I don’t need to tell you how I feel about handbags but, you know me, I probably-slash-definitely will again anyway. While I’m enthralled by all things sartorial, bags are my ultimate, my kryptonite, the thing I go to bed dreaming about and wake up plotting new schemes to be able to own more of. Ok, that last bit wasn’t strictly true. I usually wake up panicking that I’ve managed to oversleep, praying it won’t rain and checking my emails in a haze of sleepy confusion but still, you get my drift. Anyway, back to bags. I love ‘em and therefore few things get me more excited than a hotter-than-hot new purveyor of leather loveliness on which to fritter hours browsing and empty my bank account buying. meli melo may not be new per se – Melissa Del Bono launched the label back in 2005 – but recent investment from the firm behind Smythson and Astley Clark, a stellar AW13 collection and the unveiling of their first boutique in London’s Notting Hill make this the perfect time to introduce the brand to you lovely lot. Unless of course you already know all about them, in which case please feel free to ignore me and just ogle their divine designs instead.
meli melo Thea clutch in camo, £105
meli melo Thea in burgundy, £530
Over the past eight years, meli melo has stealthily infiltrated the hearts and wardrobes of some of the world’s most stylish women including Olivia Palermo (a proud Thela toter), Rosie Huntington Whitely, Kate Moss (!), Sienna Miller and Poppy Delevingne. Considering that the defining characteristics of the brand’s aesthetic are flawless quality, impeccable craftsmanship and elegantly playful modernity, this isn’t exactly surprising. To be honest, it would be way more surprising if these A listers hadn’t fallen hard and fast for the luxe leathery charms of Melissa’s arm candy. Doling out both ohmigod-I-want-it-now on trend styles in leopard and camo prints and wear-forever classics in luscious, trans-seasonal shades all concocted from the very finest Italian leather, these puppies are freaking fashion catnip and I want in. What’s also excellent about meli melo is that while high street prices by anyone’s standards, they’re not as mind bogglingly expensive as numerous handbag labels I could mention. When you consider the quality of each piece and how much use you’ll get out of them, on a cost per wear basis, they’re basically free. I’m seriously struggling to choose a favourite and have now spent the best part of an hour browsing instead of doing anything productive. If pushed, I’d probably say the Thela in Cheetah (top) is my most coveted meli melo stye. Which would you pick?
These autumnal delights are all available online and in the meli melo boutique right now! But of course, fashion is all about looking to the future so here’s a sneaky peek at what Melissa’s got up her sleeve for SS14…
meli melo Thela Prep Spex Flamingo Splatter Snake, £800
meli melo Thea Halo in mauve, £620
Love Ella. X
Ps) meli melo’s brand new boutique can be found at 324 Portobello Road, London, W10 5RU