WORDS BY HOLLY MARGERRISON
Hailing from the City of Lights, Simon Porte Jacquemus is one of the brightest sparks to set the fashion scene ablaze. Whether it’s on the beaches of Marseille, the lavender fields of Provence, or an insight into the designer’s agricultural roots in a field of wheat, you know Jacquemus for its standout shows and knockout collections.
Based on a ‘two hour and 40-minute train ride’ from the country’s capital, this French brand takes its inspiration from the Riviera. Jacquemus reminds us of sunnier climes, of a simple life where there are no rules and no schedules. He transports us to the place where he (and his brand) was born and raised. As the designer explains, Jacquemus stands for a new type of person — one that ‘sees the modern poetry in a white T-shirt’.
Of course, Jacquemus bags are no exception to the brand’s buzz. They sparked an influencer trend of ‘what can you fit in a Jacquemus bag’ and their ever-evolving colorways have allowed them to reach (dare we say) ‘It’ bag status — but are Jacquemus bags worth it?
Ranging from around the £200 mark up to around the £1,400 (GBP), the label’s bags give you a whistle-stop tour of the south of France, from Le Riviera to a countryside brimming with wildflowers, courtesy of the label’s straw bags. Jacquemus really gives you an incentive to book a trip away.
Then there’s Le Chiquito bag, the design that proves you can have your cake and eat it — quite literally (the design was so popular last year that it was ‘cake-ified’ in a viral video trend). When it comes to Le Chiquito sizes, it can be a minefield working out which style fits what inside, and ultimately, which Jacquemus bag size suits your needs best.
Jacquemus leaves you wondering one question — does size really matter? With its family of styles and playful silhouettes, the power of the bag lies in your hands.
Top-handle bags — Le Chiquito
Le Chiquito (Mini)
Le Chiquito, meaning ‘tiny’, does what it says on the tin. The humble designer knows that the secret to a good life is not in the material objects we carry with us, but rather in the simple pleasures — which is why these tiny bags are the perfect companion for carrying around your memories in. Mini but mighty, Le Chiquito is one of the brand’s most recognizable bags which explains why it has evolved into a number of colorways and styles, including the raffia and leather design. Squeeze your lipstick, keys and motivation to leave the comfort of your living room into this original mini.
Le Petit Chiquito (Micro)
Peak microbag. Le Chiquito may be small and cute, but it’s no competition for Le Petit Chiquito when it comes to size. Measuring just 8.5 cm x 5 cm x 2.5 cm, Jacquemus flipped the concept of the mini bag on its head and presented the world’s smallest designer bag. It may only hold so much as a Tic-Tac® inside, but you do have the world in the palm of your hand (quite literally, it’s about the same size). Thanks to its 50 cm strap, it can wrap around your wrist to double up as an accessory, or be worn across your body in a more conventional fashion.
Le Chiquito Noeud
The one with the curly, extendable handle in a circular hoop. Perfect for slipping onto your shoulder or pulling across your body, this little number speaks volumes of Jacquemus’ love for playing with proportions. Coming in at 18 cm x 13.5 cm x 7.5 cm and with a suede-feel finish, Le Chiquito Noeud fits your iPhone, your facemask, sanitizer and your keys. Thanks to its internal card slot, your valuables are safe too. All the necessities.
Le Chiquito Long
You guessed it — a longer version of Le Chiquito. Still small but with an elongated rectangular shape, Le Chiquito Long has an adjustable shoulder strap or can be held by its handle. With dimensions of 22 cm x 10.5 cm x 5.5 cm, the bag is the big bear of the family.
Le Chiquito Moyen (Medium)
More of a medium size, Le Chiquito Moyen straddles the ground between the Long and the Noeud with its 18 cm x 13.5 cm size.
Le Grand Chiquito (Large)
The largest of the Jacquemus Chiquito sizes. Sometimes, practicality wins out — but it doesn’t mean your bag has to suffer with clunky designs. Luckily, Le Grand Chiquito is the antidote for those who believe bigger is better with its big handle and cross-body strap. Expect to fit your wallet, your phone and all the little bits too, thanks to its 22 cm x 18 cm fit.
Top-handle Bag Size Dimensions
Le Petit Chiquito
8.5 cm x 5 cm x 2.5 cm
12 cm x 9 cm
Le Chiquito Noeud
18 cm x 13.5 cm
Le Chiquito Long
22 cm x 10.5 cm x 5.5cm
Le Chiquito Moyen
18 cm x 13.5 cm
Le Grand Chiquito
22 cm x 18 cm
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Cross-body bags — Le Bambino
Le Bambino (Mini)
Aptly translating as ‘little child’ in Italian, Le Bambino is the baby of the Jacquemus bags world. Remember, small means mighty — it packs a punch and your favorite lipstick. Expect detachable shoulder straps, magnetic fastenings and singular circle-top handles. Distinguishable from its Petit sister by the ‘Jacquemus’ gold-tone plaque, Le Bambino fits a little more, including your phone (think iPhone 12 size), keys, slim cardholder and maybe even your lipstick, thanks to its 17.5 cm x 9 cm shape. It’s the Jacquemus medium bag size in Le Bambino family.
Le Petit Bambino (Micro)
Of course, just when you think you’ve wrapped your head around the mini, Jacquemus throws off the shackles and takes you to the pint-size micro once again.
With its little J plaque, chunky, adjustable strap and cross-body design, Le Petit Bambino is adorable. Don’t expect to fit your phone in — this time, Jacquemus reminds you to live in the present, fuss-free and without all the bits normally rolling around at the bottom of your bag. 11 cm x 7.5 cm (it’s the little things in life).
Le Grand Bambino (Large)
Hardly supersize, but in comparison to Le Petit Bambino, Le Grand Bambino is the dream for those who love to have all the little bits to hand. No more worrying if your phone fits inside, this bag makes room for your phone, wallet, face mask, keys and makeup staples. There may even be room to spare, with dimensions of 23.5 cm x 13 cm.
Cross-body Bag Size Dimensions
Le Petit Bambino
11 cm x 7.5 cm
17.5 cm x 9 cm
Le Bambino Long
Le Bambino Long
Le Grand Bambino
23.5 cm x 13 cm
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Shoulder and Neck bags — Le Riviera and Le Pitchou
Le Riviera (One Size)
Your one-way ticket to the French Riviera awaits, thanks to La Riviera shoulder bag. This design is the minimalist’s true love — expect crocodile effects on white leather or bold candy pinks. With its sleek fold-over flap and 18 cm x 12 cm scale, La Riviera isn’t just reserved for your vacation. Take your phone, wallet and keys with you wherever you go.
Le Pitchou (One Size)
The ultimate neck bag, Le Pitchou is a round-shaped design with an adjustable neck strap. Prepare to downsize and play with proportion with the bag that acts as a necklace — fit your cards in both horizontally and vertically, as well as some cash and coins. Did Jacquemus invite you to wear a coin purse as a bag?
Shoulder and Neck Bag Size Dimensions
18 cm x 12 cm
11 cm x 11 cm (strap 46 cm)
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Belt bags — Le ceinture Bello and La Banane
La Ceinture Bello (Mini)
Expect to be joined at the hip to your Le Ceinture Bello belt bag (literally). At 11.5 cm x 8.5 cm, the bag’s fold-over design gives it a structured envelope look and will fit in your essentials.
La Banane (One Size)
Not one to waist your time, La Banane has a — you guessed it — banana-like structure. Worn across your body diagonally or sitting under your waist, the bag comes in at 9 cm x 25 cm x 6 cm and is happy to hold your (small) valuables.
Belt Bag Size Dimensions
Le ceinture Bello
11.5 cm x 8.5 cm
9 cm x 25 cm x 6 cm
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Straw bags — Le Panier Soleil
Le Panier Soleil
Reminiscent of days spent soaking up the sun in the south of France, Le Panier Soleil encapsulates that Jacquemus show in a field of wheat. Combining the neutral straw tones and pops of pink leather, the summery bag does more than just remind you of sunnier days past. It holds all your beach trip necessities, from towel to suncream, picnic snacks to ice-cream small change. The micro may be the brand’s baby, but Jacquemus certainly knows how to pull the big size out of the bag when the occasion calls.
Straw Bag Size Dimensions
Le Panier Soleil
48 cm x 26 cm