Melissa Michelsen, owner and designer of Love Mert, started her sustainable accessory line in 2000, long before it was a trend. Over the years her approach to design and aesthetic have evolved but her commitment to sustainability has remained constant.
Her collection of handbags, jewelry and home goods are a culmination of life long passions. She grew up in Vermont in a family of artists and makers. Her attraction to painting, weaving, sewing, art, modern design, vintage oddities, color and nature all translate into her work today.
Love Mert products are all made by hand in our studio in Lake Tahoe, Ca.
Every piece is constructed from vintage leather clothing sourced from various thrift shops hand picked for their quality. Leather motifs are cut from recycled leather scraps from shoe and handbag factories. Hand marbled fabrics are done on large panels of mill end canvas and hemp linen.
Melissa has sold her work at boutiques worldwide and loves to work with buyers to create orders large and small that are perfect for their shop.