In 1897, Guccio Gucci left his hometown of Florence and ventured to London, where he found work as a bellhop. It was during his time there, handling the luggage of the affluent clientele, that he was inspired to return to Italy and create a line of leather goods. In 1921, Gucci opened his boutique, offering imported suitcases and locally handcrafted goods.
One of Gucci’s most significant contributions to fashion history came in the late 1940s with the introduction of the bamboo-handle bag. This small, structured purse featured a bamboo handle that was shaped by the heat of a flame. Its unique design caught the attention of Hollywood, particularly when Ingrid Bergman showcased a variation of the bag in the film “Viaggio in Italia.” This led to a lasting love affair between Hollywood and the Italian label.
Gucci expanded its presence globally, opening stores in various locations. Grace Kelly, while in Milan, purchased a silk scarf adorned with the Flora pattern, a feminine floral design that remains popular to this day. Additionally, Jackie Kennedy Onassis chose a hobo bag with a piston closure, which has recently been reissued by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.
These reissued bags are a testament to the enduring appeal of statement pieces that withstand the test of time. A statement bag doesn’t necessarily need to be overly trendy or novel; instead, it should exude elegance and timelessness. According to Hallie Spradlin of Fashion Snoops, luxury handbags have become even more cherished as precious statement pieces that consumers are willing to invest in. This trend reflects a desire to pare down excess and focus on essential wardrobe pieces.
Below, you’ll find Sumptuous’s selection of the best Gucci bags to consider adding to your collection.