Mélanie Fontaine credits her mother for inspiring her line of reversible hats. Having watched her sew clothing for her whole family while growing up, Fontaine was inspired to try it herself. In 2007, she made her first hat and Méversible was born.
In 2009, she joined the group 'Loving Arms' to work with indigenous women in Parojas, Guatemala, in developing a co-op for creating hand-woven Fair Trade cotton. Her hats are composed of many different fabrics from various sources, but this cotton is still Mélanie's favorite fabric to work with, with little sprigs stuck between the threads and still sometimes smelling of the women's kitchen fires.
Mélanie’s background in visual arts influences her use of colors, shapes, and textures in designing hats. She works from her studio in Heckman's Island, NS.