History

The original store: Halo Antiques, opened by Major Philip Oulton in 1976, in Manchester, England
Halo’s Showrooms today – over 40,000 square feet displaying all the collections from Halo Creative and Design.

Established in 1976 in the United Kingdom by Major Philip Oulton, Halo started as an antiques store in Hale, England. Halo Antiques. Before that, the store had relied on a painted truck which rolled around between old estates picking up exquisite examples of craftsmanship to on sell to interested buyers.

After leaving school, the Major’s 2 sons went to work in the family business, evolving from the antiques trade, to a furniture business rooted in quality materials and craftsmanship. It turned out to be quite a success, and saw rapid growth.

With interest coming from overseas, in 2004, Timothy Oulton established the international arm of the business in Hong Kong, Halo Asia, to support expanding worldwide distribution. Gathering unique materials and craftsmanship skills, the workshops began the production of hand finished vintage inspired leathers, upholstery and cabinetry collections.

In 2010 Halo Touch was established, embarking on a journey to further evolve the unique hand finished vintage leather collection. In 2008 the Timothy Oulton collection was launched, appearing for the first time in stores in the United States, and spreading to Europe. In parallel, the global company, Halo Creative and Design has historically designed and produced a number of exclusive ranges for a handful of other brands including Kelly Hoppen and the Esquire Magazine and in August 2012 acquired the well-known French brand Bleu Nature, with a focus to expand distribution of this line worldwide. Halo also continues to work with designer Michael Yeung in the development of his eponymous collection, which continues to build distribution and attract interest and offer a unique point of difference to the core collections. In 2012, the Timothy Oulton brand opened its first flagship store in Europe, in Amsterdam, followed by the 2013 opening of the Harrods store, in London, signaling the beginning of a worldwide expansion that continues today. In 2013, Halo Est 1976 was launched in the UK. In 2014 Halo established a new channel network called Halo Projects. Today, Halo Creative and Design continues to actively design new product ranges and enter new categories, and is proud to count among its customers some of the world’s best brands and retailers.