Krista Siefkenfor Metro Vancouver


Melissa Ferreira showcases some of her favourite designs made from recycled materials at EPIC: The Sustainable Living Expo.


Melissa Ferreira takes a waste-not, want-not approach to fashion. The designer of Adhesif Clothing rummages through piles of discarded textiles and used clothing to create her one-of-a-kind designs.

Every piece in Ferreira’s colourful collection is handcrafted with techniques like embroidery, silk-screening and hand-dyeing. Featured in Vancouver, the clothing starts at $86, with accessories ranging from $40 to $60.

Ferreira’s unique garments were featured at EPIC: The Sustainable Living Expo last week, and she takes a sustainable approach to business, as well.

“I've mulled it over in my head and I really want to maintain a smaller feeling about my company because I think people really appreciate the fact that the clothing has a handmade feeling about it,” Ferreira said. “I don’t want to lose that. In mass production, you lose a bit of that hand-rendered feeling. I don’t anticipate being any huge enterprise.”

Ferreira, who started her career as a vintage-clothing buyer, said her work inspired her love for thrift fashion.

“I'll find things that are so incredibly beautiful, but just destroyed in some way. But I love to find something out of the norm or a bit unusual. Colour characteristics, texture of fabrics, I really love all of that because visually it’s a lot of fun.”