With most popular bags available in a zillion different version ranging in size from “micro” to “weekender,” the shopping process can sometimes make you feel like you’re starring in your own private version of Goldilocks and the Three Bags. I had this problem when shopping for a Celine Luggage Tote a few years ago, and based on the rapturous reaction I saw to the advent of the mid-sized 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Tote on Twitter a few days ago from a few friends, it would seem as though this design has been giving people sizing fits as well.
If you’ve never handled it in person, the original size of the Pashli is a genuinely large bag, as you can see on the ShopBop model above, at right. The next version of the Pashli to debut was the Mini, at left, which is Mini in every way and a great option for summer essentials. In the middle we have the new “medium” Pashli, which is juuuuust right. Although ShopBop’s site lists it as only an inch shorter and an inch more narrow than its big sister, the side-by-side comparison on the models leads me to believe that those measurements might be inaccurate; the medium looks significantly smaller than the OG Pashli, but not small enough that it can’t be used as a very functional day bag. The 20-inch drop on the bag’s strap also means that it can be carried as a true crossbody, which is news that will likely be of use to cool girls everywhere.
In the embossed leather above, the medium Pashli run you $855 via ShopBop, as opposed to $975 for the larger version and $695 for the Mini in the same leather. In regular leather, the medium retails for $825, with the large ringing up at $895.