Merry Christmas!

Monday, 22 December 2008

Merry Christmas from everyone at Anzu!

(the above image is our Holly & Ivy mule card)

The office has been looking very festive for the past month and I thought I'd post a couple of the photographs. I shall be taking a break from the blog until 3rd January. So see you in the New Year!

Inspiration no. 5, Jermyn Street

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Whenever I need inspiration for my Men's cards I head to Jermyn street. The Anzu gigolo card above was especially inspired by the classic style of the shops that can be found on Jermyn street

Jermyn street is one of those places that just seems unchanged by time. The shops are staunchly traditional and English and primarily aimed at the Gentleman's market and I always find inspiration for ideas for my men's cards.

This statue of Beau Brummel, the quintessential English dandy and embodiment of elegant sartorialism stands in pride of place. Brummel famously shopped on Jermyn Street in the Regency period, although he would not have bought his boot polish here. He preferred to polish his black riding boots with champagne!

Whilst Savile row (which I also love) remains the place to go for the best suits, Jermyn Street is the street for fine shirts as well as selling gentleman's accessories be it shoe horns, shaving brushes or cigars.

It also has Paxton and Whitfield, which has great cheeses as well as pickled walnuts!


Thursday, 11 December 2008

A few years ago the Peacock as an image almost seemed a little bit outdated, almost a little Victorian to be used on anything. Now it's come back in full force and peacocks seem to be everywhere. I love this amazing photo from google images

Unfortunately, there are reflections on the photo above, but I think it's still possible to see how amazing this peacock is in the current window of Kokon Tozai. I also love the peacock scarves and bags Liberty are doing.

Wallpaper magazine & the Berkeley vespa

Monday, 8 December 2008

I had another meeting at the Berkeley this week, and was so excited to see their new delivery scooter that they have put my illustations onto!

I like the pistachio green and pink, and that the front of the scooter says "let them eat cake!"

I was also pleased to see that my designs for the Berkeley were featured in Wallpaper magazine, and that they described me as "a stationery maven"!!

Why not (no. 13)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Why not display your Christmas cards by attaching them to a festive wreath? If you have a shop, the rest of your cards can be laid out below, and the wreath can be used just to draw attention to your collection.

Tiffany at Somerset house

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Over the weekend I went to Somerset House. It looked magical with the skating rink and specially decorated Tiffany tree. There is also a Tiffanys cafe, complete with Tiffanys cupcakes.

Whoever came up with the distinctive Tiffany blue is a marketing genius!

Jasmine and I in a winter wonderland inside the Tiffany box.