Weekend Obsession: The Thela Tan (In Every Size)

The art of timeless dressing is a fine one. With so many Designer Bag choices available from so many labels, a woman can often be spoilt for choice. Each season seems to bring out a new 'it' style that is regarded as groundbreaking or innovative, and in many cases that can be true - depending on one's personal opinion.

Creative Director and Founder of meli melo, Melissa Del Bono has made it her absolute obsession to craft the ultimate classic shape as her signature style. In 2012, six years after launching meli melo, she finally found her perfect form. The Thela Handbag has all the features of a modern day classic, with enough individuality to make it unique amongst its contemporary competitors. Crafted from the softest Italian Leather, the bag sticks to the rules of ageless styling:

1. High Quality

From the beginning, Melissa has gone out of her way to source the finest materials from well established, traditional leather suppliers and tanneries in Italy. It's this 'Made in Italy' quality that elevates each and every one of the meli melo designs to a level of undeniable luxury with an artisanal touch. All the bags are made in one of our three factories in Florence, Italy and are each hand finished with beautiful stitched details.


2. Subtle Branding

The reason why meli melo designs continue to remain as popular as every with celebrities is their minimal use of branding. For Melissa, the simple but recognisable shade and beautifully crafted finish are what make a perfect bag recognisable. Only the meli melo logo is foil stamped in very small letters on the reverse side of the bag and on the inside. This helps the bag to merge naturally with every woman's outfit, without the need to shout for attention or become the main focus. It's about balance and complimenting. 


3. Minimal Hardware

The Thela has been specifically developed to include the original inverted handles which help the shape of the bag to fall in sync with the way it is carried against a woman's silhouette. This is one of the Tote Bag's defining features. It is also a very natural feeling piece with minimal hardware detailing, apart from the signature buckle detail on the front at the flap and tongue fastening.


4. Choice of Colours

One of the things meli melo is recognised for is its range of sumptuous colours, from the classic to the most high octane paintbox hues. Every style is available in time-honoured black, tan and the now iconic taupe shades. Over the years the Thela tan has become a go-to for A-list celebrities such as Victoria's Secret Angel, Lily Aldridge, Olivia Palermo and Brazilian actress, Marina Ruy Barbosa. This rich and complimentary shade works with the gentle structure of the Thela Tote Bag to create a versatile piece that works as exquisitely with a formal dress as it does with a pair of jeans and T-shirt for effortless off-duty style.


5. Options

How do you prefer to wear your handbag? Large enough to carry more than the essential and then some, or mini and compact for traveling light and a edited feel? Welcome to the family. The Thela is available in four sizes, ranging from large, medium, mini and micro mini. Whatever your needs and preferences, there's a perfect size waiting for you in this popular style:



The ultimate everyday bag. Team with work wear during the day and pack a pair of shoes to change into for evening drinks. A strong travel piece, it's ideal for days when you want to carry more that usual and still look perpetually chic.




A little smaller than the large, but just as spacious and a perfect size for using as an everyday office wear piece. Pack your tablet and documents and wear with a smart pair of silk black slacks, white blouse, leather jacket and white leather trainers for a laid back luxe look.



The all-occasion piece and perfect for 16-hour styling. Maybe you're out running errands during the day or dashing between meetings. Before you know it, it's 6pm and duty calls. The Thela Mini is your answer to every sartorial scenario because it's small enough to be discreet and stylish enough to work with any look. We'll be wearing ours with our favourite jeans, a block heeled sandal and a brightly coloured, boxy-fit cropped jacket.




Only your keys, phone and purse to carry? The Micro Mini is the answer. This Mini Tote Bag is our go-to whenever we're traveling really light. Throw it over your shoulder when you're dashing out or slip it across your body for slick and simple way to accessorise. Don't be surprised if you get some serious admiring glances - the Micro Mini maybe teeny but it's packs a fashionable punch.




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