British Designers

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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Designer Interviews – Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes

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We’re in awe of Sally Mcadam: as well as being a full time doctor, she manages to find time to make the beautiful jewellery and accessories in her Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes range! We’ve just received a delivery of new HOYFC pin badges, so Aimee interviewed Sally to find out more about the process and inspiration behind them.

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How long have you been designing jewellery and accessories? And what got you started?

I started making jewellery at university, initially just charm bracelets and necklaces using beads I bought from ebay. I began to get frustrated as I couldn’t make items look the way I wanted them to so I looked into other methods of jewellery making and came across laser cutting. I taught myself to use a vector program called Inkscape (which you can download for free!) and with a lot of trial and error and furious googling I made my first laser cut necklace. I was so excited about it that I continued to design and make increasingly complex pieces and I’ve now been making jewellery for around 10 years.

More recently, I decided to design some enamel pin badges as I felt the blocks of colour and clear lines would fit in well with my brand and give customers the opportunity to buy smaller and more affordable pieces from my online store. They have been a massive hit and I now sell more pin badges than anything else in my shop! I’ve also branched out into designing patches, tote bags, snapback caps, notebooks, stickers and even washi tape. I love drawing new things so I’ve always got new products popping up.

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As well as running HOYFC I have a full time job working as a doctor in a hospital. This means I don’t really have an “average” working day as I work a lot of long days, weekends and night shifts – I work hard to manage my time. If I’m working a normal 9-5 day I’ll get up and go to work at my day job and when I come home in the evening I’ll pack up my orders, answer my emails, work on new designs, make jewellery, do my accounts, etc. I usually go to the post office once a week looking like Santa with a giant bag of mail.

You draw a lot from pop culture, like television and gaming, for your work. What’s been the best thing you’ve seen or played lately?

I don’t have as much time as I would like to for gaming any more as I dedicate most of my spare time to HOYFC, but I did manage to watch Stranger Things on Netflix and it was incredible! I loved it so much that I designed a range of pins, patches, badges and stickers based around it and my customers seem to be enjoying them which is super great.

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Would you describe yourself as a bit of a geek?

I’d like to think I’m really cool, but in reality I probably am a bit of a geek. I’d rather stay in and watch sci fi films than go out dancing and I’d rather go roller skating than to the pub – I think this is reflected in some of my products, especially the “Too Tired To Party” pin badge and balloon packs I designed recently.

Do you have any favourite pieces in your collection right now?

I really like the rainbow screen printed t-shirts and tote bags I have in right now that say “I’m Not Sorry About Your Fragile Masculinity“. The sentiment rings true for most of my customers and the pastel coloured rainbow screen printing looks beautiful!

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Are there any other designers or artists who are inspiring you at the moment?

I’m in love with Big Bud Press’  new retro style collection and the awesome clothing range they’ve introduced recently. Designosaur have just brought out some amazing dinosaur socks and I have some major sock envy!

Do you have any advice for designers just starting out?

Organise your time, do your tax return as early as possible, (or even better, get an accountant to do it) and most importantly have fun!

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

I love a stegosaurus, I think they’re underrated. Team Steg!

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Our thanks to Sally for talking to us – you can buy our full Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes range on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe now!

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Designer Interviews – Custom Made

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Custom Made’s eclectic range of jewellery is always a customer favourite in the HZ shoppe, so its designer Anna Butler was a natural choice for our next Designer Interview!

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Aimee talked to Anna about her process and her inspirations, and received some wise words for aspiring designers.

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How did you get Custom Made started, and do you have any advice for other people who want to start their own business?

I started Custom Made when I decided to leave my job as a Menswear Designer. I had always wanted to work for myself so decided to make the leap. I was lucky because I worked freelance as a designer for a couple of years also so I could balance that with growing the business.

There comes a time when you need to make the leap to just the business though if you want it to grow. I think that pretty much becomes apparent when the time comes. It did for me, and talking to pal that also run small businesses I think it’s pretty common. Advice? Well, you need to really believe in and have a passion for what you are making/selling. Believe me its bloody hard work. There will be times when you feel like giving up BUT you just have to keep on going. NEVER GIVE UP!

Also now there are so many good resources for info on selling, wholesale, making social media work. So much more information than when I started Custom Made. At the end of the day though working things out for yourself are very gratifying.

Oh and I cannot stress enough KEEP ON TOP OF YOUR ACCOUNTS. If you are discovering at the end of the year you haven’t made any money its too late to do anything about it. Know what’s gone into your bank account and out on a daily basis. As soon as I started doing that by business flourished.

Also cost your products correctly. Never ever be a busy fool.

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Can you tell us a bit about your manufacturing process?

All Custom Made products are made/assembled in the studio. I have an industrial sewing machine and overlocker. All our purses and clutches are designed, pattern cut, cut, made and finished in the studio. With the jewellery, lots of our items are constructed using laser cut acrylic and metals stampings. I design all the jewellery pieces, they are cut by a laser cutter and then assembled in the studio. I have just added a new big long assembly desk. It’s great to work at and my cat has her bed at one end so when I’m alone in the studio I still have company! Spending time making jewellery is a great way to spend the day.

How do you come up with ideas for new designs?

I always find this question really hard to answer as it’s different for each product and collection. With the laser cut acrylic jewellery I spend a lot of time making shapes in illustrator and playing with colour. As I said I use cut acrylic shapes and metal stampings. I usually print out sheets of shapes I have drawn and lay metal pieces over them. I am very inspired by colour and shape and spend lots of time playing with both.

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Are there any other designers or artists you find particularly inspiring?

I really love Scout Editions. Everything about their work is beautiful. Beautiful colours, and beautiful artwork and products.

Do you have a favourite item in the Custom Made collection?

My current favourite is the Curve Necklace. They are so simple but the contrasting colours in each makes them. They are also very satisfying to make! They have also been super popular so I’m very happy. I still, after all this time love that fact that I make products and people buy them and wear them. It still blows my mind and makes me happy.

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What does the future hold for you and Custom Made? Do you have any exciting plans lined up?

I’m always on the look out for exciting projects and events. There are a few things in the pipeline that I cant really talk about at the moment. But I just want to keep doing what I do and just keep making Custom Made better. Every day is a school day.

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Our thanks to Anna for sharing an insight into her beautiful designs!

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Designer Interviews – One We Made Earlier

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Next up in our new series of designer interviews are husband and wife duo Emma and Rob Orchardson of One We Made Earlier.

The couple design and create bold and beautiful statement jewellery with strong clean lines and a playful geometric theme. Their necklaces are striking art pieces and always gather lots of attention in the HZ shoppe.

Anna spoke to Emma from One We Made Earlier to find out more about the duo’s makings and inspirations behind the brand.

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What inspired you to start your own jewellery brand?

In a way we didn’t really make the decision to start a jewellery brand at all – it was just the direction that our experimentation ended up taking!

Having worked independently in the worlds of fine art and design, my husband Rob and I decided to pull together our common interests and collaborate on a project. We started to experiment with some different materials and shapes and then after making our first few necklaces for friends and receiving some positive feedback and support, we decided to make more necklaces using our signature rope and various other interesting materials, initially wooden shapes and balls.

Can you describe One We Made Earlier for us?

One We Made Earlier produce contemporary accessories. We work with a wide range of design stores and boutiques both in the UK and much further afield.

We love combining unusual and unexpected materials such as corian – a material mainly used for kitchen worktops with cork or shiny resin balls to compose balanced and minimal designs which have impact when worn or even hung on the wall.

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What is it like working as a creative duo?

It is good – but life is a juggle!

I work in One We Made Earlier full-time whilst also looking after our two young children who are at primary school. Rob also continues his work making sculptures in the world of contemporary art alongside cutting shapes for necklaces in the studio! We recently moved into a very local studio together which has helped our work/life balance a lot!

We tend to work unconventional hours to get everything done – I work school hours and then again in the evening. Somehow it works, but it can be crazy if we have a lot of orders on!

What are your main inspirations?

Inspiration stems from many sources and is often influenced by exhibitions we are visiting, books we are reading, things we have noticed in daily life in London or places we have been. Some of our foundational sources of inspiration include Memphis use of colour and pattern, the boldness of Constructivist design, Bauhaus simplicity and futurist stage set designs.

Can you tell us a little about the design process behind the development of your collections?

Our design process is very playful and experimental. If we have found a new surface we like, Rob will cut it into various shapes and we will play around with different compositions of shapes until something works well for both of us. From one design, another often emerges organically.

Having worked with existing surfaces for a while such as corian, we are now interested in developing some of our own surfaces, casting and creating our own shapes for future collections.

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What advice would you give someone interested in getting into the jewellery design business?

I guess it is easy to imagine you would be sitting at a bench making things all day every day. Of course there are many, many hours spent doing that (in our case cutting and sanding!) but there are so many other aspects to running a business to keep on top of in order to keep the business alive and build your brand.

Social media is key these days and also taking part in events where you can meet customers face to face, gather feedback on your work and see what else is happening in the design world around you.

Any collaborations with other creatives currently in the pipeline?

Potentially, yes…Watch this space!

And lastly, what’s next? What is your vision for the future of One We Made Earlier?

As I mentioned before, we are currently experimenting with making our own surfaces for new necklaces. We are also considering other product lines.

We will be taking part in Designjunction at London Design Festival again in September, so come and visit us there!

Thanks to both Anna and Emma from One We Made Earlier. It is fantastic to know more about what inspires our designers to make such beautiful jewellery!

Stay tuned for more designer interviews coming soon!

 

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Designer Interviews – One + Eight

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In this new series of blog posts I’m excited to introduce one of our latest designers, design duo Susie and Jeanette of One+Eight. Those of you who have been in to the shop lately might have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these beautiful ceramic jewellery pieces packaged in the cutest little glass bottles. However, you really would be lucky since our first delivery arrived just in time for xmas and unsurprisingly sold out super fast!

Our lovely Vicky Viola spoke to Susie from One+Eight about her inspirations and creative processes…

Tell us a bit about your backgrounds. Have you always been creative?

Ever since I was a little girl I have (frustratingly for my parents) been very specific about the way I like things to look… my clothes, accessories, the way my room was decorated! No real surprise then, that in my twenties I moved into the retail trade and then buying. I was living in London and working in product development, mostly for large companies, which was fast paced and fun, but for me, not manageable when children came along. After a few hazy years of babies and toddlers I took a pottery course and things slowly spiraled! I re-found my passion for making. My retail experience has been invaluable when trying to navigate the process of setting up a small business. Don’t get me wrong, this is an ongoing process and a lot of the time we still feel like we are winging it!

 

We know you’re both self taught ceramicists. What made you decide to start working with porcelain?

I’m all into clean lines & simplicity and I love white and grey. …….  No fussiness or clutter, my friends joke that I would live in a white box if I could (maybe with a little hint of grey! ) Possibly, this is why the beautiful and delicate nature of porcelain really appeals to me, with its the crisp white finish and smooth surface. Not an easy choice when you are first starting out. Porcelain is a difficult material to work with as it has a tendency to bend and curve in ways you can’t control. You wouldn’t believe how many pieces I have to throw away when developing a new range! Each piece needs 3 firings and it is a roller coaster of highs and lows as each time you open the kiln the excitement as to how the pieces have come out, will they look as beautiful as they are in my head???? OMG not always. There have been many epic failures but what I can say is that I have learnt from all of them!

 

Tell us a little about where you get your inspiration from for your beautiful line of jewellery. 

The jewellery is a reflection of all the things I love; Unique, quirky and just a little bit different. Hopefully this comes out in my designs.

Nature and my local environment play a huge role in the creative process. Our studio is in a rural part of Devon, nestled in the rolling hills but also not far from the coast. I am an outdoors kinda girl. The fresh air helps me order my thoughts and the natural form is evident in many of my designs, leaves, stones and most definitely drift wood, …… My latest fascination is casting (using molds to shape the clay). I have been using this technique to create little porcelain sea urchins in, grey and white obviously! Oh yes, and pebbles are my new thing. Somehow they will be incorporated into a design!

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Do you have any advice for people looking to start their own online business?

Don’t! Only joking. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world but  had I known how challenging it is to turn a passion into a business I would have thought about it more before leaping in! Late nights and uncertainty are inevitable and an element of calculated risk is necessary if you want to grow

My top 5 tips are;

1.Write a business plan. How are you going to finance your business?

What are your sales channels going to be? Who is your customer? How long will it take to get a return on your investment? We did not start out this way, we just made a few things and started selling, which was very exciting but as we grew I realized that we did not have the information we needed and I went back and wrote a business plan!!

2 . The minefield of social media: Don’t try to do everything. Find couple  that work for you and focus on them.  We focus on Pinterest, Instagram and facebook and are just starting blogging.

3. Be realistic about your time. What can you really achieve in the time you have available to dedicate to your business? I have 3 children and a husband who travels a lot for his job. My hours in the day are limited but I do work late into the night!

4. Get smart with your camera. If you are selling online, photos are king! Getting the photography right has been one of our major challenges. We did not have the finances to pay a professional photographer to do all our imagery, so with a lot of trial and error we have done our own. Ps. Use a consistent background so when you put your images online they sit well together.

5. Be focused; Who is your customer? Get to know them and focus any online marketing at that group. This has been a challenge for us and we are still working on it! We sell to stores and online so we have had to navigate both channels.

6. Never worry about things not working out. See failure as a learning experience. I heard it said once that. ……a good business person must have a least one failure behind them. Relate this in any way you wish!!!

If you weren’t doing this for a living, what would you like to do?

Eek, a difficult one, as I love what I do, but I will let you into a little secret. I have a degree in Biology and have always wanted to work in the medical field. Didn’t quite make the grade though!

What do you listen to when you are working together?

The children squabble, ted talks, bit of radio 4, jazz, reggae and the occasional bit of cheesy pop with my 6 year old (which I secretly love, shh). An eclectic mix really!

If you could choose to live in any era, which one would it be and why?

Love this question but I had to think hard about it as there have been so many cool and interesting eras. Can I be cheeky and plump for two?

The 1950’s, as I have, for a long time been inspired by the beautiful dresses and accessories ladies wore during this decade. I have a collection of scarves, hats and bags, a number of which are 50’s vintage pieces.

Now. Each one of us has the ability to shape our lives in any way we choose. Technology allows us to turn a creative dream into a business. We can work anywhere at any time. It has given me the flexibility to be a Mum and run a business!!

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Thank you to Vicky, Susie and One+Eight! It’s great to get a peek into the process of running a small creative business and I hope you’ll join us for more designer interviews to come…

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Featured Designer: Bonbi Forest

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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

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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

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Oak Leaf EarringsSuper Pretty!

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New Collection from Hilary Grant

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Designed, knitted and hand finished in Scotland, Hilary Grant’s collection of scarves, hats and gloves combine simple, classic styles with bold patterns in sophisticated and compelling tones. Made from a soft 2 ply lambswool, Hilary Grant’s pieces are wearable, practical, playful and of the utmost quality; designed to be cherished and enjoyed winter after winter. We now have Hilary Grant’s new collection available both in the Shoppe and online, so I thought I’d share a few other items from the range.

I love this giant shawl which can be worn as an oversized scarf, or thrown over the couch for cozy nights by the fire. It’s made of 100% lambswool and so is super soft and snuggly, and is knitted in the Scottish Borders. At a large 85cm x 200cm it screams the words ‘sofa blanket’ at me!

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Supersize shawl/blanket by Hilary Grant Knitwear, £140.

 

The cute fingerless gloves in the range are exceptionally soft and keep your hands really warm, I love the pale tones of the seafoam and picalli colourways.

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Cute Fingerless Mittens in linen and seafoam offset pattern, £46.

And the mustard…

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The fingerless mittens in the linen and picalli colourway, worn here with wrist warmers.

 

 

Her pom hats are really cute and are perfect for staving off those winter chills. I love the Seal and Apple colourway. Traditional mittens are also available in the Sal and Aplle colourway, but I particularly like the stunning bright contrast with the Apple and White mittens.

 

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Pom Hat in Seal and Apple. £48.

 

Mittens!

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Mittens in Apple and White, £46.

 

Which are your favourites? Check out our full range here.

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