Melissa started her business creating custom leather jackets for private clients which she continues to design in great demand today, earning her a loyal customer base. She's been able to scale her business to incorporate that uniquely personal, artisanal custom touch in her ready-to-wear line, designed and produced exclusively in Los Angeles.
Meticulously selecting raw materials that feel as pleasing to the body as they are to the eye, Melissa strives to create a series of core, integral pieces that can be seamlessly combined from day to night - and for years to come.
Melissa's vision translates across multiple mediums, and she is continually sought out for design partnership opportunities; including hospitality uniform design and private label work. She's apprenticed as a pattern maker and cutter in Italy for well-known fashion designer Alessandra Marchi and was selected to participate in Lifetime’s Project Runway season 10, where she advanced to show her collection as second runner-up at Mercedes Benz fashion week. Melissa later returned to New York City to compete on Project Runway All Stars, seasons 3 and 6.
Originally hailing from Michigan, Melissa has been living happily in design-centric California for over ten years. After obtaining her BA from the University of Michigan, she later went on to pursue her MFA in fashion design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. When Melissa's not designing her latest collection she's spending time driving her Javelin and seeking constant inspiration on the streets of Los Angeles.