Olanic was a fashion label founded by Scottish designer Niki Taylor in 2004. After studying Art and Design in Edinburgh, Taylor went on to study Fashion Design and Manufacture at the Scottish College of Textiles at Heriot Watt University where she learned cutting and tailoring techniques. Taylor set up Olanic (an anagram of her first full name Nicola) upon graduating and showed her first mainline collection at Rendez-Vous, Paris, in October 2004, exhibiting following collections at London Fashion Week.
Following Olanic’s first catwalk show at London Fashion Week in September 2008, the label established a clientele within the music and entertainment industries: influential stars such as Alexa Chung, Florence & the Machine, Ladyhawke, Shingai from The Noisettes and Marina Diamandis have all worn Olanic's performance-perfect dresses, jumpsuits and quirky t-shirts. Influenced by underground pop culture, art, film and music, Taylor aimed with Olanic to create practical styles with a tailored edge. Driven by the idea of cross-collaboration, Taylor worked regularly with film-maker and video director Sandy Hutton to create short films based around her designs. Olanic was featured in Hywel Davies' 2008 book, 100 New Fashion Designers.
Since closing Olanic, Taylor founded a boutique called Top Project and engaged in mentoring emerging designers.