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Downsized And Vertical: The Statement Tote Gets A Timely Update

Everyone's downsizing their totes. Are we noticing a trend here?

There’s nothing better than an everyday carryall which can pack most to all of your belongings and a good tote has easily become the bag made for the times. Heck, even this year’s NDP fun pack of choice is a tote. Now take that familiar shopper design, pich in its width, stretch its height, and shrink its size by almost half and you will end up with the mini vertical tote – the freshest bag style of the season.

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Celine superstar ambassador Lalisa Manoban of Blackpink fame posted pictures of herself recently toting the Mini Vertical Cabas, which measures in at a fun size of 17cm x 21cm x 4cm. But it’s not just Celine that is downsizing its signature tote. Over at Louis Vuitton, the Sac Plat tote has been shrunken too, as is the case with Dior’s best-selling Book tote.

Judging by the move by these three fashion marquees, we are not surprised if the coming months will see a trail of new mini vertical totes in the market. If the diminutive pico-sized bags are too extreme for your taste, then these options can still let you make a style statement with a mini-sized bag.

Mini Tote monogram and leather tote, $3,600, Louis Vuitton
This tote (25.5cm x 35.0cm x 13.0cm) comes from the menswear department but that doesn’t really matter, because it’s one of the holy grails from the second drop of the maison’s collaboration with Japanese streetwear guru Nigo. We love the supersized Giant Damier Ebene canvas and the wave detail – a nod to Nigo’s own BBC Icecream line – which give the bag its statement appeal.   Celine by Hedi Slimane Mini Vertical Cabas canvas and leather tote, $1,700, Celine
Cute might not be a word you would usually associate with a design by Hedi Slimane, but this 17cm x 21cm x 4cm design, featuring the house’s iconic Triomphe canvas, is just that. Dioramour Vertical Dior Book jacquard tote, $3,900, Dior
This polka-dotted number (it measures 20cm x 26cm x 10cm) hails from the Dioramour capsule collection and is a kooky design perfect for the weekend. It’s a true artisanal piece too: each polka dot is meticulously finished by hand and consumes one spool of thread to create. Everyday XXS embossed leather tote, $1,490, Balenciaga
Contrary to its name, this mock croco design comes in at a size – 19cm x 22cm x 9.5 cm – that’s just right for your everyday essentials. The bag also comes with a zipped leather pouch and a detachable mirror inside.   Petit Sac Plat canvas and leather tote, $1,850, Louis Vuitton
A hot-ticket item among LV Stans, both this monogram canvas tote and its Epi leather version are already sold out on the LV e-commerce site (but get yourself notified when new stocks are in). It may be the smallest among the others featured here, measuring at just 14cm x 17cm x 5cm, but it still can cramp in your phone snugly (that’s about all we need today, right?).