About Us

There’s a story in every shoes, celebrating part of who we are.

In 2011, then-chemical engineer Nelissa Hilman decided to pursue shoemaking at the POLIMODA Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy. The opportunity opened her world to the immense world of art and fashion. Combining her passion for science and arts, she established her namesake footwear label, Nelissa Hilman in 2012.

Nelissa Hilman design shoes that celebrate women. Dedicated to creating the perfect pair, emphasis is given on updated-classic design with distinctive youthfulness, comfort, sustainable material and craftsmanship. Each pair of Nelissa Hilman is handcrafted to revitalize the heritage of Malaysia shoemaking industry.

Distinctive features such as the classic single-sole pump and loafer flats have led to the evolution of their signature shapes and brand image. Since its inception, Nelissa Hilman has actively collaborated with local and international fashion designers, visual artists and design studios.

Nelissa Hilman is currently stocked in independent boutiques and departmental stores in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

We believe that the manufacturing of shoes and accessories should be done in a responsible way. We always try to source our raw materials locally first, which is important for the ecological footprint of our shoes.

Our leathers are premium stocks leathers, which are sourced directly from Italian tanneries. Stock leather encompasses several different products - overruns and tannery lots, as well as sample stocks.

- Overruns and tannery lots are over productions of leather orders from Italians and European shoe manufacturers. Over runs are sourced directly from top brands, which produces in Europe.

- Sample stocks are year-end collection lots and involve the sale of all sample room leathers in order to make room for new leathers. Leathers are carefully separated and selected.

We screen suppliers for negative social and environmental practices, seeking those with sustainable manufacturing processes and fair, safe labor practices. It builds the basis of our efforts to make our supply chain more sustainable. We also check in on them to see that they live up to our values and requirements and work together on improvements where they fall short.

Predominantly producing to meet domestic demand, the small-and medium-sized shoe factories remain the backbone of the footwear industry. As the footwear manufacturers expands, the industry saw a proliferation of supporting cottage industries supplying various parts, components and footwear-related accessories for the industry.

Currently, most of our materials come from all over the world. We are unable to find local suppliers who produce leather and materials locally because we are not a leather producing country.

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