About the Designer
Hi, I’m Alexa, the designer and creator of this magical little brand, From Isla (pronounced eye-lah, and stems from the Gaelic word for island)
Let me bring you up to speed, I used to live in NYC, where I studied fashion design with a focus on special occasion gowns. After years of doing the NYC grind thing, I needed a change of scenery, I felt a calling for CA. So, I drove to LA with no plan, no expectations, and a stomach full of nerves. I ended up staying in the bridal industry for a bit longer, before diving into swimwear design.
From Isla was my side hustle for years...first wire wrapped crystals then ocean inspired necklaces, I did this for a long time. Finally in 2021 I decided to take the leap to fine jewelry. It's been a crazy journey so far, from quitting my full time job in the fashion industry to pursue From Isla full time. I wrote all about my transition from working in the fashion industry to working for myself in this blog post
. If you want to read more about my creative process, head here
Thank you for being here!
About the Brand
The lifeblood of this line has always been a connection to the sea. From Isla began with cowrie shell chokers and whale tail charm necklaces. My designs have evolved since the early days, but I still infuse my pieces with the essense of the ocean.
The ethereal aesthetic felt throughout my collections is inspired by stories of lost pirate treasure, mermaids, and folklore. Basically I am obsessed with fairy tales that occur in or around the ocean. By harnessing those magical vibes and infusing them through out my jewelry, I hope to create beautiful pieces that remind you of the magic of the sea.
I use an ancient method called, lost wax casting. With this, I am able to create organic textures and one of a kind silhouettes.
I donate a portion of the proceeds from my jewelry sales to ocean conservation organizations. I am continually taking more steps as a business, and in my personal life, to become more ocean friendly. I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
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