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Becoming Bazz de Grant

When I scouted Bazz de Grant in Bogota, Colombia; I knew I had found something special. When I saw their jewellery and heard how it was made from lost and found art, I thought to myself: “Wow, how something so simple can be so genius”. I knew instantly that I wanted to have them in my Latin American collection of eco-conscious designers. 

We crossed some words via Skype where I learnt more about them: He, Nico, is Colombian and She, Thea is New Yorker. They fell in love, got married and decided to synergy their talent in their Brooklyn studio Bazz de Grant. 

I wanted to meet them, see how they live, how they produced, what for principles they had. To live their lives for a couple of days. When I arrived to New York and went looking for their studio at Brooklyn I felt like I had landed in another world. Big buildings filled with lofts and shops filled with vintage pieces. I wished then that I could live here so I could go collecting vintage items for my great Brooklyn loft. 

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At their studio I felt like a girl in a candy store for my eyes: full of one-of-a-kind jewellery, so special that you immediately wanted to have it all. 

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Each corner filled with beautiful vintage pieces: a children’s corner with an indian tipis full of wood toys for their two boys. A plastic-free kitchen, because their are conscious about the great negative impact that plastic has for the environment and our health. The mood board with Thea’s latest developments for the Couture Line, the show room with exquisite jewellery placed in vintage meubels. 

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Nico’s atelier full of vintage chains, working tools and lost and found pieces. 

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A place for family time, creativity and art. There I learned that the family travels around the country looking for lost and found art for their jewellery. For example they found old stock of glass pearls made in Japan during the 50′s. 

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Becoming Bazz de Grant also included a day selling at Brooklyn’s Flea Market, where they spend almost every weekend with all the must-have vintage brands in New York.

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At their stand, I couldn’t stopped myself from buying! It took me some time to choose what to bring home... there were too many beautiful choices. 

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I discovered that I have a thing for brooches where my favourite was a copper two-hearted with the words “Dit” (this in Dutch) “Art” that someone once wrote. 

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It was a fantastic experience seeing Nico’s work alive. Hand-stamping cuffs, necklaces, money clips, besides others with antique smithing tools.  

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And finally the details in which they show care for what the do! 

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What inspired me about these two days I spent with Bazz de Grant were their consequent life style with sustainability: plastic free, vintage, re-use and recycle. Their hipster effortless great fashion style. The importance they have for family and how involved they are in the business. The creative way of using found materials. And the result of all these combine: beautiful, conscious, fashionable jewellery. The reason why I love having them as one of my designers at Wana Bana Design.