When it comes to designer handbags, size matters — but not in the way you’d think. If you want to make a big style statement this season, you need to go tiny.
From the Duchess of Cambridge (with her £3,350 Chanel mini bag) to Rihanna (a £1,250 Celine nano bag) and Jennifer Lawrence (a £400 Loeffler Randall mini bag), celebrities have been spotted carrying tiny versions of designers’ full-size offerings.
Forget huge holdalls or roomy shoppers. It’s all about ‘micro’ or ‘nano’ bags, with every designer from Louis Vuitton to Fendi shrinking their popular styles to doll-like proportions, barely big enough to hold a mobile phone and a lipstick.
Even Theresa May has one. Our on-trend PM was recently spotted carrying a dinky Redford bag by her favourite British designer, Amanda Wakeley. At 17cm tall and a mere 7.5cm deep, it’s roughly the same size as a box of chocolates, yet still costs almost £1,000.
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When it comes to designer handbags, size matters — but not in the way you’d think. If you want to make a big style statement this season, you need to go tiny
And the High Street has followed suit, with sales of micro bags up 72 per cent on last year at John Lewis, and a staggering 200 per cent at Debenhams. On fashion sites such as Net-a-Porter, the tiny bags often sell out seconds after they arrive.
‘Micro bags are the new luxury must-have,’ says Selfridges’ accessories buyer Caroline Fielder. ‘They’re a more discreet way to wear fashion’s biggest names and the antithesis of the oversized It-bags of the early 2000s.
‘Back then, we saw bags getting bigger and bigger. Right now, we see the trend in reverse. These bags are all about shape, colour, adding interest and being playful — almost a crossover point between accessories and jewellery.’
Partly, too, it’s a sign of how technology has taken over our lives. ‘These days, all you really need are your keys and…