How small is too small?
Although small handbags have made a significant resurgence in the past few years, nothing can compare to this.
The Microscopic Handbag by Mschf is made of photopolymer and measures 657 by 222 by 700 micrometres, roughly the size of a spec of dust. The miniature bag is modelled on the popular OnTheGo design by Louis Vuitton.
Mschf is the creator behind other controversial creations like the infamous large red boots and sneakers with blood in them. This latest instalment is more of a piece of art than an accessory.
The brand has said that as a once-functional object like a handbag becomes smaller and smaller, its object status becomes steadily more abstracted until it’s purely a brand signifier.
“Previous small leather handbags have still required a hand to carry them—they become dysfunctional, inconveniences to their wearer,” said a spokesperson for Mschf.
The bag will be displayed in a sealed gel case and pre-mounted beneath a microscope on public view at the Eight Avenue Matignon Gallery in Paris in late June, before making its way to Pharrell William’s auction house, Joopiter, for an upcoming sale in July. The starting bid is still unknown.
Mschf reportedly did not seek permission from Louis Vuitton, therefore is not an official collaboration.