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.
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. Every one-of-a-kind hand-cut garment is made with up to 95% sustainable materials and are all locally made in Vancouver, BC.
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.