The new Kisa Collections Boutique is importing Turkish handmade jewelry to Lake Street.
While pursuing a degree in fiber arts, owner Emily Kisa studied in Turkey, met her husband there and stayed for years. She lived on the coast of the Aegean Sea, enjoying a café her husband’s relatives operated there.
“I became obsessed with their lace-making traditions, and made a line around that,” Kisa said.
She returned to Minnesota about two years ago, and after the making the rounds with local trunk shows, she decided it was time to grow into a shop of her own.
Kisa’s boutique features clothing by European designers with varying price points. She also commissions jewelry work by women in the Turkish village Nalihan. The women raise their own silkworms and hand-crochet jewelry.
“I’m a maker and a crafter, that’s my background,” Kisa said. “But right now I’m a businesswoman for a while.”
Store hours at 722 W. Lake St. are Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 12-4 p.m.
For more information, visit http://kisacollections.com/