My Story

Hi, I'm Tola Laseinde, the designer/maker behind award winning Detola & Geek based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

This is where my two worlds collide. My love for gorgeous interiors and vibrant African Wax Print fabrics (a.k.a. 'ankara' in Nigerian circles).

It all started from my crazy love of ankara. The popular African material used originally in making clothes for all occasions - be it for everyday, evening, wedding or party wear. It's vibrant, eye-catching, colourful and easily adaptable. 

What makes these African Prints SO unique is the way the patterns & colours run and appear. 

So I thought to myself one day, as you do, you know what I can do one better! With my love of interior design, I didn't want to delve away from interiors, home decor & accessories. And I have always wanted to make products myself, by hand, using these gorgeous fabrics. 

And then I had a light bulb moment. LAMPSHADES!!!! Pun "so" intended.

And the rest is history!

Want to know more, read what my customers' have said!

My Detola & Geek African inspired handmade products are a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces.

Quite functional & very trendy too. These vibrant designs always get the conversation started. Right?

In a nutshell I create ...

 “vibrant lampshades homeware & gifts, inspired by Africa  ..... my designs are bold, geometric, retro, tribal, mid century modern & sometimes geeky too!”