Timothy Oulton’s father, Major Philip Oulton, opened his antiques business in Britain in 1976. Located in the village of Hale, near Manchester, he decided to name it Hale Antiques. The signer spelt it wrong however, and Halo was born.
Halo bought its first truck and signalled its enthusiasm with an offer emblazoned on its side: “We are keen to purchase the complete range of antiques."
Major Oulton sent his sons to Ampleforth College, a boarding school run by Benedictine monks. Wandering its vast halls, the beauty of the school’s old English leather furniture and antiques was to become entrenched in Tim’s mind.
Tim left boarding school aged 18, thinking he’d probably end up a city banker. That first summer, he helped out in his dad’s business and was captivated by the world of antiques.
Halo’s first employee, Eddie Gibson, was an expert in all things wooden. He took Tim under his wing, and Tim continues to work with him to this very day.
In 1990 Tim took the helm at Halo. Deciding there was no long term future in the antiques business, he focussed instead on design; reinventing antiques for the wholesale market.
Tim met Diego, an Argentinian leather master full of Tim’s fire and passion for innovation. Diego moved to Hong Kong to work for Tim and a strong partnership was forged.
In 2008 Tim opened his first gallery under the Timothy Oulton retail brand, in Los Angeles at HD Buttercup.
Flagships in Hong Kong and Amsterdam opened, showcasing the best and boldest of Timothy Oulton. The brand ‘comes home’ with a gallery in Harrods; the world’s most iconic department store.
Tim designed his first bag in 2006, inspired by his love of antique luggage. Having dedicated years to leather hand-finishing, the same time-honoured skills are applied to the Bags Collection.
Today, Timothy Oulton is all over the world map, with stores continuing to open in the most global cities. The guiding philosophy remains; what makes something beautiful is the attention it is given. Time and care and effort mean you always get something extraordinary.