isleempress

Island inspired. Global Treasures. Fit for an Empress.

Paia, Hawaii · 385 Sales

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Note from shop owner Aloha Empresses, thank you for stopping by to check out the shop!! Unfortunately I am on holiday, gypsetting around Europe and Africa, collecting treasures and fabricating my new collections for the shop! I will be back at the end of September with all sorts of new global treasures and designs, so be sure to check back! Until then, feel free to follow Isle Empress on Facebook, Instagram and my travel blog, to keep up on my exotic adventures and what Isle Empress has in the works!! Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Last updated on Jun 28, 2018

Aloha Empresses, thank you for stopping by to check out the shop!! Unfortunately I am on holiday, gypsetting around Europe and Africa, collecting treasures and fabricating my new collections for the shop! I will be back at the end of September with all sorts of new global treasures and designs, so be sure to check back! Until then, feel free to follow Isle Empress on Facebook, Instagram and my travel blog, to keep up on my exotic adventures and what Isle Empress has in the works!! Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Isle Empress, a wandering gypsy boutique that features handmade, one-of-a-kind, exotic fashion, jewelry and art hand selected from around the world.

Aloha and welcome!
The story of Isle Empress started back in 2000, when I first caught the travel bug. I graduated high school, left 3 days later, and started back packing around Europe. By opening my mind, expanding my horizons and falling in love with the unknown, I just knew I was going to be a gypsy for life. I went home after the summer and started college, well knowing travel days had only begun. I studied psychology, fashion design, and general Ed. I completed one semester and left again to globe trot.

I went back to Europe for another endless summer in Ibiza, and then decided to not come home for a year and a half. After a winter in Holland, a spring in South East Asia, and those 3 summers in Spain, I was hooked.

Eventually I made it back to the US and finished my associates degree, only to leave right after to wander again. I explored all the countries in Central America (except Panama) and some islands in the Caribbean. After that I worked my way down to South America, and eventually on to Africa and then Eastern Europe.

Maybe it's my shopping addition, or maybe it's my passion for fashion, but along my journeys I couldnt help but fall in love with all the statement jewelry, exotic art, and ethnic textiles I found along the way. So as I chased the sun, following cultural festivals, and on a mission to conquer all of the 7 World Wonders, I started treasure seeking, and selling my jewelry and global finds along my way.

In Mexico, I collected amber and sterling silver. In South America, I started importing Peruvian textiles, turquoise and other semi-precious stone jewelry. In Asia, I fell in love with the Hill Tribe pure silver jewelry, and vibrant textiles. In Bali, I collected beautiful Balinese silver, shell jewelry, amazing art, handicrafts, and I even designed some clothes using their traditional Batik fabrics. In India, I traveled far and wide to little villages collecting antique Afghani lapis and other gemstone jewelry. In Morocco, I imported more unique treasures like lamps, teapots, leather goods and of course, more jewelry. Back to South America for more textiles, and then Brazil for bikinis. The list goes on...Turkey, Egypt, Croatia, Greece…

Being a sunshine gal, living for the love of travel, and warm tropical islands, in 2003 I moved to the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.

In 2009 I took an opportunity to open a little shop on the North Shore in Paia, Maui. That is when Isle Empress went from being a traveling life style, to an actual store front. I combined local artists designs with all my exotic imports and eventually built Isle Empress Boutique.

My lease was for only 2 years, and after 2 floods I saw it as an omen. I was getting itchy feet to go travel again, so when my lease was up, I took that as an opportunity to pack it up and go back to my wandering ways.

Now, being a new generation where the web is the simplest way to build a business, and a BIG thanks to Etsy, I can now expand my clientele base from a tiny little island in the middle of Pacific Ocean, to a world wide store!

My most recent adventure was to Senegal in West Africa where I personally designed a new Ankara clothing collection with the traditional African Wax Prints. Be sure to check them out, and stay tuned for the new Hill Tribe collection I'm working on next!

I plan to continue traveling as long as my little gypsy feet will allow, so be sure to follow Isle Empress new travel blog and check back often, as it will only continue to flourish with many new collections to come!

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  • Isle Empress

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

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Last updated on July 25, 2017
Aloha and Welcome to Isle Empress!!! A wandering gypsy boutique offering all exotic jewelry, fashion and art handmade from around the world!!

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I generally don't offer refunds unless otherwise specified. All sales are final. Exchanges can be discussed. Customer pays for shipping.
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Isle Empress is always traveling but is based out of the north shore of Maui, Hawaii so please be patient for shipping tends to take a little bit longer than coming from the mainland, especially international. I promise to properly package and ship off as soon as payment is received! The cost of shipping can vary depending how you prefer it shipped (Priority, UPS, Fed Ex etc). The shipping price listed is the cost to ship first class. Contact me for upgrade shipping options.