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34 Edgy Micro Bags That Make a Big Style Statement

34 Edgy Micro Bags That Make a Big Style Statement

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A slight impractical cloud may hover over the best mini handbags, but don’t let that rain on your fashion parade. Like the stylish clutches, teensy handhelds, tiny crossbodies, and so-small shoulder bags may be little and capable of containing not much more than a lipstick and credit card. But plenty of great things come in small packages—like dazzling diamond earrings or a gorgeous ring, for instance—and baby bags are no different. Besides, paring things down to the strict essentials makes life that breezier whether you’re dressing for errands, a party, or a weekend adventure around town. And let us not dismiss the dopamine-dressing urge to wear things that boost moods and spark smiles—joy is unquestionably the best reason to invest in any trend, with teeny handbags being one of them.
The best minis pack a major punch, from Jacquemus’s cult Le Chiquito to Prada’s shrunken nylon Re-Edition 2000 and Balenciaga’s nano Neo Classic City bag. Supersaturated tones and pastel shades stand out against neutral attire for a playful touch but look equally great with vibrant colors and prints for bolder moments. Of course, fail-safe black, white, and tan tinies look great with minimalist outfits when channeling the ’90s and aughts. Meanwhile, bedazzled designs and woven takes are made for pairing with party and vacation looks, respectively—two occasions where outfits are well documented and worthy of detailed accessory shots. To get your mini fix, keep scrolling to discover Vogue’s edit of the best mini bags to shop now.

The Cute Crossbody
An adorably small crossbody bag is the easiest way to master the mini-handbag trend. Toss one on with athleisure or denim for errands—you’ll love the near-weightless and hands-free ease while on the go.
Bottega Veneta Cassette bag

Mango crossbody mini bag

Staud micro Moon bag

Valentino Rockstud grainy calfskin clutch

Marni Trunk Nano leather shoulder bag

90s Minimal Micros
Throw things back to the ’90s and ’00s with minimalist mini—small-scale shoulder bags and hobos are quintessential when nodding to the era.
The Row 90s leather top-handle bag

Prada Re-Nylon Re-Edition 2000 mini-bag

& Other Stories structured leather shoulder bag

Khaite the Remi hobo bag

Pint-Sized Party Bags
Parties are perhaps the mini’s most natural environment. Whether it’s decked in rhinestones or crafted from lustrous satin, a bedazzled baby bag will become the topic of conversation.

Benedetta Bruzziches Raffaella metallic suspended top-handle bag

Mach & Mach Samantha double-bow glittered shoulder bag

Amina Muaddi Gilda mini crystal-embellished satin tote

Bonny Pink-Violet Satin Bag with Twisted Handle

KARA Black Crystal Fringe Micro Tote

Mini Modern Shapes
A uniquely shaped mini bag is the ultimate eye-catcher. Vibrant tones are undeniably playful with spring and summer outfits, while an architectural shape in black and white is incredibly chic any time of year.
Limone Bag, Grapefruit

Marge Sherwood Off-White Crinkled Shoulder Bag

By Far + Mimi Cuttrell Frame glossed-leather tote

Mini Swipe Leather Top Handle Bag

JW Pei Alison soft volume shoulder bag

Tiny Top Handles
You’ll feel anything but weighted down when toting a tiny top handle, be it a leather, metal-adorned, or logo-emblazoned design.
BOYY Wonton 20 textured-leather tote

JW Anderson mini chain leather tote

Jumbo GG mini tote bag

Alexander Wang scrunchie mini bag

Petite Pastels
Who can resist the sweetness of a petite pastel mini in spring or summer? It’s our top pick for accenting wedding-guest attire or a floral bridesmaid dress.

Fendi FF logo leather shoulder bag

Yuzefi Pretzel mini knotted leather shoulder bag

Brandon Blackwood mini Kuei shearling crossbody bag

Tom Ford mini label leather chain top-handle bag

Off-White pump pouch

Jacquemus orange ‘Le Chiquito Moyen’ bag

The Nano Natural
It doesn’t get better (or cuter) than wee bags woven from raffia or whittled rattan to pair with summer whites and breezy vacation attire. Opt for one trimmed with leather in natural straw or white for a city-sleek finish.

Mango double strap mini basket bag

Aranaz Curba mini cutout rattan top-handle bag

Zara rigid mini bag

DeMellier mini Verona crossbody bag

Chloé small Woody tote bag

Originally published in Vogue.com
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This Venetian Handbag Label is the Latest Luxury Brand to Arrive in the UAE

This Venetian Handbag Label is the Latest Luxury Brand to Arrive in the UAE

Courtesy of Dellaluna
Dellaluna, Italian for “of the moon,” is the latest luxury brand to be welcomed in the UAE. Based just off St Mark’s Square in Venice, in a gold and marble 1200’s palazzo of the same name, co-founder Silvia Paulon shares that this is where Venetians would host merchants from the Middle East centuries ago.
Dellaluna Venezia, Affresco ORO Burgundy
Now, it is where its artisans craft jewelry, perfume, and handbags. “The three savoir faires of Venice,” says Paulon, who is in Dubai overseeing the Middle East launch. “Perfume was first created by alchemists in Venice before Louis XIV brought it to France,” she shares.
Dellaluna Stella
As for the bags, whose iconic shades are black, white, Venetian red, and brown, they feature an arabesque design. “Clients here recognize their codes because they came originally from here and then Venetians transformed them.” The top-handle bags are further adorned with hand-molded 18ct plated gold chains that can be worn as bracelets. As for the signature Leone e Stella symbol, it represents good luck and perhaps a nod that all boats go to Venice.
Available at Tryano Abu Dhabi and Dellaluna.com
Dellaluna Wing Black
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Originally published in the April 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia

Your First Look at Okhtein’s Classic Handbags Revamped for the SS21 Collection

Your First Look at Okhtein’s Classic Handbags Revamped for the SS21 Collection

Photographed by Mous Lamrabat
Now more than ever, designers have been looking to the past for inspiration, in hopes of a more sustainable future. Egyptian sisters and designers behind Okhtein, Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf are of the same mind, as they revisit previous collections for the spring/summer 2021 season.
Photographed by Mous Lamrabat
The all-too-familiar feeling of confinement, and longing to be outdoors experienced in 2020 motivated the Abdelraouf sisters to look to nature and outdoor living for this collection. Titled Re-connect, the SS21 collection sees the designers revisit their classic handbag styles, weaving in natural and sustainable elements with the aim of reconnecting with nature.
Photographed by Mous Lamrabat
“Working on this collection was truly an experience for us,” shared the designers with Vogue Arabia. “We very much enjoyed the curation process of each piece. By connecting with ourselves, we dated back to older collections and reworked them in a manner that was relatable to nature. This collection was created during isolation, the time when the world stood still, and we were able to properly self-reflect.”
Photo: Courtesy of Okhtein
Featuring earthy tones, organic structures, and irregular shapes, the handbags are adorned with handmade and sustainable details including Spanish and Indian raffia. However, the collection stays true to the sisters’ design signature with sharp gold accents that are unmistakably Okhtein. A standout piece is the Terra bag. Handcrafted by artisans in India, it will be available in three customized print designs inspired by microscopic images of the human body. The theme of the collection is also reflected in the new Okhtein logo which features metallic rods that although distanced, are still connected to each other.
Photographed by Mous Lamrabat
To drive home the feeling of escapism and focus on nature, the handbags were photographed outdoors in the campaign lensed by Moroccan photographer Mous Lamrabat. Amongst mountains, model Athiec Chol Malel is photographed in Byzantine-inspired gowns as the sisters pay homage to their Egyptian heritage, drawing references from the period of arts and culture.
Photographed by Mous Lamrabat
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10 Classic Tote Bags That Will Never Go Out Of Style

10 Classic Tote Bags That Will Never Go Out Of Style

Photo: Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Picnic bags might have been the novelty trend of summer, owing to the Covid 19 restrictions around socialising indoors, but there’s one tote that will never go out of fashion: the hard-working, fit-your-life-in-it holdall. Every person needs one in their arsenal.
Brands from Métier London – the brand beloved by Nicole Kidman’s character in The Undoing – to JW Anderson – a firm favourite of rising small-screen stars, including Daisy Edgar-Jones – are behind some of the world’s most coveted designer handbags that have real staying power. Investing in an expertly-crafted tote, with a sleek outer and a capacious inner lined with discreet compartments, will not only elevate your day-to-day, it’s your very own slice of fashion history to pass down to future generations. Here, 10 timeless totes which are the fashion equivalent of a trusty sidekick.

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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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