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Our Brand Story

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Maybe it was growing up on Sydney’s Long Reef Beach.

Maybe it was watching too much Gilligan’s Island.

But us Aussies live on the world’s largest island (unofficially).

Our home is girt by sea – as we sing in our national anthem.

And 85% of our population lives within 50km of the coast.

We are the Saltwater People.

My name is Mandy Urquhart and My Island Home is my summer love child.

It was inspired by life by the coast, the beach, and the easy-breezy Sydney summer…

It’s a little bit “chilled-out beach chic” and a little bit “relaxed resort holiday”.

We prefer things to be hand-made of natural materials by craftsmen & artisans.

We started slow and small in 2001 and that’s the way we like it.

Our Journey

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The original My Island Home was a little tropical homewares store located in Sydney’s fashionable Double Bay.

Over 16 years there we also started selling what we called resortwear.

Clothes you can wear with flats to the beach, or dress up with jewels & accessories and wear out.

In 2003 we were one of the first online retailers in Australia.

We’ve featured in many Australian & international fashion & style mags.

From Coastal Style & Amex’s Departures mag for Platinum card members in the US, to Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar & the good ol’ Womens Weekly in Australia.

We’ve sold to international rock stars & fashion icons, local movie stars & the odd princess!

You could say we know the ropes.

Since moving to purely online in 2017 we no longer sell the hard-to-ship homewares.

It’s all about the fashion, jewels, and accessories now.

And they’re lovingly made in small quantities by small, generally female-run companies like ours.

We’re not a big operation.

We’re happy hanging out, on island-time.

Enjoying the sun, sand & surf.

Welcome to our happy island home.