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

Since its inception, Nelissa Hilman has actively collaborated with local and international fashion designers, visual artists and design studios.

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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:

  • Over runs: over productions or over estimations of leather orders from Italian and European handbag and shoe manufacturers. Over runs are sourced directly form top well-known brands, which produces in Europe.
  • Tannery lots: these stocks are from over production, color mistakes etc.
  • Sample stocks: they are year-end collection lots and involve the sell of all sample room leathers in order to make room for new leathers. Leathers are carefully separated and selected.
Our sustainability goals have been inspired by the Cradle-to-Cradle principles. Through our sustainability practices, we aim to:
  • Make products that are used and loved for as long as possible
  • Eliminate serious toxins throughout our product and packaging
  • Seek biodegradable or recyclable materials and products where they make sense
  • Reduce waste and energy consumption through our entire process
  • Actively pursue a better understanding of our impact and how to reduce it



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.