DO clutch a Petite Malle
LV’S latest trunks fit right in the palm of your hand.
When French fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière made his debut as Louis Vuitton creative director, there was huge anticipation: what would be his It-piece?
The answer was the Petite Malle (small trunk), a compact clutch inspired by the iconic Louis Vuitton trunks of yesteryear, particularly those custom-made for wealthy banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn, all of which featured his insignia of three white crosses.
Constructed from luxury Epi leather or crocodile skin lined with lambskin and fitted with traditional brass hardware, the Petite Malle is a fresh and dainty version of the originals, measuring just 18cm across, 12cm high and 4cm deep.
And when Nicolas sent his new creations down the runway, Russian model Natalia Vodianova sat front row at the show, proudly displaying her own monogrammed version. As the partner of Antoine Arnault (son of Bernard Arnault, chairman of the company behind Louis Vuitton, LVMH), it was a befitting add-on.
The fashion world was smitten, with Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander among the first to get their hands on a trunk – and just like that, the Petite Malle became the must-have bag overnight. Grasped by some of the hottest A-listers, Louis Vuitton’s little trunk has been a trendy and elegant addition to many a red-carpet ensemble.