This new version of one of Louis Vuitton’s most famous bags strikes a more casual note
The Louis Vuitton Alma Bag is the kind of eternal classic that doesn't get many (if any) structural updates. It's the quintessential dome satchel, top-handled and ultra-structured, perfect for situations that have a sense of formality to them. In its smaller versions with crossbody, the bag has been a recent popular pick for more casual wear with celebrities as influential as Rihanna. It seems as though Vuitton noticed this trend, because Spring 2018 brings us the Louis Vuitton Alma Mini Bag, which is the first Alma with no top handles.
The design is probably exactly what you'd imagine if someone described it to you as a mini crossbody Alma with no handles—the domed structure of the bag itself is the same, down to the flat bottom and double top zip. The bag is 8.3 inches wide, which means it's big enough to hold an iPhone Plus and most long wallets, and the deep base of the traditional Alma means the bag likely holds a fair bit for its petite size. The bag does differ from other Almas in a couple details, though—it lacks the padlock the other bags feature at the zipper, and the mini's shoulder strap is partially chain and not removable, meaning it can't be carried as a clutch.
The bag comes in four colors of Epi leather so far, and all but white have tonal microfiber linings with one patch pocket at the rear. (White has a contrasting black lining.) For size comparisons, this bag is about an inch smaller in width than the Alma BB, but an inch and a half wider than the Alma Nano, both of which have top handles. All current versions of the Alma Mini are priced at $1,350, and as of this writing, all four colors are still available to purchase online.
Are you digging this new Alma, or would you rather stick with the slightly larger BB for $270 more?