Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto have been designing together since 1995. It was in Montreal that each established a solid technical base, before going on to perfect their knowledge in Europe. Earning a Master’s Degree from the Domus Academy in Milan, Payam Tavan also worked with the head stylist at Gianfranco Ferré, while Mike Mitto chose to pursue his studies at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, where he went on to work at Chanel for a number of seasons.
Initially, the duo provided customized services to an elite private clientele, eventually turning out their first spring-summer collection in 2001, and coming up with new collections every season since.
Distinguished by impeccable attention to detail and precision cuts, Tavan & Mitto fashions reflect the duo’s driving vision: femininity, elegance and sensuality. Their focus on structure and softness give their creations a timeless appeal that allow them to stand out on the market. Each collection consists of a full wardrobe designed to meet the full range of the modern, active woman’s needs.
From casual to formal wear, the duo’s fabrics and timeless designs have been unanimously acclaimed by the press, their peers and ever-growing clientele. Though much of the industry has moved its production abroad, Tavan & Mitto are proud to export its Made in Montreal products and, in so doing, benefit the local economy by keeping its know-how here at home.
The Fall-winter 2012-2013 collection presents a portrait of a woman in French mustard, Scottish caramel and invigorating bronze tones. It explores a modern, architectural silhouette.
Mélissa Nepton specializes in modern, ready-to-wear couture that targets the urban career woman. Hers is a vision that reflects both her personality and view of fashion: “For me, fashion is a vigorous expression that impacts women’s lives in a positive way. And in return, women bring to fashion a sense of sensuality, fluidity and femininity. It’s a communication rooted in comfort, practicality and confidence.”
Mélissa understood at a young age that fabrics were creative tools she wanted to explore as she watched her mother create theater costumes and children’s clothes. She completed her prep school years attending the renowned fashion program at Marie-Victorin College before entering Montreal’s L’École Supérieure de Mode.
Mélissa’s talent was already noticeable and attracted her teachers’ support, encouraging her to pursue studies abroad. This called to Mélissa’s sense of adventure, and she set sail for Paris to complete her academic education at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris—a formative year where she presented her first runway show.
Back in Montréal, Mélissa furthered her understanding of the industry’s business side by working as a buyer-designer for the Marie-Claire Group. Her dream of creating her own label came true in the unique form of a reality TV show when she was cast in La Collection, Québec’s version of Project Runway.
Mélissa soon after established her eponymous label and followed with a first collection at Montreal’s Fashion Week in 2009. Since then, Mélissa Nepton has quickly established herself among top designers in Québec and enjoys a strong following amid local celebrities.
Her designs are oriented toward a modern and very active woman. Melissa Nepton was influenced by the seventies. Her collection underlined luxury fabic sauch as silks, satins, wools, and cashmere.
Marie Saint Pierre graduated from Montreal’s LaSalle College as one of the most promising fashion-design students. She was the first Quebecer to be selected to show her work at New York’s Fashion Coterie. This was only the beginning of the accolades and opportunities granted to the designer for her collections, entrepreneurial ventures and her service to the community.
Marie was elected Designer of The Year by Elle Québec and was the first designer to showcase her work at Collections Créateurs in Paris. In 2006, she launched the Behind the Scenes Fashion Collection, a limited edition of Bratz dolls. In the same year, she was recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction for her entrepreneurship. And in 2008, she was chosen by the prestigious Prêt-à-Porter Paris to show her collection.
Before she celebrated her 10th year in the business, Marie Saint Pierre had shown her collections on the Parisian runways via the Canadian Embassy’s Cultural Center and at the tents in Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week.
Considered an avant-garde designer, Marie Saint Pierre is known for her layering techniques and fluid lines, creating an imaginative juxtaposition of textures and colors.
Her efforts extend beyond fashion. She has created the SOUS ZERO fund (2004) in order to assist underprivileged women and children. The designer currently resides in Montreal and continues to make an impact, both in the world of fashion and in the lives of those around her.