CNN: Gelila Assefa Puck – Fashion with African inspiration

Gelila Assefa has an eye for style. She launched a line of high-end handbags in 2006 and she has strong connections to Ethiopia, putting much of her energy into her charity work there. (CNN International)

CNN Video: African Voices

Giving back to Ethiopia
Couture fashion designer Gelila Assefa Puck talks about why helping
the children of Ethiopia is close to her heart.

Just mad about each other’
Gelila Assufa Puck talks about how she met her husband, celebrity
chef Wolfgang Puck.

12 Responses to “CNN: Gelila Assefa Puck – Fashion with African inspiration”

  1. 1 Tinbit Sep 9th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    It`s a great story, I like it.

  2. 2 Tora Sep 10th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    She may have changed now, but when I met her in Addis few years ago, she complained about anything and everything in Addis, from bad smell of the city, to bad road condition, from lots of beggars on the street to the food test in some restaurants, etc.

  3. 3 Hannah S Sep 10th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I think what she’s doing to magnify the beauty of Ethiopian and really all African textiles is really important. I hope we see many more gifted individuals marketing finished products that reflect the skill and history of our nation. It ain’t called Tibeb for nothing! Plus great work on the school, no greater gift than education!

  4. 4 Ac Sep 14th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I am impressed by what she is doing and ,above all, the spirit! I am the more impressed by the homage she paid for those who paved the way with Their Lives, Their Blood and Sweat, African Americans. It is the more Poignant coming as it does from people as recently as I know claim “Eña tiqur aydelenm” One should only mention the Aiga Forum reference to Obama!” Standing on their Shoulder” homage is outstanding.

    The comment above by Tora is, if not typical, not unusual. We,males, easily get threatened by the achievement of the opposite sex. Most of us, I am afraid , did not as yet transcend the notion that women essentially belong in the kitchen. We will get there!

  5. 5 Anibal Sep 15th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    It is a great story. Go lady go! Keep the great work up.

  6. 6 Bele Sep 19th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Her uncompromising love to her people and country is an uplifting;regardless of her
    celebrity status.I am one of those Ethiopians who to see my Ethiopian royal blood runs
    among each other; I am not saying it is right, but I love to see our queens and princes only for us not anyone.

    I guess it is very important to respect and tolerate each other opinion and learn to
    agree to disagree.AC’s criticisms of Tora is uncalled for, all he said was his experience and that is all what we say when we go home for the first time after a long absence.

    One Love


  7. 7 abe Jan 13th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    that story is a bunch of crap. everyone knows they were having an affair while he was still married. everyone knows he paid for any and all of the “designing” she does. she’s never even visited the schools she is supposed to be involved in. its also crap that she claims to be focusing on her children, when everyone knows she has nannies working round the clock so she doesn’t have to deal with the kids herself. everything she does is a front

    i think its hilarious that she claims to be a hard worker when she’s never had a real job in her life (except at spago when they were having an affair)

  8. 8 Martha Jan 15th, 2010 at 6:17 am


    Your comment is totally crap. It belongs in a garbage can. Gellila is fine. Look at her…absolutely beautiful and classy. The man is obviously more in love with her than anyone else because he is married to her. Frankly he is not even fit to tie her shoes, but who cares how they got together as long as it is working for them. May all their dreams and their children dreams come true. And May they be protected from evil seekers upon them. You know who you are.

  9. 9 Lisa Mar 4th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    All that Abe wrote is true. Ms Puck is full of lies…way too many and has a terrible reputation wherever she sets foot.
    Know locally as Gaglila and Granola and carries no respect.
    Amazing what a few pennies, try hard PR and glossy photos can create.
    Even then, as much as they all try the monster still comes out of the girl…check out the law suite on the link below…

    You cant make this stuff up…

  10. 10 Mar 17th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Wow Lisa. This article is a terrible reference. It focuses solely on portraying her shortcomings, and does not say much about the other side. In deals, it is common to mention your contacts and your abilities and hope that both parties can bring their own strengths to the table. Sometimes deals fall through. Funny though, that they make her sound like a catty bitch when it is extremely unlikely that she would present herself to them that way especially as they are both potential partners. The comments made about Shack seem like they have been taken out of context, in fact, all the comments they have included are intended on painting her as a bad person.

  11. 11 wendy Apr 24th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    CAREFUL readers. All negative comments are made by Barbara Lazaroff who is obsessed by Gelila.

  12. 12 jsua May 31st, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I don’t like her, she is not genuine

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