Doing away with ornamentation entirely, bag label Meli Melo founded by creative director Melissa Del Bono drives home a singular point: Beauty in simplicity. Stripping the modern bag of unnecessary hardware and purveying supple Italian leather crafted in timeless shapes, these are the accessories that promise to be the last soldiers standing come the closet purge.
MEET THE LABEL Who: Melissa Del Bono of Anglo-Italian heritage Where: Growing up on the Aeolian Island of Lipari, Sicily, Del Bono took inspiration from her childhood and designed an interpretation of the local woman's market basket, naming her first creation the BB bag. When: 2005 What: Clean, leather bags constructed to mould to its wearer with the ability to be styled differently. There are five various ways to tote the signature Meli Melo bag — the Thela. How: Starting production in Italy — known for its craftsmanship and quality of leather — and turning the prototype into reality, the Meli Melo brand first grew legs in London, Del Bono's second home.
MEET THE FANS Style chameleon Olivia Palermo religiously works the roomy Thela tote into her repertoire, be it contrasted against a flirty hemline or paired with jeans jazzed up with a fur gillet. Model Lily Aldridge matches structured lines with a punchy classic print, and television style personality Louise Roe plays with proportions. The takeaway? Scratch piecing together an outfit around the accessory — the lasting quality of adaptability is the real deal.