Founder Melanie Mueller discovered her passion for fashion during an internship at the renowned Zac Posen fashion label. She recognized the need of consumers for products that cater to their individual needs. The Mel Boteri brand was launched in the fall of 2009 and started with only a small collection of customizable women’s bags. Now, the company has grown and they are adding more and more styles to their inventory.
We love that this site has so many handbag styles, all of which are customizable. Aside from women’s bags, they have also ventured into men’s bags but there are only few of these options available right now. Additionally, they also have a couple of accessories like wristlets, wallets, charms and purse hangers. From time to time, Mel Boteri also partners with other brands to create exclusive collections but these products are usually limited and also a bit more expensive.
The price tags of their bags are quite expensive. Women’s bags and clutches are at around $400 – $700 and men’s bags are at around $500 – $900. There is, however, no debate on the quality of the bags. All of them have nice leathers and quality hardware. No extra charges will be added for the customization of the color and style. There are some bags that are not readily customizable in their online studio, though. If you want premium leathers used for your bag, you would have to contact them for availability and pricing.
Their bag design studio is styled to look cute, charming and cartoonish. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity because the application is very effective and also efficient. The customization process is fuss-free and very quick. With just a couple of clicks and choices, you’re done. You can customize the color, hardware and other additions like pockets or chain straps, depending on the bag style. The caricature bag image displays details and changes but if you want to view real pictures of the bag, it is also presented in the ‘finished samples’ tab.
Ready made products are shipped within 3-5 business days. Custom made bags have longer production time at 2-4 weeks. The good thing is – shipping is free for both domestic and international orders. But this does not include any duties or import taxes that may be charged by your state or country. In cases of returns or exchanges, the bag must be returned back undamaged within 7 business days. Refunds are not offered. Instead, you can be given store credit.
Mel Boteri has all the right elements that women want in a trusted online shopping site. Their bags are customizable, stylish and have great quality. However, this store has a price point for those who are really willing to splurge, so be ready to do some spending if you want a Mel Boteri handbag.