I never turn to Balenciaga for bucket bags. But that all changed today after I saw the Arena Cross Pampille Mini in Barneys. The black version was on the shelf as well, but there was this gorgeous mint green option that I was coveting. Actually, I snapped a photo – here it is. I started to feel the itch when I laid eyes on the bag. The only thing that held me back was its size. While I appreciate a nice bucket bag, I need a long shoulder strap and a sizable body of the bag for it to work. And unfortunately, this Balenciaga bag does not get the job done.

However, if you want a smaller bucket bag with a 10″ shoulder drop the new Balenciaga Arena Cross Pampille Mini could work for you.

I was immediately drawn to this bag today, firstly for the color. Barneys online is carrying black and purple right now, but I adored the mint green option in the store. The bag has laser cut perforated lambskin with a darker hue of leather underneath which brings this design to life. I tried the bag on and just like Balenciaga bags typically do, this one gave such a luscious burst of color to my outfit.

The problem for me was not in the design rather in the size. The dimensions were not tiny, but with a bucket bag and only 10″ shoulder drop this bag just did not hang how I wanted it to. It felt bulky on the side of my body where it laid and rather awkward to decide if it should be hand-held or fling over my shoulder. I was hoping there was a larger size with a longer handle drop, but the sales associate told me there is not. However, if you don’t mind the shoulder shoulder strap on a bucket bag, I highly recommend checking this bag out. Buy via Barneys for $1,245.

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  • Marianna

    I would have grabbed that bag as soon as I laid eyes on it. What a yummy shade of green and I love the laser cut leather. I would also consider this bag too small and the strap too short. I have made my share of mistakes buying bags that just aren’t right for me. Now, all the stars have to align in order for me to make a purchase.

  • 19yearslater

    This is adorable. I’d love to own the purple version.

  • KellyX

    Doesn’t look comfortable to carry.perhaps they should have turn to the success of LV’s Neo bag for reference.love e design though.pity the awkward dimension of the strap.

  • Sally

    I think it’s really cute! Balenciaga isn’t easy to find in the UK at a good price, let alone in a real store – I’d really have to hold it and wear it a bit first before making a purchase!

    I love this blog – loads of great pictures, can’t believe I only found it today!

  • Mochababe73

    Pretty color.
    Not a fan of bucket bags. This one looks as though the strap is too long.

  • nappy

    love the tassles and the shape.. Megs, if say, i buy the bag and swap the strap with the longer strap another bbag (like the folk messenger), would it work out or are the straps a bit more skinnier than regular Balenciaga straps?

  • KaylaNiche

    I don’t like bucket bags at all-too easy to fill w/junk. I do like this color though.

  • Cathy Fitz

    I’m not a fan of bucket bags, either. Not as classic as the other Balenciagas.

  • The Fashionable ESQ

    I love this. I BEYOND love this!!!!


  • karin

    minority here, but i love bucket bags-my lv noe’s are my fav bags-but they do have to be just right or they dont work-the pom pon didnt work for me, too slouchy not enough structure everything just got lost-but if its more structured it can be a great bag!

  • Kelly

    not a fan of buckle bag haha

  • Suz

    I just received my black mini Pampille (with the black & white braid) from Barney’s and it’s the perfect size for me (I’m 5’1) and the strap length is just right The bag is so soft and still light weight with my contents in it. I did take the wide shoulder strap holder off as I have very narrow shoulders and it tends to slip off when that piece iwas on. Other than that, I think it’s adorable and it’ll be my favorite for casual wear.