The Mini Bag Trend: A Lasting Trend?
Small bags, micro purses, or tiny handbags – regardless of the name, you've likely seen the mini bag. These compact versions of larger handbags have become a staple on runways, during Fashion Weeks, and on city streets. But what led to the rise of these petite purses, and will they remain in vogue?
Understanding the Mini Bag
The term "mini bag" gained traction when designer Simon Porte Jacquemus showcased a purse just three inches wide. While this is more of a "micro" bag – a term we'll delve into shortly – it highlights the flexibility of the "mini bag" label.
Often, a mini bag is a downsized variant of a brand's iconic bag. For instance, consider our Cell Phone Bag, spanning 7 inches. These might not seem extremely small, but as they're scaled-down versions of larger designs, they qualify as mini bags.
In some scenarios, mini bags are genuinely tiny. Depending on the creator, these can range from six inches or even tinier, with some as small as two inches.
Tracing the Mini Bag's Origins
The mini bag resurgence can be traced back to Fall 2017, thanks to Jacquemus. However, their roots in fashion date back several decades. The 1960s saw the debut of small bags, mirroring the era's shorter skirt trends. Although not as diminutive as today's versions sported by celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Blake Lively, they paved the way for compact purses.
Is the Mini Bag Trend Fading?
Despite some fashion critics predicting the mini bag's decline, the trend shows no signs of waning. Renowned brands like Dior, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent have embraced the mini bag. Yet, as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for larger bags might resurface. But for the time being, mini bags are here to stay.
Mini vs. Micro: What's the Difference?
A mini bag can fit essentials like a smartphone, keys, ID, and a credit card. Now, imagine something even smaller. Enter the micro bag, a tinier variant of the mini bag. Both are compact versions of regular handbags, but "micro" denotes the tiniest of the lot. There's no strict rule defining their sizes, but generally, "micro" bags are noticeably smaller than mini bags.
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Author: Seuruyalvi - Chief Designer
My name is Seuruyalvi, as the chief designer at ZORNNA, I am responsible for overseeing the creative direction of the brand, from conceptualization to final product design.
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