Adhesif Clothing Company

Adhesif Clothing was founded in 2003 as an independent and sustainable clothing label. Working with sustainable materials help to reduce waste in the environment and they also add distinctive personality to all of the eye-catching creations. Special self-developed techniques are added to the designs like appliqué, hand stitching & hand dying. Every handmade piece is made with up to 95% reclaimed and vintage textiles which are all locally produced in Vancouver, BC.
In May 2010, Melissa opened her combined boutique and creative studio on Vancouver’s Main Street. Aside from her creations, she promotes the handmade work of other local and Canadian independent artists. The boutique passionately promotes a sustainable mind frame where emerging and established designers have a platform to showcase their handmade creations.
The eclectic line has caught the eye of local and National Press. Her work has been featured in local media including The Georgia Straight, The Province, The Vancouver Sun, Global News, The WE Newspaper, 24Hours, Metro News, WHERE Magazine, Shaw Cable and others. National publications include: FASHION, FLARE, Elle Magazine and LOU LOU Magazine as well as on television interviews with the Knowledge Network & CBC to name a few. A series of publications were presented in Belle Amore Magazine (USA) recently which features the work of International textile artists.
Awareness of sustainable efforts is a passion for Melissa as she offers her knowledge to the public in the form of workshops and as guest speaker series (e.g. Science World, The Round House, The Art Institute).

ARTIST STATEMENT
Much of my inspiration comes from a love of combination of nostalgia, nature, quality over quantity and the culture that goes a long with this mentality. It’s called “Slow Culture” and in my case “Slow Fashion” specifically. It’s the thoughtfulness, care and consideration that goes into not just what is made but how it’s made.

I’m inspired by the stories that objects, particularly that of handmade and vintage items, tell. The who, what, when, where and why of the process.

I often say that style is more about how you wear something and not specifically what you wear so I often get my design inspiration from vintage looks, street fashion and individualistic style. Effortless natural style of people just doing their thing, I love watching people in their own element. The ideas are endless...catching up with them all is the challenge.

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