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MSCHF’s Microscopic Handbag takes the itty-bitty mini bag trend to the extreme

MSCHF’s microscopic bag takes the mini bag trend to the extreme

If you thought Jacquemus was taking the itty-bitty mini bag too far with their Le Chiquito bag, let us introduce you to the miniature bag to end all miniature bags: MSCHF’s Microscopic Handbag.

The American art collective based in Brooklyn have created the world's tiniest resin rendering of a near-perfect replica of the Louis Vuitton Monogram OnTheGo handbag (which was not an official collab as they reportedly did not get permission from the French fashion House to replicate), measuring 657 by 222 by 700 micrometers. For scale, that's smaller than a grain of sea salt and narrow enough to pass through the eye of a needle.

The art piece will go on auction next week during Paris fashion week.

MSCHF's Microscopic Handbag creation is intended to comment on the once-functional object which, as it shrinks, becomes abstracted and dysfunctional. In an Instagram post, the collective said "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."


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Who are MSCHF?

The New York-based art collective was formed in 2016, producing and selling limited edition art objects ranging from AI-generated foot photographs to a functioning laptop infected with six of the most infamous computer viruses in history (this being their most expensive product to date, having sold at auction for $1.3 million).

The collective's focus seems trained on making commentary about consumerism, politics, fashion, and just generally subverting popular culture through provocative, playful and ironic art objects and projects.

From a fashion standpoint, you may recall their provocative Big Red Boots, which became a bit of a viral sensation earlier this year.


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