How we started our sewing loft on Bonaire
Hi! And thank you for your visit to our website.
We’re Suus and Eunan, the founders of Phish Phaktory. Originally from the Netherlands (Suus) and Ireland (Eunan), our love of the natural world and passion for global exploration took us on some really amazing adventures.
We worked as dive instructors in fantastic places like Thailand and Australia, and it was our love for the underwater world that led us to the beautiful Caribbean island of Bonaire, home of some of the best reef diving on the planet.
Arrival on Bonaire
We came expecting to stay for a season and simply enjoy another adventure. But like so many before us, we fell in love with Bonaire’s unspoilt natural beauty and slower pace of life. The climate also didn’t hurt. Neither of us was in a hurry to return to winter in either The Netherlands or Ireland.
After several years as dive instructors on Bonaire, our entrepreneurial spirits urged us to set up our own business. Our commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation helped guide us to the idea of a sewing company. Every day we saw potentially re-useable resources being discarded. We saw the potential in repurposing these materials, rather than letting them go to the landfill or, worse: the bottom of the beautiful ocean.
Starting Phish Phaktory
We took the leap, quit our dive jobs and Phish Phaktory was born. We started sewing in our living room, but quickly outgrew that arrangement. With the help of friends (it is the island way!), we built our current workshop at El Navigante Boatyard in Hato. It’s where you can usually find us and where our dogs Izzy & Beau will welcome you with a smile and a wiggle.
Now well into our fifth year, we are proud to offer a full line of guaranteed products and services – all manufactured in a sustainable and environmentally conscious way! Our aim is to continue this path and keep improving our way of work, in order to keep creating beautiful things but keep Bonaire beautiful at the same time.
We’ve moved to a more adapted workspace since the start of July 2020 and are in the midst of renovating. We’ll be closed during July, but you can always contact us via email or phone for inquiries. Our aim is to re-open our doors of the new workshop in August. Keep a close watch on our Facebook and Instagram so you can join us for a toast on our new launch!
Suus and Eunan