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Once Upon a Serger

Fashion design and I go waaaaay back. As a five year-old, I spent hours at the vanity after each bath draping my grandmother’s polka dotted bath sheets into a variety of togas. When I wasn’t sprawled out with her on the shag carpet watching The Christopher Lowell Show, I was dressing my little sister up in hand-me-downs and decorating the interiors of our blanket forts. As a teenager, sewing came naturally. My penchant for taking things apart and outgrowing pants (I was 5’8” by the ripe old age of 13) finally paid off when my mother bought me an old Brother and I created my first Betsey Johnson knock-off. I devoured glossy fashion magazines, but shopped where my allowance allowed: thrift stores, where I developed a deep love of old textiles and re-use. Studying fashion in San Francisco allowed me to fully immerse myself in the art of dress and the billion dollar business surrounding it, and I didn’t like what I found. Our collective closets overflow with unwanted excess as our landfills strain under the weight of of production waste. On the other hand, greenwashing runs rampant, and who wants a closet filled with nothing but sage green bamboo linen pants, anyway?

So I embraced the fine art of fashion: studied fashion history, worked in corsetry, and traveled to New York to intern at New York Fashion Week and Harper’s Bazaar, but the urge to create never abated. I didn’t see a place for myself in the global fashion business, at least not the way fast fashion was shaping it, but I knew that beautiful, sustainable design could be about more than big price tags and green buzzwords. The ways in which the Maker Economy and technology have changed business gave me the ability to create a line of sustainably sourced and locally produced clothing, interior designs, and home accessories.

With Love

With Love is owned, operated, and designed by Melissa Tan. The brand includes womenswear and home accessories available on here Etsy and created from reclaimed textiles sourced from SCRAP, which diverts over 200 tons of art resources away from landfills every year. 5% of the proceeds of each sale are returned to SCRAP, a San Francisco based 501(c)(3) non-profit created to collect and redistribute recycled materials to underfunded educational programs, teachers, and artists in the community.

The website includes a blog that features new work, news, and upcoming events as well as DIY tutorials, recipes, and information about how to live well and sustainably. I also create custom designs for homes, offices, and humans seeking thoughtfully sustainable pieces to suit specific needs. For inquiries about custom designs send me a message of email melissa [!at] withlovesf.com

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    Melissa has been designing since the tender age of six, starting with draping bath towels into gowns. Most recently she started With Love. In addition to sewing, she loves reading comic books, eating barbecue, long motorcycle rides, & her cat, Alan.

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