Tesslo is a premium fashion brand that specializes in creating customized, high-quality, timeless, and professionally tailored pieces, both classic and avant-garde. Founded by the talented Tessy Oliseh-Amaize in 2005, Tesslo operates as a virtual atelier based in Washington, DC.
Tessy, the daughter of a family of footballers, left Nigeria to study fashion at Middlessex University in London. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design, she returned to Nigeria to launch Tesslo, becoming the brand’s Creative Director. Her passion for fashion and her dedication to quality earned her the Best Designer Award in 2006 at the Nigeria Fashion Show – a national talent competition that featured over 125 contestants.
Tesslo’s designs are inspired by a fusion of global aesthetics, blending historical and emerging fashion trends across cultures. The brand’s focus on quality and sustainability ensures that each piece is specially handcrafted with durability in mind. The brand’s target audience includes business professionals, fashion connoisseurs, entertainers, and celebrities. Several prominent personalities have been dressed by Tesslo, a testament to the brand’s commitment to excellence.
The giraffe, the brand’s logo, symbolizes grace and elegance. Giraffes, by nature, are not arrogant but naturally become the center of attraction. The giraffe’s natural charm and attraction align with Tesslo’s style and brand character. Tesslo’s designs have been showcased at several fashion shows, from Lagos to Paris to Washington, DC.
As a passionate advocate of craftsmanship, Tessy works on her designs from conception to pattern-cutting to the final stitch. The brand’s first collection in the United States, “Big Apple,” was 100 percent handmade.