Born in Matane, Melissa has been passionate about creating clothing since early childhood. At 17, she started designing her own clothes, which flattered her full figured silhouette. This gave birth to a vocation that would ultimately lead to the creation of her own clothing line. To gain knowledge and perfect her talent, she left her native Gaspésie region and headed to Vancouver, where she studied Fashion Merchandising at the John Casablanca Institute and Fashion Art at the Vancouver Community College.
She then came to Montreal and created her line, Melow par Mélissa Bolduc, all the while designing costumes for figure skaters. When Melow was created, Melissa rented a commercial space on St-Denis street and set up her workshop-boutique. It’s here that she encountered her first clients and this proximity with the women who bought her clothes allowed her to understand their needs when it came to clothing.
From the get go, the Melow collections have sought to embody simple yet sophisticated comfort and elegance via designs that are pure, fluid and complex. These designs complement all shapes and sizes. Melissa draws a lot of her inspiration from ancient civilizations throughout History. Her use of draping, pleating and wraparounds, reminiscent of japanese style, pays homage to tradition while reinventing clothing and the concept of fashion design that suits “real women”.