About Island Luxe
Island Luxe is a concept store based in Byron Bay and Bangalow that seeks to reinterpret the concept of luxury, harnessing ideals of longevity, humility and beauty in imperfection. Presenting collections created by true artisans from all over the world that exude their skill dedication and passion for their creations. This reflects the founders inner vision and realities.
Behind The Brand
What was the spark for Island Luxe? Where did the story begin?
The spark came from our desire to create a family business that offered customers the opportunity to experience the sense of carefree joy and shared discovery when on holiday.
Through our love of travel and other cultures, it would give us the opportunity to explore the world and enable us to bring these experiences home to incorporate those cultures and the fabrics, textures, art, music and design into our everyday lives. We create a space that nurtures our clients, staff and ourselves and enriches all of our senses.
We wanted to present our ideal world that allows us to live amongst beautiful objects of understated and often raw and imperfect aesthetics.
To fulfil a need in the market against the trend of mass consumption, a need for real objects created by true artisans.
What inspires you creatively?
Inspiration comes from all aspects of life. Art, music, architecture, food, spending time in the wilderness, travel which immerses us in new environments. From the most complex aspect such as the nuances of a foreign culture to the smallest, like the weathering in a piece of wood. All of these things inspire us and have an effect on the creative vision. It’s what drives our business and keeps us evolving, our experiences in life.
We don’t like to be too driven by fashion trends or what other stores are doing or social media. These things can cloud our vision and lead to over saturation of particular styles and trends. We like to stay on our own path and vision.
Most memorable place you’ve travelled?
No one place is more memorable than another. For us every country we visit has its own magic. Every place has its own unique beauty that offers moments of inspiration and memorable experiences.
Doma Café in Federal and a drive through the beautiful hinterland and Minyon Falls.
Exploring the secret beaches in the national parks south of Broken Head.
The local farmers markets in Byron, Bangalow and Mullumbimby.
Woods (Bangalow) & Folk (Byron Bay)
Top Shop (A local staple after the beach)
Coffee at the Harvest Bakery in Newrybar on a weekend morning, with the smell of the old wood oven burning.
Fleet for dinner in Brunswick Heads (Book in advance)
Drinks at Raes on Wategos (A local Icon)
A Spa treatment at Gaia Retreat or the Byron at Byron.
Tweed Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Centre is worth a drive to Murwillumbah.
On a typical weekend we’ll find you?
Usually at work but if we’re lucky enough to have the day off,
a long breakfast followed by walking the dog on the beach and then hiding out in our Hinterland homes and cooking the day away.
A favourite quote?
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you. It should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you, hopefully you leave something good behind’- Anthony Bourdain