Amid the pandemic last year, we saw some amazing companies, businesses, and brands emerge, Isla Risa was one of them. Founder Emma Garner after she had found herself furloughed, living with her parents in her childhood home in the countryside, and with ample time on her hands. Not one to sit around and do nothing, Emma picked up a crochet needle, a skill she had learnt whilst studying textiles at university, and began to play around with different materials, techniques and shapes. Over a few months, and with lots of unravelling, the Hive was born. A bucket bag, inspired by sculpture and natural forms, masterfully knotted together in an array of vibrant colours to create an accessory for any occasion. From there, Isla Risa began to take shape. Wanting to name the company for the luxury, Mediterranean feel that the bags themselves evoke, Isla Risa translates from the Spanish to mean Island of Laughter. Inspired by Emma’s holidays from the Mediterranean, the bold colours and unique shape of each bag are designed to transport you to a far-off land. Each bag is handmade by Emma from a single piece of satin ribbon, naturally being both slow fashion and low waste.
Although only just a year old, Isla Risa is now sold across the world, with stockists from New Zealand to California, a growing team from the base in London, and a brand-new shape launched this season. As the company continues to grow, Isla Risa will continue to prove that luxury items can be both beautiful and ethical. To discover the collection visit https://islarisa.com