Showing posts with label Buy. Show all posts
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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Kawaii interview time- Gobbolino

Today's Kawaii interview is with a retailer. A ebay seller who sells at a store called Gobboline- who have a vast alternative styles with are cute, quirky and street fashion inspired,so lets get on with the interview and get to know the more about Gobbolino!

Hello Gobbolino, Thank you for taking part in Kawaii interview time!
Can you tell us how Gobbolino came to light and who works behind the scenes? 

We started our market stall in the electric ballroom in Camden town London in around 1998, I started by chance really. With the idea of doing nail art, at that time no one was doing this at all and I was good with a paint brush.
I got quite experimental piecing peoples nails with braddle putting hoops on. I also started to plait bright coloured hair extensions strands into peoples hair,using a glue gun to seal them to peoples hair. I started to sell a few pieces of clothing on the side, With doing nails and hair gluing business. That was when I noticed that,  I could get more money if I ripped it up and pinned it back together.
Before all that I was a shop girl in the wholesale district in Finsbury Park and had access to buying cheep garments in bulk as well as lots of factories that gave me free scraps of fabric. I was a mouthy little teenage and they probably gave me stuff to get rid of me lol 

What inspires you to create/make items for your store?

Ive always had a love of what teenagers are wearing its so fresh new and inspiring. The youth of today is always my inspiration I want to give them what they are looking for. 



What fashions would you say fit this store?

Wow, I think for the main part we are an underground brand so we sell anything the high street wouldn't be brave enough to sell.. Its all a bit quirky crazy sexy cool

What items would you recommend for J-fashion an Kawaii fashion from your store.

Kawaii fashion is so much fun super sickly sweet punk fusion its great. We have decoden phone cases, jewellery boxes, doughnut mirrors, crazy junk jewellery that are made from vintage my little Pony's as well has lace lolita headbands, furry bear hats, big bow hair clips in trillions of colours just to name a few 

What sort of people  would you say would enjoy shopping with you and your store.
I think its mainly alternative young ladies who are into grunge, indie, punk, kawaii, rockabilly, and goth's too.


Do you have a personal interest in harajuku or Japanese fashion?

It does interest me a lot ? Yes!  I can't wait for my copy of kera magazine to arrive from Japan every month  !

What have found to be the most popular items in your store and why do you think they are so popular?

This year, It has been the year of the head scarf. I think because anyone can rock it!



What pieces have you found most challenging thing you have made and what sneaky insights can you give us to up coming products?

Although at first making furry leg warmers was a great idea. But it became a nightmare to breathe in fake fur fluff!
It gets up your nose, mouth ...in fact everywhere, hand cutting gives you blisters and  its painful , its just horrible to work with. Please don't let furry leg warmers come back into fashion !

Oooh, What's coming next ? Well a large collection of tees and jumpers I've been scribbling and illustrating pictures all winter 


What other hopes do you have for Gobbolino for this year?
Its going to be a busy one that's for sure! Lots of meetings of what is coming next - Watch this space!

What do you  like about alternative fashion and aiming your products to that market?

Eccentric mad fashion is so much more fun, I remember at college them suggesting that  I design a collection for wallis . I decided then and there designing for a generic high street store was not for me and I would have to make my own way in this world.

Do you have any idols or inspiration?
I suppose early inspiration was the dark crystal, labyrinth and fantasy films really. Me and my friend would sit around and draw the characters together, its what we did for fun. 




Do you have a favourite Kawaii item of your own?

My personal dress sence isn't really kawaii, it doesn't really suit me.. In the summer and spring Im more of a trainer freak, big gold hoops and wear a lot of vintage clothing. I don't really have a set style but this winter i seem to have had a period of just buying everything in black smart look going on.. I also discovered Clarks shoes are actually the most comfort and style I've ever seen wooohhh!



Would you like to visit Japan and what would you do there?

I haven't been to Japan as yet, but its on my list of places to go although I have been exploring in the far east last year


And where can we buy from you?
You can buy on Ebay, Esty and my website!




And you can find me on Facebook and Instagram too!
http://instagram.com/gobbolino_uk


Thank you so much for taking part and telling us more about you and your store! I hope that some of the Kawaii readers will be heading over to your store and be checking it out! I hope every cutie also enjoyed the interview too!

Tartan <3

Friday, 21 September 2012

Kimich Kawaii!



  Have you checked out Kimchi Kawaii?
I found them in a facebook group where there is a bunch of Kawaii creative artists.So I thought it would be nice to introduce you to Kimchi Kawaii's Owner.

Tell us a little about your self :
''I've been running Kimchi Kawaii for 4 years now. Started it off with mostly my designs and then branched out into crafted items which caused me to start a sub brand called Frosted Fleur de Lis. Cause you know, working a full time job and doing a side business for one brand wasn't enough!
I asked Kimich kawaii a few questions about their business adventures





There is a range of Goodies that Kimchi kawaii have to offer!


How cute is this bat...I may have bought it...
*SQWEEE!*

Jewellery, Charms and Kawaii Accessories
Click Here to buy in the mean time as they will be setting up a new online shop!
You can find the main page Here.
And for Prints and design Link here.


Tartan meets Kimich Kawaii Interview

Lets ask Kimich Kawaii some nosiy questions 
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Hello Kimich Kawaii can you tell us what was it that inspired you to build a business?




I've always loved doing art and knew it was something I wanted to do for a living. I heard about print on demand businesses like Cafe Press and Zazzle and figured that was a great way to get my designs out to the world.


What's the meaning being the Brand names? they are very usual.


My main brand actually used to be called Soy Happy. I was just figuring out the whole business thing and didn't do a search to find out if that name was already being used and it was. I was contacted by the trademark holder (very politely I might add) and I agreed to stop. I had only had it for one year at that point and my marketing attempts had all failed so I wasn't particularly attached to it. Plus, people were thinking it was a Spanglish thing since 'soy' is the first person conjugation for 'to be'. They thought I was meaning 'I am happy' and mixing languages. So then I came up with Kimchi Kawaii because I'm Korean and doing Japanese inspired 'kawaii' art.

Frosted Fleur de Lis was the winner of two names I came up with from me throwing a bunch of words together that I liked the sound of and making sure no one had the name already, lol! All I knew was that since most of my crafts are sweet/sugary, I wanted something that reflected that. I also had a cooler logo idea for Fleur than my other name idea 


Wow that is so interesting!
What style would you say your aiming for in your products?

Definitely kawaii style. I kind of keep my Kimchi Kawaii stuff more simplistic and generally happy and full of bad puns. I like to make people laugh. Frosted Fleur is more pastel, sweets style, aimed at lolitas and people who just like sweet things.


What would you say inspires you the most?

People who can do their art full time inspire me - not just kawaii artists, any artist who has reached that level. That is my dream.


Where do you see your self in the next few years?

Hopefully, spending more time with Kimchi and Fleur and less time in the office at my full time job. Would like to be able to attend anime cons and sell at them all over the place, even different countries.


Do you have any hopes or achievements you wish to do with your business?


I think it would be so cool to be walking around and run into a complete stranger wearing one of my designs that they purchased from my online shop. My REALLY crazy day dream is that Gwen Stefani of No Doubt would like my stuff.
Seriously, I would just like my brand to be more recognized. It would be really fun to learn how to draft my own patterns so I could sell my fabric designs as Lolita dresses and stuff through Fleur (all I can do right now is put them up in Spoon flower and hope DIY lolitas buy the fabric as all my dresses are made using commercial, copyrighted sewing patterns so I can't sell my loli dresses).


Tell us then hats the most kawaii things you own?

^__^

Uh, that's a really hard question! I have some super cute plushies I got at some cons and online - like Kitty and Puppy Toasts, Mouse Bread and a super cute melon plushie.

Thank you so much for taking part of the Interview 
Arigatou gozaimasu ^^


So many cute things!
Cant wait to let you all see my new batty kawaii ring!
Stay Super Kawaii
Tartan
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