New Collections and Designers

Live and Sparkle!

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Cosmic Baby Cat Keyring £10

Just when you thought our shop couldn’t simply FIT any more delightfulness inside our doors, these cutie patooties arrived and found room. Sparkle Collective is owned and operated by Britt Saunders, a Toronto-based illustrator and designer. We’re proud to be her only current UK stockist!

She is inspired by cats, and fuelled by donuts.

I was pretty excited when her stock arrived, admittedly because we finally have a pin that’ll be perfect for dog lovers. Don’t get it twisted, felines are fine and dandy but where is the love for man’s best friend?  Isn’t it fab that Britt doesn’t forget about those of us who believe in:

Puppy Power £10

We’ve had these items in stock only a few days but already there’s a firm favourite:

Herbivore Bunny  £10

Maybe it’s something about the spring in his step or the fact that it’s a gentle way of sharing your plant based beliefs; either way they’re selling like (vegan) hot cakes.

These cute critters will find forever homes soon so if you’re interested pop in to us or check out our online store.

This isn’t all we have in store from Sparkle Collective but I’ll leave you with one last wee sweetie to sample:

Cotton Candy Cat £10

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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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A New Collection by Nylon Sky!

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We’re big fans of striking geometric designs here at HZ, so when this beautiful new collection came in from Nylon Sky our eyes lit up! Featuring simple blocky shapes, shiny mirrored surfaces and polished maple wood, the newest jewellery in the shoppe is instantly attention grabbing.

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The Barcelona based British designers say that their pieces are inspired by architecture, which shows in the strong graphic style of the necklaces and earrings they create.

Which is your favourite piece from the new collection?

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Concentric Circle Necklace – £30

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Form Necklace – £27

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Half Circle Earrings – £17

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Frame Earrings – £17

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Concentric Circle Earrings – £25

You can find and buy our full range of Nylon Sky jewellery on the Hannah Zakari webshoppe!

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Introducing… Bel’s Art World!

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It’s always super exciting when we start stocking something new in the shoppe, and our new range of pins and patches by the wonderful Bel’s Art World is no exception!

Designed by East London based illustrator Belinda Chen, this adorable collection is brand new to HZ and features all our favourite things; cute cats, out of this world aliens and food loving bunnies 🐰 Here are just a few of my favourite pieces:

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Wear your art on your sleeve (or lapel) with Bel’s Kitty the Artist Enamel Pin – £7

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Or show the world how much you love your furry family by sporting this Cat Lady Iron On Patch – £7

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If cats aren’t your thing, how about a cute tofu-loving bunny? Bunny Tofu Iron On Patch – £7

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Continuing the theme of good health, Bel’s Art World celebrates these underrated but important (and very colourful!) critters too: Friendly Bacteria Iron On Patch – £7

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I love this spaced out alien and his super cool moon so much – and it GLOWS IN THE DARK! Moon Lounger Enamel Pin – £7

You can find our full range of Bel’s Art World products in the webshoppe and the Edinburgh shoppe now!

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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 – 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 – Après Ski

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Next in line in our new series of Designer interviews is Lucía Vergara of Spanish brand Après Ski. Launched in 2009, Après Ski ties vintage and modern pieces together to create original and unique accessories. Her newest collection has just arrived here at the HZ shoppe and we absolutely love all of it, can we have one of everything please?!

Anna speaks to Lucía where she reveals a little of her creative process behind Après Ski and shares some advice for anyone thinking of starting their own jewellery line.

Hey Lucía, so what inspired you to start Après Ski?

The name Après Ski refers to the “après ski” (after skiing) aesthetic of the 1950s, which was the original source of inspiration for the brand. It also has a meaning in the sense of accomplishment that follows a completed task or after making an effort, in that way those precious moments of relax are a reward and a source of happiness, a bit like my accessories I hope.

Can you describe Après Ski for us?

Before starting my own brand I worked for three years developing Lydia Delgado’s accessories collections, after meeting her by chance in the store I was working at. During that time I also collaborated with other brands like Ailanto. But after that time I wanted to develop a more personal project where I would have complete freedom to create my own pieces. It was a very natural process because I had been making my own accessories for a while and also made some for my friends on request.

What would you say are your main inspirations?

I am inspired by pastel colours, geometric shapes, nature, avant-garde art movements and “poor” materials. Everything that inspires me is clearly reflected in my work.

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

My creative process is very organic. Since I don’t have an education in design I started with learning the basic principles of artistic education. I’m always on the lookout for materials everywhere I go so I have piles of materials, once I have a concept I want to develop I follow my instincts arranging pieces by textures and colours and making up shapes. I always have a lot of fun creating these compositions in such an intuitive way. It’s a bit like mixing painting and collage and it works great for me to put my ideas down, since I don’t sketch.

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

The best anyone can do is to stay true to themselves and be who they really are, without letting other people’s opinions or judgements affect the way they feel or think. I believe it’s very important to find something you are good at and try to do it in your own personal way.

Are you currently working on any new collaborations with other creatives?

Right from the start of the Après Ski I always knew I wanted to collaborate with artists and to associate with all this creative people, so the idea of the collaborative packaging series was there right from the start. The last collaborations have been with Lolo y Sosaku, Charlotte Trounce and Robbie Whitehead.

And lastly, what’s next??

My plans so far are learning not to plan, haha! Make an effort to be able to live in the present. My goals for the brand are learning to manage it better and being able to have a permanent in-house team. I would love to be able to have the time to design and experiment more.

As for my dreams for the future, I have too many to list they range from being a ceramist to having a big house with a garden.

Thanks to Anna and Lucía for taking the time to chat to us about the wonderful Après Ski. You can shop their current collection on Hannah Zakari, right *here*!

We hope that you are enjoying this new series of designer interviews and maybe they will inspire you to start your own line of jewellery or creative venture!

Stay tuned for the next one 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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