La Isla transcends. From a sun-drenched Polaroid to the glossy page of an editorial spread, La Isla merges beach culture with high fashion, bringing sophistication down to earth. With our roots a fusion of Latin and American, La Isla evokes a style both spirited and contemporary. From the vibrant Colombian jungle to the warmth of Caribbean culture and all the way up the rugged Pacific coastline, we seek to understand, enjoy and absorb the natural beauty of the world. Above all, we maintain a commitment to impeccable and fairly conducted craftsmanship for savvy consumers conscious of both the how and what of their purchase.
We believe in the reciprocity of nature and stand by the principles of community that it teaches us. Our seamstresses, designers, photographers, storeowners, and anyone whose hand or mind graces La Isla is a part of our family.
Born in a bedroom, La Isla has outgrown its physical origins but retained every ounce of its intimacy. Its growth into one of the most recognizable names in swimwear has been entirely organic. So, too, is the means by which the company sustains itself. Never advertised, La Isla focuses solely on the quality and artistry of their product. The brand is known worldwide for the perfect fit, stunning fabrics and unique hand embroidery of its swimwear and apparel.
Over the years, La Isla has been featured and recognized in publications like VOGUE, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Portfolio (hardcover book), InStyle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Foam, Surfing Magazine, Transworld Surf, Bazaar, Zink! and in other media such as The David Letterman Show and on E! Entertainment Channel.
La Isla’s manufacturing facility is in Medellin, Colombia, where all of the employees are locals and most are head-of-household women. The facility operates using as much natural light as possible, and uses digital printing for many t-shirts to conserve natural resources. While currently using mostly Oeko-tex certified fabrics, La Isla is working toward complete sustainability with the implementation of recycled PET material. And to support the local economy, all fabrics comprising La Isla’s 2014 collection will be sourced from Colombia. With a commitment to serving the nature that inspires, La Isla has aspirations to improve their environmental friendliness as the technology becomes available.
La Isla prides itself on an astute awareness of its surroundings, but drawing inspiration from the beauty of life goes hand-in-hand with acknowledging the suffering. La Isla supports many charitable efforts, and has formed partnerships throughout the years with organizations like Children of the Americas and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. Learn more about La Isla’s partnerships here.
From the inspiration of the design to the inception of the product, everything bearing the La Isla name is made with equal consciousness for the environment and for style.