l'île d'eau was founded in Berlin by Natsuko Mizushima v.d. Ree. Her family name, Mizushima, means water (“mizu”) and island (“shima”) in Japanese; l’ile d’eau captures both of these concepts in French. Observing the forest near her home, she often collects plants or branches as they fall from the trees. This inspired her brand’s philosophy; “wearing”, “seeing”, or “feeling”, using different types of natural materials to create sustainable, fashionable and simple accessories. She also leverages her background as a graphic designer throughout her work.