Issey Miyake

Bao Bao Prism Frost


Bao Bao Issey Miyake has released a spectrum of new colors and sizes. The bag is renowned for its shield-like assemblage of polyvinyl triangles, which transform the flat mesh fabric into a three-dimensional form resembling a flexible piece of origami—or a whimsically designed building. The incredible feat of engineering was first introduced in 2000 when the fashion designer aptly dubbed it the Bilbao as a homage to Spain’s Guggenheim Museum, an architectural totem by the transcendental Frank Gehry whose swirling facade is regarded as a masterpiece of deconstructivism. Coincidingly, Issey Miyake opened a flagship store in New York City also designed by Gehry, which is famous for its 25-foot-high titanium sculpture known as “The Tornado.” The same way Gehry’s structures seem to have an inner life force of their own, so too did Miyake’s garments which took the form of the wearer's body. 

Since its introduction, the bag has gone through many transformations—colors, sizes, and typologies. This season, the fashion house is introducing Prism Frost, a series of bags clad in subtly iridescent enamel. Available as a tote, shoulder, and pouch bag, the collection features seasonal colors—a melange of red, blue, and beige. Fashioned with smaller isosceles triangles, the patchworked construction is evermore deconstructivist, with an exterior that likens a Gehry facade.

Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Frost Tote Bag in Red 

Tote: 15.56in x 15.56in

Surface: Polyvinyl Chloride
Base: Polyester
Lining: Nylon

By The Numbers:

3 signature styles 
800 triangles 
7 variations of triangles in the Bao Bao Issey Miyake collection 
2000, the year the first Bao Bao Issey Miyake bag was introduced
2010, the year Bao Bao Issey Miyake became its own brand