Ada was raised with a strong sense of her Polish culture in a loving home where she was encouraged to travel, to learn Spanish, and to experience all that life has to offer. The only daughter in a family of musicians and actors, Ada grew up with a deep love and appreciation for the arts and a need to express her own creative abilities and artistic style.
Traveling through Europe and South America opened Ada's imagination to the world of personalizing her simple, classic outfits with a multitude of fun, edgy accessories she found along the way. Moving to the cosmopolitan beach town of Santa Barbara solidified Ada's love for wearing bright colors and soft, flowing fabrics, and always with some unique hemline or twist to keep things modern and eye catching.
To Ada, playing with fashion has always been about self-expression and fun. Keeping up with the latest trends was easy for her, and putting her own twist on those styles just seemed obvious. It wasn't until Ada moved to Argentina, however, that she stumbled upon her life's path as a designer. She was dazzled by the array of shoes and purses available to her in colors she only dreamed up in her mind, constructed with a quality of leather she'd never seen before.Ada was fascinated and started making her own adjustments to these styles. Something was always off, and Ada couldn't resist making those improvements. Removing a buckle, adjusting some straps, looking for a more angular cut or cleaner finish – she wanted to take these high quality products and add her versatile and modern spin on them. She started asking for design changes from the factories directly, creating more, chic and contemporary versions that appealed to the women back home that were buying her creations. Designing came naturally to Ada – her inspiration spontaneously sparked by shapes and colors she noticed in nature and the daily life around her, her eyes open and her sketchbook always ready.
By a fortunate turn of events, Ada moved to Buenos Aires and within a few months - found her passion in life. She had the eye of an artist and the instinct of a trendsetter. Her clean, sophisticated style is evident and personal to her tastes, and yet Ada's collection is designed to inspire today's modern woman in search of her own bold self-expression.
Coincidentally, while falling in love with the countries' classic elegant fashion and lush leathers, she also fell in love with her business partner and now husband, Gaston Deferrari.
Two days into her first trip to Argentina, Ada was introduced to Gaston by a very good friend who insisted that she meet this amazing man. Both down to earth yet full of energy, they shared the same sarcastic sense of humor, commitment to family, and an interest in design – a perfect match. Their first date was a week later, and fell on Valentine's Day. Surprising Ada that night with a picnic overlooking the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Gaston continued to come up with clever ideas on how to romance the still wavering Ada with his sharp wit and playful charm. It was finally after he won over her visiting family, that Gaston officially sealed his place in Ada's heart and a year later – they were married.
Gaston was the final piece of the puzzle. His business experience, forward thinking and general optimism gave Ada that final push she needed to finalize her collection and begin building her business. With their combined work ethic, sharp instincts and Ada's beautiful, high quality products – Gaston knew they had something worth investing in. He sold the thriving print shop company he founded in Buenos Aires,and moved to California where together, Gaston and Ada run what is today, ADA Collection. Since the first collection hit California boutiques in Fall 2004, the ADA brand has grown exponentially and each season can be found in over 2000 retail stores across the world, garnering attention from celebrities like Heidi Klum in her daily wardrobe and Giuliana Rancic host of E! News.
In 2007, in response to incredible demand, ADA launched its line of belts, wallets and small leather accessories to accompany the popular handbag collection. A few years later, the ADA accessory collection branched out again – this time to include the extremely popular hand-made designer ADA Collection jewelry line.