Rene Macdonald of Lisou Style Insider

Rene Macdonald is head designer at Lisou, a London-based fashion brand specialising in beautiful silk pieces with a twist. Rene grew up in Tanzania and moved to the UK at a young age but always travelled back and forth to Africa which is a place that continues to influence and inspire her. Here we catch up with Rene on lockdown achievements, her favourite denim pieces and her favourite things.


Tell us your biggest lockdown achievement

I feel thoroughly inadequate because unlike others I haven't learnt Russian or written a book! I've been working throughout which hasn't left time for much else.


If you could be locked down with anyone -not including your friends and family who would it be and why

Tamu Mcpherson, I could spend weeks in her wardrobe!


Show us your favourite ‘moment’ in your home.  What do you look at every day that makes you happy, it can be a thing, a person, or just a corner of your home.

This painting has to be one of my favourite things.  My father bought it for me years ago and it always makes me think of him.

It’s by an Ethiopian artist called Zerihun Yetmgeta so it also takes me back to my childhood when we lived in Ethiopia.


Painting by Zerihun Yetmgeta


We all buy beautiful clothes, handbags and accessories that we love but never seem to use.  Let’s see your top 3 – styled if you can!

I bought this tan faux leather top from The Frankie shop ages ago and frankly I can’t imagine what I was thinking.  Tan is always difficult against my skin and the billowing shape does nothing for my figure.  I’ve paired this with an old pair of Stella McCartney shorts that I’ve barely worn and now they just feel way too short.


Can we see your daily denim – what jeans are you wearing all the time right now.  

No word of a lie but I am OBSESSED with my Donna Ida high rise Hope ’Never Too Late' jeans. I also love my Ruby Culottes. I’m wearing them as we speak!


Rene Macdonald


If you could design a Donna Ida jean/jumpsuit or ready to wear item what would it be called?  We usually name the denim after girls that Ida would like to hang out with, and the name the ready to wear pieces after the way they make you feel.

It would definitely be a high rise jean in a dark wash.  I’d call them ‘Farrah’ to fit in with my 70s aesthetic.

 What is the first thing you’ll do when you get out?

See all the family and friends I’ve missed and going out to restaurants.

We’ll all get back to the airport at some point, when you do, what is the destination that will be on your boarding pass?

 Ibiza and Tanzania, my two favourite places. 


"My lockdown companion, Cameron."
Rene Macdonald

Before we go, can you share a photo of your lockdown companion/s if you are lucky enough to have some!

My son Cameron who has kept me laughing throughout!

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