From the age of six, Malene’s dream to become a fashion designer was crystal clear. Growing up as the only girl with two brothers in Jutland, Denmark, Malene gravitated towards unique and feminine design from an early age. She followed her passion into fine arts and fashion design and in 2004, Malene graduated from Teko Center Denmark. After furthering her design and fine art studies in Italy, Malene re-located to Canada. For the next four years, she worked with leading Canadian designers honing her craft and appreciation for tailored women’s wear that truly embraces and flatters the female form. It was during this time that she discovered the passion for her signature bustier. It soon became a sought-after item, which lead to the inception of the Malene Grotrian Design label, fulfilling her childhood dream.
In December 2008, Malene opened the doors to her atelier boutique in the historic Dominion Building in Gastown, Vancouver. Within her first year of business, Malene was invited to show at New York Fashion Week in September 2009. Since then, the studio boutique has quickly become Vancouver’s premier boutique shopping experience. A fashion oasis for clients, experiencing the true essence of the Malene Grotrian brand of creating inner confidence and beauty in women by embracing every shape, size and style. Collections are inspired by a timeless, unique, European influence and focus on versatility within each piece. All designs are sophisticated and created with femininity, unexpected detail, and elegance in mind and each garment is manufactured locally in Vancouver, BC, Canada.