In keeping with Raf Simon’s somewhat minimalist interpretation of Dior (well, compared with his predecessor’s), the brand’s ‘Be Dior’ handbag is getting the attention it truly deserves, stealthily swapping with Lady Dior and Diorissimo as the sac du jour. It’s a simple trapezium, with a compact form factor—an aesthetic that can be traced to the Fifties, when neat, small handbags were the rage. With Jennifer Lawrence carrying them in the latest spring campaigns for the house, ‘Be Dior’ is destined to go the way of those ‘Mise En Dior’ earrings: huge.
We like the version with different coloured handles. Last season, when ‘Be Dior’ debuted, there was a baby blue—called “jean blue”—handle, but it was not available in the Dior boutique when we visited. Despite its compactness, the mini ‘Be Dior’ is rather roomy inside. The gussets can be unbuttoned at the top to let the bag go fuller—a condition that, we suspect, is hard to avoid. It’s also rather light. However, if holding the bag in your hand proves to be less desirable, a detachable strap can be fastened so that the “Be Dior” can be a shoulder bag. Four charm letters are attached conspicuously to the right side of the handle. It’s branding few women can resist.
‘Be Dior’ calfskin handbag (mini), SGD5,000, is available in four colours at Dior boutiques