ABOUT TESSLO

Label Background

Tessy Oliseh-Amaize founded Tesslo Concepts in 2005. The label was born shortly after Tessy graduated in 2005 from Middlessex University, United Kingdom where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design.

Banking on her vision for a global fashion brand, her creativity, qualification and versatility, Tessy took a bold plunge into the creative waters of fashion, starting the business as its pioneer Creative Director.

“Tesslo” originated from the first and maiden name of Tessy Oliseh-Amaize, with the beginning of her Oliseh maiden name “OL” spelt backward “LO” but with the exemption of the letter “y” from the initials.

The Tesslo brand represents a fusion of Western and African cultures inspired by emerging fashion trends. Over the years, the brand has been inspired by the need to constantly create new, innovative and bold refreshing pieces focusing on the wide array of colors the African fabric provides.

Creative Director of Tesslo Concepts, Tessy Oliseh-Amaize had her early education in Nigeria after which she proceeded to London for her university education. Her fashion career parades experiences working with some top British fashion houses including Gharani Strok and Fashion Forum in Kent.

In 2006, Tesslo Concepts beat 126 other Nigerian fashion designers to emerge winner of the Best Fashion Designer Award at the Nigeria Fashion Show (NFS) in Paris.

Also in 2006, she was nominated for the Future Awards’ Entrepreneur of the Year (Beauty & Style) category.

Designs by Tesslo Concepts have been showcased at several fashion shows from Nigeria Fashion Week to Stars on the Runway, Nigeria Model Awards and Encomium Black and White Ball alongside top Nigerian designers like Modela, Zizi Cardow among others.

Tesslo targets creating outfits for confident and independent minded fashionistas and eccentric individuals (fashion risk takers). Some Nigerian celebrities who have worn designs by Tesslo Concepts include D’Banj, Tuface Idibia, Olu Maintain, Brymo and Ice Prince among others.

The Tesslo brand logo is the giraffe. The giraffe is a graceful and elegant animal that stands heads and shoulders above other animals in the animal kingdom. Giraffes by nature are not arrogant but naturally become the center of attraction. Tesslo Concepts draws a lot from the giraffe and this reflects in its style and brand character.

Sitting as Creative Adviser at Tesslo Concepts is her husband, Ohimai Godwin Amaize – a consummate political technocrat and media strategist who served as ministerial adviser at Nigeria’s Youth Development, Foreign Affairs, Sports and Defense ministries between 2011 and 2015.

In 2015, Tesslo Concepts birthed the Tesslo Fashion Academy (TFA) in Abuja – a fashion school designed to groom and nurture fashion talents and enthusiasts into professional fashion designers.

TESSY OLISEH – AMAIZE / CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Tessy Oliseh-Amaize is an indigene of Delta State, Nigeria. She had her early education in Nigeria after which she proceeded to London where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design from Middlesex University. She worked with some top British fashion houses including Gharani Strok and Fashion Forum in Kent.

OHIMAI GODWIN AMAIZE / CREATIVE ADVISER

Ohimai Godwin Amaize holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and French (Combined Honours) from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Managing for Integrity from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. He has a stunning career spanning brand development, media, communications, advocacy, sports, security, politics, creativity and pop culture. He is married to Tessy Oliseh-Amaize.

KEMI LOT / FASHION INTERN

Kemi Lot is a lawyer by profession, but has a passion for fashion and beauty. She aspires to be a professional fashion designer and beauty consultant, catering to every woman’s fashion and beauty needs irrespective of their colour, race or ethnicity. She believes every woman is made beautiful, each one with their unique and peculiar features and these features need definition.

Milestones

In September 2006, Tessy emerged Nigeria’s Best Fashion Designer 2006/2007. She accomplished this feat by defeating 126 other top designers from all over Nigeria at the Nigeria Fashion Show held in Paris. By this accomplishment, she has represented Nigeria in international fashion events in Paris, Milan, London and Cape-Town. Her collection has featured at a fashion show in Washington DC, USA where she was engaged by the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation as part of the Heart of Africa project of the Federal Government.

 

In less than a year from the commencement of Tesslo Concepts, she was nominated Entrepreneur of the Year at the Future Awards 2007. Tesslo Concepts was one of the top 12 Nigerian designers selected to participate on “Stars on the Runway”, a fashion show organized by UK TV presenter Ronke Apampa to raise money for charity.

 

In 2008, the young creative designer Tessy Oliseh took a break from the social scene in order to re-brand and restructure her fashion outfit Tesslo Concepts. She embarked on a fashion world tour, learning more about the business and while studying the successes of established fashion designers in Europe, Asia, USA etc. In 2010, Tesslo introduced “The Suit Range” and “Tesslo Cosmo” with excellent quality at very affordable prices.

 

Top amongst her brand models include her husband, Ohimai Godwin Amaize popularly known as Mr. Fix Nigeria as well as Olu Maintain.