No need for a question mark there on the title because there is no doubt the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle will be the next major “It Bag”. Nicholas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton was the most anticipated show this Paris Fashion Week. Expectations was very high but Nicholas Ghesquière stayed true to his innovative aesthetic then he combined it with the brand’s image and tradition that resulted into a wonderful stylish collection which exceeded all expectations. Indeed, he proved he is the right successor to Marc Jacobs who helm the house for fourteen years.
Freja Beha Erichsen opened the Louis Vuitton show, she emerged in a black leather snap-front coat with a wide caramel-colored collar, carrying the new Petite Malle bag, a miniature LV trunk at her fingertips. And that is where my cool hunter radar got activated. Petite malle translates, quite predictably, to “little trunk.” (And if you pronounce it incorrectly, it will sound like “petit mal,” which is a name given to a specific type of minor seizure — so you know, no pressure for non-French speakers.)
It’s the perfect nod to the tradition of the house founded on luxury leather goods: Shaped like a mini-trunk, the bag can either be carried like a clutch or by a removable shoulder strap. The bag will come in the traditional monogrammed canvas as well as various colors of the brand’s épi leather with a removable canvas cover.
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The brand hasn’t set a price yet, but considering the recent move to up the prices of its offerings, be ready to drop a lot of cash on this bag especially that it is already getting A LOT of attention before the market production. Though one thing is for sure: This is the bag that will be all over street style pictures come fall. Model Natalia Vodianova was already carrying one at the fall show. (No surprise there anyway, because she is also carrying the baby of Antoine Arnault, son to LVMH CEO Bernard who owns Louis Vuitton.)