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Everyone will gleefully gaze at this gauze wrap when you wear it on a cool afternoon! Its ombre effect transitions from an off-white color to a striped blue-grey, and its unfinished edges give it a casual, bohemian style perfect for laid back days hanging out with friends.

This Gilded Gauze Wrap wholesales for $20 and is 22″ by 70 soft blended yarn. It is available in plum, sea foam and dove grey (shown). It is fresh from the Zazou Fall 2013 collection!

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For Fall 2013, Zazou embraced three main concepts: Luminosity, Texture and Warmth. The 6504 Feather Weave Wrap truly embodies the second characteristic: texture.

This scarf wholesales for $18 and is 36″ by 75″, making it one of the wider scarves in the collection. It is made of soft blended yarn, and the frayed fringe feathers out at the edges.  It is also available in three colors, including black (shown), zinc and pearl. All colors are classy, elegant and must haves for the upcoming season.

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When admiring the silver Mohair Scarf from the Fall 2013 Zazou collection, a certain rhyme comes to my mind: “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”

The message I take from this? Old scarves are gold, but new ones are beautiful, sleek silver, just like this chic accessory that is perfectly paired with a black leather jacket. A silver scarf such as this can add the final touch to the outfit of any feminine rock star who knows how to have a great time, whether at a dinner party or riding on her Harley Davidson.

This silver Mohair Scarf exemplifies what accessories are supposed to be: individualistic pieces that can turn up the volume on any ensemble. Yes, a great pair of jeans and a glossy leather jacket make for a great fashion pair, but the addition of a silver scarf makes it even better, and creates a look all your own. This silver scarf wins the gold medal, without a doubt!

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If I have said it once, I have said it 1,000 times: you can never, ever go wrong with animal print!

This Animal Print scarf from the Fall 2013 Zazou collection is simple, yet beautiful, and takes its main design from one of the most majestic creatures on Earth: a leopard.

The typical print of leopard is slightly altered in this scarf, seeing as the background is a light, airy blue instead of a tan brown. Hints of purple are woven into the fabric as well, giving the accessory a very laid back feeling.

See more Zazou scarves at https://www.zazou.com/z_index.php

Chris & Claudia

(Pictured) The man and woman behind Zazou, Christopher Carroll and Claudia Koch.

When speaking on the phone, one only has the tone, sound and volume of another person’s voice to listen to. That person on the other end is otherwise invisible. One cannot pick up on body language or other visual cues. It is his or her words and voice that give the caller an insight into this stranger on the other end of the line. Luckily, for Claudia Koch, her voice carries more personality than most people’s entire beings.

On the morning of the Fourth of July, I had the pleasure of interviewing Claudia over the phone. She is one of the original founders of the luxury scarf brand Zazou, the company that this blog centers upon.

Christopher Carroll and Claudia, who met at the University of California, Berkeley, began their Zazou business after Claudia had found success importing jewelry and scarves from other countries into the United States.

“After I graduated [from Berkeley] . . . I traveled extensively in Asia and I started buying silver jewelry and bringing it back and showing it here [the United States] in kind of a casual nature,” explained Claudia. “Finally, one of the items that I was bringing in were scarves that were made in India, these beautifully colored scarves, and they just took off.”

And took off they did, as both entrepreneurs used their own talents to expand the Zebra-clad business. Claudia focused on importing materials while Chris set his sights on designs. Together, the pair also hired a group of dedicated sales reps to help sell the products and create personal relationships with the clients and customers.

“[Zazou] was a name that was known for its quirkiness, and a company that was known for its customer service,” said Claudia with pride. “We did anything for our customers, anything.”

According to Claudia, in addition to customer service, the Zazou brand is also known for creating quality accessories for older, professional women who enjoy creative designs.

“The Zazou brand, it has a quirky aspect,” said Claudia. This “quirky” aspect, she said, was heavily prevalent in the line when she and Chris ran the company. Last year, however, the duo sold the brand to Sterling Styles, where it thrives today. Claudia and Chris still maintain a connection to Zazou, and offer their input whenever they can. And their advice is always welcomed, seeing as the former schoolmates ran the company for approximately 30 years.

“The fashion industry is a lot of work,” cautioned the fashion veteran. “It is a very hard, hard way to make a living. A lot of it has to do with luck. I believe in luck and being in the right place at the right time.”

Now, for Claudia, the right moments come from traveling with her husband or when buying pieces that exemplify her self-proclaimed “quirky” style.

“My own personal style is very quirky, shall we say, and probably younger than it should be,” Claudia said with an exuberant laugh. “And my husband keeps telling me, ‘Claudia, you are not 30 years old anymore!’”

This is what has made Claudia such an innovator and a successful businesswoman. She has made and followed her own set of rules and guidelines all of her life.

“If you look at people who are successful in fashion, they are all kind of eccentric, I think,” opinioned Claudia. “Eccentrics have good business sense, let’s put it that way!”

For more information about the Zazou brand itself, visit https://www.zazou.com/z_index.php.

*Photograph Courtesy Claudia Koch