British Designers

Wolf & Moon’s Collection No.9

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A brand new collection from Wolf & Moon!

Every time a new Wolf & Moon collection arrives at the shoppe the first thing we do is agonise over which pieces we want ourselves! Collection No. 9 is no exception. Will we choose the gloriously dangly Cascade earrings? The simple yet elegant Eclipse II Necklace? Or maybe a lovely, everyday pair of Raindrop Studs? Decisions, decisions!

Wolf & Moon is the creation of Hannah Davis, a British jewellery designer whose work goes from strength to strength. Her pieces use geometric shapes, clean lines, unusual materials, movement and asymmetry to create a truly modern look! All of Wolf & Moon’s jewellery is handmade by a dedicated team in their East London studio.

Here’s a selection of our favourite pieces from the new range. Which ones do you like best?

A pair of brushed brass rain drop shaped stud earrings, held in a hand to show scale

Raindrop Stud Earrings

A stiff choker style necklace with geometric hanging shapes in shades of blue, brass and mother of pearl.

Fountain Statement Necklace

A mother of pearl round moon shaped necklace on a gold plated snake chain

Eclipse II Necklace

Blue painted geometric statement earrings with brushed brass and mother of pearl accents, designed by UK based Wolf & Moon.

Cascade Earrings

Wolf and Moon - Asymmetric geometric Stud Earrings in pink and burnt orange painted wood

Waterfall Stud Earrings

 

Check out the rest of this quirky British brand’s jewellery over on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Designer Interview – Mood Good

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An Interview with Mood Good!

Mood Good jewellery designer Rosie Greener at wirk

We absolutely love Mood Good’s jewellery! Somehow their style manages to have both a fresh, youthful feel AND a classic timeless quality. We spoke to Mood Good designer Rosie Greener about her work, her life and her plans for the future!

What does an average working day in your life look like?

Well, I actually have a full time job as a jewellery designer for a highstreet brand, so my average working day is spent there! Mood Good is very much a side-line thing that I make time for in the evenings and on weekends. But I love doing it so I don’t mind! It just means I have to be super organised to make sure I stay on top of everything.

Do you listen to music or watch TV while you work?

It really depends on what I am doing. Because I have to use my time well, I am often speeding through a list and so don’t have anything on as I don’t want any distractions to slow me down or cause me to make mistakes. However, if I am taking a bit more time to do something visual, like edit photos or plan the Instagram feed, I might put a podcast on (usually something true crime related) or have some mindless TV (something like Friends or Gossip Girl) on in the background.

Rosie Greener of Mood Good’s desk

Could you tell us a little bit about your creative background? How did you first get into designing jewellery?

I have always been happiest when creating, so always knew I wanted to have a creative career of some sort. I did a Foundation Year at Central St Martins where I discovered Jewellery Design in the first week and
thought yup that’s it! I am pretty decisive so once I had decided that was what I wanted to do, I had my mind set. I went on to do a BA in Jewellery Design also at CSM which I found really valuable but also very conceptual. I enjoyed it and it definitely helped me develop as a designer, but I knew that ultimately I wanted to design commercial pieces that people like myself and my friends love and want to wear. So I feel very lucky to now be able to do that as both a job and in my own time.

What’s your personal favourite piece in the Mood Good collection?

That’s tricky… I am going to stick with the very clichéd answer that I love them all in different ways! I think it is  hard as a designer to see it that objectively because you are so close to the work. Interestingly, the ones that have sold best haven’t necessarily been my favourite. Sometimes when I originally think of a piece that I love, I know that it won’t be a best seller but a perk of having my own brand is that I can make it anyway! In a technical sense, my favourite piece is the Hand and Rose Necklace as it is the most challenging 3D design. But in terms of my favourite pieces to wear, I go through phases but am currently wearing the ‘Lion Heart Necklace’ and ‘Heart Signet Ring’ a lot. And then in terms of the brand, it’s the personalised pieces, as these always capture peoples attention and make them excited!

Personalised Lucky and Heart Signet gold rings worn by model

What kinds of things do you like to do when you’re not working?

Having a job and brand doesn’t leave a whole lot of me-time! But I try to plan my time so that I don’t miss out on having meals with friends, seeing my family and spending time with my poor neglected boyfriend! It can be tricky to juggle it all sometimes but I know it is really important so am always trying to keep on top of it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

I guess just go for it! Firstly, I would say that if they find it really natural and enjoyable to generate ideas and are most excited by the initial stages, it is important to be quite disciplined in order to move
beyond this and see things through to completion. But it is so rewarding, especially at the beginning, as it is a lot easier to make someone understand an idea and convince them that it is good by showing them as opposed to telling them! Secondly, to trust their design instinct. A designer’s eye is their most valuable and unique tool and although it is always important to listen to other’s opinions, experience and confidence doesn’t always make them more right. You know what feels right for you and your designs – do that!

What are your plans for the future of Mood Good? Do you have any exciting new designs or projects on the horizon?

In terms of plans for Mood Good, I always have so many ideas of future projects and designs buzzing around my head… It is usually a case of deciding what to work on first. It has just recently been a full year since the brand began, so I still feel like this is very much the beginning and am very excited to keep on keeping on! Watch this space!

Young blonde woman wearing striped top and three layered gold Mood Good necklaces

Thanks again for talking to us, Rosie!

Here are a few of our favourites from the Mood Good Collection at Hannah Zakari. We think they’d make lovely gifts for extra special occasions! The necklaces are great for layering together too.

 

Gold Rose Choker Necklace by Mood Good

Rose Choker

A chunky gold banner ring with the word Lucky inscribed

Lucky Personalised Banner Ring

 

Hand holding a rose gold charm pendant on gold chain necklace by Mood Good

Hand and Rose Necklace

 

You can find the rest of our Mood Good collection on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe here!

 

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New Designers at Hannah Zakari – Lisa Junius and Mood Good!

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Hannah Zakari has two amazing new designers!

It’s always super exciting when we receive new stock, and doubly so when that stock is from a new designer! That’s why we were thrilled recently to open parcels from illustrator Lisa Junius and jewellery designer Mood Good. Both designers are new to Hannah Zakari, and we think you’re going to love their work!

Lisa Junius

First to arrive was a delivery from the amazing Lisa Junius! Lisa is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and designer from Luxembourg. Her work is beautiful and dreamy, and uses a blue and white colour palette reminiscent of classic porcelain designs. It often depicts women in meditative poses amongst the stars, their calm expressions giving this artist’s work a peaceful feel.

Here at Hannah Zakari we have a range of Lisa’s enamel pins and patches. Each one is a tiny work of art you can carry with you everywhere; we hope you love them as much as we do!

A round white enamel moon badge with a girl’s faceLuna Enamel Pin

 

An enamel lapel pin badge featuring a nude girl with blue hairCosmic Girl Enamel Pin

 

An embroidered patch with a nude lady and the slogan, One With The StarsOne With The Stars Embroidered Patch

Our full range of Lisa Junius products is available now on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe.

Mood Good

We are also excited to introduce our second new designer, Mood Good! Mood Good’s aim is to produce quality jewellery that you’ll want to wear everywhere and with everything. Their pretty necklaces and rings are made in London and have a youthful feel that we love!

Our highlights from the range are the romantic Hand and Rose Necklace and the customisable Lucky Banner Ring. If you’re looking for a timeless piece of jewellery for a special birthday gift then we think Mood Good’s work is ideal!

 

Gold hand and rose pendantHand And Rose Charm Necklace

 

Gold banner ring reading LuckyLucky Banner Personalised Name Ring

 

Gold necklace with heart and good luck charm symbols, and the word LuckyLuck and Love Personalised Gold Coin Necklace

Visit our webshoppe to see the rest of our Mood Good range and to get more information on ordering their personalised jewellery!

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Wolf & Moon – Collection No. 8!

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A New Collection by Wolf & Moon!

We’re overjoyed to announce that the new collection by Wolf & Moon, Collection No. 8, has hit the Hannah Zakari shelves! The brand new range is every bit as beautiful as we’ve come to expect from this contemporary British designer, and we’re absolutely loving it.

Collection No. 8 builds on Wolf & Moon’s signature geometric style by mixing things up with fluid, organic shapes. The lovely, rounded Cloud Necklace and matching Cloud Earrings are a perfect example of this! Their blue curves have enchanted us all here at Hannah Zakari, so you can expect to see us wearing them to brighten up a rainy day soon.

These lovely pieces of jewellery have been inspired by the 20th century abstract art of figures such as Barbara Hepworth and Jean Arp. Their modern, quirky feel means that it’s easy to envisage them being worn to a gallery or exhibition opening!

Here are a few of our favourite pieces from the new collection. Which do you like best?

Collection No. 8

Large cobalt blue cloud wooden statement necklaceCloud Necklace

Blue rounded rain cloud shaped statement wooden earringsCloud Earrings

Statement necklace in abstract wood and brass shapesSculpture Necklace

Set of four abstract stud earrings in natural and hand painted neutral coloured wood and brassSculpture Stud Earrings

Geometric brass and wood pendant necklace with circle, semicircle and line shapes.Dawn Necklace

Dawn hoop geometric statements earrings with circle, semicircle and line shapesDawn Hoop Earrings

You can find all of these beautiful pieces and more in our Wolf & Moon collection on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

Wolf And Moon is created by British artist and Goldsmiths College graduate Hannah Davis. She works with a small team in her East London studio to produce all of Wolf & Moon’s jewellery by hand.

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New Designer at HZ: Pirrip Press Cards and Stationery

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New Cards and Stationery at Hannah Zakari!

We love stationery, bold graphics, cute pastel colours, and mystic vibes at Hannah Zakari the new collection from Pirrip Press is the perfect addition to the Hannah Zakari stationery department! Introducing a range of spellbinding notebooks, screen printed greetings cards and cute as a button badges.

About Pirrip Press

Pirrip Press is an illustration duo founded by Alexandra Higlett and Georgina Hounsome. They have a wonderful shop on the adorably named Christmas Steps in Bristol, UK, where they run their design and print studio.  Alexandra and Georgina each have their own illustration and design practise, and work together on Pirrip Press to create stationery, apparel, art and other printed empherea

You can buy a range of Pirrip’s printed cards and other stationery at Hannah Zakari both online and in our real life shop in Edinburgh. Here’s our perfect pick from Pirrip’s range…

 

Mystic Powers Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Mystic Powers Card £2.50

Basic Witch Card Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Basic Witch Card £2.50

Friendly Moon Stargazer Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Friendly Moon Card £2.50

Love Potion Bottle Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Love Potion Card £2.50

Magic Vibes Greetings Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Magic Vibes Card £2.50

Perfect Posy Floral Card. Cards and Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Perfect Posy Card £2.50

Spells Notebook with Hand Illustration. Stationery from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Spells Notebook £3.50

Sisterhood Button Badge from Pirrip Press at Hannah Zakari

Sisterhood Badge £1.00

What do you think of our latest stationery and card additions from Pirrip? We hope you like our picks, we’re really excited to introduce this range and have so much coming up over the next few months – yay!

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Designer Interview – Scout Editions

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Bold shapes, clean lines, minimalistic colours and quirky designs!

Bold shapes, clean lines, minimalistic colours and quirky designs are the hallmarks of the Scout Editions collection! The creation of sister and brother team Pui and Wai, this East London based art and design collective is known for their fun range of illustrated cards, prints and enamel pins. Their designs are inspired by travel and storytelling, and at Hannah Zakari we always look forward to seeing what new ideas they explore in each new collection.

In this Designer Interview, we spoke to Pui from Scout Editions about her influences, her design process and the merits of collaborating with other designers (and with a sibling!).

Scout Editions Print and Poster Image
What does an average working day in the Scout Editions studio look like?

Each day varies, no one is the same which is nice and keeps things interesting. I usually start from about 9 am and grab some breakfast and eat as I check my emails. Then I would maybe continue illustrating and developing the new collection, which we’re hoping to launch in May. As we’re developing the new range at the moment I like to take time to research sampling and materials, so this may involve visiting suppliers.

If I find I’m not feeling so productive, I try to nip out for some inspiration and catch up on an exhibition or see friends for a catch up, it usually does the trick, some fresh air and a change of scenery. I also work on freelance commissioned design projects; this may be a packaging design, branding project or illustration brief.

Wai is based in Hertfordshire, so we’re not in the same space. He organises all our online and trade orders. His day would involve sorting through and packing orders and making sure they are posted out. Also checking on stock etc.

If we have a trade show coming up, we both have tasks to do to prepare for the show. I would be getting the designs and products finished and ready whilst Wai would be gathering fixtures etc for the stand, like shelves, paint etc and thinking about display.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Office Photograph

Do you listen to music while you work? What kind?

I do listen to music while I work. I love music! It varies from acoustic and folk to current music.

It also depends on my mood and what I’m doing in the studio. So if I have a tight deadline, I may put on something more upbeat and fun to keep me going. Generally I put on Spotify and listen to a lot of melancholic tunes, as its easy listening and relaxing.

Lately I’ve been getting into a lot podcasts too like ‘Femme’ by Daisy Lowe. Its really chatty and laid-back, if feels like you’re eavesdropping someones conversation which is fun to listen to.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Photo of Greetings Card Range

A lot of people would balk at the idea of working with their siblings! How is it working as a brother and sister duo? Do you think there are more Scout Editions arguements than unrelated creative teams?

Ha! Yes I know what you mean. I think a few years back we wouldn’t have dreamt of working together, but somehow it works now. I think also as we work from two separate spaces, it helps as we both get to have our own space to create and come together when we need to chat through ideas etc.We’re both quite calm and patient so I think that helps.

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Pigeon Mug Image

You often collaborate with other designers and companies to create new work. How do these collaborations come about, and is there anything you particularly enjoy about working with other brands?

We first set up this brand and platform as we wanted to work with other independent brands and designers. We wanted it to be a melting pot of experimentation and play. Throughout the years we’ve had the privilege to work with some fun and talented people, some of whom have become great friends. Some collaborations just came naturally, like when we met Plain Pins, we knew them from doing Christmas markets a few years back. And Anna Wiscombe, we met at Renegade Craft Fair and we got talking and became friends and did a collaboration. Then there are some brands like Anthropologie, Tobias & The Bear who got in contact with us to do something, which is always really nice and they had seen us on Instagram.

We love working with all sorts of brands and designers. As it usually is in the realm of something we’re not experienced in, for example wood, clothing etc. So we get an insight into how people do things which is a challenge and always good fun.

Scout Editions enamel pins are super popular here at HZ! How do you decide on a new pin design?

Thank you! Yes our pins are probably one of our best sellers in our collection. We usually decide on a theme for the overall collection first and start designing the mini cards, prints etc. It’s then that we decide which illustration would look good small as our new pin. It might mean reducing our illustrations down to the size of a pin and seeing what works, as sometimes an illustration on a big print might not work small for a pin. So there’s a lot of reducing and cutting and pasting to see what works best.

If there are too many designs we want to make, which sometimes is the case, we tend to show our nieces and nephew and ask their opinion. They are very honest, there’s no holding back!

Hannah Zakari Interview Scout Editions Enamel Pins on Denim Jacket Photograph

You say on the Scout Editions website that you like to experiment with new formats and techniques. Do you have anything in mind that you’d like to try next?

Yes we love to experiment with formats and layouts, although not so much at the moment. When we first started out, we were creating cards in different formats, like concertina fold out tall cards etc. Although it was loved by shops, the feedback was that it was tricky to display on shop shelves. So we took on the feedback, and created products that are easier and more practical to display. We also created origami folded shirt cards. They sold so well, but we realised that in the long run, it probably wasn’t economical with our time if we had a huge order as each one is folded by hand and would take too long to make just one card. We love playing with scale too, creating mini cards and then super size screen prints and love the contrast in sizes.

Our work is mainly in paper, however would love to work with wood or ceramics. This may take a bit more time as we’re not experienced in these materials, so will need to do a bit more research and seek specialists in these areas.

Would you say there are any other designers, illustrators or artists who have particularly inspired you?

We get inspired everyday. However we do always go back to our all time favourites like Saul Bass, Charley Harper. And artists like Jean Michel Basquait and Andy Warhol.

As I’m a Graphic Designer as well as an Illustrator so I tend to get drawn to simple, graphic illustrations. There are a lot of inspiring and interesting designers and makers out there at the moment, I think I would find it too tricky to choose just one.

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

I would say stay focused and try to develop your own style. Try your best not get too influenced by current trends. Its good to take time to develop and grow your own direction, as this will lead to longevity and will make your work more memorable. However I do sometimes get influenced by the seasons colour palette etc, but I try to tailor it so it fits within what I do.

We think its also good to keep an open mind too, and see what everyone else is doing, so that you can see the bigger picture and where you sit amongst it.

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A big thank you to Pui for talking to us and giving us such a great insight into the workings of Scout Editions! We can’t wait to see the new collection when it comes out.

In the mean time, here are a few of our favourite Scout Editions designs in the HZ shoppe:

Four Leaf Clover Enamel Pin Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

4 Leaf Clover Enamel Pin £8.00

Lucky Clover Enamel Pin

 

Blue Tit Greetings Card Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

Blue Tit Mini Card £2.50

Blue Tit Mini Card

Robin Enamel Pin Badge Hannah Zakari Scout Editions

Robin Enamel Pin £8.00

Robin Enamel Pin

 

You can find our whole range of Scout Editions products on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Designer Interview – King Sophie’s World

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It’s designer interview time! This week we’re featuring Sophie King, a British textile artist and the feminist mastermind behind King Sophie’s World.

The colourful aesthetic and powerful message of King Sophie’s World really hits the spot at Hannah Zakari. Her meticulously hand embroidered pieces in bright sequins and thread are a labour of love from start to finish and we were thrilled that we could bring a selection of her work to the HZ Shoppe over the summer.

Emma spoke to Sophie about her work and practice…

How long have you been practising as an artist? How did you get started?

I started ‘King Sophie’s World’ in late 2011, I just started embroidering and haven’t stopped since.

 

If you were to explain your practice to someone who hasn’t seen your work before, how would you sum it up?

I hand embroider from start to finish statements and images on textiles. I explore the issues women face in modern life that undermine their self-esteem, self-confidence and well being.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I wake up and I pack orders, go to the post office, then I check emails, which usually entails organising custom commissions and so on.

It’s usually about 4ish by this point, then I spend the rest of the day doing creative tasks, like embroidering orders, commissions and new pieces. I love listening to music whilst I work, I listen to all types of music but right now I have Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ on repeat.

 

Time seems to be an important part of your practice, from the medium you choose to work in, its historical significance and the experience of being a young woman. How do you relate to the women before you that have used embroidery as an art form?

In all honesty I relate more to women who have used textiles in a broader sense, as an art form. Like the designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who used embroidery with her fashion designs. Reading her autobiography was so affirming because it was like someone understood my aspirations in life for the first time.

 

What is your favourite item in your current collection and why?

I have really enjoyed embroidering on roses recently, just thoughts I’ve had in my head over the last few years. They’re more expressive and personal than anything I’ve made before. So it felt like more of a release.

Thanks to Sophie and Emma for the interview, first published in our 2017 Hannah Zakari zine (which is available to read in full here).

As well as the stunning original pieces displayed here and in our Edinburgh shoppe, Sophie King makes a range of inspirational iron on patches, button badges and stickers which have become immensely popular here at HZ!

Boys Are Mean Iron-On Patch

You’re Not A Bad Boy, You’re Just a Bad Person Button Badge

Your First Love Sticker

The King Sophie’s World range is spreading a positive message of self-love, feminism and determination and we love it. Check out the rest of this fantastic collection in the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Introducing COCOFOUR

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It’s always exciting when we receive new stock but theses not only delight the eyes but also smell beautiful!

COCOFOUR candles are presented in a glass amber jar with a pre-waxed cotton wick that helps you get the longest burn possible from your hand poured soy candle (burn time of 30-40 hours).

COCOFOUR is a British brand, created in 2014 by two friends with a shared love of candles. They struggled to find well made soy candles that were also contemporary and clean in design, so they set about making their own!

Why soy candles you ask? Well soy wax has many great benefits compared to traditional paraffin wax. Soy wax is derived from soy beans so it is a natural, renewable resource and burns cleaner than paraffin wax, which is made from crude oil and releases toxic carcinogens in to the air. As well as being much healthier for humans, pets and the environment, soy wax also burns slower and cooler, creating a longer burning candle. Lastly, soy candles hold more fragrance and have an excellent scent throw, meaning your COCOFOUR candle will smell amazing from beginning to end.

We currently stock 5 scents; Bergamot + Orange, Cedar + Jasmine, Coconut + Vanilla, Pomegranate + Amber and Sicilian Lime + Mandarin

All are in medium COCOFOUR jar size and £18

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Magic Is Real!

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Do you believe in magic? Bonbi Forest’s new collection just arrived here at HZ, and it’s got us convinced!

 

This lovely new collection serves as a constant reminder to never stop believing in the mystical side of life. Adorned with unicorns, stars and lightning bolts, the new pieces from Lee May Foster-Wilson’s Cornwall based jewellery line are truly enchanting!

We love the Magic Is Real pendant and Totally Magic pin:

Totally Magic Pin – £10

Magic Is Real Pendant – £20

Also in our Bonbi Forest delivery were some inspirational new pins:

The Time Is Now Pin – £8.50

Mama Bear Pin – £8

And more of the gorgeous lockets we’ve come to love from this range, perfect for tiny keepsakes and precious photos:

Creature of the Night Locket – £20

 

Spread Your Wings Locket – £20

We hope you like them as much as we do! Bonbi Forest’s jewellery is available in our Edinburgh shoppe or online on the webshoppe now.

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A new collection from Wolf & Moon!

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We’re very excited to say that Wolf & Moon’s new jewellery collection, No. 6, is now available at Hannah Zakari!

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The East London based designers’ work has always been popular in our shoppe, and the No. 6 range has definitely become a staff favourite since it arrived earlier this month.

Inspired by modern abstract art and architectural forms, the necklaces, rings and earrings in this collection are effortlessly cool. We want them all for ourselves!

Which No. 6 piece is your favourite?

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Wolf & Moon’s No. 6 collection is available now in the Edinburgh shoppe or online at the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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