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Beauty is in the Bag

Updated: 6 days ago

Welcome to our blog, dear friends! We are so happy you are joining us on the very first day of our newest adventure! A MEL blog! You will be the first to see our new MEL bags, have an early peek at our new collections, learn about our upcoming promotions, hear our stories, and spend a little time with us as we introduce you to the many special friends who make the MEL world bright, unique, and filled with beauty.

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Designing a MEL bag is entering into a world of beauty and we are excited to be sharing our world with you today. This is a world where color takes center stage. A world ruled by daring shapes and bold patterns. A world that changes with every season and evolves as our imaginations fly to create new art. A world filled with small bags that become big fashion statements.

Our Big Fashion Statement!

Each month on our blog we will highlight a MEL bag from our latest collection.

We wish to start with a bag that encapsulates who we are and defines our vision as designers. This is a bag that is bold, a bag that is unique, filled with vibrant colors, and is daring and adventurous. So today we are very pleased to introduce In Full Bloom!

In Full Bloom brings together a surprising color combination for those of you, stylish MEL girls, who are looking for something different and unexpected: the hot pink becomes even more vibrant next to the bright orange and the bold fabric comes to life in a stunning way. As we design all our bags, we are inspired by Robert Frost's words: Freedom lies in being bold. In Full Bloom embodies this statement. It defies conventions and it is designed for women who are looking for something different, who are confident, daring, and will wear what they like, women who value the art behind a unique design.

What's in my MEL today?

Each month we will highlight the faces and stories behind the products we are proud to carry in our bag.

This blog could not be just about our bags because a MEL bag is never empty! Beauty is also inside our bags, and the products we carry often bring us happiness and inspiration. Our bags are filled to the brim with items that are beautiful, or sweet, or fragrant, or unique. So...what's in my MEL today? Lean in closer and you will smell the most divine scent coming to us from a truly marvellous little store, El Jardí Secret (The Secret Garden) in Barcelona.

El Jardí Secret is housed in a stunning space filled with natural perfumes that tell a thousand stories and reveal the soul of their creator, Master Perfumer and founder, Esperança Cases. I had the pleasure to talk to Esperança in preparation for this post. She shared the behind the scenes of what goes in to creating these special aromas. The scents she creates are always based on natural elements that have been responsibly collected from around the world by people who respect and protect the environment where they grow. All the creative perfumes she has brought to life are the expression of her inner self so they are all meaningful and valuable, but there is one scent above all the others that Esperança absolutely loves: the smell of her workshop, permeated with the lingering scents on the walls.

Esperança believes that "the art of creating a natural perfume is not influenced by trends". "My perfumes", she says, "are scent sculptures that are shaped only by the story I want to tell. It is a way to express myself and share a very private feeling. The story I tell, though, ends the minute someone smells that perfume. Then, at that moment, each person reacts to a scent in a very personal way because no one can tell you how to feel when you smell a perfume. It is an intimate and private moment, and a new story begins then". Building a perfume can take up to a year, and at El Jardí Secret the quantities created are small.

MEL and Our Friends Around the World!

Each month we will introduce you to the best design pieces of the fabulous world we live in.

MEL Barcelona brings together two cities, Denver and Barcelona, two cultures, two unique life styles, and two very different ways to understand fashion and design. Exploring the world and discovering exquisite designers who create unique pieces has always been important to us, but right now with the travel restrictions in place, we all find ourselves a little more isolated from each other. For this reason, we are pleased to use this blog to help you explore the world from the safety of your home, bringing you

We at MEL Barcelona believe that when you discover a bag, a hat, a scarf, or a pair of shoes of exquisite beauty, it immediately becomes the central focus of your look. In this blog we will bring to you some of MEL's international friends, designers from around the world that create wearable art, and will color your look with the flavor of their different cultures.

Please allow us to introduce you to the world of Coast and Koi and the fabulous shoes that will become your MEL's best friends.

Coast and Koi is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and is the home of the most exquisite handmade shoes you will ever wear. Caryn Wilensky, designer and owner at Coast and Koi, creates bespoke shoes using hand-painted silk prints, satins, jewels, embroidery knots, tassels and sequins, to bring to life art that you can wear. Her sophisticated babouches seem out of a magical dream world and wearing them can change your whole look in just an instant.

Caryn is passionate about African design and sees her creations as pieces that defy the stereotypes of what Africa really is. With her shoes, blending African and Middle Eastern influences, she hopes to offer a new vision of the art being created in that continent today. Her designs, bold and distinctly unique, make you dream of Moroccan slippers and African wax prints, and will transport you to an exotic and luxurious place. Magical square toe ballerinas, espadrilles, pointy pumps and babouches; vibrant colors, dreamy fabrics and fabulous of a kind shoes so you can show them off next to your one of a kind MEL bag!


A Blog in the Bag

For the past two months we have been safe at home. We have enjoyed time with our immediate families, we have read books, listened to music, taken walks in the park, and had long conversations with friends over video chats; we have enjoyed podcasts, gardened, baked, and we have also discovered some wonderful blogs that have brought a sense of calm and beauty to our uncertain lives. A small thing of beauty, like a stunning bag or a glorious perfume, can give us a little pleasure, just like a blog can take us to remote places and unique lives and, like a thing of beauty, make our world a little brighter. For this reason, our blog will highlight a fabulous blog each month, in the hopes it brings you a little joy, it makes you smile, it helps you learn something interesting, or it simply makes you feel the world may not be as scary as it sometimes seems. Today we are pleased to introduce The Vintage Contessa to all of you, dear friends. Her blog is delightful, filled with beautiful pictures and great inspiration.

Check them Out!

El Jardí Secret

Instagram: @eljardisecretartperfum


Coast and Koi

Instagram: @coast_and_koi


The Vintage Contessa

Instagram: @antiquegoddess



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