Whilst studying fashion design, Melissa used her experience from a family of dressmakers and the skills as she learnt to create a name in couture evening and bridal gowns. She made it to the top 10 three times at the Bridal Africa Young Designers Awards and in her graduation year 2008, won first runner up, proving success in experience and perseverance.

Working in retail, she discovered a passion for ready to wear fashion and planned the launch of her own label, concentrating on affordable, locally made apparel as couture . With skills in construction and a flair for trends she left retail and launched SomersetJane in 2010. It is stocked in boutiques, pop-up shops and markets across Gauteng.

Founder: Melissa Jane Somerset / Started: 2010 / Location: Johannesburg / Design Style: Retro classicism, true to the past and tweaked for modernity.

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