Still not convinced on the practicality of a small bag? We ran five of luxury fashion’s downsized offerings through a baggage scanner (the VMI Spectrum 6040, to be exact) to reveal what each small bag could carry. And as you'll find out, these small bags are not as limited as you'd think.
Don't discount sporting a small bag just yet, folks.
Items inside: a portable hard drive, an iPhone XS Max, a travel-sized grooming kit, a pack of tablets, a cardholder, a pen and a set of keys.
For its men’s autumn/winter 2019 collection, Hermès reinterpreted its iconic Kelly closure into a pochette—essentially a clutch that comes with a handy wrist strap. The soft leather construction means that there is some allowance to carry a tad more than the dimensions of the pochette. But seeing how the Hermès Kelly pochette comfortably fits a portable hard drive and Apple’s largest mobile phone, there’s more than enough room to fit your essentials. There’s a certain air of elegance with Hermès Kelly, one that this pochette exudes too. As such, we recommend pairing this with an outfit that has elements of tailoring.
Items inside: a business cardholder, a pack of mints, a set of keys and a pair of Apple AirPods.
One of Riccardo Tisci’s key pieces for men this season is unmistakably reminiscent of a woman’s handbag. The Lola bag was seen on the autumn/winter 2019 runway show on both the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear looks. While the female models carried them as clutches, the Lola bags were worn across the bodies of the male models. The bag has elements of a typical women’s handbag—a long, rectangular body, a chain and leather strap, and a standard front-flap magnetic closure—so it does beg the question: do we employ too much emphasis on what is or isn’t for a certain gender? Just like any good handbag, this Lola bag looks as good on a gent as it does on a woman.
Items inside: a pocket notebook, a trifold wallet, a bottle of fragrance, a lip balm, a pen, a bottle of hand sanitiser and a lint roller.
It could very well be Dior’s masculinisation of the Saddle bag that has spurred other luxury fashion houses to do the same. Kim Jones’s version of the iconic women’s bag for Dior includes the heavy-duty rollercoaster buckle design made popular by Matthew Williams of Alyx and is more of a crossbody bag as opposed to the original’s top-handle design. The Dior Men Saddle bag has a fully zipped compartment that completely occupies the odd silhouette of the bag and is then topped off with a magnetic front-flap for added security. Based on the number of items we packed into it, you don’t have to worry about not having enough space.
Items inside: a pair of sunglasses, an assortment of cards, a pack of tissues, a tube of lip balm and a can of facial mist.
The smallest in this series, Louis Vuitton’s S Lock belt pouch is a continental wallet-belt bag hybrid. The interior is designed with six card slots and a zipped pocket (a regular-sized packet of tissues could comfortably fit in it), aside from the main compartment. One could most definitely use the S Lock belt pouch as a regular wallet—the belt is detachable—but the storage capabilities allow it to be much more than what it appears to be. Akin to a more compact version of a bum bag, the S Lock belt pouch is most ideal for the times you don’t need more than the basics. And it’s a plus that it’s also a highly fashionable accessory.
Items inside: a portable charger, a zipped cardholder, a tiny bottle of fragrance and a mobile phone cable.
With Daniel Lee’s appointment at Bottega Veneta and his rebranding of the fashion house likened to the aesthetics of Phoebe Philo’s Céline (his former employer), there are pieces that are rather gender-neutral. This Daisey bag exemplifies just that. Its boxy silhouette and hard, leather construction means that—unlike some of the others in this series—there is an absolute limit to how much one could store. However, because of its gold hardware closure, this elegant piece is perfect for evenings when not much else is needed on hand. Having said that though, we’ve managed to comfortably fit in a rather bulky portable charger and a cardholder so that the most important things in life are covered—having some form of money on hand and always staying connected.