Recognizable for its hexagonal shapes and distinct rod handles, Barcelona-based brand M2Malletier struck a chord with the fashion set since the launch of the label in 2012. Hailing from Columbia, founders Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez have stayed true to their signature structural lines by slowly introducing clean-cut shapes, and experimenting with exotic skins and saturated colors. Timeless yet on-trend, the current lineup is a celebration of spring, blossoming with embroidered and embossed florals in a sugary pastel palette of lavender and pistachio.
As the new M2Malletier Spring 2017 collection lands in boutiques across the region, Vogue Arabia catches up with the designer duo to talk about their favorite places to shop in the Middle East, what’s topping their playlist, and the elements behind the staying power of their bags.
How did you carve out the brand’s signature aesthetic?
Our bags are a result of progressive design and an aesthetic that is rooted in an old-world sensibility. The linear handle was inspired by medieval tools and armor. This handle is a hallmark of M2Malletier, which perfectly articulates the glamour and spontaneity of the brand’s avant-garde designs.
Describe the turning point from being on the rise to making it.
Which design elements help you to achieve timelessness while also being bang on-trend?
The geometric shapes and the hardware.
Name your favorite place to shop in the Middle East.
Symphony, Harvey Nichols Dubai and Riyadh, and the new website Ounass.
Two things everyone should do under the age of 50.
Travel to every continent in the world and enjoy meeting people.
Your quote to live by is…
“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.”
Who are your favorite people to follow on Instagram?
The top three songs on your playlist are…
“Metamorphosis” by Philip Glass; “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads; and “Kingston Town” by UB40.
Souk or boutique?
Every elegant woman should own…
The M2Malletier mini tote.
And finally, finish this sentence: Vogue Arabia is…
The perfect mix between culture and fashion.