Very few people in the Caribbean are automatically known by their first name and Meiling Esau is the tour de force behind the premier fashion house, not only in Trinidad but throughout the Caribbean. Her designs are worn by international celebrities including Shala Monroque who was voted by Vogue.com as one of the top 25 most chic women of 2015.
The Meiling brand has been in existence for over three decades which have been stamped with accolades and awards including collaborations with Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Peter Minshall on his Carnival productions, the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and the Miss Universe Pageant, which was held in Trinidad in 1999.
She was the first recipient of Caribbean Designer of the Year at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) and in 2008 she received another award from CFW, this time, “Grand Master of Fashion Design”.
In September of 2008, she was presented with the Chaconia Silver Medal, a national award given for the designer’s long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago’s business sector.
In 2010, Meiling was one of only two designers in the English speaking Caribbean to be invited to show at Plataforma K in Colombia. This is the most prestigious fashion trade show in the South American region and in 2011, she was the only one invited back to represent the English Speaking Caribbean.
In 2011, Meiling was honoured with the Women of Influence Award from the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad & Tobago for her innovation and business acumen.
In 2012, Meiling received, the Ocean Style Award last week “in recognition of tremendous effort, great accomplishments and lasting impact on Caribbean Fashion”.
For the 50th anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, she is considered one of the top ten of the 50 most influential people in the nation according to the Guardian Newspaper’s online survey.
In 2013, Meiling was invited as one of the top five global designers to participate in the Woman of Purpose Global Summit. This event was attended by some of the most powerful women in North America and Meiling was asked to address them in a round table forum.
Meiling can truly lay claim to the description as an ‘iconic designer’. In 2013, she is the only local designer (and one of only two women) to receive the National Icon Award of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Meiling available in:
North America – http://www.liveinm.com
French Caribbean – http://kameri-shop.com/en/7_meiling
UK – http://www.globalrunway.com
Trinidad – 6 Carlos St. Port of Spain (Main Boutique) / Shops at Normandie / Exhibit A
Jamaica – Soho Boutique, Montego Bay