You are the Gentlewoman and to live as you do is an art


Schooled at FIT in NYC and many years experience in design and trend forecasting, Melissa now owns design agency Pelt Inc. in Southern California. She works with both established international brands and in the cultivation of brand start-ups – from concept through sourcing and production – she interprets trend into product that tells brand stories.


Trained in London as Apprentice to renowned couture upholsterer, Aiveen Daly, Melissa eventually returned to Southern California after a successful career to launch Brass Tack Mercantile, a globally sourced and highly curated vintage and lifestyle boutique. An ardent traveler, Melissa discovers and showcases global talent as well as American artisans. Brass Tack will house the Art Of The Gentlewoman showroom.

The Melissa’s both live in Laguna Beach, CA with their husbands and teen children not named Melissa.