Melinda Looi is the versatile child prodigy of a hard working seamstress. Moving between art and fashion, she paints, cuts, sews and experiments to transform fabrics with a radical obsession. Melinda trained initially at the La Salle School of Fashion in Kuala Lumpur before winning a scholarship to continue her training at the parent school in Montreal, Canada based on an outstanding graduation collection in KL which also earned her the Malaysia Young Designer Award in 1995.
Many other international awards followed. making her to be one of the most influential and iconic designers in Malaysia and the region, dressing royals and an international clientele that includes celebrities and socialites.
Upon gaining valuable experience working for designer brands and fashion houses in Canada, Melinda Looi founded Mellooi Creation after returning to Kuala Lumpur in 2000, where she continues to be based. MCSB has its own couture and ready-to-wear outlets as well as production line. Over the years, the company has built a strong international network of partners and suppliers which has contributed to its achieving a leading position in Malaysia and a growing presence regionally.
In 2009, a new company and brand by the name of Mell Basics was launched. Starting out as a ‘retail only’ brand, it has today transformed into a B2B one-stop-service provider for corporates seeking unique apparel and uniforms. Drawing from Melinda Looi’s creative expertise and international network of suppliers, these uniform projects range from the small and unique to mass-market initiatives, all at very competitive prices. Among the company’s customers are brands such as The Body Shop, Siemens, Panasonic, HSBC Bank and even the Malaysian Government, for which the company registered the National Sports Team attire.
In 2013, Melinda Looi International was founded to bring the designer’s collections to international markets in response to increasing demand from customers and international stores.
We SPREAD OUR PASSION FOR FASHION AND CREATIVITY into everything we do and to everybody we touch.
We strive to FULFIL OUR CUSTOMER WANTS AND NEEDS with versatile and uniquely Melinda Looi designs.
We seek to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and EMPOWER people with fashion.
We marry CREATIVENESS with PROFESSIONALISM.
We thrive to positively CHANGE THE WORLD with fashion.
2014 IOC SPORT AND ART TROPHY - Malaysia/Switzerland
2014 MALAYSIA REPRESENTATIVE, WORLD FASHION WEEK - Paris, France
2013 FINALIST, FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, 3DPS AWARDS - London, United Kingdom
2013 WINNER, ‘GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME’ AWARDS 2013(DESIGN & STYLE CATEGORY) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 FIRST 3D PRINT FASHION SHOW IN ASIA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2010 ISLAMIC FASHION FESTIVAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009 DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, MERCEDES BENZ STYLO FASHION AWARDS - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, MIFW - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, MIFW - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000 ASIA PACIFICA YOUNG DESIGNER AWARD - Hong Kong
1997 WINTER WEDDING DRESS CONTEST - Canada
1997 WHITE CREATION AWARD - Canada
ASEAN DESIGNER AWARD 1995 - Singapore
1995 COTTON AWARD - Japan
1995 MALAYSIA YOUNG DESIGNER AWARD - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia