Vintage leather top handle bag, 1990s

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"Horizon painted on whitewashed sands
Speaks of sun-drenched foreign lands
Understated elegance carried you
From yacht to lunchtime rendez-vous."

Vintage leather top handle bag, 1990s

This top handle bag was first introduced in the Spring Summer 1992 Fashion Show with code 0211. The small structured shape is crafted in white and brown leather with gold-toned metal lock-like closure. The brown leather shoulder strap is detachable. On the interior this is 'Gucci Made in Italy.' Orange and green stripes have been hand-painted onto the original silhouette, reviving it into a one-of-a-kind item. This handbag was selected by the Creative Director and Vault archivists for its particularity, character and exceptional vintage condition, and it was reconditioned to the highest standard by in-house artisans. It has been given the number 07 | 21 and will arrive in tailor-made packaging. This rare and beautiful piece should be handled with exceptional care.

The Story

Created at the very beginning of Tom Ford's tenure at Gucci, this handbag was shown during the Spring Summer 1992 Fashion Show—right as Gucci's fashion revival began. The exploration of androgynous style is apparent in this silhouette as muted tones and a more masculine shape are paired with a lock accessory.

Once this handbag was brought into the Vault, it was hand-painted with orange and green stripes, further cementing its one-of-a-kind status.

As soon as you hold a piece of the Vault, you begin to write a new chapter of its story—instituting a relationship, rather than ownership, that will forever connect one owner to the next. As the years accumulate, every mark or crease is collected onto the surface, continuously altering the item’s appearance and making it unique. Imperfections should be expected and treasured as the journey continues for this piece.

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Product Details

Product code: 678481 A399V 9038

White and brown leather
W20cm x H19cm x D8cm
7.8"W x 7.5"H x 3.2"D
Original Code: 0211
Originally Released: early 1990s
Customized by the House: orange and green hand-painted stripes
This is a pre-owned product that was specifically selected for Vault