About the Owner

Posted on April 07 2020

About the Owner

About the Owner, Melissa van Zyl  


Melissa has always had a passion and sense for fashion. Her childhood dream was to one day open her own clothing store, and in 2020 this dream finally realized when she opened Soulan Apparel.

After graduating from school and completing Makeup and Hair certification courses, she moved to Europe with her husband, Johann. They spent the majority of their 20's traveling across the world as Johann raced as a professional cyclist. In 2020, they embarked on a new journey which opened up Melissa's opportunity of pursuing her dream. 


Behind the name Soulan Apparel


Ask anyone close to Melissa and Johann and they’ll confirm their impulsiveness. At any given time, their bags are probably half packed ready for a spontaneous adventure. One day you’ll see them at home, the following you’ll find them halfway across the world on their way to some new place they haven’t visited before.


This urge to travel was sparked in their early 20’s when one Friday morning, the two woke up in Alsasua, Spain. They craved a little getaway, picked a place on the map, packed their mini Opel Corsa and drove straight to the French Pyrenees where they discovered Saint-Lary Soulan. This is beautiful small village in the Aure Valley surrounded by breathtaking mountains. They spent the weekend exploring the countryside, having picnics on mountain tops and at night strolling through the romantic city for dinner.


Until this day, this trip stands out as one of their favorites. Saint-Lary Soulan holds a special place in their heart and will always bring a warm smile to their face.


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