Founder- Ethiopian-born New Yorker Manale Dagnew is the Creative Director and Founder of Manale Inc and Manale International. She has extensive fashion industry experience, having spent most of her career in New York and Paris designing the highly recognized Manale label couture, including wedding gowns and evening wear. 

Manale returned to Ethiopia in 2010 to rediscover the beauty of her cultural heritage, while simultaneously responding to a humanitarian calling. During her journey, Manale was inspired to use her fashion background, combining the timeless beauty of Ethiopian art and textiles with her mission to better support the country’s rural communities. In 2018 Manale International an online boutique was founded by Manale, with the purpose of establishing a philanthropic brand that celebrates cultural diversity within both historical and contemporary contexts to sport it’s Mission.