Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag is at the pinnacle of societies most impractical micro trend. The bag comes in three sizes, identified by its trapezium-shaped silhouette and unmissable/ slightly disproportionate larger handle. The bag fits very little in, but wearers just don’t care (myself included).
The bag represents Jacquemus’ iconic exaggerated approach to its accessory designs. Jacquemus has become well known for its playful yet simple, exaggerated designs including oversized straw hats and shoulder bags, square-cut clothing and baggy trousers, bright colours, and abstract clashes seen on the runway. And now, the Jacquemus Le Chiquito has become an absolute wardrobe must have.
The most recent Mini Le Chiquito measuring a mere two inches debuted in the AW19 show in Paris in October. The ‘bag’ has been an must have, despite its reduced storage space (reduced being an understatement). Regardless of the size, the bags styling potential is extraordinary. Instagram posts of the mini Le Chiquito’s versatility have gone viral, it has been seen incorporated into different hairstyles, worn as a ring, wrapped around peoples wrists and ankles, as a belt. Numerous other mini accessories were seen on the runway in the Jacquemus SS20 show, and additionally other brands including Prada, suggesting the micro trend is here to stay.
Simon Porte Jacquemus began designing just 10 years ago after the death of his mother, whom the label is dedicated to. In 2017 he won the Fashion Director’s Choice Award at the Elle Style Awards. Jacquemus was nominated for brand of the year in The Fashion Awards 2019 and additionally Simon Porte Jacquemus for accessories designer of the year. In just 10 years, the 29 year old has nurtured his brand into a successful and well known brand worth 10 million pounds.
As soon as I saw the Le Chiquito (the intermediate sized bag), I fell in love. It became the top of my shopping list, especially with its incredibly reasonable price of roughly £380. I am a absolute sucker for minis’, couldn’t tell you why, but they just do something to me. Be it a mini box of chocolates, a mini bottle of drink, a mini cushion, a mini bag, theres just no saying no to a mini. As a student, its been hard to justify spending the money, so for a couple of months I refrained from making the purchase and the bag sat in my SSENSE shopping basket. I kept saying “when i get paid”. This was until Paris fashion week… the bag was worn with multiple looks on the runway and suddenly everyone was buying it. The bag actually sold out completely on multiple sites including SSENSE and Farfetch. On eBay people were selling them for £900, saying “sold out world wide” in the description. Not going to lie, I was stressing a little. Anyhow, I managed to get my hands on a lilac Le Chiquito and I have never looked bag. I can fit some chewing gum, a travel sized lip gloss and my keys in it. But what more do you need?
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