If you’ve spent any time watching Kate over the years you are more than familiar with London-based brand Issa (pronounced EE-sah) – her blue Issa wrap was prominently featured in her engagement interview as well as a purple stylish number being showcased on her first tour of Canada. We are amongst those excited to see the collection that the brand puts out in a capsule collection for Banana republic which launches on Thursday.
Canada Day 2011 was the last time that we saw Kate in any Issa pieces. While never officially confirmed, it is likely due to the fact that Issa was purchased in majority by Camilla al-Fayed around that time. You may recongnize the al-Fayed name and you would be correct in the association – Camilla’s ‘s father is Mohamed al-Fayed, who has long suspected the British Royal family of being behind the car crash which killed Diana, Princess of Wales along with his son, Dodi al-Fayed. As a full-fledged member of the Royal Family, it’s highly doubtful that Kate would want to support the brand given the new politics involved. It also doesn’t help that the label’s founder, Daniella Helayel left the brand at the same time.
Never the less, those of us who do not have the political sensitivities that Kate does can still enjoy the brand’s capsule collection with Banana Republic showcasing their famous wrap styles and easy elegance – traits that surely Kate sought when initially favouring the brand. Not to mention that these styles are significantly discounted from the original Issa London styles – up to 80% less! Kate is a great fan of smart shopping, buying high street fashions to pair with her high end designers, and scoring deals on her favorite styles. Shopping the Issa London x Banana Republic collaboration is definitely what Kate would do – designer styles at a friendly price!
Here are some of our favorite pieces which we’ll be sure to be scouting in-store and online on Thursday morning!
If you’re not lucky enough to be trying on these pieces in store on Thursday morning and you’re not 100% sure on sizing, we recommend thinking about going down a size. Christine finds the sizes at Banana Republic run large so to check out their sizing chart carefully . In short, if you’re unsure, wrap styles are generally very forgiving from a size perspective. Amanda has owned an Issa dress and bought it a size larger than normal (ebay auction!) and found it to still work quite well given the wrap factor and being able to cinch it tighter if needed.
Be sure to share your Issa collection finds with us, we’d love to see!