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Learn how much net worth Melody Ehsani has made from fashion designing, by herself and with collaborations (Reebok, Air Jordan 1, etc.), after defying the cultural norms of a typical Persian family. She is also married to a musician with an even bigger fortune.
Fashion Designer looks to be a distant profession for a woman born in a traditional Persian family and raised in the States. But Melody Ehsani has broken all barriers to become one of the pioneer Persian fashion designers in the country. Her bodywear designs are adorned by celebrities who casually slip in them without the fans knowing who made them.
Born on March 27, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, to Persian immigrants, she was always taught to strictly abide by her culture, the Bahá’í Faith, even if they live in the States. Her father passed away when she was 10 and was raised by her mother alongside her sister. She did, with devotion, what traditional women in her community did, but she never found satisfaction in them.
For a first-timer, Melody Ehsani’s sense of style will amaze you. So will her net worth.
Source: Melody Ehsani, Instagram
After already graduating in philosophy & sociology and studying law, she left all her forced ambitions to discover what she loved most — Design. With that profession alone, she has accumulated quite an impressive figure for her net worth.
Melody Ehsani’s Net Worth of $2 Million Is Self-Made After Defying Her Cultural Norms – The Story
As of 2019, Melody Ehsani’s net worth amounts to an estimated $2 million; source – 10+ years in fashion designing. The entire fortune is attributed to her massive success in designing her self-titled brand of jewelry, accessories, and fashion for celebrities of the elite order.
She has an online store for all her designs, ‘melodyehsani.com‘. It has alone racked up an estimated $1 million in her career of over a decade. In the real world, her shop is located on Fairfax Avenue, LA, among the elite streetwear stores. She made history as she was the first woman to open anything in the area. She opened it in 2012 beside Drake‘s OVO store. Its branch is also located in Kenmare Street, New York.
Ehsani’s store is located in the middle of an all-men-products-stores area.
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The 39-year-old had little to no support from her family in pursuing the trade. But she didn’t immediately start out in fashion. To be in tune with her culture, she first set her goal of being a pediatrician. She even graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Sociology. But soon after college, she left the doctor-dream to join a law school in 2003, like her sister and cousins.
The designer/trainer even interned at the Capitol Hill at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights but dropped out after a week into law. She knew it was not for her at all.
For about a year after 2003, she was at a low point. She tried getting back up with prayer and meditation until her friends suggested she visit a medical intuitive to help her find a path. After that, she joined the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
And that was it. She completed the product designs program and landed an internship at the sneaker company, Creative Recreation. She found her love for art and moved to China for six months and created an ornate, baroque line of heels. The rest is history.
Ehsani Collaborated with ‘Sanrio’, ‘Reebok’ and ‘Air Jordan 1’, and Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, etc. Adorn Her Products
The pioneer’s work has not gone unnoticed in the eyes of those who matter. In the first week of December 2018, her Fairfax shop hosted the Serena Williams Collection Pop-up Experience, after which Williams took part in a Q&A for a special ME. Speaker Series. She had previously featured Love Made‘s Linda Nguyen and Bella Doña‘s Lala Romero in her Speaker Series Q&A on March 10, 2017. Julie Walker, Shan Boodram, Saul Williams and Kiran Gandhi also have made appearances.
Watch: Melody Ehsani and Serena Williams Talk Design, Spirituality, and Believing in Yourself
Speaking of those who matter, numerous female celebrities are known to have worn her jewelry and designs. Listing them out might be a daunting task, but the ones that stand out are Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Gwen Stefani, Lauryn Hill, Lucy Hale and Erykah Badu. Her dream people to design for are Michelle Obama and Grace Jones.
Gwen Stefani sporting the ‘Melody Ehsani x Reebok Polka Dot Blacktop Pump’ sneakers.
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She was the first woman to design a Reebok Pump. While she announced the 2015 full collection with Reebok Classics would be the last, she kept doing it after initially not wanting to do any more collaborations. Alongside Reebok, she collaborated with the SOLE DXB event held in Dubai in January 2016. She also hosted a luncheon with supermodel Miranda Kerr in 2015. When collaborating with Hassan Hajjaj, she took their business up with Reebok as well. She was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of the top 10 fashion trainers of 2015.
Magazines kept calling to model her designs for their content. She used her buddies for that. Then came 2019, which has been a productive year for her ME. that is sure to double up her net worth within a year or so. She recently released her Fearless Ones holiday collection of sneakers, Melody Ehsani x Air Jordan 1 Mid SE, with her first-ever collaboration with Michael Jordan‘s Air Jordan 1. She’d teased about it back in June and exclusively released it at her store in LA on November 8, 2019, before the global launch on November 15.
Melody Ehsani announced her collaboration with Michael Jordan back in June.
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To top it off, she completed the deal with the popular Japanese brand, Sanrio, last month. They had a character named My Melody for their promotion campaign, which was not named after Ehsani. It is just a pure coincidence. With ME. x My Melody collection, even the character has worn her designs and she couldn’t be more proud of it. All of these are sure to boost up her net worth in the coming years.
Every Piece of ‘Melody Ehsani’ or ‘ME.’ Sold Will Donate to the Advancement and Education of Women
Melody has constantly emphasized how she wants women, in general, especially like her, to resolve what they feel by doing what satisfies them. In case some of them don’t have enough resources, she is happy to lend a hand. Every one of her product launches comes with inspirational messages for women in society.
I want the women who wear my pieces to have the same opportunity for equality, wholeness, and self expression. My style is inspired by paradox, controversy, justice and pushing the envelope.
In several article columns of her website, she reminds people of how a portion of every ME. item sold will go “towards the advancement and education of women in our society,” she mentions in her About section. Since her collaboration with Reebok years ago, a percentage of all sales of the collaboration products is going towards young girls’ mentorship and tutoring programs. Talk about giving to the community.
Melody Ehsani Is Married to ‘Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s Michael Balzary, aka ‘Flea’, worth $150 million
Melody Ehsani’s parents are/were both artists, by the way.
Part of the reason Melody went to law school was because it was considered a reputable profession for a Persian woman to be highly eligible for marriage. After she left the school just instantaneously, she was still haunted by the need to be a lady of the highest order, as that’s how she was taught to be. But the medical intuitive lady changed her view forever. In the end, her mother also has been the source of many of her designs.
Ehsani was pretty down-low when it came to relationships and waited until the right man came along into her life. She surprised her fans when they learned of her reported engagement in September 2018 with the band, Red Hot Chilli Pepper‘s bassist, Michael Balzary, aka Flea. Then just a month later, wedding photos showed up in their social media pages.
Melody Ehsani married $150 million net worth musician, Michael Balzary, on the last weekend of October 2019. The 57-year-old was previously married to Loesha Zeviar for two years in the late 1980s.
$2 million seems to be an underestimation of her net worth, but taxes and expenses do need to be accounted for. But she still has the assurance to rack up much more in the coming years.
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