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Shoko for meli melo

Limited Edition Shoko for meli melo
Where innovative Illustration meets Luxury Accessories

Introducing the Sleek Stegosaurus Capsule Collection to the SS15 line. The Exclusive Collection sees two creative minds merge to produce a handbag that is both enticingly playful and effectively cool. Inspired by her passion for illustration, Creative Director Melissa Del Bono has teamed with Japanese Artist and Blogger Shoko on a mission to introduce Illustrative art to the Luxury Accessories Market. 

‘Illustration is a way of expressing emotion and character through image. I was inspired by a vintage dinosaur toy that my daughter loved. It was more of an ornament than a toy and I loved the futuristic lines and modern art aesthetic that it had. I wanted to create something stylish and individual turning the ordinary and unexpected, into a luxury fashion piece. This collaboration is very personal to me. It’s a lot about contrasts. There is an element of fun and a certain naivety that I wanted to play on with these accessories. The illustrations reflect childhood fantasies yet they are made elegant by the contrasting palette of a beautifully soft dusky lilac and grown-up pastel pink.‘
Melissa Del Bono

Shoko’s designs adorn the signature Thela Bag in medium and mini size. The illustrations are expertly painted onto the finest Italian leather to achieve a discrete matt finish and pristine line representing the freehand nature of Shoko’s work; as if the image has been drawn straight onto the leather. The relaxed nature of the Thela bag allows you to carry a modern print without feeling try hard. 

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Thela Medium Pink Handbag Shoko for meli melo

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‘The Tale of meli melo’s Mystical Creature in its many different #FantasyWorlds’


Meet Melissa Del Bono & Shoko


Creative Director Melissa Del Bono mixes her Italian flair and understated London style to create her sought after accessories. A British brand with a true Italian Heritage, Melissa’s handbags are instantly recognisable and unique. Her passion for using only the finest sourced materials and highest quality means Melissa goes out of her way to ensure the most exceptional craftsmanship, and travels to find inspiring new materials and idea’s.
After launching the label in 2005 from her London home, Melissa realised her brand was more than just a hobby. Vogue UK instantly took notice of the first meli melo bags and launched the brand into the fashion world as the new accessories brand to watch. Raised in the idyllic Aeolian Island of Lipari, the handbags have an essence of Island Charm having been inspired by the large wicker baskets the local women would carry when Melissa was a little girl.
meli melo has now evolved into a global brand worn by the worlds glossiest faces including fashion influencer Olivia Palermo and super-models Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Georgia May Jagger. Press have hailed the label as an “ instantly recognisable Luxury Handbag Brand with equal parts practicality equal parts timeless Style” The contemporary price point and chic subtle branding fills an important gap in the ever growing, ever evolving accessories market.
Shoko is a renowned Artist and Fashion Blogger who divides her time between her Native Japan and London. Having studied at London’s Central St Martins, Shoko creates original artwork and content that regularly contributes to the worlds Top glossy publications. Her knowledge of the creative industry and fashion world have also resulted in the publishing of Shoko’s own illustrative lifestyle guide books and photography. meli melo is extremely proud to collaborate with Shoko to create something totally unique. Shoko’s illustrations tell the tale of meli melo’s mystical creature in it’s many different Fantasy worlds.


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