Issey Miyake’s oversized Prism Tote is tall enough for your laptop, deep enough for a change of shoes, and chameleon enough to swing from office to cocktail party. Constructed from a flexible grid of mirror-like vinyl triangles linked together with polyester mesh, Bao Bao bags are like clay in the hands of a sculptor, its shape and composition entirely at the whim of its owner. An internal zipper pocket runs almost the length of this bag, and adjustable handles can transform it from tote to shopper, depending on the occasion. There’s a reason these technical, innovative bags have gone viral, and why they are so fiercely protected by the Issey Miyake brand.
The grandfather of modern design, progressive Japanese designer Issey Miyake has an infamous preoccupation with geometry and technology. Now 77, Issey Miyake is hailed by artists, designers and fashion houses as one of the most influential creatives of the century, and is perhaps most famous for his eponymous boutique perfume line and lightweight, un-creasable clothing line, ‘Pleats Please’. He’s also the man behind Steve Jobs’ black turtlenecks, the Lithuanian Olympic uniform in 1992, and most recently, the founder of his own design museum in Tokyo. Issey Miyake Bao Bao is one of many pet projects, and was established in 2000.