Melissa Del Bono

Catching up with Meli Melo Founder, Melissa Del Bono

Meli Melo, based on the famous Portobello Road in London, is a luxury handbag label. In the words of Melissa del Bono, the Founder and Creative Director, “it seamlessly blends timeless Italian craftsmanship with a sense of London cool” and is frequently seen on the arm of many of the style elite including Olivia Palermo and Sienna Miller.

 

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Melissa, where we chatted about her life, her travels and her love of beautiful design. Whilst looking at our own collection, Melissa also picked out her favourite products and tells us why they resonate so much with her style and ethos.

 

Melissa’s Aeolian upbringing on the magical Italian island of Lipari has inspired many designs, most notably the Thela Bag, but also her lifestyle. A warm smile spreads over her face as she describes her “affinity to the sea and the many treasures it holds”. Melissa can’t wait to use our large resin stone clams to house some vintage rosé on ice at her next get together with friends. It is sure to bring a little of her coastal heritage into her stylish Notting Hill home, without any negative impact on our delicate ecosystem.

 

 

Design is in Melissa’s soul and she leaves no stone unturned, drawing inspiration from every aspect of her life. Melissa loves to travel and running a global fashion brand ensures that she is frequently hot stepping between Paris, Milan and New York. Recent collaborations have taken her further afield to the Far East, including an exciting project with Japanese artist Shoko. “I love Oriental influences which is why I am particularly drawn to the beautiful proportions and symmetry of the antique Chinese bench. A stunning and versatile piece.

 

For her exquisite handbags, Melissa uses only Italy’s finest natural leather from environmentally and socially responsible sources. To counter balance the chaotic demands of modern life, as well as offer and promote a more sustainable lifestyle, “I extend this ethos into my home too. I love to use natural materials, whether it be linens, rattan or jute and just adore the gorgeous Sequoia Rug in combination with the wonderful Kea cushion”.

 

 

Melissa’s home is an impeccable blend of her Italian roots and traditional British influences from her English mother and husband, Doug. Our antique slipper chairs,  upholstered in a timeless black and white ticking, blend perfectly with her eclectic aesthetic. “They will offer a stylish perch to browse through the latest pages of Vogue or read a bedtime story to my two gorgeous children”.

 

Melissa strongly believes that fashion is a visual expression of yourself and her passion for contemporary art led to “The Art Bag”, an exciting collaboration with Federica Fanari. The uber cool clutch does not disappoint and its fabulous collection of impactful statements, including “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe” and “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything“ provokes and allures. Art is also an important part of Melissa’s interior and she is always on the look out for new and exciting pieces. “I love to inspire my children and “Look to the Sky” is on point for my youngest son Baxter”. A stunning painting, which Melissa is certain will be sure to inspire his imaginary world of Super Hero’s!

 

 

SHOP MELISSA’S TOP PICKS

 

All the latest Meli Melo handbags can be found at: www.melimelo.com

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12 comments

  • JENNY KAKOUDAKIS 9th June 2018  

    I really enjoyed this post – love how you combined the interview with Melissa’s picks, made for such good reading. Also obsessed with your clams now – that Giant one 75cm across! wow! Statement piece!

    • Camilla Bellord 11th June 2018  

      Thanks so much Jenny! We have an obsession with the clams and corals too! Glad you like them!

  • Pati 10th June 2018  

    what a beautiful post , id loved finding more about Melissa and now you are making me swoon over those art bags 🙂

    • Camilla Bellord 11th June 2018  

      Hi Pati: the art bags really are fantastic too!!

  • Natalia 10th June 2018  

    What beautiful bags – and lovely taste in homewares too!

    • Camilla Bellord 11th June 2018  

      Ah thanks so much Natalia!

  • Mary | hellopeagreen.com 12th June 2018  

    Lovely interview and I’m in love with the rugs and the clams. Now if I just had a warm sunny climate to live in too I’d be very happy

    • Camilla Bellord 13th June 2018  

      Thanks so much Mary! Oh for the day we can retire on a Sicilian island!

  • Maria 16th June 2018  

    Wonderful interview and being a handbag addict I’ve now got my eye on a few 😉 Beautiful imagery and love the clams!

    • Camilla Bellord 17th June 2018  

      Thanks so much Maria! The clams are absolutely stunning pieces! Glad you like them.

  • Anne Marie 16th June 2018  

    What an interesting post! Love the collection of handbags and Mellisa’s picks are so beautiful too (especially that cushion!)

    • Camilla Bellord 17th June 2018  

      Thank you so much Anne Marie! We love the Kea cushion too!