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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Storque Debut!

www.bonzie.etsy.com
www.meluseena.etsy.com

www.lilycobweb.etsy.com


www.irisdesigns.etsy.com



www.anniedesigns.etsy.com

www.cuada.etsy.com

Gals as previously mentioned........


Etsy approached us a wee while ago to pull together a feature of the Irish variety to coincide with Paddys Day during the month. We jumped at the chance to pull some of our favourite Ireland Based etsy peers together for a Storque article titled "Etsy Local".



These Storque features shine a spotlight on one particular locality and highlight the local talent, while personal photography gives a more intimate look into the folk behind each etsy shop theirin. We had a ball contacting all the Irish Local Participants and everyone got in front of the camera and brought us to their favourite local spots to share the Emerald Isle with the Etsy community. It was a lovely feature to be in and if you fancy a browse through the article take a look here.

Thanks to all the participants too, everyone did a brilliant job on it.

x

bonzie & ger

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our New YouTube Channel!

Gals,
We have just added our very own "Bonzie" YouTube Channel! I hope you enjoy our mini movies bringing you lots of pieces to enjoy, collections,studio tour, road trips and basic random happenings. We have just added our first video detailing a sampling of some of our personal favourites from last years body of work. Im new to movie making so its going to be a learning curve and lots of fun.

Join in the fun at http://www.youtube.com/user/BonzieDesigns

x
bonzie & ger

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Client Corner ~ Lindsey





Gals, we were so excited when we received our clients Lindsey's photographs! I just love the rawness, the edgyness of these and had to check out the photographer that Lindsey worked with.

Talented photographer John Yates of http://www.beyondbrokenmedia.com/ is a stunning artist creating very distinctive work with a deconstructed edge, and urban sensibilities!

We had no idea Lindsey was such a great model herself and turns out she also has a rockstar boyfriend and wore our piece to a concert the Saturday she received it. I love to hear the personal stories of the new owners of our work, it really gives us a sense of the global reach of the internet and the journey that our pieces take after they leave the studio!

Thanks to Lindsey Farrar for sharing her stunning modelling pics with us all and to John for taking such cool work!

In Style..............

Bonzie & Ger

Friday, March 20, 2009

Just a super shot!


Gals,

As the last of the St Patricks Day shananigans trickle off, I wanted to share this fabulous picture taken by my Father at the Fireworks at the weekend. Its just a great shot and it really captured the atmosphere on the night!


x

Bonzie & Ger

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy St Patricks Day Everyone!


So in honor of the day that is green we wanted to wish you all a very Happy St Patricks Day . We hope you all enjoyed it yesterday wherever you were and whatever you got up to. We both enjoyed a day off without any sewing which was a much needed break. I know a lot of you were "wetting the shamrock" yesterday so I can assume the collective hangovers today are in full swing!
We awoke to find out that we had been featured on "Brendas Wedding Blog" as part of a collection of green pieces to introduce into your wedding theme. This feature brought us a wonderful new client Allyson who whipped up the green silk wrap that was featured for her own wedding. All round a lovely outcome and hopefully it will bring the luck of the Irish to her special day too given the day it was bought on.

If your a discerning bride you simply must visit Brendas Blog, its an absolutely stunning visual resource of all things bridal not to mention all things stylish. Check it out here.
x
Bonzie & Ger

Monday, March 16, 2009

Client Corner Kim











Gals,
We were so excited to receive our client Kim's pics from her wedding album that we had to feature her on our blog in "Client Corner" . Kim was an absolute darling client who opted for the whole works, a fully embellished bonzie corset with oppulent gold raw silk slinky fishtail and tulle underskirt, a tudor inspired bolero, a veiled headpiece, an adorned victorian inspired bag and a wrap. It was such an enjoyable project watching all the pieces come together to create such an elegant ensemble. Kim married her soul mate Aaron on a cruise with all their family and friends and they make an absolutely delicious couple.

We love the exotic colors of the scenery in these wedding pics and Kim and Aaron have such a glow! We wish them both the very sbest on the adventures ahead, its been such a pleasure to be a part of your special day. :)

xx
bonzie & ger

Sunday, March 15, 2009

CHECK OUT KILA!!!!

Gals, as Paddys Day approachs there is plenty of fun and frollicks on the streets here this weekend. On Saturday night I went to see an amazing firework display on the quay here in Waterford which was absolutely mindblowing. I had seen fireworks before but these were totally chereographed to really great music and 100,000 people lined the streets to join in. During the night an Irish band played live on stage and they absolutely rocked the crowd. Heres a vid of them rockin at another gig, they are an awesome group, I was very proud to be Irish on Saturday night! Check em out, they call themselves Kila!

A Spring in our Step!











Gals,
After a long and rainy winter here in Ireland we have sourced high and low for some bright vivid colors for our raw silk dupioni wraps as Spring approaches! Its a nice sunburst of color in store and hopefully there will be one that catches your eye. ( My favourite is the Apple Green)

In Style............

Bonzie & Ger

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Carina Bolero











As promised ...........

we have begun to work on bridal pieces to add to our inventory available to purchase in our store without going through the custom made process. Its our hope that there will be enough variety and choice that everyone will find something that will suit and not have to worry bout getting something especially made.

One of our previous custom clients "Carina" inspired a really stunning piece which we have decided to develop as part of the new range. We are naming the piece after Carina as she really owned the look on the day of her wedding and each time Ger and I talk about that particular bolero its like..
" you know that Carina bolero" so now its stuck! (Thankfully Carina is a classy name to begin with! )
We also created the short sleeved version of this piece which turned out deliciously romantic with lots of feminine ruffles to boot!

Both Carina Styles will be available very soon to purchase in store in stunning raw silk dupioni.
In Style,
bonzie & ger

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Adios Custom Orders!











As you gals may have noticed in our shop announcements we have decided to finally cut the custom orders section in our etsy shop. We were really blown away by the response to this kind of service but it also got really overwhelming and began to take over the original idea of our wee enterprise which is to bring unique and eclectic pieces to our customers and keep the shop fresh and constantly moving. The custom orders took over whilst we created pieces for client specifications all over the world. Its now time to return to our first love which is "designing" and get back to our own collection of work.

With this in mind we had such a long list of custom orders already booked in we will probably take about a month to complete all the orders left before we can fully jump into designing new works and bringing the more popular pieces into stock for shoppers to purchase, should it catch their eye.

Above pictured is one of the most recent custom orders for one of our etsy clients, and underbust corset with a steampunk twist in gorgeous Irish charcoal tweed and lots besides. ;)

Thanks to all our previous custom order clients, it was lovely getting to know you all and I hope you manage to find new pieces to cherish in the new collections coming soon.

In Style
bonzie & ger

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Viva La Moda


Gals,

Many of you might be familiar with "Gilbea" of etsy finds fame! Well this lady is a one woman editorial machine and recently launched an absolutely stunning online magazine called "Viva La Moda" which features mountains of etsy handmade finds and all presented in a magazine format which makes for great reading over a steaming mug of coffee!
For the second edition Gilbea featured our label in the magazine "Designer Spotlight" section. We were so excited about being a part of such an innovative online publication and totally blown away by the huge collaborative effort in the mag. Viva La Moda is a stunning piece of work by such a talented lady with a passion for bringing great design to readers worldwide!

We especially love the cover of the mag with my sister Shaz freezing her toes off on a local Irish beach in the middle of winter shot by the gifted Irish photographer Shane O' Neill.
Why not grab a cup of something nice and head on over for a read here!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Quick, Draw.........McGraw













Well Gals,
As promised we have been working on some new stock for the shop and back by popular demand are our upcycled one of a kind layered petticoat skirts. We will be bringing lots of new pieces into the shop over the coming weeks and as the title suggests, these items are very unique and one of a kind so if your coveting one, its
"Quick, Draw.......McGraw" to pick them up. :)

These are such a wearable item, teamed with a slim fit top and chunky jewelry and you have a very edgy individual look that will take you everywhere! We wear a lot of these layered skirts and they always get lots of compliments. I hope you find one that suits you perfectly too.

x
bonzie & ger

Its nice to be Irish .................


As the title says..............

"Its nice to be Irish"

* endless wet dreary weather and short summers

* no starbucks

and last but not least

* an overwhelming urge to call sandwhichs ..."sammiches"


but every once a year on "Paddys Day" (as we call it over here) we get to be super excited about all of the above and actually enjoy being Irish.


Well this year we have been approached by "Etsy" to put a wee surprise together of the Irish variety and we are super stoked. Mums the word on this one, all shall be revealed very soon. :)


x

bonzie & ger

Monday, March 2, 2009

New Beginnings!








Gals....

We have been regrouping lately and restructuring in the shop to reflect the changes in the current market and economic climate. We have decided that we are closing down the custom orders side of the shop in exchange for more regular product updates. We will be working again on new products and pieces for our etsy collection in the hope of keeping the original design values up and lend a freshness to the shop as it heads in a new direction.

With a lot of custom orders already on the books there will be lots of pieces being listed over the next month to honor all the order but we will be clearing the decks for a new start and both Ger and I are really excited about the changes ahead.

Keep an eye on the shop , there will be much new energys afloat. ;)


x

bonzie & ger