Isabella de la Houssaye

Partner, Material Culture

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Isabella de la Houssaye has worked extensively around the world for the past 30 years, first as an international project finance attorney for White & Case, then as an investment banker based in the Hong Kong office of Lehman Brothers. She is currently the co-owner of Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based importer, retailer and auctioneer of art, antiques and traditional crafts from around the world.


Isabella is a passionate believer in the importance of cultural exchange and has biked, run and ridden horseback across many countries including Mongolia, India, Libya, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Turkey, South Africa, and Haiti to promote cultural exchange. She gives cultural studies lectures and has curated a number of cultural exhibits to promote better understanding. 


Isabella has a BA from Princeton University, a JD from Columbia Law School and is a Trustee of Princeton in Asia and Give Back Yoga, and an Advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Students on Ice. She is married to David Crane and they have five children.