all the small things

Bags Will Keep Getting Tinier and Tinier in 2015

We’re still big. It’s the handbags that got small. And they’re only going to shrink further, according to a piece in the Daily Beast today. As designers continue to unveil eentsier and weenstier iterations — like Kate Spade’s 5.5” x 7” x 3” Mini Maise, sported by Anna Kendrick in the brand’s holiday ads, or Louis Vuitton’s Petite Malle Malletage, which comes in at 7.1” x 4.7” x 1.6” — the miniaturization race is on. Elle even shot a Tyler Alexandra bag next to a similar-size teacup pig in its September issue. That doesn’t mean that costs have gone down with the decrease in bag square footage, however — the Vuitton version, about the size of an iPhone 6, comes in at $5,500. Some aficionados are even using them as glorified paperweights. Said Bryanboy, “The petit Malle is a great conversation piece and prop on top of my coffee table books!” He bought two. (He has a lot of coffee-table books to weigh down, presumably.)

Another (unexamined) factor in the itty-bitty accessory’s appeal: A microscopic bag says, “I have people to carry things for me.” Think of red-carpet regulars with their trailing retinue, or street-style stars and their Polly Pocket–size clutches and cross-bodies. Still, anything beats the days when we labored Olsen-style under the weight of huge glorified laundry sacks.

Bags Will Keep Getting Tinier and Tinier in 2015