Nicki Ellis (36) is the dynamic and creative force behind the proudly local bespoke homeware and décor studio, Love Milo that specialises in ceramic, wooden, glass and textile products.
While completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in motion picture at AFDA, specialising in cinematography and visual design, Nicki started her career as a freelance photographer in 2002, working on various fashion brands, stores and product launches. After having her photography work featured in various galleries around Cape Town, Nicki trained under David Grant as a telecine grader. She was then hired as a full-time grader for television commercials, feature films and music videos at Condor Post Productions, which later became Waterfront Studios. There, she spent 5 years honing her craft and nurturing her eye for colour composition, working with notable brands such as BMW, Woolworths, Nestle, Coke and Vodacom.
In 2010 Nicki found out that she was pregnant with her son, Milo. This exciting news motived Nicki to create for herself and to begin on a journey her son could be inspired by, so she took the leap and started her own homeware and design brand Love Milo. Nicki's exceptional and unique eye for detail and passion for beautiful design is reflected in the rapid success of the business: within 2 years the brand grew massively from a start up to supplying décor items to wholesale to both national and global retailers, working with retailers on custom designed products as well as operating a highly successful online consumer business.
In 2013 and 2014 Love Milo was invited to exhibit in New York, Paris and Tokyo - a huge achievement that met with outstanding success, further establishing Nicki as a talented creative and designer to watch in the homeware and décor space.
Apart from developing new ranges and products, researching trends, designing labels, boxes, catalogues and photographing products for the Love Milo website - all while being a mom to three children - Nicki is also actively involved with the training of the Love Milo staff, and personally oversees the quality control process at the studio.
When not working, Nicki can be found in nature with her kids and partner Matt Finch, who is the Business and Operations Manager at Love Milo. She doesn’t like to take herself too seriously, and if there was one thing she could change, it would be to see more women coming together to support each other, rather than competing.
Nicki website: www.nickiellis.com