If you thought Jacquemus was responsible for starting the tiny bag trend, think again. Women have been carrying tiny purses known as “reticules” since the early 1900s. These compact drawstring bags were often made from the same fabric of the dresses ladies wore, as extensions of their pockets or because of the lack thereof. As time went on, reticules would become more sophisticated in design, which made them even more sought as a necessity and a fashion statement.
These reticules would evolve to become the handbags that we know and love today. Despite being seen as impractical by some, others may prefer using a small bag as a practice of minimalism. To others, it can feel more liberating to carry a tiny bag for its mobility. Oh and did we mention they’re also adorable?
Need some more convincing? Here are miniature versions of iconic designer bags that celebrities love (and that you might consider copping for yourself).
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1. CHANEL Mini Flap Bag
First on the list is the Chanel Mini Flap bag. Even from a mile away, you'd instantly recognize the pocket-sized bag with its quilted leather and signature chain strap. The miniature arm candy can be spotted with the likes of former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, during her trip to Italy with her now-husband Jeremy Jauncey. It's the perfect accessory to complete her all-white 'fit, adding a tiny yet striking pop of color.
2. DIOR Mini Lady Dior
The Lady Dior first made its appearance on the arm of Princess Diana in the early '90s, earning its status as an instant classic. These days, the bag is worn by all sorts of fashion lovers, including actress Kylie Verzosa who happens to own the mini version of the bag. With a nude dress and gloves to match, the stark white color of the mini Lady Dior accentuates the former beauty queen’s whole ensemble.
3. FENDI By The Way Mini Bag
Fendi's By The Way Boston bag was released back in 2014, and quickly rose in popularity due to its practical style and shape. The bag’s most recent iteration is its miniature size, which came out in 2022 amid fashion’s Y2K craze. Count our very own Y2K style icon Rei Germar among its fans!
4. HERMES Mini Kelly
If you're a loyal Preview reader, then you might find this specific piece familiar – the Hermès Kelly. The French fashion brand houses several variations of its must-have classics. Exhibit A: Here's Jinkee Pacquiao and her rare mini Kelly in red crocodile leather, which comes with a hefty price tag of almost P6 million.
5. BOTTEGA VENETA Mini Jodie
A quaint pick out of Bottega Veneta's Intrecciato bags, the Jodie maintains its It bag status for a reason. The woven creation has a casual elegance, making it a versatile accessory for any occasion. Coming in five sizes, the one Bella Racelis favors is the mini Jodie. But if this isn't quite mini enough for you, you'd be happy to know that it comes in an even smaller size: a teensy six-by-six inch Candy Jodie that can barely fit your arm.
6. JACQUEMUS Le Chiquito
Of course, we couldn't forget to add Jacquemus' Le Chiquito to the list. With its vibrant color selection, the fun miniature tote makes a big statement despite its size. Janine Gutierrez wore her bright orange Le Chiquito to the grocery, and even among equally bright fruits, her tiny but mighty bag is what stole our attention.
7. DIESEL Mini 1DR Bag
Into the cool girl aesthetic? Then the Diesel 1DR bag is the arm candy for you. The Gen Z favorite is quickly emerging in the trends with Kyline Alcantara as one poster gal, who was spotted rocking a monogrammed mini 1DR shoulder bag. It also happens to have a more accessible price point, so if you're thinking of where to start your minibag collection, consider making this one of your firsts.