15.10.14

MAVI FACTORY

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On our last day in Turkey we were taken on a private tour of the Mavi jeans factory. It was mega. Every staff member had a different job and would pass the designs down the line. From zippers, to pockets, from denim cutting to laser printing. Yes, lasers! As you can see we were also surprised with cute little laser prints of our own. We also saw how they stone wash their designs and how they get the perfect crinkle. So much work is put into each design and you really appreciate the designs when you see how high the quality of production is. After the tour we had a huge lunch - as we were told "you're in Turkey - you got to eat like us!" And we were definitely treated to a feast! 

As I wrap up my Europe posts I want to say a huge thank you to the Mavi Istanbul team for being amazing hosts and Mavi Australia and Trans Turk Travel for making the trip possible in the first place! We had a killer time and it's definitely a trip to remember. 

emma

13.10.14

TURKEY

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While in Istanbul we had a few days to wander about on our own. Our first stop was the Hagia Sophia. Even though part of it was being renovated it was still stunning. We also got the chance to make a wish at the wishing column which was pretty funny (I'll include some footage in my upcoming video from Istanbul on my youtube channel - spindizzyfall). We decided to revisit the Grand Bazzar for a bit of shopping and also explore the Spice Bazzar which was magical. As you can probably imagine the smell in there was pretty amazing and we ended up with quite a few little spice kits & sweets. As if we hadn't had enough we headed over to one of the best cafes in Istanbul for turkish delight and order a few plates of sweets. The next day we went made our way to the Galata tower which boasts 360 degree views of the city. As you can probably tell a lot of our time also revolved around food. It's a bit hard to describe everything we ate so I guess I'll let the photos do the talking this time! 

emma

12.10.14

BOSPHORUS with Mavi

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As you can probably tell from the photos we were treated like absolute royalty when Mavi took us out for a day on the Bosphorus. We were invited on a huge boat and taken on a private tour of the Bosphorus, complete with wine & nibbles. We were then taken to the launch of the new Mavi commercial which featured Istanbul 'It girl', Serenay Sarıkaya and the talented Chase Armitage (seen above doing tricks in Mavi jeans). If that wasn't enough we were also given tickets to go see Lady Gaga. I never pass up the chance to experience live music in a new city - it's so interesting to see how the artist interacts with their audience and vice versa. A great ending to a perfect day! More from Istanbul to come! 

emma