Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, the aspiring new designer behind Eki Orleans, prides herself on her elegant and intricate patterns. These reflect her colourful memories growing up as a child in the buzzing city of Lagos, Nigeria and her German roots.
The Eki Orleans philosophy is about fusing vibrant prints with the delicate texture of silk. The designer, Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, whose inspiration is traditional West African patterns, creates her own interpretation of these cultural and intricate patterns. Like many upcoming designers, she is self-taught. The concept of the line began with a collection of scarves that combined different fabrics from India and Africa. After perfecting her technique of combining cultural prints, Hazel ventured out into designing her own garments that embody the uniqueness of her concept and collection. This is what makes Eki Orleans truly distinctive.
“I naturally have a close bond to African culture and having travelled around the world, has led me to combine both my African roots with the rich cultural encounters I came across in my travels. This combination of both cultures has formed the basis of my collection. I am passionate about mixing and matching colours and I love nothing more than to make a stunning entrance. My collection accentuates the feminine, the brave and the sexy within all of us and it’s my mission to bring out the colourful goddess in every woman.”