Expressing through a shoe. From this idea we create sensorial experiences on plastic.
We bring into the routine designs from celebrated names in fashion, art and 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 the 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 colab: 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, Melissa Gallery 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 art, fashion and design. But it’s also sustainability.
Melissas are made from with our own material: Melflex® is a type of PVC that can be 100% recyclable and provides flexibility and resistance - in addition to being very comfortable.
Increasingly searching for a consolidation of sustainability in the production process, Melissa even created a Department of Sustainable Development in 2011.
100% Real Plastic
Further demonstrating our concern in creating Melissas without any materials made from animal origin, we've created the 100% Real Plastic seal. It's been stamped into each of the soles of our models since Mashup, our Spring/Summer '17 collection.
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.
What if your favorite Melissa came back?
We asked our fans this question. From their answers, a collaborative project was born in which our first and most classic model was brought back: Aranha Quadrada. A comeback that made history in the Mashup S/S '17 collection.
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.
10 Years of Galeria Melissa São Paulo
In 2015 our first Galeria Melissa turned 10, reinforcing our pioneer vision of shopping seen as an experience. Among the many celebrations, we released a book that tells the story of each of the facades that turned our Brazilian flagship into a thing of art.
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.
2016: The year of Melissa + Jeremy Scott
We premiered our partnership with one of the biggest names in contemporary fashion. A collab where this North-American fashion designer's pop world takes the concept of plastic to the extreme.
One of Brazil's youngest and most celebrated fashion designers joins up with Melissa's universe. Together with Vitorino Campos, we created a collection that's pure truth.
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".