Considering that I 1st noticed the Louis Vuitton Petite Boite Chapeau Bag pop up on the Cruise 2018 runway (and then once more on the Spring 2018 runway, and then even much more occasions at the brand’s parties), I’ve been calling it the Circle Bag. That seemed like the most affordable route to go there was no details about the bag anyplace, but there had been pictures of the bag everywhere, and you have to have, like, a word for a point if you are going to speak about that point in writing, and the brand clearly wanted men and women to speak about it. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Petite Boite Chapeau’s arrival on the Louis Vuitton web-site for just that purpose, and now it is ultimately right here. So here’s what we know.
1st of all, the name: the French speakers amongst us have currently noticed that “petite boite chapeau” actually translates to “small hat box,” which is specifically what the bag appears like. This is in line with a trend for circular bags we’ve noticed emerging in current seasons, mainly from super-chic indie brands (and early on/most notably, from Mansur Gavriel). Louis Vuitton’s version is the most explicitly hat box-y of the lot so far, although, which tends to make sense: the brand has a wealthy heritage of manufacturing old college travel bags, of which hat boxes have arguably the most quirky, nostalgic high quality.
The Petite Boite Chapeau is meant to serve double duty as each a clutch and mini crossbody—it’s pictured right here with out the shoulder strap it comes with—and Louis Vuitton explicitly assures shoppers that in spite of it is smaller size and round proportion, it’ll hold an iPhone 7. With dimensions of six.two x five.9 x two.eight inches, it will not match the bigger-model iPhones, although.
The bag opens by means of a best buckle that reveals a relatively spacious and detailed interior for such a smaller bag, accurate to the throwback notion of luxury luggage in the train-travel era. It does not seem to have an interior pocket, from what I can see in the readily available pictures, but the exterior luggage tag is a functional ID holder.
As for value, the Petite Boite Chapeau will price you much more than most Louis Vuitton monogram canvas bags of a comparable size, almost certainly due to the fact of the much more-complex-than-typical interior and structural detailing. The conventional monogram version is $four,200 by means of Louis Vuitton, when the Monogram Inverse version, which has much more leather paneling on the exterior, will run you $four,350. For now, the Petite Boite Chapeau only comes in these versions, but we know from celebrity spotting that it will come in other fabrications, such as Epi leather, in the close to future.