The craze for teeny tiny bags isn’t ending anytime soon. Major brands have all taken note of the trend and created scaled-down versions of some of their most popular styles. When shopping for “Mini” bags, be on the lookout for terms such as BB, toy, nano, micro, and of course the OG - mini!
Not all mini bags are created equal though - some sizes function as more of an accessory than a practical bag, such as toy and micro. Others have more functionality, such as a mini or BB, which are able to hold the essentials such as phone, credit cards, and a compact. Here’s a look at iconic bags and their miniature versions:
CELINE LUGGAGE: MINI VS. NANO
Debuted in 2010, under designer Phoebe Philo, the Celine luggage is a favorite among the masses. It’s been photographed on almost every celebrity in Hollywood, from Kylie Jenner to Reese Witherspoon. Its structured silhouette and design makes this piece unmistakably recognizable around the world.
The Celine Nano Luggage, the smallest of the luggage series, is the perfect crossbody bag for carrying all your vital necessities. Unlike the rest of the luggage collection, the nano comes with a removable strap allowing the bag to be handheld or worn across the body.
RALPH LAUREN RICKY: SOFT RICKY 33 VS. MINI CROSSBODY
Ralph Lauren’s signature accessory, the Ricky bag, is an all-american classic that’s here stay. Mr. Lauren gained inspiration for the iconic bag from his wife and muse, Ricky. The original Ricky takes 12 hours to construct by hand stitching 50 pieces of calfskin together and adhering 9 pieces of brass hardware.
Today, the Ricky comes in many different variations, colors and sizes, to include the cute and compact ricky crossbody. The smaller sized Ricky, still packs the same design punch as its larger counterpart, without all the extra weight. It features a single top handle and a removable leather crossbody strap allowing for versatile wear. The mini Ricky is just big enough to fit the bare essentials - phone, credit cards and small accessories.
FENDI PEEKABOO: REGULAR VS. MICRO
The Peekaboo Bag, one of Fendi’s most popular and well-known bags, was first released in 2009. It quickly gained popularity, but as with most fashion trends, at some point it began to lose its luster. Like a phoenix from the ashes, it shot to fame again in 2014 and has remained one of Fendi’s core pieces ever since. The peekaboo silhouette is classic, yet unique with its double sided opening and as its name suggests, the interior is just as unique as the exterior, available in a multitude of materials and designs, one of the most famous being the mischievous monster eyes.
The itsy-bitsy micro sized Peekaboo is more of a tinket than it is a functional, stand-alone accessory. However, it has been seen worn alone on fashion mavens such as Chiarra Ferragni and Anna Del Russo. The bag looks great as a charm attached to a larger bag, but if carried on its own, it can fit your phone (sans case - the smaller the phone the better), lipstick and keys.
SAINT LAURENT SAC DE JOUR: SMALL VS. NANO
Creative Director Hedi Slimane graced the world with the infamous Sac de Jour back in 2013. The bag was inspired by the ultra popular Hermes Birkin, but features a more modern and sleek design. The bag exudes functionality with its two side compartments, middle zip compartment and zippered interior pockets on each side.
The Sac de Jour nano is a scaled-down version of the original, but don’t be fooled by its small stature, it’s quite practical and can carry all the necessities. Unlike the larger versions, the nano features one open interior compartment to store all your goods. It also comes with the classic lock, keys and removable crossbody strap.
LOUIS VUITTON ALMA: GM VS. BB
The iconic Louis Vuitton Alma was created by Gaston-Louis Vuitton back in the 1930’s and officially released in 1992 in the infamous monogram canvas print. First known as the “Squire bag,” then “Champs-Elysées,” until finally landing on its current name, Alma, named after the bridge in Paris. Since its creation, it has become one of the most recognizable bags in the world and is made in every shade of the rainbow.
The Alma BB is the petite version of its larger counterpart. It’s the perfect companion for day or night and it’s detachable strap makes its extremely versatile. The rich and famous have given this bag their stamp of approval, so channel your inner bad girl riri and complete your outfit with this pint-sized purse!