Isatu Funna is the owner of the beautiful homeware shop Dar Leone in the London borough of Islington. What`s striking when entering the shop are the beautiful colours and the carefully curated items. Isatu designs her own homeware inspired by her heritage and childhood memories of Dar Leone. “Very often I use physical examples of old vintage textiles from Sierra Leone, from Ghana, or from Nigeria or I see an art show and that will trigger something”, Isatu explains. “I also have distinct memories of my grandmother and the way she dressed and the colours that she used to dye her clothes with natural dyes.”
I love to hear about the story behind a business. Knowing about the intentions, dreams, and inspiration of a business owner helps me to look for ways to bring out the feeling and atmosphere of the business in the images.