As iPhones get bigger Llama I’ll Get Over It I Just Need To Be Dramatic First shirt. sneakers get chunkier, and earrings get wider, handbags are getting smaller. When Simon Porte, the designer behind Jacquemus, first introduced the ‘Le Chiquito’ bag, they were an anomaly, only two models in his Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection were holding tiny bags. And yet, the tiny bag made an outsize impression.
Almost immediately, Jacquemus mini bags were spotted on the likes of Kendall Jenner in New York, after the Met Gala last year, and Rihanna, while on a trip to Barbados Llama I’ll Get Over It I Just Need To Be Dramatic First shirt. One season later, virtually every model who walked Jacquemus’s F/W 2018 collection was carrying a mini bag in varying brightly coloured hues.This season, Simon Porte introduced the mini ‘Le Chiquito’ bag; an even smaller 2” long creation with the capacity to hold a pair of small earrings or, more cynically, a bag of drugs. These miniscule bags have even gone as far as becoming the identifier for the Jacquemus brand, and and are now one of the most sought after designer bags.While functionality clearly doesn’t define this trend, the high price tag and air of exclusivity do. From Chanel and BOYY, to Staud and By Far, we’ve now seen countless high-end takes on this style. By Far’s products tend to play with texture and colour, while BOYY and Staud produce pint size bags that explore geometric shapes. Chanel took the trend one step further by layering two mini bags, or ‘side packs’, on models in their Spring/Summer 2019 show. More recently, Chanel continued to play with size in their Resort 2020 show, where tiny bags were hanging from gold-chained belts on the waists of top models Of course, Simon Porte hardly invented the mini bag. If you cast your mind back to Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Karl Lagerfeld was the first to introduce us to the modern mini bag phenomenon. His take was structured and embellished, accompanied by fluffy oversized key chains. However, women have also been carrying around mini bags long before Fendi’s 2015 collection. From the early to mid 1900s, women carried around small purses or ‘reticules’. These small purses were especially popular in the early 1900s, and were often carried by wealthy women because they were small, elegant and held very little. During this time, these small purses were a status symbol, and to a certain degree, this still rings true today. Members of the royal family, such as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, often don’t carry a purse with them at all.