September 29, 2010

Fall Collection

Well, after J. Slater and I diligently worked last night over dinner (which ended up giving me food poisoning hah) we FINALLY got all the pictures. We had this unbelievable bout of bad luck last night when none of the pictures would burn on to a disk, an external hard drive, or anything else for that matter. Anyway, it was all worth it for these amazing pictures! All of these hats will be available for sale through and via email at

I would like to thank J. Slater, Anna Gorman, Christina Dougherty, Cecca Morrone, Shannon Marks, and Lisa Burback for all their help getting this together.

Fall 2010

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September 24, 2010

New website for Zzouzi Hats!

My wonderful friend Amy has been working diligently on my new website and last night she finished it! I've been anxiously waiting to revile it to all of you - and now I finally can (well I did quite a bit last night on facebook too! hah)  I just want you all to see the unbelievable amount of detail she put into this site. She worked so hard and I am so happy with it.

I did have a little panic attack midway through when I asked her if the site looked to rectangular *cough*theoatmeal*cough - but it is perfect. My friend Nami also wrote my mini bio for the site! (Aren't my friends wonderful?! ) I honestly could not have started this small business with out them - they are my photographers, designers, models, and best critics (not to mention customers!). So this post is dedicated to all of you who have helped me get Zzouzi Hats off the ground and on to someone's head (or browser - hah). Driving me from location to location - carting my hats - prodivding me with press and countless other things. I don't want to name names because I KNOW I will forget someone, and that would be terrible. I also really want to thank all of those who follow and comment on my blog, thank you for all of your support.

Ahem - now that I've gotten all emotional, I want to geek out and show you all the wonderful details some of you may not have noticed on my new site!

The font matches my business cards (which were made first)

    Amy took the time and DREW little pictures of my hats behind each banner

     She also made little social network top hats! 

And with out further notice, I present to you 

I hope you all love it as much as I do.

September 20, 2010

Photoshoot for the Fall Line

Anna in a vintage inspired black felt hat
bird cage netting, and a vintage broach.

Saturday afternoon we had a studio book for the evening and we were ready to get on our way! We shot most of my fall collection that night and it was fantastic.  My models this time were Anna Gorman, Cecca Morrone, and Christina Dougherty and the photographer was Joshua Slater, we were going for a very commercial look this time around and after a grueling seven hours in the studio we were done. I think the pictures turned out great but they still need editing so  they wont be ready for another week, but here is a sneak peek of some of the pictures! Let me know what you guys think of this look! Again thank you to everyone who helped me this weekend! 

Christina in a black felt hat. Printed scarf by Jes Stadler 

Anna Gorman in a vintage inspired black felt hat 

September 19, 2010

Blog Feature

Zzouzi Hats was featured on this lovely blog today! 5 More Minutes is Meghan McNally's lovely blog where she explores a variety of things from French women, to Brad Pitt in tweed. Her recent fascination has been hats (who can blame her?!) So go check it out, follow her, and let me know what you think!

Also - Photoshoot pictures should be up in about a week! Weee!

Anna Gorman being photographed by Joshua Slater

September 17, 2010

Do I wear hats?

I really enjoyed this Target commercial. Maybe I'll do a tutorial on how to wear different hats properly. A lot of people think that they are not "Hat People" (whatever that is) - but they just have not found a hat right for them. The only people who aren't hat people are those with out heads...(All I can think of is Nearly Headless Nick).

All you need is some time, different style hats, and some courage in order to find the right type of hat for you to pull off a hat! (And a hat pin if you live in a windy city -- aka Chicago)

September 16, 2010

Life without a computer

Life with out a computer feels like no life at all. My hard drive crashed in the early days of September, marking my computers fourth birthday. I wake up in the morning, watch television, make breakfast, go for a run, clean a bit....then go to work, sleep and repeat. Okay, so it's not that bad, but thankfully my boyfriend found a great used computer for us to buy temporarily, so I can continue working on my Zzouzi Universe!

Anyway, I am preparing for a photoshoot this weekend with a new photographer. I am going to be the stylist, and my friend Lisa donated some of her vintage clothes for the shoot. I am so excited to get my new stuff photographed and shown! I feel like nothing has been moving forward at all because things keep getting in the way! I am very frustrated with this. I am a very "go go go" person so waiting things out is, needless to say, painful.

On a side note: I now have to relearn Mac hot keys.

Anyway, the photographs here are some ideas that I am going to play with in the photoshoot. It is so difficult finding good pictures of fur and hats, believe it or not. If you guys have better luck, please share it!

Also, any ideas on make-up?

War time illustration

This photograph has nothing to do with this post, but I just had to share it because of how beautiful she looks here:

Marylin Monroe
On that note, I will close off this post. Tomorrow is Local Lookbook's grand opening and I need to figure out what I'm going to wear! What hat?! What shoes?! Pants or Dress?! It's going to take hours.

(Post dedicated to my old computer, R.I.P. big guy. You put up with a lot.) 

September 3, 2010

Local Lookbook in Chicago Social

The store where my hats and headbands are sold, Local Lookbook, was featured in Chicago Social this month. They wrote about the popularity of the clothing designers as well as what a great community builder the store is. You can read the article here, on page 80.

You can see my headbands, bottom center.

In other news I'm working on getting some photoshoots set up and done so I can finally upload more images on the Sears website as well as have catalog images for my newer items. I have three photoshoots set up with a variety of different photographers who all have very different styles - this should be very interesting. :)

By mid September I would like to have my fall collection done in order to put in stores and make available online. If you are interested in any fall headwear, or a specific style of hat, let me know! I'd be happy to make it for you. I am also still debating on what to do with a bright red felt body.

(Photo from website Judith M Supplies) 

I would love to get some feed back on what to make next!

September 2, 2010

What would you do to improve this blog?

Hello all! I was just wondering if you had any feed back on the blog, what I can do to improve it, or just helpful criticism. If you like it the way it is-- just let me know and not a thing will change! I am primary using this blog to show new work and write about upcoming shows and sales, but I would be willing to add more content if you feel its necessary.




What can I do to improve this blog?

If something isn't addressed in the poll, please post what you think in the comments!

I really appreciate all of your dedication to reading, and following it.


September 1, 2010

September Issue

Well, the summer is officially over...and I don't have to go back to school. That is a very odd feeling. Meanwhile, I've been using my free time to create a fall collection with my hats. I also need to organize a photo shoot in order to photograph hats to sell on Sears and my website (the website is looking REALLY good...I just need it to be done now *coughamycough*)

I redid one of my old hats, and I'm thinking to wear it to one of my friends upcoming shows.

I'm still not sure about the shape or how its worn, but I'm still playing around with it. That's probably the best thing about working with straw, you can re-work it a lot.

My kitten has no idea whats on my head

As some of you know, I nannying in order to support my everyday life...and my art (hat supplies don't come cheap!). Well I've recently introduced the kids to Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. Talk about flash-back! Toys, video games, Mary-Kate and Ashley animated? But lets talk clothes; You never realize how bad some fashion items are until you look back on them ten years later.

I wanted to focus in on the hats though. Though the hats weren't much better than the clothes people seemed to actually WEAR them! I suppose the age of Blossom helped.

Well, this is the only photograph I found of them as kids wearing unique hats. If you do happen to relapse on your childhood, keep and eye out for hats...and those hideous shoes we all seemed to wear at that age.

The hat habit for the Olsens' has not changed however. They are still rocking beautiful hats, whether it be to hide themselves from paparazzi or simply for fashion, they know how to wear them.