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Phone: (718) 399-2079

Born to Somali parents and raised in both their native country and Washington DC, identical twins Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim are anything but ordinary.Having fled Somalia at the age of nine to escape the country's civilwar, both Idyl and Ayaan completed their college education atUniversity of Michigan and Boston University, respectively, beforemaking the bold move to Manhattan where they aimed to stand out fromthe rest in the world of fashion and design. Experiencing the industry from the ground up through careful study and practice, they slowly crafted their talent, weaving their cultural influence throughout eachmeticulously designed piece in their studio with only distant dreams oflaunching a collection.

In 2008, the Mohallim sisters took their first step together, launching a new brand, Mataano (meaning "twins" in Somali) and furnishing a platform to express their vision and bring forth their creations to the marketplace. Mataano's premier Spring 2009 collection launched in New York City on November 1, 2008featuring a boutique preview of ten dresses, many of which receivednotice in the industry. Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime television, invited both siblings onto a recent show via Skype featuring the Olsen twins and young millionaire moguls.Paralleling their success with the Olsen sisters, Oprah lauded the duofor their inspiring story and much deserved success, and gave them thenational credibility that will undoubtedly launch Mataano as anemerging brand with a rich cultural heritage.

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Date added: 25.3.2009  
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