January 21st, 2014
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Bigger Is Not Always Better, The Mini Bag

mini bags

Recently I’ve spied a number of chic women carrying a small bag with a long strap. Whether worn messenger style, or long to the hip, I think this trend has staying power.

Last winter I really wanted a mini crossbody bag but ended up getting a medium Givenchy Pandora instead. Although I can wear it a number of ways, I am still on the hunt for something smaller for running around. One of these would do just fine.

Clockwise from the top: Stella McCartney, The Row, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Givenchy Pandora, Givenchy Nightingale.


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  • Must be a trend: I just bought the Igor from Jerome Dreyfuss in shimmery leather with brushed brass hardware.

    CatherineJanuary 21st, 2014  6:42 PM

  • I am surprised Celine box didn’t make it into your list. I love mine when I need to carry a small bag.

    ameeJanuary 21st, 2014  7:13 PM

  • Cannot buy Celine online unfortunately.

    PrestonJanuary 21st, 2014  7:20 PM

  • Preston,
    I love my Gucci SOHO … I can even fit my I pad mini together with a wallet, keys, glasses and lipstick, what more dies a girl need. And the price was right!

    SusanJanuary 21st, 2014  7:33 PM

  • Loving the Gucci in off white. A little retro, a little chic, and will wear forever!

    JulieJanuary 21st, 2014  7:46 PM

  • I am loving the row bags but they seem so pricey. Does anyone out there think they are worth the expense as compared to other brands such as celine or chanel or givenchy.
    Preston, I did not realize that you only promote items that can be bought online.

    paulaJanuary 21st, 2014  11:22 PM

  • I have the Gucci soho in black and recieved so many complements. It’s size is perfect for avoiding overpacking when running around during the day and works in the evenings too.

    MaureenJanuary 22nd, 2014  7:16 AM

  • I don’t only promote items that are sold online, I show plenty of Celine, Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes,and other brands that can only be bought in-store. But for this post, I wanted to offer bags that folks could buy while stuck at home in a snow storm… Also, the Celine site did not have pics of their mini crossbody bags and I just covered the Vuitton one in another post.

    PrestonJanuary 22nd, 2014  7:40 AM

  • Preston, it should make you feel good to know I have made many purchases, since discovering KIC,( on snowy and non snowy days ) of items you have brought to my attention. Love your ideas!!!

    PaulaJanuary 22nd, 2014  10:22 AM

  • Preston – please let me know which one you decide to go with….also looking for one!!

    SheriJanuary 22nd, 2014  10:51 PM

  • Hi Paula – I have The Row’s day luxe tote, and I love it. I bought it at first markdown because for me, $5K is a big hurdle for a non-Hermes bag. That said, I think there’s a lot of thoughtfulness to the design and the quality is good. It’s hard to find a really nice under the radar bag, so I think I’d be willing to pay full price for another.

    AbbyJanuary 24th, 2014  7:34 PM


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