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Vintage Sci-Fi April 17 2017, 0 Comments

I recently stumbled on an image of a vintage science fiction book cover on Pinterest and got sucked into a google image search of mid-century space mania.  Given the time in history, people were obsessed with space travel so there was a surge in science fiction literature.  The artwork that was often created for these books and comics are quite beautiful. They make me want to escape to space. 

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pinterest and Google Images)


ecru's Soundtrack, The Marcels' Blue Moon April 10 2017, 0 Comments

La Lune is only a month away and we are so excited setting up for it.  As it's named after the moon, we can't help but listen to different versions of "Blue Moon".  Our favorite at the office is the doo-wop version from The Marcels. 


Paradise Palms April 05 2017, 0 Comments

There's no secret that we love palms here at ecru.  Our first palm was the print of the "Palm" leaves and then we introduced the "Deco Palm" for our Africa collection.  This year we are continuing our love affair by etching palm trees on glass.  The first products we etched with these lovely palms were the Carafe and Glasses, our latest Cloche has etched palms on them too.  

All glass products can be found here.  

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Printrest and ecru) 


I'm Just Mad About Saffron March 29 2017, 0 Comments

Saffron is one of the colors of our upcoming La Lune pop-up shop.  Make sure to stay tuned for the other colors we have in store...

(Images courtesy ecru, Pinterest, and Mark Rothko) 


Fresh Overnight Oats March 27 2017, 0 Comments

Ingredients: 

Milled Down Baby Oats

Coconut Almond Milk

Shredded Coconut

Pinch of Salt

Blueberries 

Instructions: 

Soak baby oats in coconut almond milk overnight.  The next morning add soaked oats in a bowl or jar mix in a pinch of sea salt and pour blueberries over them.  Enjoy a fresh and healthy breakfast!

 


A Trip to the Moon March 22 2017, 0 Comments

"La Lune" our upcoming summer pop-up shop is around the corner.  The inspiration behind the collection is quite fantastic.  One of the main inspiration for this pop-up is the lovely silent French movie Le Voyage Dans La Lune by Georges Melies.  Filmed in 1902, the movie is about an Astronomical club that plans an expedition to the moon. What is amazing about this movie is that the lavish production value, forward-thinking special effects, and emphasis on storytelling which were quite impressive for its time. Definitely, a movie that is worthwhile.  

(Images courtesy of Pintrest via Georges Melies)


ecru's Soundtrack, Burt Bacharach and Mack David's The Five Blobs March 20 2017, 0 Comments

We are always in a retro mood at the ecru office.  So it's natural to be listening to the soundtrack of "The Blob".  Enjoy the groovy tunes of this song.  

Hussah


The Down Under Guide March 15 2017, 0 Comments

Traveling to somewhere new is always exciting.  Last month I got to go to Australia for the first time and it was absolutely amazing.  I went to Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney, and some places in between.  Here's a little guide of what you should check out and eat while you're there.  Make sure you pack a P. Le Moult Smoking Jacket perfect for breezy summer nights.   

Melbourne

Sight Seeing: 

The National Gallary of Victoria 

The Royal Botanical Gardens

Shopping:

Fitzroy is an inner city of Melbourne which is a great place to grab a meal and shop for local brands or vintage shops.  Walking there and back is a great way to see everything that this alternative neighborhood has to offer. 

Food: 

Kappo - Amazing five or eight-course Japanese meal

Tipo 00 - Fresh pasta bar

South Melbourne Night Market

Drive To:

Make sure you take the 2 hour Great Ocean Road drive and stop for a picnic at Wye River and pick up delicious snacks from their General Store.  

Tasmania

Sight Seeing:

Freycinet National Park

Mona: Museum of Old and New Art is a very impressive museum in Hobart.  It also has amazing pavilions you can stay at with fantastic service.  

Food: 

Franklin 

Sydney

Sights:

Sydney Opera House 

Royal Botanical Garden - It's next to the Sydney Harbour which is great to walk around and have a meal by the sea.  

Food: 

Gilders KS - Perfect spot for breakfast

Mr. Wong - Best pecking duck

Nomad - Quintessential Australian farm to table restaurant

Drive to: 

Bondi beach and make sure to walk all the way to Bronte beach to swim in the natural rock pool.  On your way back to Bondi, stop by Bondi Icebergs Club for the best beach lunch.    

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Hussah Al Tamimi)

 


Charming Kuwait February 21 2017, 0 Comments

Our latest set of charms, specifically the Della and Henna Hand were heavily inspired by our Kuwait. These whimsical pieces are embroidered representations of two beautiful traditions in this country.

The Henna Hand reminds us of a simpler time in our childhood, when little girls would emerge from their homes with orange stained palms in anticipation to celebrate something. The forever chic and relevant Della, in its brassy glory - I can smell the coffee already - a staple in all gatherings, happy or sad.

We hope these charms fill your hearts with nostalgia as much as they fill ours. Happy Kuwait month!

Nada

(Images courtesy of ecru and Pinterest) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Etta James' Stormy Weather February 20 2017, 0 Comments

This weather makes us want to get cozy with a steaming cup of tea, layers of quilts, a good book, and Ms. James' buttery voice serenading us to a blissful nap.

Nada


Jet Setting With Henry Clarke January 31 2017, 0 Comments

Specific images when seen immediately take you away to somewhere exotic.  Henry Clarke's images he took for Vogue during the 1950's in different locations evoke these feelings.  Clarke started his career as a window dresser in San Fransisco, then he moved to New York to become an accessories assistant at Vogue.  He witnessed the changing face of fashion during the postwar era.  During Diana Vreeland's reign at vogue, Henry became one of the main photographers of the magazine.  As she made more exotic locations accessible, he started photographing features for the magazine that at times were 20 pages.  He continued his career in British, American, and French Vogue until the late 70's.

Hussah

(Images courtesy Pintrest and Henry Clarke)


ecru Eats Pantry Bee January 16 2017, 0 Comments

I love to cook, but I get too busy to actually do it.  Pantry Bee solves this problem for you by sending you a box filled with delicious ingredients and an easy recipe to follow.  I've tested 4 of the recipes and loved them all.  It takes less than an hour to make any of their recipes.  Here is one of their latest recipes, Lemon Caper Tilapia, made and served on our tableware.  

(Images courtesy of Pantry Bee) 

Hussah


ecru's Soundtrack, Dorival Caymmi's Rosa Morena January 11 2017, 0 Comments

We started the new year and are working on a lot of exciting new things for spring. And as it is still winter, we've been listening to some Brazilian at the office in anticipation for spring. 

Hussah


Accessorizing Your Home November 23 2016, 0 Comments

Putting art and photos up in your space is just like accessorizing your outfit.  It can be bold, eclectic, or modern depending on your personality.  My favorite walls are the ones that have different sizes, colors, textures, and objects. However, sleek and uniform walls can also add an elegance to a space.  Whether you like to pile on necklaces or just emphasize your statement earrings, the same can be done to your walls.  

(Images courtesy of Pintrest)

Hussah


Bright Ikats November 21 2016, 0 Comments

Ikat is a beautiful form of resist dying that has had a long history in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan.  The pattern is created by binding yarns in a tight wrapping. Bindings are altered to create new patterns and then the yarns dyed in different colors.  This amazing technique inspired us in ecru to imitate it but by using embroidery.  Using three different colors of thread, we created a collection of Ikat Embroidered Charms.

(Images courtesy of ecru)

 


Glob Trotting Doris November 14 2016, 0 Comments

Doris Duke

I recently watched a movie about the tobacco heiress Doris Duke.  What fascinated me about Doris' life, is her passion for Islamic and Oriental artifacts.  Her house in Hawaii which was dedicated to the arts, which will be the subject of another post.  Besides her obsession with collectibles, she had a unique and quite forward sense of style.  From her days as a debutante to her later years in philanthropy, she always looked impeccable. Her interesting life is definitely worth reading about.   

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pintrest) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Serge Gainsbourg's La Femme Des Uns Sous Le Corps Des Autres November 07 2016, 0 Comments

Today we decided to go to 1960s France with our music, and Serge encompasses that the most.  

Hussah


The Annual Jaipur Visit November 02 2016, 0 Comments

Last week I did my annual pilgrimage to Jaipur, which is always exciting and fun.  I got to meet with the production team at our Indian office.  First thing was looking at the amazing fabrics that Nur sourced for our lounge dresses.  The next order of business was visiting different factories and workshops.  I got to see what is being sampled for upcoming collections. My favorite part is the printing factory.  It always amazes me to see how artisans carve beautiful blocks and printers meticulously hand print our fabric. The natural rhythm they have while printing fabric is unbelievably calming. However, my latest obsession is the treasure trove that is the stringers workshop.  It's absolutely amazing with all the different stones displayed and dangled.  Just spectacular.

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


Almir Mavignier Bold Graphics October 10 2016, 0 Comments

I recently stumbled on Brazilian artist Almir Mavignier's work, and I absolutely love it.  His work is bold, bright, and graphic.  Born in Brazil, Mavignier studied art after his graduation from high school.  He painted his first abstract painting in 1949, and in 1951 he moved to Paris.  In addition to his abstract paintings, he is well known for his graphic posters which are the images that attracted me.   

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Almir Mavignier)  

 


Cofounder Noor Al Sabah on the Cover of Khaleejesque October 04 2016, 0 Comments

Khaleejesque's latest "Bloom" issue features ecru's Co-Founder Noor Al Sabah on the cover wearing one of our latest robes.  Make sure to pick up the magazine to read the full interview on the inspiration that lead her to start and create ecru with Nur Kaoukji.  You'll also get a chance to see her in our latest lounge pieces.  

(Image courtesy of Khaleejesque)


ecru's Soundtrack, The Ethiopians' Train to Skaville September 28 2016, 0 Comments

As summer closely comes to an end, we are holding on to the last days of it with some Caribbean music at the office.  Here's some fun Ska music from The Ethiopians with "Train to Skaville".  Enjoy!

Hussah


Architectural Digest Style Issue September 22 2016, 0 Comments

September is all about style.  It's Fashion Month and all the September issues of magazines have the greatest fashion and style articles.  Luckily enough ecru has been featured in Architectural Digest's India "Style Issue".  Our Silver Dotted Bowls have been featured in their coveted AD workbook page.  

 


Cave Living September 06 2016, 0 Comments

Living in a cave is not an ideal situation.  However, if they looked like any of these rooms, I'd jump on the chance to move into these fabulous caves.  So bright and airy, giving any person that would want to live there a natural and carefree lifestyle.  Hopefully, I'll move into one of these caves next to the Mediterranean Sea.  Every morning I'd wake up from my cave room and walk down for a dip.

 

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pintrest) 


Nimbu August 31 2016, 0 Comments

The first thing I do when I set foot in Jaipur, I have a refreshing Nimbu Pani.  An Indian version of lemonade.  Just some water, lemon juice, and sugar.  Yum!  This season ecru created an ode to the beloved lemon in an oversized Nimbu print. Here's a peek into our latest Table Linens series in the Nimbu Print arriving online and instore soon. 

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru)


ecru's Soundtrack, Isley Borthers' Twist and Shout August 03 2016, 0 Comments

"Twist Me, Dip Me, Dye Me" has put us in the mood to twist and shout.  The best way to do that is to the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout".  

 

Hussah


Cool Waves July 26 2016, 0 Comments

It's quite sweltering right now in Kuwait.  So hot that you just want to avoid any outdoor activity. And all I can think of is jumping in a cold blue ocean.  Not our beautiful Arabian Gulf, which is quite warm from the heat of the sun, but a cool ocean with waves that engulf you.  

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Pintrest and Vogue) 


28Kothi on Elle Decor June 16 2016, 0 Comments

The gorgeous 28Kothi guest house has been featured in our favorite design magazines, Elle Decor.  It's such an honor, as our creative director Nur Kaoukji used many of our products when she designed our hotel.  So exciting! 

 


The Multicolored Tulips May 31 2016, 0 Comments

One of my favorite prints being developed for "Twist Me Dip Me Dye Me" is the tulip print.  It combines two of my favorite things: tulips and polka dots.  

Tulips have a symbolic significance in different cultures throughout the world.   In the thirteenth century the tulip was a popular subject in Persian poetry.  Eventually tulips became popular garden plants in East and West.  In Turkish culture it is a symbol of divine status and in the Netherlands the briefness of life.   

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru, Etsy, and Google Images) 


Color Saturation May 25 2016, 0 Comments

technicolor

 

Growing up I was obsessed with old movies, not black and white movies, but technicolor movies. The bright saturated colors drew me in. The colors used in our latest collection "Twist Me Dip Me Dye Me" reminded me of all these great bright movies.  

Technicolor is a motion picture color process that was invented in 1916.  It was widely used in Hollywood between 1922 and 1952 for it's highly saturated color.  At the beginning it was used for musicals and costume pictures, but eventually it was used in more movies.  

Watching these movies make me want to dive into the screen!  

 

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Hussah

(Images courtesy of Flavorwire


Mother of Pearl May 23 2016, 0 Comments

There is something quite fantastical about mother of pearl.  Its iridescence is what makes it so special.  Nacre, or mother of pearl, is the organic composite material that is produced in the inner shell.  It is also the material is that makes the outer coating of pearls.  Mostly found in the pearl oyster and freshwater mussels, it is used in many decorative arts and clothing.  We recently used it to adorn our marble and brass flower vases.  They add that touch of luminosity to the product.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


Twist Me, Dip Me, Dye Me May 22 2016, 0 Comments

Twist Me Dip Me Dye Me from ecru on Vimeo.


ecru's Soundtrack, Pink Floyd's Any Color You Like May 18 2016, 0 Comments

Our latest collection "Twist Me, Dip Me, Dye Me" has definitely put me in a psychedelic mood. Naturally the soundtrack to this mood would be Pink Floyd, and specifically "Any Color You Like.

Hussah 


Creative Director Nur Kaoukji on Nicobar May 16 2016, 0 Comments

The latest brainchild of the fantastic retail emporium Good Earth just launched their wonderful and hip brand Nicobar.  In addition to selling amazing clothes and home wear, their website features a wonderful journal.  They recently interviewed our own Creative Director, Nur Kaoukji, for their style section.  It was an extremely entertaining interview.  Read it in full here.  

Hussah

(Image courtesy of Nicobar


ecru on The Jungalow May 10 2016, 0 Comments

One of our favorite books on our office bookshelf is the inspiring The New Bohemians by Jusitina Blakeney.  To wake up and to find out we are featured on her inspiring blog, The Jungalow, was very exciting.  Visit the link to read the full post, and see her favorite photos from our Instagram feed and her top picks from our website.  

ecru Team

(Image courtesy of The Jungalow)  


Introducing Recycled April 27 2016, 0 Comments

Our fabrics are printed on long block printing tables that are 5 meters in length. Sometimes when we print cloth, we end up with an excess of meterage that can no longer be used. We have decided to reuse these scraps and make some of the pieces of our essential collection in order to reduce waste.  We hope you enjoy our recyclables!

(Images courtesy of ecru)


ecru's Soundtrack, Ella Fitzgerald's Lullaby of Birdland April 25 2016, 0 Comments

Spring is turning slowly into summer.  Time to relax and fantasize about faraway places.   The best song for such a mood is Ella's "Lullaby of Birdland".  


Aloha Hawaii April 20 2016, 0 Comments

Hawaii has always had it's appeal.  Sunshine, surf, tropical fruits, and hula dancers.   Who wouldn't want to spend time there?  What makes the place more appealing is the images from the 1950's of the islands.  From the advertisements to the black and white images of Elvis.  

(Images courtesy of Google Images and Pintrest) 


The Sacred Scarab April 06 2016, 0 Comments

Scarabs had symbolic sacred meanings to the Ancient Egyptians.  They became extremely popular in the early Middle Kingdom (2000BCE).  The symbol moved to the Mediterranean and Middle East in the Bronze Age.  What made scarab's have an important meaning to the Ancient Egyptians is that they were used as emulates to protect the mummies in the afterlife.  That is what drew us to use them on our pouch for the Curiosities collection.    

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pintrest and ecru)


Tiled March 23 2016, 0 Comments

There's something quite beautiful when you walk into a space and you are surrounded by beautiful tiles.  That's why Morocco is quite mesmerizing.  Everywhere you go there is the beautiful zellige tiling which creates mosaics.  Just rows and rows of arabesque shapes in amazing colors.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler and Pintrest) 


Flowers for Sale March 21 2016, 0 Comments

Who doesn't love the smell when walking into a lush flower shop?  Imagine working with flowers.  That would be a dream, the smells and the colors.  When I stumbled on these images of flower sellers on the internet and my fantasy of working with flowers grew stronger.  Now I just need a bike to carry all my flowers...

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pintrest and The Sartorialist) 


Sunny Georges Dambier March 16 2016, 0 Comments

It is that time of the year when summer is just around the corner, and all I can think of is a vacation on a Mediterranean beach.  The photographs of Georges Dambier are also adding to this desire to lay on a beach all day.  Dambier's career took off when he took a photo of Rita Hayworth at the famous Paris night club Le Jimmy's. He was later hired by Elle magazine, and started to take pictures of models smiling and full of life. Dambier's was able to create intimate images because he was able to put his subjects at ease.  That's why these images are so bright!

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Georges Dambier)


Fancy Hummus March 14 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes when entertaining it can get overwhelming figuring out what to feed your guests. Especially when it is not a dinner party, and it is just inviting some friends to hangout.  Recently I stumbled upon a easy and delicious recipe for a hummus veggie board from Half Baked Harvest.

Ingredients

Indian Spiced Hummus with Cilantro Pesto

2 cups plain hummus (see my recipe below)
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup raw pine nuts (or your favorite nut)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated (omit if vegan)
Salt + pepper, taste
Pomegranate arils, roasted cashews + feta, for topping

 Roasted Root Vegetable Chips

1 purple sweet potato, sliced in 1/8 inch thick slices
1 orange sweet potato, sliced in 1/8 inch thick slices
1 large yellow beet, sliced in 1/8 inch thick slices
1 large red beet, sliced in 1/8 inch thick slices
2 tablespoons olive, plus more if needed
Salt + pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

For the Board

Fresh veggies, such as carrots
Fresh fruit, such as grapes, pomegranates, figs and or persimmons
Baked pita chips, naan or fresh pita

Instructions

Add the hummus to a serving bowl, stir in the chipotle chile powder, cumin and cayenne. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

Add the cilantro, parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil and a pinch of salt + pepper to a small bowl. Stir to combine. Drizzle the pesto over the hummus. Top the hummus with pomegranate arils, roasted cashews and crumbed feta cheese. Serve

Roasted Root Vegetable Chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a bowl, toss together the root vegetables with the olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Make sure to coat the sliced really well. Spread the sliced veggies in a single layer on the 3 baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip the chips over, rotate the pans around in the oven and continue baking another 15-20 minutes or until crisp. Watch the chips carefully towards the end of cooking as they can burn quickly. Cook the chips completely before storing. Can be stored and an air tight container for up to 3 days.

For the Board

Arrange the hummus recipe on a large table or serving board. Add fresh veggies, fruit, pita chips and the root vegetable chips.

Hussah

(Image courtesy of ecru and recipe courtesy of Half Baked Harvest


Intricate Beading March 09 2016, 0 Comments

Afghan Coat

 

In the latest collection of noon created for Curiosities, Nur Kaoukji used beautiful beading in her designs. All of the beadwork in this collection was hand done by extremely talented artisans. You can feel the richness when you wear these pieces.  The breezy soft cotton is intricately beaded, making you feel both comfortable and luxurious.  

Billowing Top
Eye Skirt

Find the full noon collection here.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


ecru's Soundtrack, Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine March 08 2016, 0 Comments

Good music and good weather go hand in hand.  When entertaining outdoors my music playlist is rich in soul music from the 1960's and 1970's, and there always has to be some Marvin Gaye. Happy springtime everyone!

 

Hussah


Bright Facade February 29 2016, 0 Comments

Facades

One of the most exciting things to do while traveling is walking around different neighborhoods and admiring the different buildings.  Some cities are monochromatic and others are bold and bright.  I tend to be attracted to the bright buildings.  Here are some ones I would love to see.  I guess I need to book me a ticket to Palm Springs, Mexico, Buenos Aires, and Mykonos.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Pintrest)  


Luscious Green February 17 2016, 0 Comments

Spring is around the corner.  One of the freshest colors to use for the spring season is green.  For one of our latest products we've used green marble for a shell ashtray.  We also loved how Nur Kaoukji, our creative director, used the color in 28 Kothi's library nook using one of our dhurries.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of ecru)

 


ecru's Soundtrack, Buddy Holly's Words of Love February 15 2016, 0 Comments

As we are winding down from Valentine's Day, our music is still stuck in a lovey dovy mood.  So here's one of our favorites from Buddy Holly.  


Matisse's Swimming Pool February 08 2016, 0 Comments

Henri Matisse wanted to see divers.  One summer day in 1952 he and his assistant went to their favorite pool in Cannes.  The result of his sketches from that day transformed his dining room in Hotel Regina in Nice with blue divers.  "The result was Matisse’s first and only self-contained, site-specific cut-out".  Now Matisse's beautiful swimmers and divers can be seen at the MoMA in New York city.  It was acquired by the museum in 1975, and conserved in 2008.  

Hussah

(Images courtesy of the MoMA)


Africa Prints February 03 2016, 0 Comments

While working on the "Africa" collection a lot of research went to create the prints for the textiles in the collection.  Weaving has many spiritual meanings to many African tribes, for some it is an analogy to human reproduction and resurrection. Today for many tribes there is still cultural significance in the weaves and prints used in their textiles.  We used much of this information as inspiration while producing the blocks and picking the colors for our table linens. 

You can find our "Africa" collection on sale here.  

(Images courtesy of ecru) 


Book Me In January 27 2016, 0 Comments

If you love to read, than you have a special connection with bookcases.  There is something magical and amazing about them.  They create this wonderful energy in a room.  The best thing is to decorate them with little tidbits from your travels and organize them by color.  

Hussah

(Images via Design Sponge, Lonny, My Domaine, and The Every Girl) 


The Jaipur Fruit Salad January 25 2016, 0 Comments

There is one thing we all have to eat when we go visit Nur in Jaipur, and it's the signature salad of local fruits she makes for us.  We'd like to share the recipe of this delicious and healthy salad.  

We are keeping the za'atar chapati for another day.  

Ingredients: 

-1 Banana 

-Tablespoon Colso Oil 

-Juice of one Lime

-1 Papaya, chopped

-1 Apple, chopped

-Kernels of 1 Pomegranate

-1 Cup Mix of toasted seeds and nuts, pulsed in a blender

Directions:

-Make the base of a mashed banana mixed with the colso oil and the lime juice.  Set aside in a bowl.

-Mix in the papaya, apple, and pomegranate with the banana base. 

-Top with toasted seeds and nuts. 

-Serve and eat! 

Hussah

(Recipe and image courtesy of Nur Kaoukji) 

 

 


ecru's Soundtrack, Louis Armstrong's When The Saints Go Marching In January 19 2016, 0 Comments

Since I'm still on that New Orleans kick, I've been listening to their local Louis Armstrong.  And there's nothing better than his "When the Saints Go Marching In" for an upbeat start to the New Year. 

Hussah


Soothing Stones January 13 2016, 0 Comments

The necklaces we created for our "Curiosities" collection have strands of semi-precious stones. These stones have healing properties.  Here's how each stone can help you emotionally when worn:

The soothing energy of Rose Quartz fosters empathy, reconciliation, and forgiveness of others. 

Moonstone has long been known for its calming, soothing qualities on the emotional body.

Labradorite calms overactive mind and energizes the imagination by bringing new ideas.  

Black Onyx is a strength giving stone that encourages happiness and good fortune.  

Wear with peace! 

Necklaces available here.   


The Big Easy January 11 2016, 0 Comments

Over the new year holidays I was lucky enough to fly to New Orleans, and I was seduced and mesmerized by the city.  You can hear music all the time and its filled with amazing antique shops.  It also has a magical and mystical feel. As I'm still enchanted by the city, I could not help to do a little bit more research and find amazing black and white images of the place.

Hussah

(Images courtesy of Google Images and Pintrest) 


Curiosities Illustrated December 14 2015, 0 Comments

As we were launching our latest collection, Curiosities, our very talented visual merchandiser Deborah Di Fiore aka Modest Genius created these fantastic illustrations for us.  In addition to creating the magical display she makes our beautiful stationary.   

 


Curiosities November 29 2015, 0 Comments

ecru curiosities from ecru on Vimeo.


Diane and Our Palm November 24 2015, 0 Comments

Recently we stumbled on a photo Diane Arbus took in the 70's, and were amazed by how the carpet in the photograph looks like our Palm Print.  We recently reintroduced the print in black in our cotton loungewear.  

Robe and dresses can be found here.  

(Images courtesy of Diane Arbus and ecru) 


ecru's Sountrack, Miles Davis and John Coltrane's Kind of Blue November 17 2015, 0 Comments

We are in a mysterious mood these days, with "Curiosities" around the corner. There's nothing to set us in that mood than beautiful jazz by Miles and John.  


Mystic Talisman November 04 2015, 0 Comments

The powers of talismans are still strong today.  Centuries old, different talismans have special symbols to a wide range of cultures.  

The definition of a talisman is "an object with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet and charm" and "anything whole presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions".  For our latest collection we are definitely channeling this vibe. Looking through images of talismans we couldn't help but loving the vintage images from the late 19th century and early 20th century.  At that era there was a strange connection to the occult and mysticism, with many talisman prints and objects were created.  

And we can't wait until we get our hands on our own special charms and amulets!  Hope you are as curious as we are...

Hussah 

(Images courtesy of Google Images and Pintrest)

 


The Sleepy Giraffe November 02 2015, 0 Comments

The giraffe is really an inspiration, with it's long elegant neck.  For the "Africa" collection we could not help but using the giraffe in on a variety of products.  My personal favorites are the beautiful navy gift tags done for us by Modest Genius.  

Top: Giraffe Mask

Middle Top: Giraffe Gift Tag Pack

Bottom Middle: Sleepy Giraffes Printed Pouch

Bottom: Pink Sleepy Giraffes Storage Bucket

Hussah