Goose Island was born in 1993 after our Managing Director, Karen, fell in love with the Eastern designs and fabrics during her travels to Bali, and completely changed her career to pursue her passion for fashion in the Far East.
Originally focussing on unique jewellery and eye-catching accessories, Karen then expanded into sourcing ladies dresses, tops, and other fashion items through her regular trips to the Far East, then selling these at larger fashion events. After almost two years of building her business, Karen took the opportunity to rent a shop in Swansea, and Goose Island was officially born.
The exceptional success of the shop allowed Goose Island to expand opening a further three shops in Mumbles, Neath, and Cowbridge within just three years. This success didn’t go unnoticed, and Karen was approached by an agent with a view to taking Goose Island to the wholesale market in 2009.
After initially focussing on her unique Balinese jewellery, Karen realised that a switch to ladies clothing would be much more beneficial in terms of increasing sales in both the wholesale and retail markets. This change, resulting in further growth, meant that Goose Island needed a quicker turnaround of products than those achieved from the Far East; so after several months of research, she found a range of designers in Italy were a perfect fit for the Goose Island brand.
Sourcing designs and ladies fashion items from Italy means that Goose Island can keep costs down, reduce freight time, and lessen environmental impact. The Goose Island team visits Italy every month to liaise with designers and suppliers, and to seek out more styles, shapes, and fabrics that fit in with the beautifully relaxed layered style synonym us with the brand.
Goose Island still has two thriving stores in Mumbles and Cowbridge, alongside a very popular online store, and a growing number of wholesale clients across the UK and Europe.
Goose Island is today recognised as one of the top ladies fashion wholesalers in Wales, supplying to over 400 stockists, including TK Maxx, Jacques Vert and the Blue Diamond Group in the UK and Jacqueline Riu in France. Ladies dresses, tops, and other women’s fashion items are always designed and manufactured in superb Italian quality, and are easily available to buy in wholesale quantities on our website as well as being available in our retail stores.
All of our unique, and comfortable ladies’ fashions are regularly updated on our website an in our stores, and everything is available to order as single items, or as large wholesale orders.