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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(Temporary!) Shop Closure…

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Just a heads up to our customers that the HZ Shoppe will be closed next week from Sunday 2nd April until at least Thursday 6th April while we have a long overdue repaint and freshen up for spring!

We plan to reopen on Friday 7th April but we’ll update here and on Twitter if there are any delays.

Apologies for any inconvenience but you can still shop online and pick up or we’ll deliver asap!

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We’re Hiring!

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We’re looking for an awesome person to join our small team at our Edinburgh shop! 

The ideal candidate will be creative, passionate about indie design, and have a good understanding of Hannah Zakari and the designers and styles we stock. A cheerful and friendly personality is a must and you should be confident working alone.

We’re looking for someone to take on all aspects of the day-to-day running of the shop and key responsibilities will include:

opening and closing the shop including cashing up

greeting and helping customers

receiving deliveries and stock

cleaning and keeping stock replenished

picking and packing web orders and post office runs

uploading new stock to our website

blogging and involvement in other social media

The position is for 2-3 days per week (approx 12-18 hours) and the starting rate of pay is £7.70 per hour. You should be able to work weekends regularly and some retail experience is preferred.

Interested?! We would love you to pop into our shop with a CV and cover letter so we can meet you. If you can’t manage, please email your CV and cover letter to Rachael at hannahzakari@gmail.com with the heading ‘Job Application – your name’.

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Is it Christmas again?

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Because we’ve been getting so many lovely parcels to open! It’s been all go in the HZ shoppe this week, with deliveries from loads of our favourite designers coming in every day. Here’s a little taster of the new stuff we’ve been unwrapping…

Stay Home Club 

If you’re a signed up member of Stay Home Club it’s a pretty safe bet that your house is your favourite place in the world, and now that we’ve added art prints to our range of SHC goodies you can make it look even better! The Night In print by Julia Bereciartu is so perfect (I know what I’m doing with my Saturday night)!

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Night in Print

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Stay Home Club Print

Eclectic Eccentricity

The astronomically good Eclectic Eccentricity has sent us another box of star studded treats! Their space themed jewellery always makes me smile, and the new pieces they’ve sent this week are no exception. That little dachshund! 😍

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Dachus Necklace

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Great Bear Necklace

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Voyager Aura Quartz Necklace

Cosas Minimas

Blanca Gomez’ beautiful minimalist style returns to the HZ walls with these bold prints! I love the travel poster inspired ‘Helsinki’ print – when can I go there?

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Flight Print

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Strangers Print

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Helsinki Print

This is just the tip of the iceberg – we’ve had so much new stock in lately that the shoppe is looking all shiny and new itself 😊 Visit us in Edinburgh or go to the Hannah Zakari webshoppe to see more!

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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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Hannah Zakari Gift Guide – geek chic

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For our third guide to Christmas presents, we turn to the cool nerds, the happy geeks, the pop culture fans and clever clogs out there. The Hannah Zakari Shoppe has just the thing for the space cadets, gamers and niche tv fans in your life.

The wonderful Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes are a great place to start when you’re on the prowl for a present with a geeky angle. We love the Sword of Omens pin badge (sight beyond sight depending on the wearer), the cute Zelda inspired Heart Container pin, and the amazing little Virtual Pet pin (all the charm of a Tamagotchi, without the upkeep!).

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If you know someone with a bit of a space obsession (who doesn’t?), we’re a few different things in the Hannah Zakari Shoppe to stick in their Christmas stocking.

Mokuyobi Threads have a stellar range of pins and patches in the Shoppe, including the brilliant Space Mission iron-on patch. It’s amazing on a coat, bag, shirt or jumper, and strikes the perfect balance between retro and cool.

Space Mission Alpha patch

If your favourite space-fan is into jewellery too, get them an out of this world piece from Eclectic Eccentricity, designed by Lucy – who gave up a career in astrophysics to pursue jewellery making!

The I Just Need Some Space, Man necklace is perfectly subtle, as a cool little ceramic spaceman hangs from a brass chain.

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Another gem from Eclectic Eccentricity is this outstanding Perfect Alignment Solar System necklace. The necklace features a set of vintage cabochons dating from the 1940s through to the 1980s, which were selected by Lucy for their similarities to the planets in our solar system.

Perfect Alignment Solar System necklace

Designer Kate Rowland makes a great range of brooches and earrings with a cult TV theme, and we particularly love the Game of Thrones inspired Winter is Coming brooch – ’tis the season…

Winter is Coming brooch

Finally, fans of kawaii will love this little Kawaii Food Meal Planner by Asking For Trouble – it’s just the thing for New Year’s Resolutions as well!

Kawaii Food Meal Planner

Browse these items and lots more on the Hannah Zakari online shop, or come and visit our Shoppe on Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, for even more Christmas gift ideas.

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Hannah Zakari Gift Guide – Creatives

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Our second Christmas gift guide is all about some of our favourite people here at the shoppe – creatives! The crafters, the artists, the designers. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them! Get them something this year that’ll appeal straight to their arty side; here are some ideas to get you started…

Kate Rowland‘s palette brooch is perfect for traditional painters and art lovers alike. It’s beautifully hand painted by the artist, so each one is unique – just like your artist friends! There are matching earrings too.

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Paint Palette Brooch – £11

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Paint Palette Earrings – £7

For people who are creative for a living, it can feel like they never stop. Whether they’re an illustrator, designer or writer, Robbie Porter‘s non-stop brooch (featuring a pencil in the shape of the infinity symbol) is testament to their enduring work ethic.

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Non-Stop Pin – £8

Because they’re working all the time, it’s a fairly safe bet that they burn through paper and notebooks at an amazing rate! So a brand new one is always going to be welcome, and Ola‘s designs are perfect. They feature a layflat binding, which means they’ll stay open flat while you’re working – making them great for use as sketchbooks.

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A5 Layflat Notebook in Yellow Curve – £11

Because you can never have too many notebooks, we’d also recommend Nikki Strange‘s beautiful collection. The A5 pages in The Daydreamers Notebook are lined, so they’re great for writers!

A5 Oriental Palms Notebook – £6

Creative people are well known for their sometimes eclectic fashion sense, and we love it. For anyone who embraces the quirky, the eccentric, the bold, this Wearing Whatever enamel pin by Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes is sure to be a hit.

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Wearing Whatever Enamel Pin – £8

And those lovers of bold style are bound to be drawn to some of our statement geometric necklaces, like this lovely design by One We Made Earlier.

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We hope that’s helped to inspire you on your quest for the perfect gift. More guides coming soon!

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Hannah Zakari Gift Guide – Nature Lovers

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Christmas shopping is hard work; sometimes you’re stuck for ideas, and sometimes you have SO MANY ideas that you just can’t narrow it down. Never fear though, because we’re here to help with a handy guide to buying for the difficult people in your life!

This guide is full of lovely stuff for your favourite nature lovers. People who live and breathe the great outdoors, and love to spend time amongst their favourite animals and plants. Hannah Zakari has them covered!

This super cute Woodland Hedgehog necklace by Hug A Porcupine is ideal for lovers of our own British wildlife:

Woodland Hedgehog Necklace by Hug A Porcupine

Woodland Hedgehog Necklace – £26

And speaking of British wildlife, Kate Broughton has a beautiful illustrated guide to native woodland creatures for their wall:

British Woodland Animals Print by Kate Broughton

British Woodland Animals Print – £35

If they prefer their flora and fauna more exotic, Finest Imaginary‘s Monstera Enamel Pin badge is sure to appeal – the monstera is native to tropical regions of the Americas (although you may have seen a few closer to home as well… its common name is the cheese plant!):

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Monstera Leaf Enamel Pin – £8

And featuring another exotic plant likely to be admired by nature lovers, these Bamboo Earrings by We Dream In Colour are beautiful:

Bamboo Earrings by We Dream In Colour

Bamboo Earrings  – £34

For people who love to get outside in the fresh air whatever the weather, staying warm is a must. Hilary Grant‘s range of lambswool knitwear designed in Orkney will keep them cosy:

Sanna Lambswool Circle Scarf by Hilary Grant

 Sanna Circle Scarf in Caspian and Navy – £82

An underrated critter, this moth necklace by The Aviary makes a great walking companion:

Brass Moth Necklace by The Aviary

Nature Girl Necklace – Moth – £21

We hope that gives you some ideas! Look out for more gift guides from the HZ Shoppe in the run up to Christmas.

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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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