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Having just received the latest product drop from Vaisselle (meaning dishes in french) I caught up with founder Léa Zana.

Tell me a bit about your background and how Vaisselle came about?
I come from the fashion industry, I   designed footwear for 15 years. Firstly in Paris then I   moved to Spain to work for Zara before relocating to   London to work for Topshop for 9 years.  I was made redundant during the pandemic and the   time just felt right to set up on my own.

Where does your inspiration come from?

It comes from my childhood in rural south west of France, my Grandmother used to take me to visit flee markets as a child, which I hated but it helped me develop my eye for design browsing all the antique stalls. In France gingham is everywhere from the table cloths at school to the bag that the crossiants are served in.

I travelled a lot with my family, to Mexico, India, Sri Lanka , they use and mix colours so well and very differently to us.

What’s the manufacturing process?

Vaisselle is just me and I have two brilliant makers in Spain, a husband and wife duo. He hand makes all of my pieces and his wife hand paints them. It is just them, they are very dedicated and passionate about what they do.

What is your favourite piece? 

Every week I have a different one! Genie in the Bottle, the blue and teal swallow one.

What is your best seller?

Genie in the Bottle, in lilac and red floral.

How do you describe?

Eclectic, timeless and happy!

What makes a perfect tablescape?

I like to make it unique by tailoring the place setting to each guest, mixing and matching crockery and I always have something natural such as flowers or a decoration made of something like tomatoes or fruit....  The more the better of everything!  

What’s next for Vaisselle

I'm working on the 3rd collection, it's going to be better than the previous with new shapes of jugs and vases, new colour ways. It will be very different to the previous collections.

Finally whats on your OSSKI wish list?!

The pink hobnail jug, all the colourful cutlery and the twisted pistachio green candle. Your image is on my mood board for the next collection I love that green!

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