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Breasclete provides the location next week for the opening of a boutique showroom for Islewear, an independent jewellery design business based on the Isle of Lewis.

Founded by jewellery designer Jordane Symington, Islewear was officially launched on May 26, 2017 with support from the Hebrides contemporary Artist mentorship scheme at An Lanntair Arts Centre.

Working from her small croft-based studio, Jordane handcrafts designs inspired and shaped by the local Hebridean landscape, from precious metals.  With a love for the local environment and unique heritage of the Hebrides, Jordane’s designs feature native natural Hebridean materials, which are preserved and transformed through signature processes into precious metal and shaped with imprints and textures from Lewisian Gneiss, local rock formations, preserved fauna from the machair and even seaweed.

Islewear open the doors to their new boutique showroom from the beginning of August. With the support of both the Impact 30 programme, and the Young Company Capital Investment delivered through Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Jordane has accessed specialist business support and funding to help her business grow.

Jordane joined the IMPACT30 programme in January 2021. “Being on the IMPACT30 programme has given me access to specialist business support to help me think longer term about Islewear, considering projections, future plans and has encouraged me to challenge my ambitions, thinking bigger than I ever thought possible!

"Working with my business enabler has helped me be accountable for my own progress and helped with areas I have lacked in previously. Being a part of the friendly community has been great and I know this network will help my business grow in the future, so much so my first retail shop is opening on the 31st of July in Breasclete, Isle of Lewis.

IMPACT30 is delivered on HIE’s behalf by Anderson Anderson and Brown Consulting (AAB) who use their extensive business network to connect participants with top industry experts. Mark Bell, programme director at AAB, said: “During a difficult year I have been inspired by the resilient, ambition, and drive that exists in the young people we have worked with in the Highlands and Islands.

"There are already many young business leaders across the region making a significant contribution to the economy, and I can’t wait to support our new group doing likewise.”

Here's a link to the details of the opening on May 26 2017 (the photographs that appeared with the report have not been retained on-line.)