Some trends stick around for many years to
come. The same goes for brands that stamp innovation that is explicit for all
to see on each of their products. Enter M2Malletier – a handbag brand that sets
trends instead of following them.
M2Malletier does not need a narrative but
they do in fact have an interesting one. Columbian-born design duo Melissa
Losada and Marcela Velez met while studying in Parsons School of Design where
they sought to create a progressive handbag design that would be as much a
collector’s item as it would be a practical everyday piece.
They took inspiration from armour of the
Middle Ages, set up a castle-like studio that was converted from a 19th
century cement factory, and paid homage to Vicomtesse Marie-Laure de Noailles,
a 20th century patron of the arts. This old world had unwittingly
informed the definitive design of a M2Malletier handbag.
A cult street style star among celebrities
and fashion editors was borne there and then.
The starting point of this spectacular
product is the deviation of the traditional top handle of a bag. The “needle”
top handle, as it is affectionately called, became the hallmark of the M2Malletier
brand. Crafted in lightweight brass hardware in silver or gold, the “needle”
was a sight to behold. Style icons like Miroslava Duma, Emma Stone, Caroline
Issa, and even Queen Rania of Jordan carried them like weapons in a fashion
These weapons have fancy names too. The
five that started it all – La Collectionneuse, La Fleur du Mal, Amor Fati,
Fabricca, and Memento Mori – have remained collection mainstays to this day. The shapes of these handbags though, are the
more prominent of the two. Expressed in bold structural lines with provoking
contrasts, these inimitable bags speak of a discreet opulence, luxurious
subtlety, and understated glamour.
These evocative images inspire a dreamscape
with new creative terrain where colour and forms burst into a beautiful melody
of perfection. This is M2Malletier.
There are two ways to dress an M2Malletier bag. The street style code calls for the cool metal of “the needle” to be felt
with your bare fingers, sans the detachable shoulder straps. As you trace the
clean lines of the bag to your arm silhouette, know that this bag is the
centrepiece of your outfit. Likewise, carry it with the shoulder straps for an off-the-mainstream
An M2Malletier bag shall be the focal point
that pays esteemed compliments to your overall look. Let Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper
Girl and her fashion squad lead the way. If something works, stick with it. And
with M2Malletier, it will surely stick around for a while.