Editors Note: “Instagram Fashion Finds” is a new blog series featuring designers and brands I’ve stumbled across in my endless Instagram scrolling. While some of the designers are couture and others ready-to-wear, each brand has caught my eye because of their visual aesthetic and overall style vibe.
Meli melo’s unique DNA brings together Luxury Italian Design and raw London Cool, creating contemporary, understated elegance, with timeless designs and unique shapes. Founder Melissa Del Bono created meli melo with influence from her rich Italian and English origins, as well as her everyday muses. Fun Fact: Named after Melissa herself, ‘Meli’ was the playful nickname given to her by friends and family whilst ‘meli melo’ means a mishmash of things.
Inspired by local women carrying large wicker baskets on the volcanic Aeolian Island of Lipari, Sicily, where she grew up, Melissa was driven to create something of her own. That something of her own started with money saved from a plane ticket to Argentina and the entrepreneur’s connections in fashion PR. Today, her bags can be seen toted by A-listers like the Duchess of Cambridge, Sienna Miller, Pippa Middleton and Poppy Delevingne (to name a few). As one of LVMH’s global brands, meli melo has expanded from the Thela tote to a flagship store, a collaboration with art collector Federica Fanari, a pop-up shop, and a second collab, this time with Olivia Palermo.
Melissa’s passion for quality design means that she goes out of her way to ensure the most exceptional craftsmanship goes into every collection. Having every piece ‘Made in Italy’ by skilled artisans is an essential aspect which Melissa deeply believes elevates the pieces to a level of incomparable luxury design.