We are certainly Most Curious…

We are delighted to announce that we will be showcasing our work at  A Most Curious Wedding Fair at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane London.

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A Private view will open the show on Friday 11th March and then we will be open daily from the 12-13th March. To book tickets you can order here

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As well as new Bridal Accessories to showcase, we will also hold a bridal sample sale of past season headpieces & button hats. For those who have a tight budget for their special day, you will be sure to find a uniquely special piece to complement your outfit and dazzle your guests on your special day.

We will also showcase a selection of Hats to tempt your guests to treating themselves to bespoke hat that will set off their wedding ensemble.

SAVE THE DATES!!

Friday 11th March – Preview night 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March- 10:30am -5:30pm

www.kattyjanneh.com

Couture dahling!

Another week in Couture is over…glamorous shows that probably cost more than my annual salary…but so what…Couture is all about showcasing aspiring fashion, and stunning craftmanship…it deserves it.

British Designer Giles Deacon has announced that he is going to drop LFW to concentrate on Couture  and show at Paris Couture Week in July. We think it is a fabulous decision. His work is just stunning and has a grandeur behind it that LFW stifles with commercialism. Couture week will give him access to the clients who can appreciate and pay for the outfits his team can create. Though we will be watching from afar, we cannot wait to see what he comes up with!…definately a contender for a head designer post at a couture house…

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Chanel

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Alberta Ferretti

Themes that are coming through for us in the studio have a strong Asian elements; embroidery, golds, Persian opulence Brocade, Genghis Khan meshed with Western Imperialist regalia. Lots of animale; leopard, faux fur and leather

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Valentino

There were also touches of softness and light. The couture staple of florals and lace was ever present with a touch of sweetness at Giambattista Valli, lace at Elle Saab and a play on botanical drawings in print at Schiaparelli.

We always like the ones that show on their own terms and our favourites from the week are Viktor & Rolf’s artistic surrealist pique strokes and Galliano’s fashion apocalyptic presentation at Maison Margiela. We just love their distinctiveness and they do not fail to dissappoint.

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Viktor & Rolf 

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Maison Margiela

It will be interesting to see how RTW and the high street interpret these themes, which ones they will pick to rinse the looks completely                                                                  …In the mean time we better get on with our own work! Just over 6 weeks to go until our exhibition at A Most Curious Wedding Fair BE CURIOUS HERE

Ciao for now

KJ.

A change is as good as a rest

2016 marks some changes for the studio. We have decided to narrow our focus and do what we have always done well…which is Bridal.

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The bespoke service has mostly be taken up by Brides and their wedding parties and we love offering the personalised service.

To kick start our year, we will be showing new pieces at the upcoming A Most Curious Wedding Fair. It will be held in March at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane from the 11th  to 13th of March.

 

It is a great alternative to the bog standard wedding fair, with a great balance of diverse designers, makers and wedding specialists that have their own brand of aesthetic to dazzle you and your guests on your special day.

It is our first show this year and we are really looking forward to getting out there and showing what we can do! Most Curious runs from the 11th to 13th March and you can buy tickets here

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See you there!

KJ.

” You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be” …Unknown

I never thought I would see the day when I would be pleased to have a full-time job again.

The author is sitting on an airplane with a big grin on her face as she waits for the plane to head for Rome Italy

I’m just a little bit happy…can you tell?

…but I really am.
I’m not taking a sabbatical from my business in anyway. I will have less time to work on it for the time being but this is a means to an end and I am okay with that.

The Fact is I have been struggling for months to keep afloat and i nearly gave notice on my studio thinking that at least then i’ll have lowered my out goings.

But my situation would be the same but with less money to find.

So I made the decision to find a full-time job. And after 5 months of searching i’ve found it!! It will allow me to get back on track financially and enable me to invest back into my business…i’m excited by the possibilities all over again!

It actually helps to narrow my focus…rather than spending lots of time doing lots of little things to make money, i just have two things , the day job…and the real job!

So what’s next is to make plans for my professional & personal development and really maximise the time I have, and work with the right support to help me achieve them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a great mentor called Mark Hackman from my time at  the School for Startups who does regular webinars.  He possesses a calm yet matter of fact nature in the way he offers constructive advice for                     you to work on that I can respond to.

The Female Entrepreneurs Association is run by Carrie Green. Every Tuesday she features guests on a 10 minute masterclass, and has downloads for you to use for your business.  The Design Trust is run by Patricia van den Akker is also a fab resource for UK based creatives in business.  I get her newsletter and follow her tweets too…she has some gems on there!

SAVE THE DATE!!

It is that time again for open studios! The yards will open it’s doors for the Pullens Yards Open Studios!

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From the 12th-14th June, Designer makers, Artists and Artisans will open their doos and you can discover what really happens beyond our gates! on the Friday we open the doors at 6;30pm. On the Saturday & Sunday the studios will be open from 11-6 pm. Find out more about us by clicking on the link.

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Ciao for now!!

Kat

www.pullensyards.co.uk

www.the designtrust.co.uk

www.schoolforcreativestartups.com

www.femaleentrepreneurassociation.com

” Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today” …Coco Chanel

Summer is in full swing here in London…Although the weather seems to have a different agenda….

Lots of occasions are happening in the sporting world over here and they create plenty of excuses to dress up and enjoy the shows!

…Investec Derby…Royal Ascot…Polo in the Park are just a few coming up.

And of course it is Wedding season!

I’ve been scouring my favourite designer retailers to put together looks that will work brilliantly with my hats and give you ideas on how YOU can wear it.

…There is a hat for everyone…you just have to find it…or let me make it!

 
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Vivica Hat

Jacket by Delpozo

Jumpsuit by Karl Lagerfeld

Clutch by Anya Hindmarch

Jewellery by NbbyNg

Pumps by Jimmy Choo

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Caterina Hat

Clutch by Stella McCartney

Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Jewellery by Annabelle Lucilla

Dress by Vika Gazinskaya

Discover our style edit here then shop online now at www.kattyjanneh.com

‘The best way to predict your future…is to create it.” …Abraham Lincoln

After months of frustration I am happy to announce that my online boutique is now live on http://www.kattyjanneh.com.

…whoop whoop!

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I am not …nope a rephrase…I was not very tech savvy so finding an e-commerce platform that i could understand was a challenge in its self. But I decided to go with Ecwid…short for ecommerce widget.

Basically I built the shop in the back office online, then did a merry dance for about 3 months…thinking i had finished..

….then realising I had forgotten something. This happened repeatedly. Then the product shots! I do love photography but my inner Nick Knight is yet to emerge… after watching a ton of Adobe Muse & Ecwid videos the penny finally dropped and I put it together.

And because it is in fact a widget, I could embed it into my existing website which was built with Adobe Muse.

Simples…ok after another round of you tube videos…but it actually was one if the easier bits to do!

There are five categories including;

Queenie                                                         …Occasion…just in time for the Summer season!

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…Spring/Summer with a selection of unisex pieces like this Troy trilby hat…

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And there is a permanent sample sale page. My studio is small and I cannot keep every single piece…and neither do I want to!…I want hats on heads! You can shop online here

Now there is some breathing space…I can get promoting and making! I’ve been working on my accessories…Scarves I love wearing them…as a headwrap…finish off an outfit…so it’s time to crack on!

Ciao for now…

Psst…Save the date! Pullens Yards Open Studios 12-14th June Find out more here

‘Somedays you just have to create your own sunshine’ …unknown

Next week is that dreaded C-word. I don’t celebrate it at all. For me it is time to myself. No going out, no enforced visits to the family. It is that one time where nearly everything shuts down and I am truly happy to just be in my space and just chillax!

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Ok Ok! I am not gonna lie, I wish I was back here in Gambia. I went in March after a 28 year absence. My Mum has finally finished her house, so when I am earning I have a winter sun escape all lined up!

But it is ok, I’m not there yet, but I will be one day, So I am going to settle for being cosy at home, get some bits in to cook some good food, get out the special pyjamas that I will live in for Christmas & Boxing day and have the remote in a suitable position so that I don’t strain my fingers

…Checking the channels can be an ardous affair you know!

Well it is time to close the gates on 2014!

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There have been highs and lows for which I am grateful, as it could have been worse if the news is anything to go by.

My crowdfunding campaign failed (booooooo!) ce la vie, I know the mistkes I made and I have to find my way forward into 2015 with a renewed focus to get back on track.

Did get a fabulous new haircut…as a courtesy makeover. From this….

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To this!….
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I also made a brief TV appearance! My friend Karen sent me a picture courtesy of her TV!

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In September I went along to Liberty of London’s Open Call with my Hats, There was a film crew there fiming for another series of the Channel 4 documentary ‘Liberty’s of London’ I was interviewed as well bt that didn’t make the cut…well my star shall shine in another way!

New Year resolutions!  Well I have decided to make some, but not just for the new year, but just for my life.

I came across a great quote on Pinterest and it just sums up quite a bit.

On reflection of many things that happened this year, I actually cannot be surprised as I didn’t do this! It is one factor in the failure of my Indiegogo page and why my business is not more further along than it should be!

So what now?

I have given myself a resolution.

Own the decisions you make.

Stop thinking about the woman I should be…and be the woman I want to be.

If I choose not to look after my body it will be negatively affected….but if I do…

If I don’t put myself out there, then I won’t meet anyone…but if I do…

If I do not focus on my business and get it out there, it will fail…but if I do…

Nothing will change if I don’t start making the decisions and accepting the choices I make rather than wallow at the pity party. So it’s time to get my hat on and find out where the hell did I put my balls!

What are you gonna do?

Wishing you all happy holidays! Lets hope 2015 will be a better and brighter one for all of us!

Ciao for now!

Kat