unusual name can be translated as 'the one and only' from
Amharic, the official language spoken in her native Ethiopia,
and its meaning may have unwittingly been a sign of things
Born into a prominent family whose
lineage can be traced back 25 generations, she earned a Bachelor
of Arts Degre in costume design at the State University of
New York and an Associate Degree at the Fashion Institute
of Technology in New York City.
She lived in Rome, Italy, for a time and it is here, inspired
by the thriving fashion scene, the culture and the arts, that
she developed a passion for all aspects of haute couture and
Upon her return to the U.S. she initially designed for a number
of international fashion companies before devoting herself
to bridal fashion, a field where she saw an opportunity for
her talent and vision to make a difference.
Her passion and sense of beauty are evident just by looking
at her gowns, down to the last detail.
But what comes through even more strongly is a philosophy
that bears her signature touch on every single gown making
the bride who wears one feel like she is 'the one and only.'