by Aminath Ifasa
  • 1 minute read
  • June 09, 2020
Issey Miyake Has Reinvented Its Iconic Bao Bao To Mark The Bag’s 20th Anniversary

The Bao Bao bag has been an industry favorite for its mellifluous blend of art and design. Since its launch in 2000, this wearable piece of art is the result of what founder Issey Miyake refers to as “shapes made by chance.” And now, on the occasion of the bag’s 20th anniversary, the Japanese brand has released a never-before-seen limited-edition miniature version, the Petite Bao, referencing the minimalist lifestyle that many of us seem to have adapted to during these times.

For the bag’s 20th anniversary, Miyake has made a dramatic change to the bag’s classic design. The latest Autumn Winter 2020/21 collection of the bag features a dainty miniature version of the original Bao Bao, at just 25 percent of its original size. The new sized-down version, however, has not lost its futuristic allure.

Issey Miyake has been the master of using unusual materials in his designs, and the Bao Bao bag is created using a mesh fabric layered with small triangles of polyvinyl. This careful engineering allows it to create a myriad of shapes when used.

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