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Chelsea in Bloom... May 31 2016, 0 Comments

Last Thursday Pookie made the Pazuki annual visit to The Chelsea Flower Show. 

Chelsea in bloom... blue
Chelsea really was in bloom - beautiful blues.

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show
A forest of flowers.

Chelsea Flower Show

Selfie - CFS
#Selfie in a mirror growing out of the grasses.

Scrumptious succulents - CFS
Scrumptious Succulents...

Succulents, agaves and aloes
Succulents, agaves & aloes in the Mathematics Garden.

Chelsea Flower Show
Luscious greens and textured stones.

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show
It was all hustle and bustle.

Looking through the gate across the river to #BatterseaPark
Looking through the gate across the river to Battersea Park - Battersea Power Station.

Pazuki xx


Pazuki Prints Play Polo October 01 2014, 0 Comments

Pazuki Prints at The National Ladies Polo Tournament  Ascot.

Team Pazuki at The National Ladies Polo Tournament Ascot Park on the 23rd/24th August 2014.
The SS14 Flower Crush print has been teamed with a vibrant pink doesn't it look great against the opponent's lime green shirts?

Number order and names
1 Kerry Mahoney (Light Blue Hat)
2 Tilly Holt (Purple Hat)
3 Alice Squire (Black Hat)
4 Abi Watts (Pale Pink Hat)

Pazuki xx


A Day Out East September 01 2014, 0 Comments

As West Londoners we don’t go east very often and not much further than Brick Lane, so on Sunday we decide to go for a ride on the Docklands Light Railway. We haven’t got any kind of plan – randomly we get out at Canary Wharf, a concrete business citadel with a huge plasma advertising screen and a ribbon strip of Reuter’s news streaming across another wall. Hmmm, back on the train rapidly after a strong coffee in Carluccio’s. 
Past more quays and a great station called Mudchute, all announced in an authentic London accent, unlike South-West trains who have an Audrey Hepburn-ish voice. Let’s try Island Gardens? It sounded rather magical. Well, we didn’t stay long there either, although there were some areas of wild flowers and magnificent rosehips to photograph. 

Island Gardens

“Silvertown”, Tim says, “I think that’s interesting, I read about it in a book once”. Back to Westferry and onto the Woolwich line, we glide along high up like on a big dipper, through vast industrial landscapes – creeks, factories, wasteland, blocks of flats and a massive amount of construction and cranes. “Just like Shanghai”, I declare, never having been there. Past the Tate and Lyle sugar refinery with a giant Golden Syrup tin on the side, gleaming out of the greyness, we both remember childhoods spooning the delicious yellow goo into puddings, now far too sinful.

Cable cars

Travelling on the train seems more fun than getting off, especially as it is now pouring with rain. We turn around at Woolwich and get the train back to Shadwell, to change onto the Overland, but the station is closed. We discover a Bangladeshi food wonderland under the railway arches - huge bunches of herbs, unfamiliar fruit and veg in boxes outside, inside: big bags of fish and prawns and what they call “Cow Meat”. My God they must eat well around here. We bought some okra from a charming man whose English wasn’t good enough to answer my interrogations about the produce, except by saying “vegetable” or “fruit”.

Creek

Fruit and veg
 
Thanks to fantastic app. Citymapper we found a bus to take us to Shoreditch and to the Owl and the Pussycat in Redchurch Street for lunch – for Tim a large sausage with kimchi and me poached eggs on avocado, delicious. Really friendly staff and a lively, colourful young crowd who were getting drinks and then going out to the garden at the back.

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Restored, we pop into Dragana Perisic’s shop to say hello and then jostle our way down Brick Lane, I am determined to find the Spitalfield’s City Farm. I met two people who work there last Saturday, at a picnic on Hackney Marshes, an amazing open space area of London I’d never been to before. The sun has come out and we find the farm easily, I can’t believe I never knew it was there, just off Brick Lane. Free entry, you can wander about amongst goats, sheep, geese, small animals, compost heaps, vegetable growing, herbs, wheel-barrows, sheds, greenhouses. The donkeys were cantering around the field having a play fight. I spot Roseanna my new friend who invites me to a chilli festival they are having in September. It’s an amazing community centre, a hive of activity (and bees), that runs all kinds of classes and courses

City Farm

Herbs growing out of wellie's

Watering produce

Donkey in the City

Back on a 26 bus to Waterloo, thanks again Citymapper, and home to Barnes. We feel we’ve broadened our horizons – a day trip to other worlds, as different as getting on a plane and flying to another country. Tim’s high spot of the day is the Bangladeshi food shops, mine is the farm.

Homeward bound over Waterloo Bridge

Pookie xx



Last minute SS14 Photoshoot Fun! March 20 2014, 1 Comment

Well as you all will know we are due to launch our SS14 Collection and our BRAND NEW website very soon! So it’s all go here at Pazuki, making sure everything is perfect - well as close to perfect as physically possible - meaning we had an excuse to have another SS14 photoshoot, and we couldn’t have picked a better weekend for the job! Stewart Bywater, our favourite photographer, arrived at Pazuki bright and early ready to get started, followed closely by one of the Pazuki girls, and face of Pazuki’s SS14 collection, Camille Auclair. We also had Ashleigh, another of the Pazuki girls, and her boyfriend (and resident web designer) Jon stepping in to help with the modelling of the upcoming collection. So as the girls caught up and touched up their makeup, Stewart and Jon munched their way through croissants to fuel up for the long day ahead. Once everyone was ready we got straight down to business as we had a long and exciting day ahead. We started off with some lovely shots of the beautiful dresses inside Pazuki HQ, bathed in the lovely morning sunshine.

Attention to detail

Attention to detail

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Feeling that we couldn't afford to miss out on the wonderful weather, working or not, we moved the shoot outside for the remaining dresses, coats and tunics... We were a little disappointed in the temperature though, the sunshine had raised our expectations a little too high!

Shots in the sun!

Shots in the sun!

We also got some nice shots of Jon donning a few of our unisex scarves whilst we were on Barnes Common. Despite how much he said he didn't want to model we think the pictures turned out great!

Our Linen/Cotton Camouflage Wrap

Our Linen/Cotton Camouflage Wrap

After minor concern over the safety of poor little Maisie, who had decided to follow us before she got scared and hid under some shrubbery, we headed back for the remaining shots and some well earned lunch.

Maisie joining in on the photoshoot fun

Maisie joining in on the photoshoot fun

Roughly 1000 images, 30 outfit changes, 1 malfunctioning flash-lamp, which Mr. Bywater managed to overcome without issue :), and 1 stolen nap (Jon!) later and we have been left with some really amazing shots for the new website and we couldn't be happier :).

Munching on apples after a long successful day

Munching on apples after a long successful day

 

Pazuki xx


Pazuki and Gentlemans Style March 06 2014, 0 Comments

One of our long time Pazuki fans Neil Rivers contacted Pazuki saying he might have an exciting venture for us, knowing Pazuki used to create a selection of menswear and men's accessories... A company that wants to specialise in 'Gentlemans Style'. So we rushed around, grouping together current prints from the latest SS14 and the upcoming AW14 collections that we thought were the most suitable. Along with a selection of photographs of our current and future stock on men and some 'ways to wear' fashion boards.

All set up and ready for the Gentleman's Style meeting

All set up and ready for the Gentleman's Style meeting

Thursday morning came and we had the pleasure of meeting Max and Ryan from the upcoming online lifestyle and fashion concept Gentlemans Style. They were full of fantastic ideas on how to expand the ever growing collection of Pazuki clothing and cater it towards men. We were extremely excited about some of the ideas instantly and are itching to get designing and producing as soon as we can (waistcoats, ties, shirts, pocket squares) some of the other ideas we are still slightly sceptical about... But we could be proven wrong (Pazuki onesie... hmmm). We can't wait to get working with them to make it all happen!

Max and Ryan looking through photographs and our SS14 scarves

Max and Ryan looking through photographs and our SS14 scarves

Brain storming!

Brain storming!

Here at Pazuki we had been toying with the thought of adding a menswear line to Pazuki once again for some time (as many of our scarves are worn and enjoyed by men - why not have a clothing collection too?). We now have an excuse to make this become a reality.

A snippet of 'City Soup' one of our SS14 scarves ... were thinking Printed shirt?!

A snippet of 'City Soup' one of our SS14 scarves ... were thinking Printed shirt?!

Ryan taught us the proper way to test a scarf is to gave it a sniff, we're not sold on that one :)

Testing scarves

Testing scarves

Once Ryan had finished sniffing our scarves, we gave them all a tour of Pazuki HQ...

Pookie, Max, Neil and Ryan in the Pazuki Studio discussing possible print designs

Pookie, Max, Neil and Ryan in the Pazuki Studio discussing possible print designs

It was a very productive and inspiring morning, the Gentlemans Style team are full of fantastic ideas and we can't wait to spend some more time with them.

 

Pazuki xx


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

Behind the magazine are scraps of our SS14 prints

again Textile View on Pazuki 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!

See here at Pazuki you really do get pieces that will last :)
 

Flower Crush

Flower Crush

Corsage Wrap

Corsage Wrap

Some of the items soon to be available from our SS14 collection -

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Flower Crush Silk Crepe de Chine shorts with Corsage Silk/Cashmere Cardigan

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[Left] Corsage Kimono

[Right] Flower Crush top with Flower Crush shorts

Sweet Jar Kimono

Sweet Jar Kimono

Pazuki xx

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.

Emma Cassi Instagram

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.

Emma Cassi Green

After the tour we sat down and chatted over cups of tea and homemade biscuits. 

Emma Cassi Tea

It was a delightful way to spend the morning and I am very much looking forward to our next catch up.


Pazuki xx

 


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.

Hammersmith Bridge View

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/).

Geta Sandals by Chiezo

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.

El Meu Coixi

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.

NKUKU

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)!

Top dawer

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?  

Pazuki xx