A scroll through Instagram lately might have you reconsidering your sense of perspective. Since when was the Lady Dior handbag barely the size of a wallet? And is that the Fendi Peekaboo bag accessorised with… a micro Peekaboo?
No, you’re not seeing things—luxury brands have indeed been shrinking their signature bags. Of course, the mini bag trend has been around for a while; it can be traced back to 2018, the year that Jacquemus launched its cult bag Le Chiquito (that’s Spanish for “tiny”) and inspired other then-emerging fashion labels like By Far, Wandler and Staud to offer their own petite purses.
While initially deemed as impractical and frivolous—as though fashion wasn’t supposed to be fun—these teensy accessories soon established their staying power on the arms of celebrities and fashion insiders, season after season.
Fast forward to the present, and you’ll see that heritage fashion brands can no longer resist the playful charm of the itty-bitty handbag. For Spring/Summer 2022, fashion houses such as Versace and Prada have downsized their bestselling bags, while others, like Gucci, debuted new styles that already come in petite proportions.
Below, discover all the micro and mini designer bags that will make a huge impression this season.
1. Versace La Medsua Mini
Both Anne Hathaway and Dua Lipa have already given the La Medusa Mini their stamps of the approval, and it’s easy to see why. Aside from its petite proportions, the new bag doesn’t stray too far from the look of Versace’s viral La Medusa handbag: it retains the slightly boxy shape, comes in fun colours, and its flap is adorned with the Medusa plaque.
Its top handle, however, is now crafted with a chunky chain that adds some spunk to the otherwise cute accessory. A detachable shoulder strap also lets you wear the bag as a crossbody instead.