently going through a phase of adoring anything with illustrated hands on them, (be it bags, cushions, scarves or clothing, my collection is going from strength to strength), and these two necklaces are the perfect addition to my jewellery box. The  is called Tatoom by Marine Mistake. It’s silver plated and has tiny tattoos of skulls, anchors, the Illuminati All Seeing Eye symbol engraved along it with a tear drop falling from the hand. It’s really delicate and fine, something that must be treasured! The bottom one is the Reaching Hands locket by Bonbi Forest. I love that there are two chains on this necklace; I often layer up my jewellery so this is right up my street. The fact that this allows the two hands to reach out to one another pretty much makes my day. It’s cute AND clever – the kind of purchase your mother would be proud of!


Being an illustrator and blogger, you’ll find that I have a massive hoarding of notebooks and stationery – and rightly so! These Mossery note pads come in such cute colour combinations and fit perfectly in my handbag, making them perfect for when I’m out and about and inspiration hits me. And best of all, THIS ONE HAS PUPPIES ON IT! Sorry for yelling, the adorableness got the better of me. I’m sure you understand.

These Naomi Murrell earrings are so dainty and delicate that they go with pretty much everything in my vintage influenced wardrobe. As I wear wing tipped glasses everyday, I like to wear little studs in my ears because I find that wearing massive danglers can be quite full on for my tiny face! Add a little bit of pastel and I’m one happy lady… these are one of those timeless investments for me, a staple piece in the accessories department. Note to self, must buy one set in every colour!!


Last and not least on my wish list, is pretty much anything whatsoever from Stay Home Club. I’m a massive fan of this brand and already own the Recluse and Awful tshirts from the range. I love them for the shapes, sizes and obviously for the genious slogans!! HZ is the only store in the UK to stock the range and the day I discovered they had all the things I had been coveting in I did one of those classic 1980’s slo-mo air punches… It was a great day!! These totes are really large and sturdy, making them the perfect bag to take on post office runs and collosal food shops. Perfect!

So there you have it! A little peep into the world of HZ through my eyes… isn’t it devine! I see that I even failed to hit my target of only 5 items from my wish list… but you can see why. And whilst I’ve been writing this blog post a few more packages have arrived busting with lots of new products! Never a dull moment in this beautiful little shoppe! So keep your eye out on the blog and shop for new stock updates … I promise you will not be disappointed!


Vicky xox

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Featured Designer: Bonbi Forest


Bonbi Forest is the moniker of Lee-May Foster-Wilson, an artist living and working in deepest, darkest Cornwall. Lee-May applies her beautiful illustrations to a range of wearables, and at HZ we carry a selection of her prettiest jewellery including lockets, earrings and illustrated enamel charms.

A usual we have a selection of our favourites to share with you, it’s hard to choose, and you can see the full collection at HZ on the Bonbi Forest page…

You Hold The Key NecklaceDark Is The Night LocketTwo Moons LocketSpread Your Wings LocketOf The Sky EarringsReaching Hands LocketAll our Bonbi Forest pieces are available in silver and gold, and our full range of pieces is online now.

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Featured Designer: Layla Amber


We love Layla Amber at HZ and we think her latest collection ‘The Secret Garden‘ is probably her best collection to date. Layla has layered two section of birch ply to create a beautiful 3d effect to her hand painted pieces, and the addition of sweet little earrings completes the look. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up…

Running Fox BroochBeech Leaf Earrings

Jumping Hare NecklaceWhite Flower Earrings

Oak Leaf EarringsSuper Pretty!

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Indie Business Club #1 Selling, Wholesale, and Sale or Return?


This is the start of what I hope (nay, demand) will become a weekly business blog covering everything a crafty type might need to know about anything to do with their business. Starting off with some thoughts from me (Rachael/dotpop/Hannah) about what we at HZ look for from suppliers and the pros and cons of wholesaling v sale or return from my point of view.

Ideally, you (the seller) want me (the buyer) to buy your stuff wholesale so we’ll tackle that first. Having a shop buy your stuff wholesale directly from you is a good goal to have. You get a lump of cash in return for having your lovely things displayed and sold in a lovely shop/website of your choosing and once you hand over the goods that’s it done, right? Well, more or less yes, but if you want that shop to continue buying from you then you need to work at it a wee bit.

Here are some things to consider when if you want to wholesale your work, it requires effort but lots of reward if you keep your buyers onside!

* First things first, it’s important to remember that wholesale is at least 50% off retail price. I’m going to repeat that: Wholesale is at least 50% off retail price. And ideally more. The retail price is the price you sell at through your personal selling channels. If you can’t give a 50% wholesale discount then you should revise your prices or consider sale or return.

* Consider giving a (trusted) buyer 30 days to pay, or the option to pay 50% in advance and 50% on delivery – a little leeway here goes a long way. Yes, it might hurt your cashflow a little but also might be the difference between a mid-sized order and a large one, or no order at all.

* Let us know about new designs. HZ LOVES to be the first to get a new collection in store and keeping your stock fresh is a great way to keep those wholesale orders coming in regularly.

* PDF line sheets with all the info we need to order in one place are great. The retail and wholesale prices are as important information as what the item looks like. Picture, name, retail and wholesale price all in one sounds simple enough but you’d be surprised how many designers have prices listed on separate sheets or forget the retail price altogether, it’s a bit annoying

* You’ll probably want to set a minimum order amount but it pays to be flexible here. Sometimes we just need to try things out first and a high minimum order amount is really off putting.

* One downside of selling wholesale rather than SoR is that once a shop has your work, it’s theirs to do as they please with. You have the money in the bank but relinquish all control over what the shop then does with it. Be prepared to feel a bit hurt if they discount it, it stings.

Wholesale sounds good right? Yep, it sure does, but ‘Sale or Return’ is another means of selling your work through shops. Basically you provide your goods upfront and the buyer pays you as and when they sell. This isn’t ideal, money upfront is much better and most designers understandably prefer wholesale. However, imo, there are many benefits to SoR that are underrated…

This is Sale or Return from an HZ point of view…

* You have a bit more control. You set your price, ultimately you decide what to send and when to send it. 

*  With SoR you have the opportunity to recall and rework pieces if you like. Decide those feather earrings don’t represent your brand any more? We can post them back to you. What were you thinking?!

* You take more money. Our SoR terms are 45:55, meaning the designer gets a 55% cut of each sale and we pay you monthly.

* We can take more risks. I might think twice about stocking that crazy awesome necklace design that’s super expensive at wholesale – if it doesn’t sell then I lose out – but with SoR, we can give it a shot and potential sales revenue for you is better.

* If you’re organised and focussed it’s possible SoR is a better sales route for you. It’s worth noting that out of our top 3 selling designers at the HZ shoppe, 2 are stocked on a sale or return basis and they make it work by keeping us topped up when things sell out and introducing new designs regularly. 

* As further explanation to the point above – whereas I might only do a wholesale order when we’re already low on stock and maybe a few bits and bobs from that collection has sold out, there’s no restriction with SoR. If we sell out of your earrings mid-way through the month and you’re able to send more – yay! Double sales!

So, there are definitely benefits to using sale or return too. As a buyer I’m happy with either and use the same criteria for deciding what designers to stock regardless of the arrangement (don’t ask me to describe that criteria, it’s basically just stuff I want to have in the shop). Of course there are a few more things that you should think about regardless of the arrangement you’re looking for…

* We are a small business too and come up against the same kind of stuff as you do.

* It’s not cool to approach lots of shops in the same area at once. Choose your preferred stockist in that area and approach them first. If they don’t reply within a few weeks give them a friendly nudge. If they don’t respond to that, then move on to your next choice. We are fussy about the designers we stock, and want you to be just as fussy about who you want to stock you. 

* Can you offer professional looking images that we can use on our website? This is brilliant for us and we will love you for it!

* Be realistic about your delivery lead times. Late deliveries are really annoying.

* Don’t turn up at the shop with a bag full of stock as your first method of communication. I hate being put on the spot.

* Don’t be scared to ask for a reference. If you’re not sure if that business is ‘trusted’ then ask another one of it’s suppliers for a reference, the indie selling set is pretty tight knit and they’ve got your back.

Well that’s the first ‘installment’ of business musings, hopefully some of it helpful! If you have any questions then leave a comment and I’ll reply asap. And if you have some business advice you’d like to share email me your ideas for a potential guest blog spot!

Rachael x

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Back in stock: Stay Home Club


Yay! We’ve all been waiting for it and now we finally have Stay Home Club goodies back in stock at Hannah Zakari! We have a range of loose tees in a selection of designs, these awesome SHC totes which are plenty big enough for a shopping trip, and 2 kinds of iron on patches – Stay Home Club and (my favourite) Sad Songs.

the_worst_looseThe Worst is a new design for us, perfect for grumpy pusses on a bad day. And of course we have the classic Stay Home Club tees in black and white…

shc_white_loose_tee shc_loose_tee_blackThese Awful tees were a best seller last time, so we have them back just for you!

awful_loose_teeAnd if you want to know how they fit, Stay Home Club have created this nifty chart with customer models, find your body match to see how each t-shirt might look on you:


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