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Here’s to keeping things compact

WORDS BY HEATHER GWYTHER

We love bags (and everything wearable really) here at KOIBIRD. They’re just so functional! So gorgeous! So collectable! But while it’s often tempting to chuck your entire life into a massive one, we think small bags – in their own small way – can be just as useful. For one, they encourage you to strip back your material existence into something more manageable. Who needs a hefty wallet containing obscure loyalty cards from a bygone era (who else still has their TATE membership card from 2014…just me?), when a phone with face and thumb recognition will suffice? Add keys to the mix (alongside one bonus item of your choice, mine’s an Oyster card. Yes, I know my phone does this for me) and off you trot. If there’s something outsize that you simply must have on or near your person, there’s always the option of getting someone else to carry it. But mostly we love small bags because they’re cute. Here are a few of our favourites. 

CALL IT BY YOUR NAME

'Emoji Rainbow'
Hand Embroidered Mini Bucket Bag

Behold the perfect festival bag! And that’s not just because this Call It By Your Name number has a fun and fabulous print: you can put this in the washing machine if it gets dirty – it’s made entirely of cotton. 

CORDOVA

Hyak Waterproof Belt Bag

Calling all practical minimalists, we have the perfect small bag for you: Cordova’s Hyak Waterproof Belt Bag. Originally intended for the slopes, we think it looks just as fabulous layered over city clothes like trench coats, and blazers (a good cinch situation never goes amiss) as it does worn with a waterproof jumpsuit. 

ELAOW

Nappa Leather Pouch

Pouches may seem like unassuming accessories, but ELAOW pouches – available at KOIBIRD in green, pink and silver – have punch power. We won’t judge you for wanting the matching iPhone cover, lipstick case and key holder too. 

PERFECT MOMENT

Sherpa Bumbag

While we love how Perfect Moment’s Sherpa Bumbag liberates our arms for hugging, we also enjoy hugging the bag itself. Whether you’re in Courchevel or the Cotswolds, it’s delightfully cosy and will breathe new life into your worn-out barber jacket.

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