Beautiful Italian Handmade Leather Handbags
Melissa Del Bono, the designer behind meli melo, draws inspiration from both her family’s history in Italy and the United Kingdom and her life in London. Melissa’s friends and family affectionately referred to her as “Meli,” while the moniker “meli melo” refers to an eclectic assortment of items.
Melissa grew up in a highly entrepreneurial environment and always knew she wanted to do something innovative on her own. Melissa, a native of the volcanic Aeolian island of Lipari, Sicily, took her design cues from the big wicker baskets that local women carried. Melissa, who had never been to design school, created her version of a local fisher women’s basket in 2005, giving it a more casual shape and inverting the inverted handles. The BB Bag is what happened there.
To create the prototypes for her first meli melo handbag, she tracked out the highest-quality Italian leather and contacted local Italian companies.
Melissa started the label meli melo in her London apartment using money she had saved for a flight to Argentina. Melissa, in an era of “it” bags and logos, recognised a need in the luxury accessories market for high-quality handbags that didn’t break the bank or have overbearing labels.
Melissa leveraged her experience on the in-house public relations teams at Harper’s Bazaar, Tanner Krolle, and Asprey to get her label off the ground.
The label quickly became a favourite of celebrities and fashion insiders. Among the first to sport the bags in 2005 were Kate Middleton, Sienna Miller, Pippa Middleton, and Poppy Delevingne, all of whom praised the understated logos, luxurious leather, and classic designs.
Meli Melo Santina Cross Body Bucket Bags
The Santina bucket bag, introduced by meli melo in 2015, is the brand’s debut and remains a timeless classic. Boasting a luxurious suede fastener and a patterned woven leather exterior accented with hefty gold metalwork.
Meli Melo SANTINA LIGHT TAN WOVEN BUCKET BAG FOR WOMEN
The gorgeous Santina small by meli melo is a timeless accessory that pays homage to the traditional wicker baskets seen across Sicily.
This tiny cylindrical cross body bag is a lesson in classic beauty, with a luscious suede closure and a patterned woven leather exterior.
The meli melo Santina is a beautiful way to carry your belongings, whether you choose to sling it over your shoulder or use the long strap.
Meli Melo SANTINA BLACK WOVEN BUCKET BAG FOR WOMEN
Meli Melo Thela Shopper
A shopping bag’s versatility is unrivalled, since it can be used for anything from a day at the office to a weekend getaway.
Meli Melo THELA MINI SHOPPER TAN & COBALT BLUE LEATHER CROSS BODY BAG FOR WOMEN
The meli melo Thela Shopper Mini Shopper is an updated classic made of luxurious full-grain leather from Italy.
The Shopper is a brand-new silhouette for 2019 that was created by dismantling last year’s top-selling Thela Bag to make it more compact and convenient for daily use. The inside of this piece is raw and gritty, contrasting with the smooth trapezoidal exterior.
Tuck it over your shoulder or grab the inverted handles on top to transport it.
Meli Melo THELA MINI SHOPPER CHOCOLATE LEATHER CROSS BODY BAG FOR WOMEN
Meli Melo Thela
The Thela is a hallmark bag by meli melo and a favourite of celebrities because of its sumptuous design and soft, fine Italian leather. You may change up your style with the five different ways you can carry this bag.
Meli Melo THELA MINI PEACH WITH WHITE WITH ZIP CLOSURE CROSS BODY BAG FOR WOMEN
The Thela mini from meli melo is a more compact version of the Thela Medium, both of which are exquisitely constructed from the highest quality Italian Leather. The supple leather and inverted handles on this bag’s slouchy trapeze silhouette are just two of the many thoughtful touches that set it apart. The Zip version, available only at meli melo, is a more secure way to close away your belongings.
The shoulder strap may be lengthened or shortened with the gold studs, making it unique from the Thela Medium and Thela Large families. The dog clips, instead of meeting in the middle of the bag, are attached to the bag’s exterior, making it ideal for cross-body use while travelling.
You can utilise the handles, the long strap for when you’re on the go, or you can even link the long straps to the front clasp for a completely other look. Thela’s Mini form is perfect for transitioning between day and night.
The neutral taupe hue is a best-seller for meli melo.
Meli Melo THELA MEDIUM TAUPE GREY LEATHER WITH ZIP CLOSURE TOTE BAG FOR WOMEN
Meli Melo Men’s Leather Briefcases
Each of the meli melo men’s styles comes with a one-of-a-kind code imprinted on the inside, a nod to the tech startup culture from which the brand draws inspiration.
MELI MELO BRIEFCASE IN CHOCOLATE BROWN LEATHER FOR MEN
Here’s the deal with the new Briefcase. This bag is the finishing touch on any business ensemble. A fresh everyday bag is a need whether you’re commuting to the city for work or not. This structured purse is a great complement to your business attire. Be a meli melo man.
MELI MELO BRIEFCASE IN ARGAN BROWN LEATHER FOR MEN
Why choose Meli Melo?
Meli Melo is committed to producing only the finest quality goods, as evidenced by the meticulous attention to detail in each of their collections. For the most bright colours and ideal textures, they seek out only the best Italian leather manufacturers and high-end tanneries.
Meli Melo only uses genuine, unfinished materials, such as zamak for our hardware and raw grain or nappa leather for our products.
Mei Melo verifies that the origin of their Italian leathers and materials is ethical and sustainable.