Designer of the Day: Mataano
Today’s designer, or shall I say designers, are sister design duo Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim. These Somali twins fled war-torn Somalia with their family at the age of 9 and continued growing up in Washington DC. Both sisters attended and graduated from different universities before deciding to move to NYC to study, perfect, and pursue fashion design. Hard work and persistence led to the creation of their line – Maatano (the Somali word for twins). They have debuted 3 collections thus far and I hope they continue to do many more because their work is amazing.
I love the African influence and the zest, color, and vibrancy that their clothing has. It’s so refreshing to see an appreciation for global cultures in fashion.