MEET THE DESIGNER
Fashion and design are in Melanie Mueller Prince's blood. Her maternal grandmother hand knitted handbags and sold them in her tiny town of Calarcá, Colombia -- a fact Melanie wasn't aware of until she launched her company Mel Boteri. Now Melanie proudly carries on her grandmother's legacy, designing custom, made-to-order accessories to help women around the globe express their personality and style.
Melanie had the "aha" moment to begin her company while earning her MBA at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. As part of the MBA program, Melanie had the opportunity to work with the Marketing & Business Development group for world-renowned designer Zac Posen in New York City. There she was, in the middle of the fashion capital of the world, and all she could find were one-size-fits-all, mass- produced designs that did not reflect who she was. Her frustration became the inspiration for Mel Boteri --the go-to luxury brand for custom and bespoke accessories. She laid the groundwork for the business during her last semester at Emory, and officially launched the brand with her first collection of handbags in the fall of 2009.
The brand's name is Melanie's way to honor her rich heritage. Mel is short for Melanie, the German name her father gave her, and Boteri stems from her Colombian mother's maiden name, Botero.
Mel Boteri has partnered with some of the world's biggest luxury brands, including Mercedes-Benz and Jet Senters Aviation to create both co-branded and private label accessories for a discerning and selective clientele.
In addition to entrepreneur, self-taught designer and Emory MBA, Melanie recently added author to her resume. Her "7 Secrets of Handbag Shopping" is the first of many bag guides created to provide an inside look into the fabulous world of handbags, while Mel Boteri's ezine, Best Dressed: Weekly Style Inspiration To Be YOUnique, has proven to be a source of style inspiration for women (and men) around the world.
Quality Craftsmanship –In a form opposite to fast, disposable fashion, Mel Boteri believes in the value of creating quality items that reflect the unique personality of its owner. Mel Boteri handbags are made-to-order by hand in Portugal, Italy and the USA for superior quality and craftsmanship. All are made of 100% Italian and Spanish leathers including the suede interior lining which has become signature to the brand. Detailed with Italian polished hardware and durable stitching, we are committed to leaving you with a one-of-a-kind bag that will truly last. As a symbol of authenticity, each handbag comes with a hand-written letter directly from the designer thanking you for your confidence in our superior products.
Balance of Fashion-Forward with Tradition – We strive to be innovative in our designs by keeping up-to-date on international fashion trends as a means of inspiration rather than a dictation of what we will create. Innovation is balanced with traditional design to create classic unique pieces you can wear for years to come.
Personalized Service – “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different,” Coco Chanel. In a marketplace oversaturated with “one-size-fits-all” merchandise, the above quote by the late fashion icon is true now more than ever. Mel Boteri is at the forefront of helping individuals create their personal style statement so that they too can become irreplaceable. We do this by offering a more personalized shopping experience where you as the client are empowered to create products and services precisely as you want them. Although most of the products you will see on this site are from our classics as well as seasonal collections, we encourage your suggestions on colors, silhouettes, materials, or any other elements you would like to see to make your handbag design an extension of your unique style and personality. Special Order requests are available to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece as unique as you!!