Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, the designer behind the brand- EKI ORLEANS
“I’m just a girl who made it her mission to find her passion and purpose in life, which is to inspire women around the world. My collections accentuate the feminine, the brave and the sexy within all of us and my sole purpose is to bring out the colourful goddess in every woman.”
It was Hazel’s love for colours and buying pieces in small boutiques that led her to the fashion industry. Her diverse mix of cultures from being born in a rural town in Germany, raised in Nigeria to now living in London gives rich inspiration for her work and has clearly influenced her design aesthetics. She draws inspiration from her cultural experiences, most notably her West African heritage, which she finds incredibly rich in story telling. Growing up in the buzzing and culturally diverse city of Lagos is where she first developed her love for the vivid and earthy colours of Africa.
After Hazel’s studies she pursued a career in financial marketing for several years until she became pregnant and decided to listen to her inner creative voice. It so happened to be reliving the little girl’s dream of colours and combining it with African story telling and this is when she took it upon herself to learn the art of designing prints and combining this with a personal story.
For inspiration, she always resorts back to her African roots. Each pattern she designs tells a story reminiscent of her childhood memories or is an interpretation of nature. There is always an injection of colours with a distinct orange running through most of her prints.
Nature & Sustainability.
She lives a very sustainable life; she loves nature, recycling, walking and is very conscious of not wasting, so she made it her mission to incorporate sustainability into her brand. She only works with silk, as it is a natural fabric and is biodegradable. Our fabrics are printed in China with a lady we have been working with for years and understands our ethical values. Once our designs are printed, all production is handled in a small London studio that ensures we have a no wastage policy. When we collaborate with others in the industry, we always ensure their work ethics match ours.