July 30, 2010

Tsuki: Ladies Night 2

Well, Amy and I didn't sell anything. We got pleanty of compliments though, I guess it just wasn't the right time for people to spend the money. We both got free manicures and free drinks, so the night was not a loss! And - I got to spend a lot of time with Amy...and take really obnoxious pictures while people tried to dine.

Amy modeling my newly made headband!

Now I must go to sleep because tomorrow is Colleen's Wedding. Completely crazy to think about, she is the first person I spoke to *in person* at SAIC, with her silly white/grey hair, I cant believe she's getting married.

I will be back Sunday with beautiful pictures of her wedding!

July 29, 2010

Tsuki: Ladies Night

Well last night around 11:30 my friend Minami called me and told me that the restaurant she works at, Tsuki, is hosting a ladies night and one of their vendors isn't going to show up so they had an opening for me to sell some stuff! I have most of my things at Local Lookbook, so I had to make a lot of stuff, fast.

It ended up being okay because I worked from 11:30 til 2 am, then woke up again at 8:30 and worked til 2.

Here are a few of the things I'm selling.

Hope to see you guys tonight at Tsuki
1441-43 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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July 27, 2010

Colleen's Veil

I threw a "surprise" bachelorette party for my ex roommate last Sunday. We held the party at a local french restaurant Rendezvous Bistro off of Lawrence Ave. We had the whole place to ourselves to eat, drink, and play games. I think we had a little too many mimosas while playing janga, but it was still a lot of fun.

I worked on her veil after the party, and after a cup of strong coffee. Her veil had two hand made silk tulled flowers in ivory with pearl stamens. The veiling is an ivory bird cage netting and there is a triangle pearl detail that you can only see when viewing the piece sideways. Colleen has a slight obsession with triangles so I thought it would be a funny little thing to add to her veil. The actual veiling took a long time because she didn't want it to drape over her eyes, so I had to make it just right. At 2 am the next day I was finally done, and I am very proud of my work.

I will post more images when I get back from her wedding on Sunday.

Colleen came and picked it up the next day and she said she loved it. She also helped me come up with a Mission Statement for my line, let me know what you guys think! I personally love it.

Zzouzi Hats is always seeking the new and
innovative design through vintage
alternative inspiration.

July 23, 2010

Weddings Weddings Weddings!

I've started working on a veil for one of my bestfriends in Chicago. She is getting married on July 31st (Harry Potter's birthday!) in central Illinois. This is not only a momentous occasion because she is one of my first friends to get married, but this will also be my FIRST American wedding.

Last summer I went to three Moroccan weddings (my home land) and they were all so beautiful. I have always dreamed of having a traditional American wedding, since I grew up in generic Disney-fied pop culture, but last summer changed me a bit. I began to see the beauty in my overly decorated culture. The brides have an array of clothing, matching jewelry, and make up. Depending on the family, the bride will wear up to ten different looks throughout the 12 hour celebration (from dusk to dawn). Traditional clothes with embroidery and beading are worn in a multitude of color. Western white dresses have even come into the celebration.

It is wedding season and I've been working on a few different wedding accessories. This is a Veil that I have recently made for a really great bride that had her dress designed by a fellow student of SAIC. She was very excited to have everything made to exactly what she wanted.

Katie's veil was made out of her grandmother's vintage veiling, a silk hand made flower, and an ostrich feather. We made mock ups, and met three times, and came out with this beautiful veil for her special day!

Next up - Colleen's Bachelorette Party and Wedding!

July 19, 2010

Headbands part deux

I've made some more headbands. I guess I'm just buying some time until my hat supplies arrive and I can let loose on my fall collection.

Here is a lovely silk ruffle on a headband wrapped in sea foam green satin ribbon. The silk ribbon is an ivory, and the silk allows the folds to appear very delicate when gathered.

The next one is a grey satin hand beaded headband. The ribbon effect gets larger as it gets to the top of the headband.

Sorry for the poor quality of the image, satin does not seem to like to photograph very well.

July 9, 2010


So I've been working hard creating new, fun, summer headbands for the store and for my own shop.

I've been trying to expand on my ribbon work, and I'm trying some new things! It's amazing how much you have to compromise when trying to fit something on to a tiny headband, but I think so far, these peices look really great.

Detail: Vintage anchor button

This nautical pinwheel flower is perfect in the summer time for some flirty fun. My boyfriend called it "Wearing the sunshine on your head" when he saw me try it on.

Grey satin ruffles with gold glass beads
hand sewn and beaded

Ruffles are really trendy right now in shoes and clothes -- lets not stop there -- they look great as a hair accessory too. The beads give it a big of sparkle, for evening or day looks.

July 8, 2010

Local Lookbook

Well Zzouzi Hats have finally hit stores (a single store really...but it's a start!) Showcased are thirteen hats and some headbands and clips.

The store is Local Lookbook and it focuses on Chicago designers with a range of prices. It is in the heart of Lincoln Park, right by Oz Park, a very cute area.

The owner wants to showcase Chicago talent, and show that we are as good as, if not better than all of the fashion capitals. Chicago's fashion scene is little to be desired, but with the talent the city produces, definitely up and coming. We have the talent, now all we need are the venues and events to expose our products.

Here is my set up:

Here are a few other things available at the store:

Evil Kitty

Also a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Evil Kitty Designer is inspired by Animated project she made
while attending SAIC.

I saw her stuff at the store yesterday and she already has gotten offers to make more dresses (the one pictured specifically).

Very simple, very clean, unbelievably elegant.
Marisa uses her talents in painting to paint
on different silks and uses them in her different


A very fun line inspired by rockabilly style designed
by Belinda Cook, a classmate and fellow graduate of
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Belinda uses a
combination of different screen printing and heat press
printing in her clothing lines.
Definitely someone to keep eye out for.

The soft opening of the store is today, next week we're sending out our announcement to the press, and our grand opening party is August 5th. If you guys are in the area - I would love for you to go check it out!

Local Lookbook
1211 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Closed on Monday
Tue-Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun-12am - 5 pm