Whether you love or hate it, there’s no avoiding the designer mini bag. Where once oversized totes as beloved by the Olsens were all the rage, we are truly in an era where the smaller the bag, the bigger the statement.
Historically, miniature bags were a symbol of the elite, who were able to indulge in carrying such a petite accessory because they had staff on hand to hold the rest of their necessities. Now, they’re a symbol of our less-is-more approach to life—and our collective penchant for accessories that will rack up the most Instagram likes.
But don’t be fooled by their size. Investing in a mini bag for the year ahead doesn’t mean compromising on function. It’s just about editing down your essentials to the few that truly matter. From shrunken-down versions of iconic silhouettes by Louis Vuitton and Givenchy to party-ready pieces by Gelareh Mizrahi and Amina Muaddi, there’s a tiny bag to suit every style. Read on for our edit of the best designer mini bags that will carry you through the year.