The Pazuki Blog
Goldie HP France visit Pazuki HQ, London March 05 2014, 0 Comments
February is always a busy month at Pazuki... Meetings, deliveries of new SS stock (which have to be checked, packed and sent out to stockists), AW samples, last minute finishing touches to patchwork scarves... The list really does go on! One of our February meetings was with Goldie - HP France from Japan. We look forward to their visit each season, sharing the patchwork scarves we design and make (in our London studio) just for them - although a few do sneak on to our website. Our meeting could not have started better as we had the addition of a lovely homemade cake supplied by one of the Pazuki girls - Ximena. Who doesn't like to start the day with tea and cake? :)
Tea and homemade cake
After HP France had viewed our new collection of Patchwork scarves and put in their requests, we showed them the rest of our AW14 collection of printed scarves and cardigans.
Pookie showing HP France our AW14 Patchwork Scarves
Talking HP France through the embellishments on each of the Patchworks
Pookie presenting the AW14 Collection (Scarves and Cardigans)
They then rummaged excitedly through our rail, touching and trying on each scarf to make sure they made the right choices for their store - we certainly think they did :)
HP France rummaging through the new collection - Making their selections
Wearing and touching each item
We then discussed the possibility of something very exciting both for HP France and Pazuki; a small exhibition of Pazuki patchworks... This is just an idea in the making so watch this space for more updates on what's to come!
Pookie and the Vintage Pazuki Patchworks ... Discussing the exciting possibility of a Pazuki exhibition
We can't wait to start on the next lot of patchwork scarf production, we are all getting withdrawal symptoms here at Pazuki :) Have a look at the Goldie HP France SS14 Brochure online... Pazuki has the honour of being featured throughout!
Goldie HP France's SS14 Brochure - On a Pazuki City Soup Scarf
Textile View February 13 2014, 0 Comments
Are any of you yet to open your Textile View magazine?
We only got around to opening ours last night, it was just getting pushed aside due to the madness that has been life here at the Pazuki studio. Normally we are basically ripping open the packaging before it has even left the poor postman's hands – this is normal behaviour, I'm sure all you View readers agree! Well, after skimming excitedly through the beautifully laid out pages and seeing what the future of textiles holds for the upcoming seasons we came across this...
“Movement in print our story is about the movement and three-dimensional prints that show the process of painting, sculpture and craft. Pattern’s have variegated surfaces that shift and fade, something the eye cannot quite grab. Images look best when masked with delicate veneers that might unsuspectingly work like a three-dimensional screen. Reverse effects of two-dimensional on three-dimensional make us look again at what is real and what is not.”
(Design Union - Textile View Magazine, Issue 105)
Behind the magazine are scraps of our SS14 prints
again Textile View on Pazuki SS14 prints
And we were surprised to see how alike our upcoming SS14 season prints were to those forecasted for 15/16!
Some of the items soon to be available from our SS14 collection -
Flower Crush Silk Crepe de Chine shorts with Corsage Silk/Cashmere Cardigan
[Left] Corsage Kimono
[Right] Flower Crush top with Flower Crush shorts
Sweet Jar Kimono
Tea and biscuits with Emma Cassi February 09 2014, 0 Comments
I bumped into the lovely jeweller Emma Cassi at the farmers market the other weekend and was invited round for a catch up over tea and biscuits. I gratefully accepted her offer. After following Emma on Instagram for a few months now I had seen little clips of her house, all of which looked perfectly styled and so I assumed each scene was prepared, posed and carefully edited...But I was very wrong.
Her home is just that perfect! Each room thoughtfully considered, not one detail missed, even down to the children's vintage wooden toys. Emma showed me around her studio and I got a sneaky peak at her upcoming collection - all carefully presented on beautiful papers displayed in little drawers.
After the tour we sat down and chatted over cups of tea and homemade biscuits.
It was a delightful way to spend the morning and I am very much looking forward to our next catch up.
AW14 Pazuki Photoshoot February 05 2014, 0 Comments
Fortunately for us we had organised some shots of the beautiful Coleman Douglas Pearls, which provided the main inspiration for our new pearly prints. Chrissie, of Coleman Douglas Pearls, arrived with her daughter Natalia and a huge selection of her exquisite pearls – ranging from understated single pearl earrings to extravagant pearl and leather necklaces.
We then had the pleasure of teaming our prints with their inspiration. The combinations were to be worn, fittingly, by Natalia.
Camille (Our MUA, stylist and SS14 model) with Natalia (Model)
Our first shots were all taken at the Pazuki HQ...
Natalia in AW14 Flint and Pearl Blouse
Attention to detail!
Pookie and Stewart assessing photos
We spent much of the morning wearing all (yes ALL) of the pearls around, just to ensure that none were misplaced of course! Once our main model, Laura, had arrived and was ready to go, we moved the shoot out on location, to the stunning house which inspired another of our new prints - Mantelpiece.
Ashleigh making last minute scarf adjustments
Pookie and Ashleigh (wearing the new Mantelpiece scarf) both deep in thought
Pookie wearing all the pearls!
We shot late into the afternoon, with Stewart and the models showing superb enthusiasm and dedication, working through lunch to ensure that we got the all important images we needed. Stewart was even kind enough to finish off the day, catching every last bit of day light, by snapping some extra S/S 14 pictures with, the face of Pazuki S/S, Camille.
And then by taking a few menswear shots outside, taking advantage of every drop of light, on Barnes Common. All in all it was a fantastic day!
Top Drawer, Home & Craft January 15 2014, 3 Comments
Yesturday the Pazuki clan headed out to the fashion and home trade event, Top Drawer, Home & Craft, at Earl's Court. With the blue skies and sun shining, we were all excited at the prospect of an inspirational day ahead as we crossed Hammersmith Bridge.
We arrived at the show and entered through a rather lavish walk way filled with people carrying their reams of brochures and leaflets. Once registered and having been given our name badges, we headed straight for the Craft section, hoping to see something exciting and unique. The section did not disappoint; it was filled with beautifully thought out stands, each with their own personal twist. We particularly liked the simple purity of Luna Light with her porcelain tea light holders, (www.lunalighting.co.uk), Kerry Hastings and her sculptural ceramic vessels, (www.kerryhastings.com) and a selection of work from Handmade Japan, most notably the wooden soled sandals - Geta Sandals by Chiezo, (www.chiezo.me) and the Elegant Kimono by Tokyo Yamaki (http://tansuya.jp/).
After the success of the craft section we were extremely excited for what the Home section had to offer, sadly we weren't excited about anything much and thought there were far too many 1950s inspired prints. We did, however, enjoy the lighting and home ceramics on show from Latitude22N, (www.latitude22n.com), the beautifully coloured weaves of Wallace and Sewell, (www.wallacesewell.com) and the traditional Barcelona woven stripes by El meu coixi, (elmeucoixi.com) shown below.
Doesn't his cat look rather familiar?
The final destination and major reason for attending was Top Drawer, its aim is to inspire and showcase the cutting edge products and designs for 2014. Unfortunately we were left largely uninspired. We ploughed through a sea of samey designs and products that failed to spark our joint imaginations, with very little standing out as something new. We did like a display of hanging printed paper decorations, which seemed to be made out of old book pages, by NKUKU (www.nkuku.com) - shown below - but not much else.
Feeling slightly deflated after our early optimism, we headed back to the studio for a bite to eat and a well deserved sit down. But not before catching up with a few people, including a former member of Pazuki from long ago, Zoe Phayre-Mudge of ZPM, the fun printed bag company (www.zpm.com)!
Overall we found this visit a good exercise on how/ how not to, display your work. Less is definitely more when merchandising your stand, be selective with stock - does it sit well together or does it just look a bit of a jumble sale?
How to grab a Pazuki bargain this Christmas November 06 2013, 1 Comment
That time of year is coming around again, yes, I'm going to say it ... Christmas! Shopping for presents can sometimes be such a drag, you are missing that inspiration for your mum or grandmother and you don't want to spend hours trawling the shops waiting for something to jump out at you (which is a technique I have used in the past, wouldn't recommend it). And depending how big your family is, Christmas can be soooo expensive! There are opportunities coming up for you to delight your friends and family with gorgeous Pazuki items but at BARGAIN prices :O. We are emptying the cupboards of old stock, samples and seconds of luxurious scarves, cardigans and silk clothing and we will be at a exclusive selection of sales during November and December: British Designer Sale Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd November 2013 Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 2EE 10am to 7pm The British Designer Sale is a members only Club bringing together British and European fashion designers selling their custom made catwalk one-offs, showroom samples, cancelled orders, many from current season collections. The sale runs over three pack-filled days, seven times a year and you can expect anything from 50% to 80% off retail price. Do you love designer clothes? It could be worthwhile becoming a member and coming along to see us!Find out more here at the British Designer Sale website.
Barnes Brands Christmas Bonanza Thursday 28th November 2013 Olympic Studios, Barnes, London 9am to 1pm The brilliant Barnes Brands Christmas Bonanza has outstanding offers across a range of gorgeous gifts & stylish stocking fillers from many of Barnes’ leading designers such as Pazuki, Milliemanu and Emma Cassi. It is being held at the newly refurbished cinema, Olympic Studios, which used to be Olympic Recording Studios where the Rolling Stones, Beatles and many more recorded.
The Workshop Sale Saturday 7th December 2013 Push Studios, 17 - 21 Blackwater Street, London, East Dulwich, SE22 8SD 10am to 5pm A one-day Designer end of year clearance sale. This is our invitation to you to come and celebrate Christmas with us and help clear out old stock, samples and ends of ranges at bargain prices. The Workshop Christmas Sale is South London's best kept secret, discover more about it on The Workshop Sale website.
Primrose Hill Designer Sale Saturday 14th December 2013 St Mary-the-Virgin, Elsworthy Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW3 3DJ 10am to 6pm The Primrose Hill Designer Sale has fantastic gifts – from tableware to children’s wear, cushions to candlesticks, silver jewellery to nearly new designer clothes, home-made cakes to sumptuous snacks and much, much more including Pazuki – available at bargain prices, all under one roof. Christmas Craziness Offer coming your way! Keep your eyes and ears open for our Christmas Craziness coming up in December. It will be a limited time offer only, perfect for taking full advantage of Pazuki clothing on our website. Make sure you are on our mailing list (email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up), Facebook page or tweet with us on Twitter so you know all about it.
A Sneak Preview of the Pazuki Spring/Summer 2014 Nightwear Collection September 25 2013, 0 Comments
Pssst! Take a sneaky peek at our Spring/Summer 2014 Nightwear Collection inspired by my Barcelona trip.
Pazuki 'SweetJar' Kimono
Pazuki 'Mosaic' Kimono and 'Macaron' Pyjamas
Pazuki 'Living Wall' Kimono
Pazuki 'Living Wall' Top & Shorts
Pazuki 'Flower Fall' Kimono and Top & Shorts
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.
Did You Always Want to Be a Designer? How Pazuki Began... May 31 2013, 0 Comments
Pookie Blezard & Suzy Thompson creating at our desk. I'm wearing the photographer's jacket
Apart from a phase when I wanted to be Julie Andrews, I always knew I wanted to make things. It was assumed that I’d do something artistic. My parents, who were musicians, had a strong philosophy that you do what you are passionate about – whether it makes money or not. Feeling fed up I once said to my mum that I wanted to give up; horrified she said, “But this is what you do!!” (Although she did make me get a job cleaning our local church in the early days). I realise now this is not the norm for others, it was never considered I should do anything other than what I loved.
In my last year at school, when I didn’t know which course to follow, I visited our neighbour Francis Hoyland, (who taught painting at Camberwell) and he said instantly, “You look like a textile person” and I thought “Yeah”. So I applied to do a foundation course at Camberwell and got in, (fortunately the head of foundation was another neighbour - Barnes was jam-packed with artists and musicians in those days). I then went on to do the B.A. in Printed Textiles.
Though seemingly a random choice my Dad later told me our ancestors had been Huguenot silk weavers, hence our unusual surname, Blezard. So it was in my blood.
Camberwell was a unique textile course – so arty and free, the tutors were all real characters and artists rather than designers. We really got stuck in, sloshing around in wellies, making our own silk screens, boiling up huge vats of dye and generally causing mayhem. I think it took me most of the 3 years to understand the tutors’ ramblings but now I really appreciate being schooled in that sensibility.
Pookie Blezard & Suzy Thompson with our bikes. This photo is out of a Japanese Magazine
Whilst there I did a two month exchange with the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and I found it all so dry and neat and tidy, arid. I got sucked into their way of thinking and I can remember the culture shock on arriving back at Camberwell and seeing piles of collages, block prints pinned up, buckets of paper pulp, dustbins full of pungent indigo. A lovely messy creative soup, it felt like I was home.
Sadly, soon after I left, the powers that be decided the department should be closed, unappreciative of the richness of a course that also produced the hugely successful and innovative designers Georgina von Etzdorf, Helen David of English Eccentrics, and Neisha Crossland.After leaving Camberwell all I knew was that I wanted to carry on producing fabric and after an extra extended study year at Camberwell (working one day a week as a motorbike despatch rider) I set up Pazuki with Suzy Thompson, a fellow Camberwell graduate.