Our Story

Welcome to Ulo - our colourful home of luxury handmade clothing and homeware collections enriched with African sentiment and joy. 

I launched Ulo in 2017 with the goal to create beautiful handmade pieces enriched with African sentiment which tell a story, evoke a sense of joy, and champion international production. 

We create contemporary womenswear and interior home design using traditional African textiles. Through our use of vibrant prints, and quality textiles, I take great joy in drawing on my heritage to create beautiful pieces for all to enjoy. 

Having grown up in Nigeria and then London, I've always had a deep appreciation for African textiles and the stories behind them. My grandmother always used to say 'what is life without colour' and I couldn't agree more.  

Having moved from London to Melbourne, I always knew that I wanted to bring a piece of my home to Australia, and it was this desire which encouraged me to start designing and making capsule collections for the modern home and lifestyle. I launched our first homeware collection in 2017 and shortly after followed Ulo Woman, our popular womenswear collection that consists of timeless, easy-to-wear silhouettes design with the finest African textiles.

All of our collections are designed and made in house by our wonderful and talented team. 

In April 2022, we proudly opened our first retail store in Hawthorn, Melbourne known as Ulo Home, where you can browse our vibrant collection of womenswear and homeware collections whilst enjoying 'The Sounds of Ulo', a monthly rotation of African music curated by our team.

Above our retail store is our studio and workshop, where our production team creates each collection piece. 

Our Textiles

All of our collections are designed using African wax print fabrics sourced from artisans and fabric vendors in Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria.  

Most notably, the team and I work with two popular textiles known as Ankara and Adire.  Ankara textile is a soft cotton fabric renowned for its colour and distinctive prints printed in 6 yard pieces in limited quantities. Likewise, Adire is a starched brocade cotton fabric which is hand-printed in 4 yard pieces exclusively for Ulo by talented craftsmen in Abeokuta, South-Western Nigeria.  After one wash, the textile softens to a linen-like feel - light and easy-to-wear.

 
The charm of Ulo is found in the subtle imperfections and distinct character of our textiles, meaning no two items are alike.  The uniqueness of each textile is one of the many reasons why we favour small-scale production where quality is favoured over quantity.  Due to the traditional nature of our craft, we are only able to produce a limited quantity of Ulo pieces every month.
 

Made for You, Made to Last 

Every Ulo piece is handmade in house by our team in Melbourne. We believe that in order to create good quality products, you must take great pride in all parts of the process from design to product, and the manufacturing process is something to be valued and shared. 

We are a small team, proudly designing and making our collections. As we have expanded our offerings, we have remained intentional about producing only what we can sell. 

Each collection piece is unique and tells a different story - from ensuring that our designs embody true craftsmanship, to valuing the ethical and sustainable part of the production process, and creating good quality products, we hope that our commitment to creating unique pieces speaks for itself.