Express yourself through a shoe. With this idea, we permit creative liberty capable of creating icons.
We bring into the routine designs from big names in fashion, art, and even architecture.
Melissa is the democratization of design.
Melissa was born in 1979, with an inspiration straight from the sea. On the feet of French Riviera fishermen we found the embryo that gave origin to the Aranha model. In little time, it catches on with Brazilians and becomes one of the most popular shoes around. In just the last decade, Melissa produced more than 32 million pairs and today is sold in more than 70 countries.
A true Melissa icon, the Aranha takes 26 seconds to make.
Melissa was one of the first brands in the world to create collaborative collections.
In 1983, we made our first collab with icon Jean-Paul Gaultier, known for eccentric, avant-garde style.
Together with the Campana Brothers, we take brazilianness to the world: since 2004, we have created shoes together that translate Brazilian inspirations into plastic.
Two iconic names make a successful collab: in 2010, Melissa + Zaha Hadid adapt the world of architecture to your feet.
Galeria Melissa São Paulo is a space where art, fashion and design live together under one roof.
With a metamorphic facade, our first flagship is located in the heart of the famous Oscar Freire. There, designers and stylists show that Melissa is more than a shoe. It's creative expression.
Covent Garden is the neighborhood chosen for our HQ in the United Kingdom.
Inaugurated in 2014, Galeria Melissa London takes an extra dose of bossa in plastic to the homeland of Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh.
Melissa was the first Brazilian brand to use merchandising in a soap opera.
To the sound of Frenéticas and on the feet of Júlia (Sônia Braga), we immortalized the combination Melissa + lurex socks, a classic from the 70s.
Ana Paula Arósio, Malu Mader, Bruna Lombardi, Maitê Proença and Alessandra Ambrósio. They were all stars of Melissa campaigns.
Their unique smell is one of Melissa's hallmarks. It is a memory trigger: the mark of childhood and adult lives alike. It's part of teenage memory of those who grew up associating our shoes to a significant time in their lives.
Melissa perfume becomes a reality in partnership with maison Givaudan, one of the world’s biggest names in perfume.
With a limited edition, the fragrance was released in commemoration of our 30-year anniversary, bringing a sweet, fruity smell that brings our plastic to mind.
Melissa releases an exclusive collection in collaboration with celebrated stylist Karl Lagerfeld.
Plastic meets punk. Since 2008, Melissa + Vivienne Westwood democratizes the creations of one of the world’s greatest stylists.
In 2002, Melissa + Romero Britto give international weight to a super-Brazilian collab.
Melissa is fashion, art, and design. Sustainability, too.
We're cruelty-free and100% recyclable thanks to Melflex®, a proprietary form of PVC that brings flexibility, comfort, and durability to every pair of Melissas.
The book Fifty Shoes That Changed the World, edited by the London Museum of Design, cites two of our models: Melissa Lady Dragon + Vivienne Westwood and Melissa + Zaha Hadid.
Celebrated singer Jair Rodrigues has given a voice to love for plastic in the Melissa Zig Zag campaign.
The Melissa Top Collection campaign brings Claudia Schiffer, one of the legendary catwalk muses from the 90s.
For our 25 year anniversary, we take celebrating seriously:
Plastic.o.rama is a project that brought the interpretations of 100 people - among them stylist Alexandre Herchcovitch and publicist Washington Olivetto - for a Melissa Aranha 79.
The result became a book and an exposition in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.
Plastic Dreams is the materialization of Melissa’s world into a zine. The magazine was released in 2009, in commemoration of 30 years in business.
Our Creative Director.
Recognized for his avant-garde ideas, Edson Matsuo has been the name behind Melissa for more than three decades. "Design is a collective tool capable of demolishing impossibilities," he says. That's how Matsuo supports his creations - according to him, modeled on one premise: creative freedom. "It sets the tone for everything in Melissa".
Opening the doors.
To present Mapping we opened the doors of our factory in Fortaleza, Ceará state. Amidst machines and conveyor belts, we displayed the season's new pieces on the feet of those who make Melissas - literally. Our factory employees were the stars of the evening, showing off our S/S '18 in style.
A collection to have and to keep.
From the union of our 100% recyclable plastic and the vast tradition of British culture comes Melissa + The Cambridge Satchel Co. The collab stands out in our history with iconically designed bags and Melissa's trademark bubblegum scent.
Plastic python is the new black.
In 2017 we teamed up with New York duo Scott Studenberg and John Targon to create something never before seen with Melissa + Baja East: 100% cruelty-free python texture in our signature plastic.
We're stronger together.
A project born with the mission of uniting people in co-creation and listening to more voices during the creative process. The Melissa + AWAYTOMARS collab transformed how we innovate, launching three new models at Lisbon Fashion Week.
On the catwalk with Comme des Garçons.
A highlight in our history books: in 2017 we created three exclusive models for Rei Kawakubo's iconic brand. Made especially for the S/S '18 season at Paris Fashion Week, two of them were used in the show.
Creativity connects us.
In 2012 Melissa and a group of Rio de Janeiro residents met up and thus the Melissa Creatives project was born. Connecting different creative universes, we transformed a plural world into a new accessory in 2018 with Melissa Wearable - a fanny pack, coin purse, and key holder.
In the city that never sleeps.
Originally inaugurated in 2012, Galeria Melissa New York was reinvented in 2017 with a new address and an architectonic project. Its new home is on 500 Broadway in Soho, full of mirrors and convergent lines that create dynamic spacial sensations in a space that was made for continuous change, hosting installations and expositions.