The ultra-tiny handbag that can only be seen with a microscope

"There are big handbags, normal handbags, and small handbags, but this is the final word in bag miniaturization," said MSCHF.
Sejal Sharma
Designed by MSCHF
Designed by MSCHF


There’s been an uptick in celebrities sporting impractical bags which are smaller than a lipstick. But then, fashion has never been about practicality. We thought that Valentino’s 2-inch will be the smallest handbag, or finger-bag since one cannot possibly hang it on their shoulders, we’d see in our lifetime but a Brooklyn-based brand has unveiled what they call ‘the final word in bag miniaturization.’

It’s not visible to the naked eye

One would need a microscope to look at the Louis Vuitton-style handbag. The fluorescent accessory comparable to the size of a grain of salt, is crafted from Photopolymer resin and encased in a gel case, as reported by the Design Boom. The handbag will go up for auction at an exhibition at 8 Avenue Matignon in Paris, from June 20th to 24th, 2023. People can bid for the bag on Pharrell Williams’ Joopiter platform, which gathers digital-first cultural artifacts.

“There are big handbags, normal handbags, and small handbags, but this is the final word in bag miniaturization. As a once-functional object like a handbag becomes smaller and smaller its object status becomes steadily more abstracted until it is purely a brand signifier,” said MSCHF in an Instagram post.

At the auction site, the handbag will be mounted beneath a microscope and sealed within a gel case.

Revolutionary or ridiculous?

The handbag has been designed by MSCHF, an avant-gardist brand known for its chaotic art designs and products. The brand was all over social media recently when it designed The Big Red Boots, which garnered widespread attention. The boots were priced at $350.

The brand pulled a ‘stunt’ in 2022 when it introduced ‘Eat The Rich Popsicles,’ with faces of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg on the popsicle sticks.

In another antic, MSCHF partnered with Lil Nas X and released what it called Satan Shoes, priced at $1,018. The key selling point was that each pair had a drop of real human blood and an inverted cross. But MSCHF was sued by Nike, because the sneakers were a modified version of the Nike Air Max 97 shoes and had the Nike logo on them. MSCHF had no choice but to recall the line.

The bag has been modeled after Louis Vuitton’s OnTheGo tote and MSCHF reportedly did not get permission from the brand to use its monogram. It looks like MSCHF might be on the path to get into another legal battle with LV.

Can you imagine if someone buys the miniscule LV rendition and then (gasp) drops it by mistake? They would need to call in a forensic team to find it, no doubt.

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