upcycle (verb): to reuse an object or materials to create a product of higher value or quality than the original object or materials.

Melanie Child is an upcycled clothing label dedicated to the creative redesign of pre-loved and second hand items. The label's aesthetic is thought-provoking, sculptural, with a dark edge. Some pieces reflect the shapes and silhouettes of the original garment, while others use a concept of multiples technique integrated into the finished piece. The main philosophy behind the label is to not use anything new, with exception of trims. Quality second hand garments and fabrics are sourced locally as much as possible.

We live in a world saturated with mass production and consumption... why add to it?

Melanie Child makes limited runs and bespoke pieces for the 'hunter and collector'.... whichever age or social demographic you may be. Garments are designed with YOU in mind, not the mass-market, and are proudly made in Dunedin, NZ.