Hi lovlies. How have you been? If you follow me on instagram you'll have seen I've been to Turkey for a lovely two week break at my Villa with my family which was much needed. Of course I also came home with two huge cases full of Turkish scarves! I was so excited to go back to what I think is one of the most beautiful countries in every sense. Not only is the scenery gorgeous but the people are really kind and friendly, food is incredible and there is so much to do and see. Don't even get me started on the shopping! Did you know almost all Zara clothes, lots of Riverisland and so many other well known labels are all made in Turkey! On the local markets people sell the over spill and samples for next to nothing. Over the years I have been so lucky to pick up some amazing clothes at such a bargain price! But the shops themselves sell really lovely things too. my favourites are Defacto, Ramadan, Madam Co Co, My English Home and Koton. These shops are the Home sense and Next of Turkey.
Unfortunately whist I was away the screen on my phone broke and my iCloud didn't back up in time and so I lost many precious videos and photos. Luckily some were saved and I was able to make this short video to show you where it is I buy my scarves from. I hope you enjoy it. The film shows a short glimpse of what the country is like and where it is where I pick my scarves.
The man that owns this little treasure trove den has been here for many years selling scarves and rugs. He has really good contacts with different scarf and textile factories in Turkey and I feel extremely fortunate to have met him and have him help me order in my scarves. These days I WhatsApp him and he sends me screen shots of the current catalogue of the scarves I like to purchase. I then select my colours and he places the order on my behalf. I'm afraid its not quite as Disney Aladdin as the video makes it out to be! Thank god for phones and technology! I then travel to Turkey and visit this little shop tucked away in a bazaar with winding paths leading to all sorts of shops selling spices, Turkish delight and of course turkey genuine fakes!! There are shisha lamps, rugs, and many restaurants; it really is magical. If you travel to Turkey please visit the local bazaar near you its quite an experience to witness.
When I visit the bazaar I'm greeted by the man and his little shop who has now became like a friend. He asks me sit and have a cup of Turkish tea before we see to scarf business! I check my order and then pull out many of the scarves the man has stacked from floor to ceiling. I always end up buying more than I planned! How can I not, so when I say I hand pick my scarves I really do and I have to travel a long way to do so but its totally worth it.
As many of you know when I get the scarves back home I silk print my own designs directly onto them and then they are sold on my website and to exclusive outlets and boutiques.
Shops my scarves have been stocked in are the Fashion and textile Museum Gift shop on Bermondsey Street London, Tip Tree Jam Gift Shop (Tip Tree), Sauce in Dubai and independent boutiques.
I Hope you enjoyed reading this, I like to think its always insightful to know the behind the scenes.
Love Candice xx