So Long Carry-All

I fell upon a photo of my arm from a Tommy Ton/Club Monaco hosted event last week and it got me thinking about handbags. The evolution of purse in recent years suggests ‘So Long Carry All’ been a long time coming. First it was a transition from the Olsen sized hobo to Olsen-sized clutch. Then it was a reintroduction of the pouchette of sorts–last summer’s favorite in particular: Alexander Wang’s Marion mini. Shortly thereafter Proenza Schouler’s smaller PS11 rendered more lust worthy than the previous PS1 and Celine’s trio, a triple zip threat will in time–here’s hoping–remove a certain large tote from the grand scheme of purse. While we see fashion reverting back to this place of sartorial modesty–silhouettes are far more reminiscent of the 50s than they are this decade–it only makes sense that the minaudiere would see shining time again too.
Here’s me. Re: minaudiere, that’s the formal word, as taught to me by the experts at Ferragamo, for baby-ass-clutch. Somewhere along this stream of consciousness I remembered that over fashion week I’d been trotting a small satin clutch and it was then that I resolved, not much more space than the allotted there is all that necessary. Forget the chunky wallet and spare pair o’shoes, various sorts of lotion, battery chargers, prosthetic limbs, etc. When push comes to shove the imperative remain: credit card, cellphone, tampon. Boom, ladies night! Below here find a few variations of the small silhouette no longer reserved exclusively for swanky evening parties.

From top, left: Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, BCBG Max Azria, Bruno, Givenchy, Lena Erziak, Judith Lieber. Credit given where credit is due: Alexander McQueen never saw nor accepted a death to the minaudiere–this particular version features a nice disconnect: utility suede on hard shell. Judith Lieber (bottom right,) cultivated an entire business on Swarovski adorned ornaments of sorts. And mixed among the aforementioned, you’ll find a few more options for when you’re ready to retire the massive sack. I am particularly keen on that little blue to pink ombre guy at right and the lucite apple, mid-bottom. Images via Stylespotting, Jak & Jil.

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Thoughts?
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 .Tinacious Me.

    what a cute selection of clutch you picked!
    xo, Tina
    http://WWW.TINACIOUS.ME
    http://WWW.TINACIOUS.ME

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Lia

    that clutch is perfect for storing a hamburger. what? I'm always hungry

    xx
    Glass of Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01761444872199361545 Wren

    They all look like mini, odd shaped flasks to me. Quirky.

    Wren
    http://houseofwren.blogspot.ca/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06148096616885000226 Caroline

    What a lovely post! <3
    The apple bag is awesome!

    <3
    caroline
    http://la-dolce-fashion-vita.blogspot.de/

  • Amanda Walsh

    Totally unrelated to the bite size purses (although I love the Alexander McQueen one), but does anyone know where can I find a double ring like that?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    I love all these clutches, but only for going out at night. During the day I can't do without my camera, tissues, water, sunscreen and thousands of other things

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net
    new outfit post

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

    I'm not really into minaudiere yet… but I think it's just a matter of time!

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    The one I'm wearing is Made her Think

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15177086069563673981 tina

    What certain large tote bag do you mean…the Celine Luggage? Elaborate, please!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09992993979200400606 Clémence

    Hey Leandra,

    I really see those Apple clutch in our hands… What do you think?!

    I spotted the glitter green one recently and felt madly in love!

    Very nice selection there.

    Xx

    http://murmureparis.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17847162552898441171 nadja

    really love all those bags!

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com molliee

    love it! I want a lucite one!
    Please vote for Molliee in this shoe styling contest! xoxo
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16068429721996389155 Alison

    I'm definitely guilty of having the gigantic carry-all. I really don't know if I could live without it. Maybe if I had my carry-all and the clutch… I really do like the Alexander McQueen!

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08448844364744612221 RaspberryBlonde

    Love this post, your totally right. I especially love the mcqueen, BCBG and Givenchy versions, très chic and très tiny.
    Too tiny for my everyday use (I'm a carry around lotions, chunky wallet, etcetera… kinda person), but i will change to team minaudiere when going out ;-)
    xo,
    Natalie

  • Anonymous

    Won't work, I'm a bag lady :( http://gallerinadiaries.tumblr.com/

  • http://www.villarrazo.com/behindthestyling/ Villarrazo Madrid

    This is the first time I see this blog, and I must confess I've been here for almost 2h going through all your post.

    This blog is AMAZING, you are hilarious and your style is UNIQUE!

    Congrats :)

    http://www.villarrazo.com/behindthestyling/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    I love the one from Ena Erziak!

    http://style-chameleon.blogspot.com/

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 Julie Khuu

    That little lucite apple is adorable! Scholastic chic! I can imagine Teach rocking that to class…although all the contents would have to be majorly PG…great selections!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

  • http://laflordelys.com helena FIdalgo

    I OWN THE ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE TIE DYE!! its a wonderful clutch, truly GREAT BUY!! Serpi Marie is the brand!!

    laflordelys.com

    Helena

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    I am so glad this is now appropriate for whenever!!! I hate giant bags and find that I lose stuff in them. Plus, I don't really need to carry that much around anyway!! Thanks for the trend update :)
    Rory
    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com
    Enter my giveaway!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09504697152631881676 WMBG

    great post!

    XXX,

    wiebkembg.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10353048288133497774 emnn

    I love the idea of forcing myself to downsize all the crap i collect in my purse ;). I love the mirrored clutch.

    madeleinestyles.blogspot.com

  • http://www.stylespotting.com/?s=leandra+medine Jerri

    This is true + a bit of cash. My big bag is killing me in the city and I'm dying to scale down. I thought yours was so perfectly petite that night.

    Thanks for the shweeeeet plug and for using my image here.

    Jerri
    PS You can see more of The Man Repeller on stylespotting.com – Woop

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00658307537388232224 Natali

    I love your blog, great text!!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • Amanda Walsh

    Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    Aw, they look like little purse candies ;) It really forces me to not carry so much crap around. I've honestly never like humungous oversized bags, anyway. They always overwhelm an outfit instead of adding to it, like what these little clutches do.

    The Quiet Spaces

  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    Wow great collection! I love them all!

    Giveaway on my blog http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00347223215565766182 Liza Chloë

    Nice report! Good vision and love your blog. BIG time.

    http://www.lizachloe.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06502998148007689018 Romina C.

    I love clutch. And it is so true what you wrote.

    x Romi
    http://blaastyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17796462385727661725 Eliza

    The clutches are adorable, but I love your rings even more!

    http://21problems.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02397487968349083154 nicola lynde.

    I'm such an oversized bag kinda girl. Pretty much impossible for me to leave the house without my usually suitcase sized tote. But these are adorable in an impossible sort of way.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    Ooh do I love a good clutch. Usually they are only for dressier occasions, but I could see them as a trend that could be used anytime nowadays. The light pink floral one in the middle is my fave!

    http://www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xo

  • http://thelookandlisten.blogspot.com Neijah

    Umm…THANK GOD for this! I've always been a no purse, I'll just put this in my boyfriend's pocket or friend's purse kinda gal lol. I only on small clutches.

    xoxo,

    http://www.thelookandlisten.com

  • http://ryannejohnson.com -this little life

    this is no good for me. adios trendsetting life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    I own about a jillion of these and never use them! I carry around three different journals and a bunch of other shit. I wish I could get away with this. Right now I'm looking for a monstrous clutch that I can tuck in my woven Bolivian backpack when I bike!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08784047289138430006 Miss K

    Yes, minimalistic living is so much easier!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01171677989399347794 Steph

    Not to undermine the seriousness of handbags (they're the wind beneath my wings), but Leandra I am being 100% serious when I say that I swear to god I thought this was you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pc-NizMgg8. It took me a very long time to realise that it wasn't my favourite blogger teaching me how to crunch my way to tighter abs.

    I just wanted to share this with you.

    Signed, a fan with bad eyesight and a lust for life.

  • http://pinkwedges.wordpress.com Sheyla

    That lucite apple clutch is beautiful! I still prefer the Jimmy from Lena Erziak.
    Take care :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14281986060087281841 Caitie

    Such amazing clutches! Thanks for sharing! Love your posts :) -HipSwap

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 Her Persona
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    while i love the look of these little bags. they are never practical enough for me :)
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06543642814733122591 Janice

    love the military green clutch at the top with the skull. a little creepy. a lot awesome.

    http://thelovelylights.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16648998828100677713 Nina Papaioannou

    I love the Anna Dello Russo purse!!!
    XOXO
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com/
    http://trendsurvivor.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 Meganne

    I have never hated a trend more than this shrinking of purses. I need to ba able to cary mywhole life in my large messy perhaps even unsanitary tote.
    Material Fixations

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15954386668663313286 Mariana*

    I'm obsessed for clutchs!!!!!
    These are wonderful!!
    Love it.
    XOXO

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10173800024702128610 The Antifash

    IDK if I could really do these minaudiere's. I can imagine myself carrying one, but I have a very active imagination too. They look cute, and dainty but I need a bag I can fit the kitchen sink in… or at least a knife.

  • http://stylesolutionsnyc.com sydney

    Loving this clutch selection–saw many while in Miami this weekend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08281450496741897176 Anna

    Its so true….im never going to get over my mary poppins bags though ;)
    xxx
    http://choseducoeur.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    love the apple clutch!!!!
    http://bonnieclydemarni.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    Lovely collection of clutches! But I still reach faster to my hobo bag. Don't know why but always want to bring too much with me and that doesn't fit into a clutch :P

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06818128870399099536 forward

    I love clutches, but I am more a sucker for ridiculously oversized bags because they can fit everything I need inside ! x

    http://forwardvintage.blogspot.co.nz/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06569563852426205282 Aurélie and Angelo

    I've got a weakness for clutches! These are gorgeous!

    http://aurelieandangelo.com/

  • http://greatcelebrityfashion.blogspot.com Celebrities

    nice style and nice post.

  • http://www.universeandyou.com.br/ universeandyou

    Certainly they came to stay ! love it !

    I wish I could carry everything on them but the less, the better !

    http://www.universeandyou.com.br/

    xoxo from Japan

  • http://astimegoesbuy.wordpress.com/ astimegoesbuy

    I hate a big bag because it encourages carrying too much and possible shoulder injuries! However, once you get to a certain age and are carrying sunglasses and a pair of glasses, I'm not sure the mini-bags are big enough?!

  • http://www.lovenycstyle.com amanda

    loving the shift to tiny little bags!!
    xox

    http://www.lovenycstyle.com

  • Anonymous

    They will pry my Big Bag from my cold, dead hands. Not giving it up. But then again, I have to go to work every day.

    How can you talk of "sartorial modesty" when the jewelry, phone, and bags you're carrying are worth enough money to make a mortgage payment? Just sayin'.

  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk Designer Clothing Online

    Cute clutches! We would miss our handy large totes too much to use any of these all the time!

    Mens Clothing Online

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09990022799961591011 Pretty Kitty Publishing

    I like the idea of a bag-duckin. Take a little purse, stick it inside a bigger bag and boom. You're good. Work-to-play.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11568706137492396568 Violet

    the bubble gurm Bruno clutch is the cutest!

    i really like that claw ring you have on btw

    -Violet

  • http://theautumnissue.com Karissa

    I love this minimalist trend! I've ditched my big bags altogether for medium sized, soft, leather clutches for everyday. But, the itty bitty baby bags are a little unreasonable. My rule: if it doesn't fit my iphone, fuhgettaboutit!

    http://theautumnissue.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01699780245394853535 LCM

    This can certainly be a good look; however, if you still have to tote around your phone in your hand you know the bag's too small.
    http://www.one-daysome-day.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    The BRUNO turquoise and pink ombre clutch is from Brazilian Handbag designer SERPUI MARIE.

  • http://www.gelbe-schuhe.de/ Susan

    I love the yellow dress. It looks very good. Kisses…

  • http://twitter.com/stilettosandink elise maiberger

    where do i put all my ish?

  • http://www.hipstersforsisters.com/ RD@HipstersforSisters

    Not sure how I am only reading this article now, but you are oh, so right! 
    We, too, are proponents of carrying less. All we truly need are the essentials.  
    So happy to have read your post. 

    On another note, we featured you in one of our Style Inspiration profile stories on our bloge: http://www.hipstersforsisters.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-style-inspiration-leandra-medine.html

    RD 
    Hipsters for Sisters 
    http://www.hipstersforsisters.com

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