Maria’s Story

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

Mark Twain

The woman behind By M. brand is Maria Marigliano Caracciolo is an Italian designer that began her journey in the world of fashion in 2013. That is when she first launched her By M. collection of bespoke book-shaped clutches.

All the exquisite By M. collections are handcrafted in Naples, in a fine workshop and traditional bookbindery located in the courtyard of the aristocratic Palazzo Marigliano, Maria’s family home for generations.

Just like traditional books, By M book-clutches are handcrafted in one of the finest book binderies of Southern Italy in Naples, at Palazzo Marigliano.

However, unlike other book-clutches, Maria’s design brings a distinctive twist to the book-clutch tradition, by providing a full customisation service for her bespoke book-clutches collection.

Each minute detail of every book-clutch is tailored according to the client’s wishes: book title, colour, fabric, decorations, stamping colour, side page colour and ex-libris quote.


A new Beginning: By M Design

A Law Graduate with a strong passion for art and beauty, Maria has maintained an emotional connection with Naples, her family’s hometown. Her beautiful designs are in fact inspired by the art, culture and heritage of Neapolitan creativity, imagination and savoir-faire.

That is why, in September 2018, Maria took her creativity to the next level by launching two new collections inspired by “The Italian Journey” and the 19th century Neapolitan school of painting.

By M Wear collection consists of ready-to-wear items: scarves, handkerchiefs and pocket squares.

By M Home collection comprises of home and interior design items, such as hand-crafted table trays, table mats and desk organisers.

Maria currently lives between Rome and London, carefully overseeing every detail of her collections.

Maria Marigliano Carraciolo - Bespoke By M Book-Clutch Creator