Melete is an edited handbag line for women of all ages. Every piece in the Melete line is meticulously executed, using high-quality leather and cast bronze components. The collection honors the traces we leave behind in our attempts to fashion the elemental into something refined, even luxurious. Aim to recover the value for unique and personal quality in products by reviving human touch in every products we make.


Melete was founded in 2013 by designer Ji Lee. Ji was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. At age 19, she moved to New York City, where she earned her BFA and MFA in Sculpture and Installation Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Over time, Ji’s interest in 3D Arts evolved into shoe and handbag making, skills she honed at top fashion brands in NYC.  Her move from Asia to North America at a young age, along with her exposure to film and modern art from both continents empowered her to become the designer and creator she is today. 

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