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In the coming month I am going to try and list niche coveted brands in other countries which many of us would be visiting during our summer holidays. They’d be ‘must-haves’ if you like to keep a low profile, yet be wearing the best. Don’t waste your time if you like bling or enjoy logomania. And who better to begin with than Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex, after BOF talked about her becoming unarguably the most powerful fashion influencer in the world, by default, after marrying Harry.

Everyone noticed her carrying a forest green Mini Venice bag by an upcoming British brand DeMillier London on her first visit to Cardiff, Wales, early January this year. I enjoy the brand’s understated elegance projected through solid colours on perfectly crafted small shoulder bags, crossbody and pouches. The idea is to carry lesser known luxury names. That led me to its ideal sized small bags (as I dislike carrying my entire world on my shoulders at all times) which are well within £365 or less. It also offers a complimentary monogramming service which embosses initials, words or a small phrase to make it a personal and unique memento, at the store itself.

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Mireia Llusia-Lindh, the owner/designer embarked on a mission to create handbags seven years ago. With no compromises, it had to be beautiful and of the highest quality; but also functional, attainable and socially conscious. DeMellier – the name pays tribute to her family’s heritage along with a fusion of old and new. It is not true blue english as the handbags are handcrafted in the south of Spain by local artisans using the finest Italian and Spanish materials with meticulous attention to detail. For every bag purchased the company funds a set of lifesaving vaccines and treatments aimed to save the life of a child in need through A Bag, A Life – their permanent charity initiative.

Unapologetically a princess, so pausing for a cause!

The DeMellier Studio-Store
First Floor
156 Buckingham Palace Road
London, SW1W9TR, United Kingdom
Closest tube stations are Victoria (5min walk) 
and Sloane Square (12min walk).
Opening hours

Monday-Friday
9am – 6pm

Saturdays 
10am – 6pm