Company History


Isabel Harris 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 to all his family, his love of nature and beauty. The entire family 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. Founded on her love of fragrance the store was a success from day one and quickly outgrew its first tiny Queens Arcade location.

A new store followed shortly in Teed St Newmarket and this store has become something of a Newmarket institution. With a huge range of products and wide choice 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.

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

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