About Us

OUR BRAND

COUTURE DES ILES IS A BRAND RICH OF HERITAGE AND LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP BY MAKING USE OF TRADITIONAL BAHAMIAN CRAFTS TO BRING IT INTO MODERN DAY RELEVANCE.

IT IS OUR MISSION TO PROMOTE BAHAMIAN STRAW HANDCRAFT AND ALL THE WONDERFUL AND TALENTED ARTISANS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COUNTRY.

 

 

HERITAGE

BAHAMIAN STRAW CRAFT IS OUR ANSWER IN DESIGNING ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION ACCESSORIES.

BAHAMIAN STRAW WORKERS TYPICALLY START THEIR CRAFT AT AN EARLY AGE, LEARNING AT THE FEET OF THEIR MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS. TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT A STRAW PRODUCT - OR PLAIT, AS IT IS KNOWN IN THE BAHAMAS - AND YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE INTRICACIES OF THE WEAVES THAT CARRY NAMES SUCH AS PEAS'N'RICE, BAHAMA MAMA, JACOB'S LADDER, SOUR SOP, PINEAPPLE AND FISH POT.

 

EACH COUTURE DES ILES HANDBAG IS UNIQUE AND ENTIRELY HANDMADE IN THE BAHAMAS

 

MEET THE FOUNDER AND DESIGNER

"Growing up in Paris, couture and art have always been an inspiration but also an "art de vivre".I have always loved carrying beautiful handbags. Elegant and sophisticated were the criteria that I always looked for in a purse. Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel were my favorite designers.

In 2009, my family and I moved to the Bahamas. Few weeks later, at one of the local fair, I came across these elegant handbags made from the plaiting of Silver Top Palm Trees. I absolutely LOVED them. They are elegant, unique, handmade, colorful... I was sold! I have not owned a single designer handbag since then!

I was very lucky to meet Barbara Knowles Jesubathan in Nassau, participate in her classes, and learn this beautiful craft that I am happy to share with you today.I hope you enjoy these handbags as much as I do:)"

Fanny Oldfield

 

MEET OUR ARTISANS 

Rosebell Rolle and  her sister Rudell Bain from Cat Island Bahamas. They  both learned their craft from their mother at a very young age and have been plaiting for more than 50 years.

Couture Des Iles is very proud to promote and sell the Rosebell bag handmade by this two wonderful and talented artisans. 

 

Isabell Knowles and Charlotte Cartwright from Long Island has been plaiting from the age of  5yrs old. We are so blessed to count them in our talented team of artisans.  

 

 

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