Los Angeles native Tina Tangalakis always sought to combine her love of art and humanitarian work. As a student, she studied costume design at California Institute of the Arts and later went on to work as a wardrobe stylist for film and television. In September 2009, Tina participated in a volunteer program abroad which landed her in Hohoe, Ghana. There she quickly became enamored with the culture and warm hearts of the friends she made. With her background in business and design, Tina teamed up with a local entrepreneur, Selorm "Nii" Addotey, to begin Della, a socially responsible fashion line that provides jobs, education and skills training to women and men of Hohoe.
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Los Angeles
Fun Fact: Tina makes a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies. That, and she’s addicted to iced tea.
Where do you look for inspiration? My main influences are classic, vintage style. My love for design began when I fell in love with fashion history and how social trends reflect in how people dress. Today I seek to bridge modern design with classic style, while bringing traditional Ghanaian textiles into the mix. It’s fun, I love it.
Co-Founder & Operations Manager, Ghana
Fun Fact:Outside of Della, Nii runs a porridge company out of his granny’s kitchen.
Do you have a secret talent?
If I told you, then it wouldn’t really be a secret anymore, would it?
Nii has been a part of Della since it’s beginning in 2009. Without his dedication, hard work & commitment to improving his community, Della would not be where it is today.
Head Seamstress, Ghana
Fun Fact:She once lived with a German family who got her hooked on pancakes.
What is your favorite past time?Acting! I love it. I like to fool around and have fun. Once I was acting in a scene where I had a sick daughter and the husband couldn’t afford the hospital bills. I had to act really, really mad. It was fun because I didn’t know I could act to that extent.