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New Big Thing is Small: Tiny Totes

Like a backlash (perhaps literally) against the omnipresent oversized bags, the miniature tote takes handbag size to the other extreme. As an alternative to lugging around a “luggage like” shopper, delicate versions of this classic style have been cropping up everywhere!

These 3 top the list of favorites:

Rebecca Minkoff | M.A.B. Tote Mini


For those not familiar with Minkoff bags, M.A.B. stands for Morning After Bag. This moniker was given to the first bag produced by this fashion forward brand.

The ‘tote mini’ comes in a range of colors and was spotted in a lovely yet edgy black saffiano leather at the Rebecca Minkoff pop-up store in the Meatpacking District.

The tiniest of the three, this bag’s minuscule dimensions are: 7 x 8 x 3 inches.

For those that wish to wear the bag on the shoulder, this tote also comes with a convenient detachable cross-body strap.

It retails at most stores and online for $195 (


Balenciaga | Papier Mini A4 Magnet


For ultra luxury, opt for Balenciaga. This teeny tote was sighted at Barney’s Madison in an array of hues.

As for is petite dimensions, this bag measures in at 7 x 9 x 4 inches.

For versatility, it too comes with a detachable cross-body strap.

The black calfskin version retails at Barney’s online for $1145 (


Coach’s Mini Borough


This selection from Coach is not exactly a tote, but it is delightfully tiny! And its boxy appearance simulates the simple design, earning its place among the other two.

On display at Coach Soho, this bag was showcased in additional colors as well as a polished texture. At 7 x 9 3/4 x 3 inches, mini is certainly an accurate description!

Just as the two that came before, it also comes with a detachable cross-body strap.

In black pebbled leather it retails for $398 on the Coach website (

About the author: Bill Indursky
Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.

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