So many items are described as ‘classic’ these days, but how many handbags have stood the test of 64 years? Not too many, we’d wager. 64 you say? Oh yes, but the Gucci Bamboo bag is such a beautifully simple luxe idea that it still looks deliciously modern today, with its reassuringly stiff body and elegant bamboo handle, the bags are like heirlooms that can be passed from generation to generation.
In celebration of this unique, iconic design, the Gucci shop in Sloane St is hosting a travelling display which traces the history of the bag over the decades – and the ladies who clasped them. Ingrid Bergman and Vanessa Redgrave are two whose picture has been saved in the Gucci archive. After London, the display will head off around Europe on tour.
As well as admiring the past, Gucci has launched another classic bag - the “New Bamboo”—the 21st century version of the classic, reinterpreted by Creative Director Frida Giannini. GWORJASS!
Before we go, we thought we’d treat your ears as well as your eyes – to another classic that has stood the test of time, Andy William’s rendition of The House of Bamboo.
You can go and visit the bags for yourself at Gucci, 18 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9NE
- Naomi Attwood