Hello! I'm Gabi Melo, or if we're getting formal, it's Gabriella Flores de Melo Korocz. That's a bit of a tongue twister, I know!
My story begins in Brazil, where I spent my childhood until the age of 11. Then, the next chapter of my life unfolded in the United States, where I spent most of my teenage years and learned how to speak English with a very American accent!
Next, I felt the pull to broaden my horizons, and this led me to France. Here, I spent my first two years of university at Parsons, the New School of Design. I loved every minute of it - the classes, the culture, and the new experiences. Then, the opportunity arose to continue my studies in New York. So, I packed my bags and moved to their New York campus to complete my degree. After years of hard work, I graduated with a BBA in Strategic Design & Management.
Being a travel enthusiast, I've always had a deep fascination for local cultures and their stories - the ones that lie beneath the surface, waiting to be discovered. These precious, authentic experiences were the spark that ignited the creation of Flores de Melo. It began as a personal passion for swimwear, but it rapidly transformed into a deeper mission. I realized I could weave these captivating stories into our unique prints, creating more than just swimwear.
Flores de Melo is not merely about looking good on the beach. It's a shoutout to the adventurous souls, the brave hearts, and those who have an undying love for the great outdoors. Our designs offer a daring minimal coverage, and our prints, well, they're as vibrant and confident as the incredible women who choose to wear them.