About Marmelo | Croatian brand of handmade bags and accessories
I am Dunja Sučić, modeler of bags and fashion accessories that come into being in the Marmelo creative workshop.
Dunja Sučić | Photo Darija Cikač
It all began in my basement where I, drawn by curiosity and the need for artistic expression, made my first handbag. My calling was defined by the pleasant synergy of leather, tools, the workshop and machinery defined my life calling. After that first test model things progressed quickly and the Marmelo bags and fashion accessories have successfully found their way into the hands of many satisfied customers since 2010.
Dunja Sučić in her Workshop | Photo Vanja Vrkljan
Who is Dunja?
Seeker. Dreamer. Modeler. I am a person who doesn’t like labels. In love with my work, that allows me to be dynamic and to be a channel for the transformations I enjoy so much. Learning new things gives me wings and allows me to continue on my journey, and this exchange of energies, I believe, is the foundation of many things in life.
Specialized Leather Sewing Machines | Photo Vanja Vrkljan
What drives her?
I love taking a casual approach in seeking inspiration, but in doing so conform to the laws dictated by the raw material itself. Marmelo design merges the freedom that brings unpredictable creative flows of expression with almost a Spartan dedication to pedanticity.
Dunja cutting Leather | Photo Vanja Vrkljan
How is a Marmelo bag created?
Delving attentively into the flows and roots of my own inspiration I try to breathe a story into each collection; permeating every stitch, thread and button of the final product. Every item is hand made in Croatia with a dose charm carried over from the old trades, shot through with a thread of futuristic minimalism.
Leather pile | Photo Vanja Vrkljan