our story

OliveAnkara is a slow fashion brand that operates from a place of curiosity and joy.

We celebrate the richness that diversity brings to our world.

Our mission is to create joyful, vibrant, well-crafted designs that draw inspiration from traditional African fashion.

How it Started

Hi there! My name is Ifeoma (you can call me IFY), and I am the founder and designer of OliveAnkara. OliveAnkara is the meeting point of African fabrics and modern fashion design…with an Italian taste. The idea came, as often happens, from a void that needed to be filled. I’ll tell you more about this in a while, let me first introduce myself.

I was born and raised in Italy, near Venice, where my parents moved from Nigeria in the early Eighties. I grew up surrounded by Italian people, culture and taste, but my Nigerian roots always played an important role. I have been exposed to African cultures a lot during my youth, especially thanks to the big Nigerian community that grew in Italy during those years. One aspect that always fascinated me when attending family gatherings was the colorful clothing that men and women were wearing. I fell in love with African fabrics, and this love never faded. I finished my studies and did my PHD in Human Molecular Genetics in Italy, then i received an offer to move to Singapore and continue my career in the field of Cancer Research. Singapore is a great place to experience the very meaning of Melting Pot. Here you can find people of all races and religions. But soon after I moved here, I realized Singapore had a BIG PROBLEM…there was a total lack of African culture! I wanted to find some African fabrics to make my wedding gown, and I couldn’t find any! This lack sparked an idea in my mind: “if I can’t find any African dress in Singapore, why don’t I make it myself?” So I bought some fabrics from Nigeria through a family member, and made a few dresses for myself. I started wearing these dresses and soon realized people were noticing and asking about the origin. So I decided to make some more….This was late 2016.

African Tins TODAY

Hi there! My name is Ifeoma (you can call me IFY), and I am the founder and designer of OliveAnkara. OliveAnkara is the meeting point of African fabrics and modern fashion design…with an Italian taste. The idea came, as often happens, from a void that needed to be filled. I’ll tell you more about this in a while, let me first introduce myself.

I was born and raised in Italy, near Venice, where my parents moved from Nigeria in the early Eighties. I grew up surrounded by Italian people, culture and taste, but my Nigerian roots always played an important role. I have been exposed to African cultures a lot during my youth, especially thanks to the big Nigerian community that grew in Italy during those years. One aspect that always fascinated me when attending family gatherings was the colorful clothing that men and women were wearing. I fell in love with African fabrics, and this love never faded. I finished my studies and did my PHD in Human Molecular Genetics in Italy, then i received an offer to move to Singapore and continue my career in the field of Cancer Research. Singapore is a great place to experience the very meaning of Melting Pot. Here you can find people of all races and religions. But soon after I moved here, I realized Singapore had a BIG PROBLEM…there was a total lack of African culture! I wanted to find some African fabrics to make my wedding gown, and I couldn’t find any! This lack sparked an idea in my mind: “if I can’t find any African dress in Singapore, why don’t I make it myself?” So I bought some fabrics from Nigeria through a family member, and made a few dresses for myself. I started wearing these dresses and soon realized people were noticing and asking about the origin. So I decided to make some more….This was late 2016.

African Tins TODAY

Hi there! My name is  fashion design…with an Italian taste. The idea came, as often happens, from a void that needed to be filled. I’ll tell you more about this in a while, let me first introduce myself.

I was born and raised in Italy, near Venice, where my parents moved from Nigeria in the early Eighties. I grew up  community that grew in Italy during those years. One aspect that always f culture! I wanted to find some African fabrics to make my wedding gown, and I couldn’t find any! This lack sparked an idea in my mind: “if I can’t find any African dress in Singapore, why don’t I make it myself?” So I bought some fabrics from Nigeria through a family member, and made a few dresses for myself. I started wearing these dresses and soon realized people were noticing and asking about the origin. So I decided to make some more….This was late 2016.

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