Who is Anya Caliendo?
Born in the USSR. Russian at heart. Expelled from the ballet school for the love of everything sweet at the age of 7. A proud owner of a single dress from the age of 9 to 12. Took piano and violin lessons since the age of 7. A survivor of the collapse of the USSR and explosion on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
Received strict education in High School with advance study in Literature, English and Arts. Followed by three years of advance study in sewing. Graduate of the Institute of The Foreign Languages with bachelor degree in Linguistics. Worked since the age of 14. Crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed in the USA at the age of 24 with $20 in her pocket. Worked for the next three years as a waitress, caregiver, ice-cream seller and a housekeeper, holding 4 jobs at a time. A great believer in the American Dream. At one point lived as an illegal alien. A dreamer.
Trained in Millinery Arts by the legendary Rose Corey in England. Apprentice to Mr. Stephen Jones. Opened Millinery Atelier in 2010. Allergic to anything negative.
Top 10 sources of joy: Performing arts, Driving pink Vespa, Fashion books, Travelling anywhere, Peonies, Wearing chapeaux and creating them too, Fabulous shoes, Meeting talented people, Taking care of pets.
Adamant about preserving the Art of true Couture Millinery. Doesn't own a single sewing machine. Proud of tremendous work ethic. Dedicated to the perfection in every stitch. Trained and launched careers of countless milliners all over the globe.
First American Milliner to present solo millinery Collections of Couture Hats as official part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York in decades. Works with the most prominent photographers and stylists in the fashion industry. Believes in miracles, professionalism, talent and more talent. Creates the most fabulous hats in US.