ayaan mohallim


The Twin Somali Princesses - An African Standard of Beauty

Mataano is a women’s contemporary ready-to -wear line with pieces that redefine timeless elegance by infusing modern edge and global sensibility. The founders and creative minds behind the brand are twin sisters Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim. In 2008, The Mohallim sisters took a bold step together, launching their brand (“Mataano” translates as “twins” in Somali) and developing a platform from which to express their vision and creations to the marketplace.

Mataano’s premier collection for Spring 2009, was launched in New York City and garnered notice throughout the industry. Since then, Mataano has showcased six collections during New York Fashion Week.

The Mohallim sisters live in Brooklyn and the entire Mataano line is proudly designed and manufactured in New York City.


Here at Mataano we love globetrotting, visiting inspiring places and meeting new people. 

This month we headed out to Paris to go vintage shopping for inspiration for our Spring 2014 collection!  Now, you’ll have to wait to see all the images and awesome vintage finds, but we took some cheeky snaps behind the scenes of the sights we saw and the locations we visited (yes that sign does say BROOKLYN)!