Brought to you by Meli Melo
Since the start of the year, I’ve had the pleasure of having several “omg somebody pinch me” moments in my life and work.
(Having said that, I think watching a nice sunset is a pinch-me moment haha!)
Anyway, one of those pinch-me moments comes from my latest collaboration with Meli Melo.
Meli Melo is a London bag brand, created and founded by Melissa Del Bono in 2005, who sought to create beautiful, timeless and practical handbags (without showy logos) for everyday women.
The brand has a strong focus on timeless Italian craftsmanship mixed with a London understated cool.
I first heard of the brand a couple of years ago, when Olivia Palermo was snapped carrying one. The bag caught my eye because it looked surprisingly “everyday” for Olivia. But it seemed to hit the magic trifecta – it looked really practical, stylish and effortless – like the perfect everyday bag! I didn’t recognise the brand, so I went to check out who designed it.
Turns out it was the classic Thela Tote Bag – so nice right?
The style is considered to be one of Meli Melo’s Signature Bags and it’s easy to see why with its simple and timeless design.
For my review I decided not to choose the Thela, because I was looking for a tote bag and something a bit more different (but not too different!)… so I chose this Rosalia Woven Bag – another of their signature bag styles.
I wanted a tote style bag with no top flaps, with a nice big opening and a discrete zip.
The Rosalia Woven Bag features an embossed woven leather, evoking the rustic wicker baskets of Sicily, where the designer Melissa grew up.
I love this unique texture! It’s so eye catching, because it looks like a woven basket and captures a sense of whimsy, wanderlust, uniqueness and like it holds a story from my childhood. It looks like it has lots of personality!
Usually woven basket textures give a sense of casual/resort styling, but because of its sleek shape and the long shoulder straps, it fits really well with city and urban styling.
It isn’t a delicate, thin and slouchy kind of leather bag, that collapses into a puddle of buttery, soft folds.
The leather of the body is beautiful, luxuriously smooth and very thick, making it strong and structured, so it keeps its lovely shape when you place it down.
I loved putting it on a cafe chair next to me – because it stood straight and strong and opened up easily so I could quickly see and grab my things inside.
It seemed pretty resistant to scratches, scuffs and bumps, so it was nice to NOT have to worry about that when using it.
The thickness of the leather handles and straps are slightly thinner for comfort and usability, but still thick and strong.
Perhaps the downside of the bag is its weight, which is 1.1kgs. So it’s a solid weight, but not too heavy that it hurts my arm or shoulders.
It really feels like a luxury quality, leather handbag. It will last me years and years and it feels like the kind of bag that will get better with age.
The Rosalia Bag comes in nine different colours – lots of lovely pastels and subtle shades. I’ve shown my favourite 4 colours above: Light Tan, Taupe, Heron (light blue), Midnight Blue. It also come in Elephant Grey, Sand, Khaki, Lime and of course Black.
It also comes in a smaller “Mini” size which can be worn in a cross-body style. That’s super cute too!
If you buy from the Meli Melo website, they offer free worldwide shipping.
Or you can also buy Meli Melo from Shopbop (and you might be able to nab it on sale).
I absolutely loved using this tote as an every day bag for doing all my errands. Look forward to lots more photos of me and my bag haha!