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This month, Instagram handbag star Mel of @mel_inmelbourne caught our attention with her adorable mommy-and-me snaps. When we peeked further into her account, we were truly in awe of her beautiful collection of bags! While some handbag lovers tend to stick to a handful of brands, we love that Mel's collection has a little bit of everything—we spotted Dior, Gucci, Hermès, Burberry, Chanel, Miu Miu and more! Her collection is giving us some serious envy, and we've turned into the green-eyed monster. Read on to learn more about beautiful Mel and her beautiful bags.
PurseBlog: Why do you love handbags?
Mel: For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved handbags. Even as a little girl, I remember loving this one little pink handbag my mum bought for me. Fast forward many years later, I actually became a handbag and shoe buyer for over ten years. This only increased my love for handbags, because I learnt to appreciate the intricacies and details that go into their construction and design. I love how a handbag often represents the DNA of a brand. Maybe that’s why my collection is quite varied. It’s a time in my life I remember very fondly. I also adore the fact that a handbag can totally transform a mood as well as an outfit. It’s not just an accessory for me, and I often pick my bag and then my outfit.
PB: What was your first designer bag and how old were you when you got it? Why did you want that bag?
M: My first designer bag was an LV Pochette Accessories which I purchased when I was 18 years old. I thought it was classic, simple and ever so cute. Working as a part time uni student, I remember saving for months to be finally able to buy that bag! However, I loved it so much and I still have it today!
PB: Which bag is your favorite and why?
M: My favourite bag is my very first Birkin which is a B30 in Malachite (a beautiful, rich emerald green). I’d always wanted a Birkin, having been my holy grail bag ever since my love affair with handbags began. During a family trip to Paris in 2016, I was offered the B30 in a combo that I had always dreamt of owning. Being able to purchase it at the Paris flagship store made it even more special, especially since having taken quite a few attempts before I finally scored one. (P.S. I made a couple of YouTube videos on the actual process to hopefully help others score their holy grail.)
PB: What is the oldest bag you have in your closet? Would you ever part with it and if not, why?
M: My oldest bag in terms of age is my vintage Dior monogram clutch. I bought it at an auction approximately 8 years ago for only AUD150! It’s from the 70s, so the clutch is over 40 years old but still in perfect condition. It’s my most used clutch, and I will never part with it because I believe its style and shape will remain classic for many years to come. Additionally, I’m a huge vintage lover, and my style is a mix of high street, vintage and designer pieces.
PB: What is the next bag you plan to get and why do you want it?
M: I would love to add an Hermès Constance to my collection as I have never owned one. I’d prefer it in a fun colour, and I’m really not too fussed about the size or hardware as long as it compliments the colour of the bag. Hopefully my H-Fairy can grant me my wish. I also would love a Moynat Gabrielle Bag. I recently had the privilege of visiting their Paris atelier and I am just blown away by the superb craftsmanship.
PB: Do you typically purchase bags that you've wanted for a while, or are you more of an impulse shopper? Do you see it, love it and buy it immediately?
M: For the most part I always plan out my purchases. I have a self-imposed rule that I follow where if I fall in love with a bag, I must first think about it for a few days. If I still love it after that time then I go back and buy it. Undoubtedly I’ve also had some impulse and unplanned purchases, because sometimes I simply cannot resist!
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