DO clutch a Petite Malle

LV’S lat­est trunks fit right in the palm of your hand.

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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.

Kar­lie Kloss at this year’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. Michelle Wil­liams at this year’s Tony Awards.

Ali­cia Vikan­der at this year’s Film Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

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