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  • My journey with Isleande started in 2017, inspired by an unusually hot summer in Helsinki. After struggling to find comfortable and versatile pieces for my little ones, I found myself overwhelmed by the abundance of loud prints and synthetic textures – completely unsuited for sweltering temperatures. With this in mind, I set out to create a children’s brand that celebrates my own Caribbean heritage and also reflects my love for Nordic – especially Finnish – way of life.

    A year later Isleande was founded. Starting with our signature styles the Naantali and Nagu, our mission is to create soft yet sustainable children's clothing with a focus on timeless pieces that are inspired by Nordic and Caribbean summers. Each piece is meant to be lived in and passed on – for little ones to explore the joys of recreational living, and for parents who want to pass on their way of life.

    Lots of love, Peta

  • March 28, 2020 2 min read

    When meeting someone for the first time, I can always count on two questions. “Where are you from?” immediately followed by “why are you here?” That I’m a non native is fairly obvious. On a good day I’ve been compared to Lauryn Hill – to my immense delight. And when I’m strolling down the streets of Helsinki (let’s be honest, when you have kids you don’t simply stroll) – between the hair, complexion, and extra-large pearly whites, I tend to stand out. So the questions are never a surprise, and to be truthful I quite enjoy the conversation, as Finns are generally thoughtful, deep thinkers. They never ask out of politeness, but rather because they are genuinely interested in your story.

    With this in mind, I’m sharing a little about my island. I’m a Jamaican originally from St. Andrew, a parish immediately above Kingston, which is often considered an extended area of the capital. To the east lies Portland, which in my opinion is the most beautiful part. It’s the home of the Blue Mountains, so called because of its tinted appearance from a distance. Fun fact, some of the world’s best coffee is grown here – something I later learned when I found a package at Stockmann’s and nearly passed out when I saw the price. Thankfully I’m awake now so I can share more goodies.

    Last January our family had the good fortune to visit. Every time we return I try to explore a new area because the sub-cultures are so vastly different, even in this small island. We took one day to visit Strawberry Hill. And for the first time in years, I was at peace. 



    Main entrance and lounge


    Strawberry Hill is more a lifestyle personified than anything else. Though it’s raison d’être includes hotel, restaurant, and spa, it’s a popular destination for weddings and it’s not hard to see why. Each lodging is a cottage onto itself furnished with gorgeous 4-poster beds and large louvres that open out to spectacular views of the mountains. And that view? You guessed it – features part of the Blue Mountain range.


    Lush exterior and decor


    Sans kids, we took advantage of the spa. Between the scents, surroundings, and ample kneading, I was completely relaxed. What a way to start the new year.


    Strawberry Hill,, +1 876 944 8400

    New Castle Road, Irish Town, JA

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