As a lover of leather, I'm always on the hunt for high-quality products that won't break the bank. That's why I was so excited to discover DeMellier, a brand that promises to deliver affordable luxury without compromising on quality.
After hearing rave reviews from our viewers, I decided to try out their London Clutch for myself. As someone who has had the opportunity to review this product, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the quality and craftsmanship of this clutch bag. I will share my experience with a DeMellier London Clutch bag, which arrived from Neiman Marcus, and compare it with other affordable luxury brands like Polene, Strathberry, Mlyoue, and La Portegna. With this review, I hope to help you decide whether DeMellier is the right brand for you.
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Upon receiving the DeMellier London Clutch, I was immediately impressed by its premium hardware. The bag arrived in a dust bag inside a plastic bag, which was an underwhelming unboxing experience. However, when I opened the dust bag, the bag itself was impressive. The color was a beautiful black. The bag's design was simple yet elegant, with a gold-tone metal chain that could be used as a shoulder or crossbody strap. The weight of the clutch itself and the snap closure both felt of high quality and comparable to luxury hardware.
The leather itself had a good amount of pigmented finish, providing a uniform look and protection. I estimate that the cost of leather and assembly would total around $65, which makes the final $330 price slightly above my range of affordable luxury pricing.
Furthermore, DeMellier proudly mentions that its bags are made in Ubrique, where most top luxury brand bags are crafted. However, upon closer inspection, I noticed a few red flags that did not match up to the level of detail I witnessed in my Polene, Strathberry, and other luxury brand bags that were also made in Ubrique.
In my opinion, the inside lining, more specifically, the patches that cover up some internal parts of the bag can be improved. It felt like the materials were just slapped onto the leather without giving much thought to the design. I haven't seen this in the other brands I reviewed such as Polene and Strathberry which were both made from Ubrique. Better materials could be used to improve the inside lining and details considering the bag's price.
DeMellier's Ubrique workshops may not be as detailed and precise as those of high-end luxury brands workshops (most of which are also from Ubrique), which gives the clutch a more budget-friendly look.
All in all, the craftsmanship was good but not exceptional.
Despite its slightly higher price point, the DeMellier London Clutch still has a lot of great qualities. The leather itself is of good quality. While it may not necessarily be the absolute best, it is still great for its price range. In addition, the design and production of the clutch itself were well done. DeMellier's aesthetic is modern and fresh, with sleek lines and simplistic designs. Overall, I believe that DeMellier is a nice alternative to luxury leather brands.
While the DeMellier London Clutch has some positive qualities, it did not meet my heightened expectations due to the brand's popularity and the "Made in Ubrique" branding behind it. However, this does not mean that the DeMellier leather products are not of good quality overall. The brand offers nice designs and production, which make their leather a nice alternative to luxury brands. Furthermore, DeMellier's affordable pricing has allowed them to make a name for themselves in the fashion industry. This is important as not everyone can afford luxury leather goods, and having an alternative option is always beneficial.
However, there is still room for improvement for DeMellier. I suggest a slightly lower price point that would better fit the brand's definition of “affordable luxury pricing”. While the leather and production are good, there are some budget-friendly details that still make the clutch look like it was crafted with a lower budget. I suggest that DeMellier could tweak these details and really elevate their products closer to luxury status to fully satisfy their definition of affordable luxury pricing.
You might also be wondering why DeMellier bags are priced so affordably compared to luxury houses that charge three to ten times more for comparable products. Well, it's all about the business model. DeMellier does not engineer an elite status and load that onto high-quality leather goods. Instead, they focus on providing affordable luxury to customers by using cost-effective yet high-quality materials.
Another standout feature of DeMellier is the brand's commitment to social responsibility. For every bag purchased, DeMellier donates a vaccine to a child in need. I appreciate the brand's approach to giving back to society, and I believe it adds value to the product.
While the DeMellier London Clutch may not be the absolute best, it can still be considered good quality. The brand's overall production is on par with luxury brands, and the affordability factor is a clear advantage. DeMellier offers a nice balance to those looking for designer-quality leather goods without breaking the bank.
DeMellier is a brand that offers affordable luxury options while also contributing positively to society. The DeMellier London Clutch bag I reviewed was good but not exceptional in terms of craftsmanship. It is a good option for those who want luxury leather without a luxury price tag.
The leather and hardware are of good quality, and the design and production are both on point. While there is still room for improvement, DeMellier is a great alternative to pricier luxury leather brands. The affordability of DeMellier bags makes it an attractive option for customers who want to own a quality leather bag without breaking the bank. If you're looking for an affordable luxury brand with a social responsibility component, DeMellier is worth considering.