One of our goals with this site was to introduce amazing women in this field of denim and heritage. Makers or ladies we find to be amazing. So, here's our first power woman! Let us introduce Melodee, super rad lady from Australia with pretty amazing brand too. Read all about her and her brand Home Pacifico below and go give her a follow. And let us just let you know that at least half of BB is lusting hard after few pieces from Home Pacifico! :D
Name: Melodee Malazarte
Location: Melbourne, Australia
What's your occupation?
Designer and owner of HOME Pacifico label. You’ll also catch me at ‘Heffernan & Haire’ and ‘Pickings & Parry’ stores and DJing in Melbourne.
If you're not lucky enough to to be working it now, what is your dream job?
I’m working on my dream lifestyle! Running my own business and being able to create my own schedule is really important to me. Managing all areas of HOME Pacifico is a challenging and rewarding work in progress, as any small business owner will attest to, and the design and production process and exploring different ways of making things is always fun.
I’ve also been a retail professional for 15 years - working on the shop floor, to corporate and multi-store management. I love setting up retail spaces, and meeting new people everyday. H&H and P&P to me are the epitome of the ideal retail experience, from quality product, environment to vibe - it’s all there. The team is like a family, and I know that is really rare. And as a DJ, getting to play music and travel for music is pretty special. That’s a few dreams jobs right there!
How did you find your personal style?
Originally through bgirling and hip hop culture, for sure. I collected sneakers for a long time, and always had to have the fresh fits to match. I was lucky to come up at a time when streetwear was actually an authentic subculture. During that time I got into selvedge and raw denim, and working at brands like Vans and Carhartt WIP were solid introductions to appreciating the importance of heritage, history and brand integrity.
I think of style in terms of it being a personal uniform. I keep my wardrobe minimal so I wear a few key pieces daily. Good denim or chinos and a fitted crew neck tee is my daily uniform. Most of my clothes are tailored to some degree. I was spending as much money on alterations as the actual garments, so I learnt to sew, and made friends with tailors so I could stand over their shoulder and watch as they worked and then customise my own clothes.
I also travel to Indonesia a bit and over the years have built relationships with tailors, who make a lot of my clothes. Some of the pieces I’ve had made also act as samples for Home, so not only have I been able to have these one-off pieces made but I’m able to then field test fabric and construction at the same time.
What is playing in your radio/headphones right now?
Last 3 tracks:
Kaiit - OG Luv Kush Pt 2
Mojo Juju - Native Tongue
Teyana Taylor - Rose in Harlem
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Anything made with love and shared with friends. But y’know, I wouldn’t be mad at lifetime tacos.
What's your favorite way to spend your free time?
Doing anything that benefits my health and happiness… chilling with my girls, going for a ride about town on our motorbikes, running my dog, a boxing session or having a bbq with the crew.
Tell us one thing that makes you “you”?
All of the things.
Where did you get the idea to start your own brand? Your "why" behind the brand?
Home came from a lack of available clothing to suit my own needs. I started planning the label a few years ago when I was traveling a lot, mostly to go to bboy/bigrl jams in Australia and internationally. Being amongst bgirls (breakdancers), it was so common for us to have trouble finding clothing that fit us right, that looked fresh and could withstand so much physical movement.
Hanging out with girls who ride fixed gear bikes, skateboarders, motorbike babes, artists and women who work in heavy duty industries, I’ve always heard the same thing - we want clothing that fits and looks good. We often buy menswear for the heavier fabric and better construction, knowing that it’s not going to fit right. The idea of Home is to create long lasting utilitarian clothing for women who don’t always suit the model of seasonal fast fashion consumers. The exciting bi-product of that is that we also get to connect with and learn these amazing stories of women who have similar interests.
How did you come up with the name?
Home represents something that everyone can relate to and is deeply personal. It can refer to a place, a community, a feeling or a sense of belonging. My background is Filipino-Australian and I have close ties to a lot of areas in and around the Pacific Ocean. ‘Pacifico' is in reference to my connection to this region of the world. The products I make are proudly made within the region. For the past year I’ve been working with a few small workshops in Indonesia who specialise in traditional crafts - for example the team of women in Gianyar, Bali who use wooden looms to weave our cotton bandanas and dye by hand with organic indigo. It’s easy to think that these processes only happen in places like Japan but they’ve existed all throughout this region for a long time and that’s something I want to communicate! So in naming the brand - Home is about personal style, and Pacifico is about representing the region that it comes from.
What are your goals when it comes to your brand?
To be a go-to for quality womenswear. It’s in its infant stages right now, operating online and with upcoming releases certainly looking to expand and get into some great retailers in Australia and internationally.
Who is your brand made for, who you see wearing your pieces?
Women doing rad things who need reliable, versatile and well made clothing. Denim babes will be happy to know the first cut of our 14oz Japanese selvedge denim will be ready later this year!
Be sure to give her a follow, here's all the links you need to be informed!
IG @melolani / @homepacifico