Our Story


                                                                                       

Isabel Harris is a wholly New Zealand-owned family business. Started in 2004 by Joanna Legat, the business takes its name from the maternal side of Joanna's family, an old pioneering family from Governors Bay, Canterbury.

The Harris' were orchardists and lived in an idyllic cob homestead set in a beautiful sheltered bay. This homestead featured beautiful gardens and is now the site of the Taunton Nursery. Joanna's grandfather was head gardener at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens and passed on his love of nature and beauty to all his family. They are keen gardeners and through this has developed a love of fragrance, which Joanna believes is a natural extension of working with plants.

Back in 2004 Joanna opened her first boutique store. The store was a success from day one and quickly outgrew it's tiny Queens Arcade location.

The new store followed shortly in Teed St and this store has become something of a Newmarket institution. With a huge range of products the store is a great place to fossick and discover new favourites. Each year Joanna travels overseas to seek out new lines for the store so that these, along with old favourites, will always provide something to delight.

Being a specialty retail store, staff training and expert knowledge is a key part of our business. We are lucky to have had wonderful staff join us over the years and we encourage you to seek their help, ask their advice and share their experiences with you.

Our aim is to provide to our internet customers the same wide range and exceptional service that our customers have come to expect in store. You may be looking to buy online something you have previously bought in store. If you cannot find this item on the online store, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to locate the item for you. 

Web orders are given priority and once your payment is received we aim to ship within 24 hours. Please note, however, no internet orders are processed over the weekend. If there are any out of stock items or issues regarding your order we will email or phone you. To assist us please ensure that you put your contact phone numbers and email on your order. 

Welcome to the world of Isabel Harris. We hope you will leave us as a fan and friend.


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