They talk of space tourism and the colonization of Mars, and dream a beautiful dream of one day boarding a spaceship as a civilian, for the cost of a plane ticket, and heading to another planet on vacation. It’s the stuff of Jetsons dreams, humanity’s old obsession with space brought into our modern times. This time, it’s backed up by the billions of these unlikely space pioneers, so it feels slightly more doable even for the regular Joe or Jane at home.
No wonder then that this space obsession has reached industries not even remotely related. If you can afford it, you can buy jewelry pieces or watches with lunar dust, or integrating small pieces of rocket debris, or you can buy your own meteorite. Speaking of meteorites...
The Mini Meteorite Swipe Bag is based on Coperni’s now-iconic Swipe, a very small tote usually made of glass, meant as a fashion statement than as an actual, functional accessory. Because of its dimensions and the choice of material, it can’t be used in any of the ways you’d use a handbag. It’s too small, too uncomfortable, too heavy, fully transparent, and too rigid to allow you to actually put anything inside it. The Swipe is a status symbol, meant to indicate both extreme wealth and knowledge of the latest catwalk trends, so it caught on remarkably fast.
At this year’s Paris Fashion Week, Coperni introduced the Fall/Winter 2023 collection, including several Boston Dynamics Spot robot dogs (someone has to carry those Swipe tots, after all!) and the most striking variation of a Swipe ever: the meteorite tote. That tote is now available for purchase, with Coperni announcing plans for an entire capsule collection, with each item made from a different space stone.
The first Meteorite Swipe is 9 cm (3.5 inches) high in the body, with a total height of just 23 cm (9 inches). It’s the very definition of a tote, small and dainty and highly impractical, but it weighs 1.8 kg (3.9 lbs) empty and is carved out of stone and covered in resin. It is, as Coperni describes it, “a lunar fossil that fell to earth 55,000 years ago, [was] found in France in 1968 and carved in 2023,” certified by the Theatrum Mundi, and if you want to get philosophical about it, the point where space exploration, architecture, primitive art, and high fashion meet. You might not get to carry much stuff inside it, if anything at all, but think of what an excellent conversation starter it’ll be.
Jokes aside, had this Meteorite Tote been a one-off, it would have probably become an objet d’art with a very high collectible value, one that wouldn’t have looked out of place in some museum. This is one of those cases where less is definitely more, and Coperni went into overkill territory with the plans for an entire capsule collection, especially considering glass, and glass and horned Swipes exist, as well as a €100,000 ($110,000) Swipe carved out of gold.