Black 'Queen' chesspiece design worn by BEYONCE and 6 black chessboard piece costumes in 'Mood 4 Eva'
STEFFLON DON wears Simon-Hartman, Yennenga design in 'Can't Let You Go'
“Melissa Simon-Hartman is a London born artist who specializes in custom hand-crafted fashion and costume pieces. Drawing heavily from her Trinidadian and Ghanaian heritage, Melissa’s designs are flavoured with both West Indian and West African Influences whilst also maintaining her unique signature style. Her brand, Simon-Hartman London, has evolved dramatically from its initial footwear concept to the distinctive label that today proudly specialises in wearable art.
With vast experience as an artist and theatrical costume designer, Melissa has successfully translated that visual style of storytelling into the world of fashion, crafting statement pieces that have featured at international festivals and music videos. Her most high-profile project featured the recent Beyonce visual album BLACK IS KING."
Source: Beautiful Bizarre Magazine
The Simon-Hartman brand was born in 2009 from a vision by founder Melissa-Simon-Hartman who was determined to create statement footwear and accessory pieces which could be works of art rather than just something to wear.
Simon-Hartman London footwear made its official debut in 2013 at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin gracing the feet of the models showcasing the collection of British celebrity fashion designer and stylist, Romero Bryan. This received critical acclaim from the fashion elite.
Six performers on the red carpet in Simon-Hartman designs at the I AM BOLT, UK premiere
TIERRA WHACK wears Simon-Hartman braided headdress in MY POWER
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The label has since evolved into a distinctive name that specialises in wearable art that tells a story. The essence of Simon-Hartman is to capture the spirit of artistry, creativity and great craftsmanship. Something Melissa knows all too well, with her vast experience as an artist and theatrical costume designer.
This knowledge and experience play a crucial part in each and every design created by Melissa, making each piece of her collection captivatingly beautiful. Anyone with a true appreciation for luxury and style will know that there is no comparison to hand craftsmanship, the personalised comfort, attention to detail, unique finishes, the balance of artistic flair and emotional labour make each piece impeccably inimitable.
Simon-Hartman London is not a fast fashion label, it can takes weeks to produce some of the pieces. No two pieces are identical, boasting unique finishes with the majority of our collections and this approach has been appreciated by the music industry.
To date, Simon-Hartman designs can be seen in a powerful catalogue of music videos, such as 'Mood 4 Eva' and 'My Power' of Beyonce's Black Is King, Stefflon Don's 'Can't Let You Go and Burna Boy & Wizkid's 'Ginger'.
Melissa’s creative accomplishments also include designing award-winning costumes for the Notting Hill Carnival, her carnival label Legion Mas provides private carnival costume design services Internationally. Melissa is a past nominee for the Alan Young ‘Art Student of the Year’ award and featured in the first edition of ‘Black Who’s Who’ publication on black achievers in Britain, and ‘Trinidad & Tobago through the eye of the artist’ exhibition held at the Commonwealth Institute.
Melissa Simon-Hartman is the winning recipient of the 2016 'MBA Most Influential Female Award' and also has an extensive professional background in Learning & Development. In 2021, Melissa launched the educational extension of the brand called S.H.A.C.E, the Simon-Hartman Academy of Creative Excellence.