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As the debate continues over big and oversized vs. mini and compact, the newest style making our hearts skip a beat is firmly planted in the 'compact' camp. The Clemence Handbag Bag is the curvy little number that just seems to tick all the boxes of what we're looking for right now. Its instantly recognisable crescent shape is just so timely, tapping into that 70s mood saturating the catwalks and ready-to-wear trends for both SS15 and AW15.
Crafted from the most sumptuous Italian Napa Leather, this chic Shoulder Bag brings a touch of refined haute hippie style to day and nighttime outfits. With a classically cool construction that feels both retro in reference but contemporary in finish, the Clemence is a set to become a future icon within the meli melo family.
For AW15, Creative Director and Founder Melissa Del Bono has taken the signature belting detail of trench coats and military jackets, and introduced them to the world of accessories. Tied with a neat noted effect at the front of the bag, the notched belt also acts a functional detail for adjusting the sides of the bag. Loosening it expands the shape for a more open and relaxed look, but to achieve that coveted half moon appearance we recommend fastening the belt tighter.
A more sophisticated and polished alternative to the fringed Tallulah Handbag, the Clemence is available in timeless tan, black and a pretty shade of pastel blue. If you're looking to upgrade your Saddle Bag with a luxurious finish, the Clemence Red in the softest fur with crimson textured leather trims is our go-to statement piece.
Perhaps what we love most about the Clemence is that it's an unexpectedly perfect accessory for transitional dressing. Normally, the Cross-Body Bag is reserved for summer festivals and exploring hidden corners of European villages, but the elegance of the bag lends it beautifully to a cool urban style, too. While the weather's still warm, we'll be wearing the Clemence with romantic, floaty dresses and sandals for a laid back, free spirited vibe. For autumn, we'll be matching our it with streamlined dark washed flared jeans, knitted roll neck tops and retro leather.