Mel Boteri – Online Shop Review
Melanie Mueller, the woman behind the Mel Boteri brand, is a designer-entrepreneur who has worked under Zac Posen in New York. Her inspiration is to peel away from one-size-fits-all products and create bespoke luxury items for women. She launched Mel Boteri in 2009.
The concept behind Mel Boteri is homage to the Mueller’s European-Southern heritage. Mel is her German nickname, while Boteri is taken from her mother’s maiden name, Botero.
With minimalist black accents over a white background, the brand’s website quietly speaks of the Mel Boteri distinction. Big feature images are displayed on the homepage. The navigation is just below the brand label, and hovering upon the links produces a black drop down array that leads to a few more links. Social media account buttons are lined on the upper right section, and users have the chance to pick their preferred currency to be used in the store.
The website is responsive and is quick to load on different browsers.
Inside the Mel Boteri gallery are displays of the bespoke bags on a white canvass. Image shots are clear and distinct, and hovering upon one product generates a black dialogue box that provides the name and price. On clicking an item, users are led to a page with product description. Additional images are available for further viewing. A tab containing notes, size and fit and other data offers further information. Additional products are featured below in a slider for shopping suggestions.
The label offers a wide range of bags, in different styles and sizes. Handbags, totes, shoulder bags and even clutches are available for purchase. Mel Boteri also offers their Luxury Collection and Signature Collection online. Items are made from leather, honed with accent hardware and are constructed with contemporary designs. Some items are readily available for shipping, but there are products which are made-to-order. Mel Boteri accepts special design requests in order to make the bag unique from any other.
Mel Boteri accepts credit cards for its online transactions. The brand ships free for local USA orders. International purchases also benefit from free shipping charges, but are to pay fees levied by their respective countries. Returns are accepted, and users are refunded once the product has been evaluated and approved. Customers are to notify the customer service about flaws within 7 days of item receipt. All handbags have a 365-day Warranty.