The Brand & The Maker

Madewear was founded in 1997 by Olalere Fagbulu, a Nigerian-born Jeweller with a passion for creating unique commemorative pieces and heirlooms in the form of signet rings, graduation rings, sports jewellery and bespoke designs. Olalere studied jewellery making at the British Academy of Jewellery, Central Saint Martins and city literary institute.  As a first generation jeweller, working solely with Platinum, Gold and sterling silver, Madewear designs aim to encourage the celebration of key life moments, preserve precious memories and honour cultural storytelling.

What we do

The Madewear production process combines traditional and contemporary jewellery making techniques and our jewellery is hand-finished. Whether you are a small group of pilots or a graduating class of 5,000 students, our collection of class & graduation rings, sports tournament rings, signet rings, awards and recognition rings are statement pieces to honour your milestones.  

Culture

I come from a background of jewellery aficionados and as an African, jewellery has always been a form of identity, communication, and expression in my family. In most African cultures as it is with some other parts of the world, possession of gold jewellery is largely viewed as a symbol of wealth and power, an asset used to trade and transfer wealth from generation to generation. African jewellery tends to be bold with key statement pieces because those pieces carry treasured stories such as praise poetry, heraldry, significant images of warriors, sacred gods and members of royalty.


At Madewear, we are influenced and inspired by symbolism and the desire to help capture and tell stories that matter to you; and with modern technology, we can now capture and preserve our stories in much more detail than previously achieved by ancient jewellers.

The true value

Although I was intrigued by the craft of jewellery making as early as the late 90's, my creative interests were initially focused on urban streetwear design.


In 2002, a very close friend of mine was on a bus back to university after an evening of visiting friends and was sadly killed as a result of the accidental discharge of a police gun. He had a class ring that he truly cherished and wore everywhere. During his send-off, his only younger brother removed this class ring from my friends open casket ring and slipped it on to his own finger. He later told me that the ring would serve as a reminder of his older brother’s achievements and memories.


The younger brother still wears the ring religiously. Like his older brother before him, the ring holds much more value than the metal the ring is cast in. This knowledge marked a turning point in my personal life and career with my decision to focus on preserving memories and commemorating achievements in the form of jewellery which holds meaning and can be passed down through generations.