Because it can get pretty confusing identifying between the various designs that are currently offered under the Boite Chapeau family, this post will aim at addressing them all in a brief run-through, before going into this beauty proper.
It all began with the Petite Boite Chapeau, a modern-day handbag that was created as a reinterpretation of Louis Vuitton’s iconic Hat Box. From the almost rounded body to the adjustable leather top handle and S-lock closure, the Petite Boite Chapeau was truly built for the everyday, coming in a structured shape and with an additional long leather strap which allows for cross-body carrying. Over time, it came in miniaturised sizes like the Mini Boite Chapeau and Boite Chapeau Necklace, both of which come in a semi-structured body that’s cute as a button.
The ‘souple’ (or supple) version was introduced for Fall-Winter 2018, where Nicolas Ghesquière created it to be the soft alternative to its predecessors. It came with double zippered closures that made it easy to reach for your contents within and a strap punctured with several holes so the length can be adjusted as you please, giving you different options to carry it. Some of you found the size a tad too big and bulky, which probably explains why Louis Vuitton introduced the Boite Chapeau Souple PM, one that’s part of the brand’s Spring-Summer 2020 line-up that’s now available in boutiques and online as well.
Measuring just 17 cm by 16 cm, this lovely compact bag will be able to house your absolute essentials while staying chic and adorable all at once. It comes without the Louis Vuitton lock and luggage tag, allowing the bag to stay lightweight even when it’s fully loaded. The icing on the cake would be the fact that it’s priced significantly lower than its bigger sister, even though both of them come in a similar shape and silhouette. The other plus point? The strap can be adjusted to give a drop length ranging from 42 cm to 56 cm, so you can wear it high on the waist or low on the hip, giving you two looks for the price of one.
And speaking of price, the Boite Chapeau Souple PM priced at SGD2340 each is currently available in Monogram Canvas with aged natural cowhide trim. Only time will tell if it will come in options like Monogram Reverse or Monogram Giant, so keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for more information on that.