Tradition Rethought: The Art of Vegan Bag Making.

Dexterity in every stitch, precision in every seam and a clear commitment to animal welfare. MELINA BUCHER is proud to operate its own master atelier for fine bag-makers in Germany, specializing in vegan and bio-based materials.

The Art of Leather Craft

The profession of a fine bag-maker traditionally involves the work with animal leather, but at MELINA BUCHER, the craft is revived with forward-thinking leather goods. In the first vegan master craftmanship for fine bag-makers, new vegan materials are used instead of animal leather. The fascination with the craft and professional perfection are at the center of our work.

About our Purpose

A New Chapter for Crafts(wo)men

In Germany, bag making is a dying craft. There are only a handful of manufactories left due to the high labor costs and amount of manual work needed to create high-quality leather goods. In our atelier, we aim to give young professionals in the field a new perspective: by building
knowledge around new, innovative materials, they can combine their passion for their craft with future-proof values.

Meet the team

Science X Craft

In our collaborative atelier in Mannheim, designers and master fine bag makers work hand in hand with scientists from all over the world. We test new material innovations and develop our own
components.

About our Research
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  • Judy, Master Bag Maker

    After graduating from high school, I decided against studying, opted for an education as a fine bag maker and fell in love with this crafsmanship. Meanwhile I am a master fine bag maker. Fun fact: believe it or not, I do not own even a single bag, even though i could make the perfect one.   

    At Melina Bucher, I am responsible for sample and prototype construction. Designing samples for new collections and testing materials of new and innovative materials that are still in development are also on the daily schedule - fresh from the lab. I enjoy the versatile, creative work and the close collaboration with Melina and Tony, our designer. Together we can guarantee the best quality for our handcrafted products: 100% handmade in Germany.

  • Tony, Accessories Designer

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  • Melina, Founder

    I always had a passion for well designed and well made fashion. But the impact it has on animals, the planet and human health is tremendous. Personally, I am a strong believer that the best way to change the world is by actively doing something. That's why I founded my brand in 2019 - to show that you can create designer items that are made in an ethical and more sustainable way. And that we can all use our voice for the better.

    Today, I am so lucky to work with worldwide innovators that develop new, bio-based materials. And to work with the best team that is always seeking solutions instead of excuses, and that creates the most beautiful products.

    If you do not find my in our atelier / lab, I am most certainly trying to catch my running 2 year old daughter Mayla or our Cocker Spaniel Bailey. Since becoming a mum, building a better future is an even more important matter I work on every single day.

Welcome to our atelier

Our Services For Material Innovators

Consultation services

Gain strategic insights and guidance with our comprehensive consultation services. We provide you with detailed market and competitor information (where not restricted by our NDAs), input for your business planning and an overview of financing options with a focus on Europe. In addition, we apply our expertise and extensive network to assist with business development.

Networking and Collaboration

We facilitate strategic collaborations with brands and enhance your visibility, reach and impact by providing exposure through our various platforms. Showcase your innovations at our fair displays, feature in speeches, contribute to our renowned blog on materials, and gain a stage to present your innovation to a wider audience. MELINA BUCHER is regularly consulted by investors, such as VCs and family offices. Forge valuable connections and partnerships through our extensive network.

Brand Development

Elevate your brand presence with our expert branding consultation. We offer tailored strategies to strengthen your brand identity and visibility in the market based on the specific USPs of your innovation. We have successfully developed corporate identities and creative concepts for a variety of brands and material innovators and love communicating science stories.

Sustainability Solutions

Embrace holistic sustainability with our specialized consulting services. We help you integrate high-end sustainability practices into your business model and communicate the impact of your materials authentically, ensuring environmental responsibility and long-term viability.

Product Development Support

Drive innovation with our product development support. From product design consulting to trend analysis, we provide the tools and insights to bring your ideas and innovations to life and stay ahead of industry trends.

Material Testing and Prototyping

While mechanical tests provide first feedback on your materials, manufacturing is where it get's really interesting. Gather feedback on your innovation at any development stage with our comprehensive material testing and prototyping services. With our experience working with vegan leather innovators, we can offer you structured feedback to optimize your product development journey and fulfill the needs of consumers and manufactories.

Innovators we work with

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