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Originally born in Montreal, Quebec Canada Melissa was influenced by her mother who worked in garment production for large scale clothing distributors in that city.
Melissa established Adhesif Clothing in 2003. in Vancouver, BC Canada where she resided for 27 years and now shares time between Germany and Canada. Since experimenting with textiles most of her life, Melissa is proud to say she is a self-taught artist and designer.

Her first love has always been vintage clothing and she worked as a vintage clothing buyer for many years. This experience heavily inspired Melissa to create garments with older textiles because of the superior quality, detailing and special characteristics found in older garments. Every one-of-a-kind hand-cut garment is made with up to 95% sustainable materials and are tediously handmade by Ferreira herself.

There is a double advantage in using reclaimed materials; not only do they reduce waste in the environment, using second hand textiles also add distinctive personality to all of her eye-catching creations. Additional special finishing details are added to her designs like beautiful vintage buttons, hand pleating, hand stitched applique techniques as well as hand dying.

Over the years, this eclectic line has caught the eye of local media and national media. Her work has been featured in multiple local & national media publications like FASHION & FLARE magazine as well as on television with the Knowledge Network & CBC to name a few.

Since 2003, Melissa has been designing and creating all of her garments from reclaimed and vintage materials saving thousands of pounds from the landfill.  In this way her clients can continue looking good as well as feeling great about supporting sustainable design.