When I think of Malan Breton, I think of luxurious silks in vibrant and larger than life colors. He chooses fabrics that icons like Gene Tierny or Audrey Hepburn would wear. His designs are truly classical and timeless. When I think of Malan, I also think of a man with a beautiful and kind soul. I’ve seen him deliver speeches about dear friends and what they have meant to him. I’ve seen him be grateful on a daily basis for all he has. I’ve personally met him on several occasions and all of this is genuine. It’s a rarity to see a human so true. Malan’s truth, brilliance and raw emotion come through each one of his creations and touch us on the other side.
Breton, who started designing at the age of 11 has worn many hats while in New York City. He started out as a performer, then became a stylist, model, movie producer and of course designer. These things are not out of the realm of his world, as they all have to do with design or production. Malan is self taught and never went to design school. Today, he received the Taiwan Tourism Award. It was presented by the first woman President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. This is the second time Breton has received this award. The first time was in 2015. The President called “Little Ying” by local media, received her masters from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from The London School of Economics. She is considered one of the most progressive leaders the island has ever had. I assume Malan will be dressing this president at some point in the near future.
He has dressed A listers such as Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Craig, Omar Sharif, George Takei, Kathy Lee Gifford and Minnie Driver. His collection ranges from $30,000 to $100,000. Recently, in October 2015, Malan’s designs were featured in Vanity Fair in a piece about “Allegiance”, the Broadway play starring George Takei. “When Mr Breton was asked how he felt learning these lifelong icons would be wearing his designs, he simply bowed his head in gratitude, smiled, and said with a tear in his eye, he wished them success on Allegiance, and the Broadway opening.” When he received the award today, all he could say was “I wish my grandmother were here…”.
Breton, also a Philanthropist, has dedicated time, energy and designs to Care and Share India and AmfAR amongst others. Breton closed the NASDAQ in 2011.