Melissa Mercedes, Winner of the Cultivate Awards
Melissa, the indie designer of Dominican descent, is based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a self-taught designer with a passion for creating a more inclusive fashion world—she designed her own dress for the Latin Grammys in 2016 after not being able to find adequate plus-size offerings; the same dress ended up on the cover of People en Espanol worn by acclaimed singer & actress, Chiquis Rivera.
As the winner of The Cultivate Awards, the indie plus-size design label, Melissa Mercedes wins a $10,000 grant, a one-year professional mentorship program, and a capsule collection designed with and sold on ELOQUII.com in 2022!
The winning designer also wins additional sponsored educational prizes, including a brand protection strategy session from The Influencer Attorney and 24/7 access to a robust library of interactive training videos and twice-weekly live video support from MTO Agency.