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“Our Private Performance Style Soiree with Malene Grotrian and her team was a fun-filled intimate evening for myself and 5 friends. We were treated as princesses and made to feel glamorous. Fashion, jewels, music and champagne, with water and mountain views, were only outdone by the life stories, passion and inspiration which the artists shared with us. The evening sparkled beyond expectation, an evening of fun, fashion and friendship to remember, and hopefully one day to repeat.”

– Diane Roscoe

“Thank you to everyone who made last nights Private Performance Style Soiree event possible.  I have had emails from ‘Les Girls” saying how unique and amazing the evening was.  My daughter-in-law loved my silk scarf/wonder wrap!  I did not offer to lend it to her as I saw in her eyes that it would not come back anytime soon – she needs to visit you herself.  Please say a special thank you to Malene.  Her presence and joy in what she designs was infectious.  Her designs are ‘sweet’ as my son tells me.  I will drop by when next I am in town over a weekend and check out the new garments.”

– Warmest regards, Lynne Carmichael, Hornby Island Diva

 

“My personal shopping experience with talented designer, Malene Grotrian, can only be likened to being treated like the most important person in the room — like a million bucks! Because with Malene, you are! Having the opportunity to not only meet the creator of such beautiful fashions but also have the select pieces from her collection she feels best compliment you was invigorating and empowering. It was an experience I will never forget.

That’s why when I had the opportunity to introduce Malene and her collection to a friend I jumped at the chance. She has a way of inspiring confidence through her passion for design, her positive energy, and her infectious attitude, and she gives you permission to celebrate and accentuate your uniqueness while looking utterly fabulous in her creations. Feeling so good about myself after my visit, I had to share that experience with others and I haven’t stopped talking about it since. Her clothes feel good and look even better. They’re versatile, stylish, colorful, and can “wow” in the boardroom and the ballroom.

Every woman needs Malene Grotrian’s design in her closet. Seeing them everyday in my closet makes me feel luck to have personally connected with the designer and instantly brings a smile to my face.”

– Kate Gajdosik
Broadcaster, Producer, Actor

 

“There is something special about Malene’s clothing — you feel them fit you, curves and all. The finishing is spectacular, the workmanship and tailoring is second to none. Whenever my girlfriends and I visit the studio we are floored by the attention in the tiniest details on the pieces. My only issue with Malene Grotrian’s designs is that I have such a difficult time deciding on which piece is coming home with me on any given day.”

– Jody Vance
CBC Sports/Shore 104.3

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“I think the world of Malene Grotrian. She is an extraordinary fashion designer whose clothing makes women feel beautifully specially and glamorous, regardless of our age or body type — she really knows how to dress women! Malene is also a wonderful role model, giving so enthusiastically of herself that she inspires us all to give back. Malene represents business savvy and creative genius with an open and generous heart. She’s a real gem and we’re fortunate to have such international talent call Vancouver home! We adore you Malene!”

– Cynthia Roney
ICF Certified Executive Coach, Founder & CEO, Executive Passage

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“Thank you for your beautiful clothes, your genuine attention and great experience every time I visit your studio. With every season, I am so excited to see your new collection – and more importantly – to wear it. The timeless quality to your designs and the versatility of each piece makes it so easy to “invest in my wardrobe” – rather than just go shopping. I have introduced several of my girlfriends to you and shared with them the experience of feeling special in your studio. You Style Soirees are so much fun! Most of all, it is so wonderful to see my friends transform in your clothing. It’s not just about how they look, but about how beautiful you make them feel. I know that feeling. I look forward to what the future holds for Malene Grotrian Design!”

– Krista L. Simon
Lawyer at Hammerberg Altman Beaton & Maglio LLP

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“Oh how I love Malene Grotrian Design! Let me count the ways! I love that I look like I lost 10 pounds. I love the different styles of fabric that she uses. I love the way she flatters the woman’s body with the clever cuts and eye catching details. I love that when I wear a Malene Grotrian piece, everyone I see (seriously everyone!) compliments me on it! I love sharing Malene Grotrian with my friends. It is such an honor! I love the way my husband is at a loss of words when I am wearing one of her gowns. I hate that I stay awake at night thinking of new ways to wear her interchangeable pieces.

Thank you Malene! You are insanely talented!”

– Jessica Weiss
Makeup Artist

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“When I first met Malene I found her energy contagious. As I got to know her as a designer, I was amazed by her ability make normal woman look and feel like everyday superstars. She knows how to pick colors and styles that flatter an and every body type. Needless to say, when I decided to go shopping for a wedding dress, Malene was my first stop. After spending the entire day trying on gorgeous, flowing wedding dresses in the New West wedding district, I couldn’t get over the fact that the dresses I had tried on at Malene’s studio had everything I was looking for. I dreamed of wearing a gown that was light as a cloud, totally unique, floor length, incorporating a high-wasted skirt and one of her signature bustier, each of which I could wear again.

When she started the designing of the actual dress I would wear on my wedding day, it was so exciting to be a part of the process. Her custom designs are made for you, so being able to see her sketches and look at fabric swatches she though would work, made it all the more special. When I went in for my final fitting a few weeks before the wedding, I felt like Cinderella with a dress made just for me. Malene is one of a kind and I recommend anyone who is getting married to go see her first!”

– Robyn Hooper
Chartered Accountant

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“Malene has beautiful fabrics and lovely design. I wear my favorite jacket all the time, and dress up with other items whenever I can. Her studio is a welcoming pleasure with the added advantage of having a wonderful view over the harbour.  You will love Malene and her work.”

– Suzanne Anton
Councillor, City of Vancouver

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You ladies are incredible and I think you’re doing a fantastic job reaching out to your clients and getting the brand out there. The pieces are incredible, full of elegance; beauty & life. For me I find that each piece tells its own compelling story and I can’t wait to own my very first piece. The craft and detail that goes into the garments goes way beyond most designers today and you both should be extremely proud of yourselves.

– Nicole Reader
The Modern Mirror

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Thank you so much for the tickets we had a fantastic time and Malene’s show was phenomenal! The music was so good, we totally want the soundtrack! It really set such a beautiful, classic tone and then the clothes just shone. I personally loved the silvers and the greys as well as the pops of red. It’s amazing that she creates so many looks that you can wear to the office as well as out at night.

Congratulations and thanks again for including us.

– Jennifer & Airlia

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I LOVE the Malene Grotrian collection because it embraces femininity, it’s glamorous and sexy, yet modern and understated all at the same time.  Malene is an outstanding designer with a unique talent – she creates absolutely beautiful clothing ALL women can wear – women of any age and practically any size.  When you visit Malene’s design studio you have a special chance to see everything in her collection plus it’s your personal opportunity to have her help you choose what looks best on you!  Guaranteed if you take your girlfriend along, she’ll be thanking you for a fabulous shopping experience.

– Donna Pepin

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Timeless pieces are the ones that you will keep forever. Malene Grotrian has a unique way on making you look great in the “now “and at the same time build up your look with pieces that are keepsakes. They can be incorporated into your wardrobe and used over and over again. It is the fabric and the quality of workmanship along with her unique style that makes her stand out.

– Jane Monteiro

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Malene Grotrian Designs are amazing! Every time a wear one of her pieces I get so many compliments.

Being a hairstylist I have to keep with the latest fashion’s and Malene makes it easy for me. I have also had the chance to work with her and her models for her fashion shows and she is such an inspirational and hard working business woman. Best of all, my wardrobe even worked during my pregnancy. I felt great, her designs are so versatile that I could adapt them as my body changed and still look and feel amazing. Her designs truly are Timeless!

Thanks Malene for making me stand out from the crowd:)

– Caylee Wasilenko
Owner of Hype Hair Studio and Winner of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent

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Beyond Satisfied!!! What a lovely woman with lovely clothes!

Malene and a group of gals offer a “Beautiful You” head shot package. Malene picks you some clothes, Angela Dean, make up artist, makes you beautiful and Anita Alberto takes your head shots. Malene has a great eye for what works on what bodies and the very fist outfit I tried on fit like a glove.  I love it on and in the pictures,  I had never done professional head shots and these women all made it so easy and so fun.  I did this for my business…but every woman should have this opportunity!!  It was so great.

– Dr. Shelley Adams

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Look your best at any age!

Loving my Malene Grotrian Designs. I’ve owned pieces for the past 3 years and they never go out of style. I love how you can wear each piece regardless of the season. Dress up or down, you are guaranteed to look like a fashionista all year round.  Malene’s studio is inviting and it’s fun to try on all of the designs.  From the boardroom to the ballroom, Malene Grotrian has you covered!

– Ozzie Kipnes

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Malene is a Vancouver based fashion designer whose designs are outstanding in their versatility. I find the designs are perfect for daytime professional wear, and they also transform into evening wear without a hitch. So easy! Whether Malene is dressing a tv celebrity or a professional businesswoman like myself, the final result enhances the body’s good attributes and exudes style and sophistication. Perfect for daily wear, or that extra special event. Malene is awesome. Definitely someone I would recommend.

– Jennifer G

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I feel beautiful and chic wearing Malene’s clothes (both custom and ready to wear) and so do my clients. Not only that, but her clothes have gotten me clients too, just because I get noticed! Thanks for making me feel like a style princess!

– Katherine Lazaruk
ICU Image Consulting

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I don’t know what I did before I found Malene Grotrian! Wearing her designs is a special experience. All I can say is that I’ve always spoken of European women as effortlessly sexy – like they wake up fabulous. Well, that’s how I FEEL now, every time I wear one of Malene’s pieces whether it be one of the classic daytime pieces or a stunning evening wear gown or bustier. I’m addicted… but, BTW, this is an addiction I can justify because I actually have a more versatile wardrobe since I started shopping with Malene Grotrian. Her pieces are often separates (even the evening wear) so I truly see it as an investment.

– Allison Cousins
Owner, REX IMAGE Marketing & Design

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Malene Grotrian and her team of wonderful women not only offer beautiful, elegant, classy clothing, they offer a friendly, unpretentious place to shop.  If you don’t end up spending hours perusing the racks, you’ll spend hours chatting!  They are sweet, friendly, and their clothes really are great for the office or a gala event.

– Erin Ireland
Its to Die For Banana Bread

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Malene Grotrian Designs are beautiful!  Malene designs for Women of all types and curves.  She is a beautiful person and it comes through in her clothes and in the exceptional customer service she provides.  I can’t gush enough.  Go to her studio and allow her to do her magic.  When you wear her clothes you feel confident and special.  The quality and style of her clothes is above excellent.

Malene and Jenna are incredible professionals and I had the pleasure of having them come to my client appreciation event and the fashion show they organized and delivered was over the top.  My clients are still talking about it!

– Gail Pearce
Gail Pearce Recruiting

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Malene knows how to make beautiful clothes that not only look wonderful, but also make the women who wear them feel amazing!

– Yelp review

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Sent my wife to see Malene. Malene sent my wife back looking amazing.

– Yelp review

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I never thought I’d be the type of person that would go to a fashion designer to have clothes made for me. I have habitually shopped at places like the Bay or Mexx. The thought of going to see a fashion designer filled me with trepidation. After all, I have seen some of those fashion shows on television and thought, OMG, that is not me! When I first went to see Malene’s studio I thought, “I probably won’t buy anything.” I won’t see anything that I like, let alone that I will wear. I am not model size, by any stretch of the imagination. Boy, was I wrong! The studio was filled with beautiful dresses, tops with feathers, fabulous skirts and jackets. I was smitten. Malene had me trying on many garments, most of which I would never have thought would look good on me. To my surprise, I loved a lot of them. It was hard to pick just one outfit. It’s like having a pair of excellent shoes made for you; they fit perfectly and feel wonderful to wear. That is what her clothes are like. The pieces I have bought from Malene are delightful to wear and I have received many compliments. I love that I can say I have “my own” fashion designer – right here in Vancouver. I can go to her studio and try on clothes for any event and she makes them fit me perfectly. I feel stunning in them. Thank you Malene!

– Yelp review

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Stunning is the only way to describe how these pieces look, and make you feel. Malene truly knows how to make a woman feel gorgeous. Book style soiree party, and you’re in for an absolute treat!

– Yelp review

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“Malene encouraged me to try on styles that normally I would never thought would suit me. It was amazing to see the results!”

– Yelp review

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“Malene’s designs are beautiful, functional and easy to wear. They are a touch unique glamour without complexity or comfort sacrifice.”

– Yelp review

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“Your feminine designs recapture the fun of being ‘put-together’ in Vancouver, something I thought was a lost art after I moved here from Toronto. Thanks for bringing femininity back into the boardroom, to its rightful place.”

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“You make me feel beautiful from the inside out when I spend time with you and in your creations”

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“I was really surprised when I was convinced to try one of Malene’s creations. It gives me the best figure, and forces me to keep my back straight – in a really comfortable fit! I can highly recommend to TRY it even though you may have preconceived idea, that you won’t like it – you may be just as surprised as I was!”

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My father always said “Getting old isn’t for sissies.”  Oh boy, isn’t that the truth!  I sure haven’t been pleased with what aging is doing to my body – the wrinkles, the sagging and then there’s all that extra weight!  Not a pretty sight.  So when an invitation came to my nephew’s wedding in Austin, Texas and I started shopping for something to wear, it didn’t take long to feel discouraged and depressed.

And then I met Malene Grotrian.  I was absolutely entranced by her fashions when I had the opportunity to see one of her shows at the opening celebration of Auto One.  I watched these beautiful young women modeling amazing garments.  But never in my wildest imagination (well maybe my wildest…) did I ever think about any of these clothes for myself.  It was purely admiration for the fabrics, the designs, the creativity, the elegance and professionalism of these styles.  When I was introduced to Malene that evening, I found her so personable and friendly and interesting that when I heard about her “open studio” day I just decided that I had to go.  Again – I still wasn’t thinking that any of these fashions were for me – it was an opportunity to see what a designer’s studio looked like, perhaps have the chance to talk to Malene again, and to see some of her other garments.  I even took my husband with me, so that shows you I wasn’t thinking about serious clothes shopping, but contriving the opportunity to have him take me out for lunch in downtown Vancouver.

And of course seeing all the size 0 and size 2 clothes only further confirmed what I knew – none of these garments were for me.

But Malene worked her magic.  She greeted me with warmth and friendliness, talked about her designs, and before I knew it she had me trying on a jacket and looking at fabric samples.  This led to measurement taking, a whimsical sketch and an idea of what I could wear to my nephew’s wedding.  I began to imagine the possibilities of wearing a Grotrian.

So when I met up with my husband for our lunch date, I showed him the sketch, the fabric sample and informed him that I would be having a dress made for me by Malene.

I had several fittings over the next few weeks and each time I visited Malene, I had several new overweight, old lady insecurities.  She was able to address those emotions, helped me accept the way I am, and embrace the possibilities of how I might possibly look with a great fit and design.  And from the first time I tried on that dress, I felt like a princess.  Malene’s skill at assessing my figure type and how to work with my shape was manifested in the most amazing outfit I have ever worn.    She took time to tell me why this design worked for my body and how it was elegant without being overly dramatic.  She had ideas for accessories and shoes and when I finally got to take my Grotrian design home, I knew Malene would have never let me walk out the door of that studio without looking my best, feeling comfortable in the garment, and confident that she too was pleased that I was wearing one of her designs.

So, thank you Malene for making me feel like one of your models.  I appreciate your creativity, talent, skill, professionalism, and amazing design ideas.

So every time I put on my “Grotrian” I shall also be wearing the warmth, graciousness and sensitivity of the inspiration behind the dress.

Thank you,

Kathy Cuthbert

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“Malene sees the potential and beauty inside all women and her clothes provide the perfect vehicle to express this.”

– Renee Giesse

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“Malene was kind enough to work with me on my music video project. Not only did she provide me with a beautiful wardrobe but I always come away from my appointments with her feeling very positive, full of energy and creativity and inspired. She is an example of a woman in business who shows strength, confidence, and business savvy without losing her femininity.”

– Sara Lynn
Musician, Recording Artist