Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Where In the world is KAZA?!

Bonjour Bella's and Bello's,

{*popping head out of hole*}
Noooo, I haven't gone off to live in Ibiza (although, geez louise, it does sound good!) but life felt it needed to punch us in the nose a bit, this year. I was hesitant to talk about what has been going on but have received many emails and phone calls and just could not get the air enough to answer until now and I am sorry for that.

So, here goes, kids:
After the Christmas Popup, my dads health had become worse. He has 9 lives, I have happily learned  I should probably add "feline" to my family heritage information-lol. Heading into Spring, I received a phone call from my mum telling me that our beautiful family home in Canada had been burglarized and burnt to the ground. Because my father was in and out of hospital, the Insurance had lapsed, in all the confusion. Not one nook was salvageable. All childhood pictures, family heirlooms... 3500 sq ft of house reduced to an 8" high x 54' pile of ash. Since the insurance had briefly lapsed, the Canadian police dept closed the case without even bothering with a criminal investigation. It still startles me to to write about it. I was not going to talk about it, but really have felt the need to explain to you guys after getting to know you all for the past few years. The picture (below) is jarring and I hesitated posting this, but felt my simple words could never explain enough.

Shortly after, I went to Florida to help my parents and bring them up north to see their home in Canada and my father landed back in hospital, in Boston, where he has been for the last few months. KAZA was on my mind, but shaking off the bad stuff has been incredibly difficult.

 They couldn't, however, take everything. The day after the fire, we went to see our home, the birds were singing, the ducks were quacking and the sun set, like nothing happened. It showed me that life continues and the only thing we can do is move forward.

Soooo, thas'all about that sad stuff.

{*turns page*}Autumn for me always meant looking forward to 4th quarter and designing new lines for Christmas-which is always so much fun. Our catalogue is and has been ready for wholesale, the website is up ( and I am designing again.

So all this in a nutshell; 2013 has been a stinker of a year, but we are moving forward.

I am sure there will be a ton of questions and I will try to answer them all- the biggest one being:

Will there be a KAZA Popup this year?
 No. In light of all that has happened in the past year, we will be dealing strictly in wholesale this year. However, some discontinued KAZA lines and one-of-a-kind finds will be available on the KAZA Etsy account (kazashop). A future popup, however, is certainly not out of the question. 
The last 10 months has been a hiccup in KAZA's direction and certainly not an end. I'm too stubborn and too fidgety to not design.We hope you will continue following us on this journey.

(Autumn in Hooksett, NH)

Thanks for sitting with me, bella's--I've missed this. :o)

Happy Autumn! 

Ciao bella's

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Please Pass The Saltines...

I am a soup girl, so lets sit with our virtual soups and have a chat. :o)

Last night, I went to the Concord KAZA space to say goodbye. As the name KAZA was being peeled off the windows, I walked the freshly washed floors remembering our first day and the wonderful memories that space has held. I remembered how scared I was when the very first person walked through the KAZA door.... all the Art Shows, the years of monthly window changes, the traveling to find funky finds...but the thing that will stand out above and beyond are the friendships I've made in you. As a design student, KAZA was a huge leap of design faith for me. You've taught me to trust my design instincts and follow my dreams.

Through the years, I realized Product Design & Development was what I actually wanted to do with KAZA. We were hoping that we could maintain both, the wholesale side and the brick and mortar--but for personal reasons, it just wasn't making sense anymore. I could not devote what needed to be done at the shop, while working on the wholesale side. But I so loved that space and it is really hard to say goodbye to it. I am excited to see what takes its place--its an exciting time for Concord!

As for KAZA, we are very excited about our new direction. I absolutely will miss smelling Vinnie's Pizza every day, seeing your adorable faces, getting some awesome hugs, great conversation... but I'm designing again, something I wasn't really doing at the shop anymore, and that makes me happy.  We are in the process of finalizing the wholesale catalogue, getting our website designed full speed ahead, will be selling on our Facebook page and will be seen in several shops nationwide...that is until KAZA takes over the world (which is on the business plan). ;)

As far as future popups? There is a strong "maybe" on that as we are working on soft furnishings right now!

Keep your eyes open for upcoming information on our new product lines, where you can find them and a little of this and that in between.

Much love, appreciation, gratitude and more love again...
"you have taken  me from crayons to perfume"
To Concord, with love.

Ciao sweet bella's

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dont Forget!

Oh my gosh! Its already here!!!!
.....and SO much more!

 Dont miss this event!!

 Ciao Bella's! xoxox