MARCELA VELEZ AND MELISSA LOSADA
Melissa, 29, and Marcela, 27, are co-founders of Barcelona-based handbag label M2Malletier.
We started out… When we met at a party in New York and discovered we both studied at Parsons New
School of Design. We had similar ideas for starting a brand.
The M2Malletier woman is… Classic. Our aesthetic is discreet and timeless. We will be using our bags when we are grandmothers.
We design handbags because… We couldn’t find one we loved. We wanted to create something in contrast to the color and prints happening in fashion at the time.
We couldn’t do this without… Each other. We both live in Barcelona and meet at our studio to share ideas.
Our current inspiration is… The surrealist muse Marie-Laure de Noailles. And medieval medical instruments inspired our brand’s signature needle handle.
If you buy one thing… The
Amor Fati is our key style as it is completely innovative. No one else has done this shape. Melissa spent eight hours drawing it – we are both obsessed by lines and angles.
A-list fans… Cate Blanchett carried one of our clutches on the red carpet in Los Angeles recently. She is our ultimate icon.
What’s next… Diversifying the shapes and textures of our bags. Eventually we will design jewelry inspired by our needle handle, too.
MELISSA’s go-to pieces
“THE BOLD CORAL style is great with a minimal monochrome outfit.”
Marcela (left) wears: Top by J.W.Anderson; culottes by Victoria Beckham; cuff by Arme de L’Amour. Melissa wears: Jacket and pants by Givenchy; rings Melissa’s own; bag by M2Malletiercredits
Hair and makeup stylist: Hisato Komine