Michelle de Matheu is an author, motivational speaker, life & business coach, fashion consultant, and wellness entrepreneur.
Described as having a “mindful, conscious, effortless take on glamour… as a way of living.” Michelle began her fashion career at the age of 17, starting her prolific journey graduating in Business Administration from Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica followed by a move to New York to study Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design.
Michelle soon had the prestigious opportunities to intern and work for luminous names in the fashion industry such as: Versace, Marchesa and Rebecca Taylor. Years later she moved to Paris to complete her Masters at Istituto Marangoni. As her career continued to develop, Michelle opened the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week San Jose, Salon du Chocolat in Paris and was invited to be a brand ambassador for GUERLAIN.
"The vivacious personality and fresh smile of Michelle de Matheu captivated the Guerlain brand to become its Latin American muse to show and communicate the essence of the maison to more women in Latin America." - VOGUE MX
Through her design and styling work, Michelle has dressed Costa Rica’s first ladies, Presidents, celebrities, and women that are ready to discover and embrace their true style. Her work and philosophy has been featured in Vogue Mexico, Vogue UK, Forbes Mx, and Styleismo among other prominent publications.
Michelle started her spiritual path at the young age of 15. She has completed studies in spiritual science and metaphysics, and has qualifications in vinyasa yoga, meditation, dream health, Reiki level 1 & II, crystal therapy and life coaching. She has also trained with Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author; achieving certification to teach her May Cause Miracles methodology.
She is currently working as The Soul Stylist, leading workshops, writing and offering life and corporate coaching around the world. Her message and teachings have a contemporary approach to spirituality based on the principals of A Course In Miracles, emphasising self-love, forgiveness, and a holistic approach to relationships. Her unique take on personal development blends creativity, consciousness and self-expression in a way that feels empowered, clear and ready to make a difference in the world. Her aim is to help individuals and brands to stay committed to their spiritual practice, motivated, and inspired through sharing practical tools to live a happier and better life in and out of the office.
Born in Miami and raised in Costa Rica, and with ancestors like Manuel de Falla, named ‘The Best Classic Composer of 20th century in Spain’, and impressionist painter Pierre de Matheu, Michelle’s creative energy has been shaped from many different experiences, cultures and insights. She is the creative director of TrèsTropical, a fashion, art and lifestyle brand dedicated to promoting a conscious, mindful and sustainable way of living.
Her unique creativity blended with an entrepreneurial spirit has lead Michelle to also co-found many projects and businesses including MANDALA – The Power of Sharing which produces sustainable, wellness products such as coffee, chocolate and jewellery. Through her businesses, Michelle has also led many social projects such as Mandala for Peace We Are One, a project for children living in communities in El Salvador.
Michelle is currently based in Cost Rica, but works globally developing workshops, courses and supporting her clients in-person and online.
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Michelle's life & career
1990s – Inspiration Sparked
Started her love affair with textiles, quartz and anything glittery.
1994 – Creative Debut
Designed her 1st dress and had her acting debut as the main character in the play ANTONIA.
2001 – Spiritual Curiosity
Started meditating and studying metaphysics. Got her 1st job as Sales Associate at friend's fashion store.
2004 – Began Training
Started Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica and completed Crystal Therapy Training.
2006 – New York, New York!
Began studying Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design.
2010 – Big Beginnings
Graduated from Parsons. Launched Michelle de Matheu prêt-à-porter. Started studies of spiritual science and metaphysics with Dream Health. Completed Level I & II Reiki Healing. Delivered first motivational talk.
2010-11 – Healing Path
In December 2010 Michelle broke her tibia and peronei, meaning she couldn't walk for a year. Further details about this transformational journey can be found here.
2012 – Paris & Coturban Launched
Launched Coturban Couture for the Cure and moved to Paris to complete a Masters programme at Istituto Marangoni. Started writing lifestyle articles for 'Estilo Ejecutivo'.
2013 – Launched Mandala
Created Mandala The Power of Sharing and started selling her products in Paris. Had first interview at Vogue.
2014 – International Recognition
Named Guerlain Brand Ambassador. Styled and designed the President and First Lady of Costa Rica for the Ceremony of Possession. Opened the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week San Jose. Created the charitable project Mandala for Peace: We Are One.
2014 – Returned Home
Moved back to Costa Rica. Designed the 1st chocolate dress made by a Latin-American country at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris. Named 1 of the top 30 leaders in Costa Rica. Gained certification with Alchemy of Yoga. Became a member of the Yoga Alliance as a vinyasa and meditation instructor. Delivered her 1st international workshop at IÉSEG School of Management and Vital Voices in France.
2016 – Book Published
Launched book 'Love Notes For My Soul'. 'Soy el cambio, construyo mi future' Intel. Vital Voices Costa Rica and Paniamor. Had first event of Mandala with Forbes magazine. Traffic Museum.
2017 – Launched TrésTropical
Attended Seduction of the Spirit with Dr.Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. Launched TrèsTropical at Miami Swim Week. Completed Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 2 with Gabrielle Bernstein and became certified to teach her May Cause Miracles principles and tools.