An M2Malletier bag is a product of the globe. The brand is based in Barcelona, although founders and designers Melissa Losada Bofill and Marcela Velez studied at Parsons in New York. And while the leathers are sourced from Italy, the line’s emblematic hardware (a metal bar held between two supports) is based off a medieval medical drawing the duo found in a Parisian market.
“It was basically a needle,” Losada Bofill explained at a press preview for the Spring 2017 collection. “Our idea from the beginning was to have this very thin [element], just like a jewelry piece. But when we went to manufacture it, the factory told us that it wasn’t possible. [The current size] was the minimum diameter it could have in order to support the weight.” This is how the brand’s signature handle was developed.
New styles, however, have been utilizing the hardware as a decorative piece, rather than a functional one. Last season, M2Malletier introduced an envelope clutch, the first style to not have a handle. Spring 2017 includes a tote with leather handles. “You still have the signature, and the statement of the brand,” said Velez. “It’s super recognizable as well, but it’s not as literal in the bag.”