Long before the e-MIU-ticons monogram was a twinkle in Miu Miu’s eye (the logotype debuted on the Spring/Summer 2019 runway), matelassé leather was the unmistakable signature of the luxury house. Synonymous with the label’s independent spirit and fine craftsmanship, matelassé has graced countless Miu Miu accessories from shoulder bags and pouch tricks to smartphone holders and AirPods cases. Now, for Fall/Winter 2020, the distinctive motif adorns a brand new handbag: the refined and retro-chic Miu Belle.
Characterised by a ’40s-esque shell silhouette that luxuriates in plush quilting, the Miu Belle arrives this season in two sizes, both finished with a smoothly curved, gold-tone frame and a glossy kiss lock clasp inspired by jewellery. More capacious than it seems thanks to the malleability of the leather used, the larger variant features arched tubiform handles, while the smaller pochette can be carried by hand or slung over the shoulder by means of a detachable cannular chain.
Crafted via an innovative process wherein panels of high-quality leather are paired with wadding and elastic cloth and then quilted to achieve a ruched effect, the bag comes in a variety of seasonal and classic colours, such as black, blush pink, hunter green and magenta. With a proudly individual sense of style, the Miu Belle is an embodiment of the sophisticated yet rebel attitude that is a hallmark of Miu Miu design.