Vintage leather backpack with bamboo, 1994

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Vintage leather backpack with bamboo, 1994

Featured in the Fall Winter 1994/1995 advertising campaign, this backpack is crafted in white leather with natural bamboo handle and closure. 'Gucci Made in Italy' is embossed in gold on the interior. An orange and green pattern has been hand-painted onto the original design, reviving it into a one-of-a-kind item. This backpack 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 20 | 21 and will arrive in tailor-made packaging. This rare and beautiful piece should be handled with exceptional care.

The Story

Designed under Tom Ford's Creative Direction, this bamboo backpack demonstrates the continuous connection of historic elements to modern silhouettes. The original Gucci bamboo handle was first created by Florentine artisans during the postwar period, the detail exuded a feeling of luxurious travel and provided an attainable escape from reality. By using a flame, the bamboo handle was curved into a semicircle shape and added an unexpected contrast to the smooth leather of the bag's body.

The white leather extends around the body resulting in a slouchy, relaxed feel. The bamboo handle is its most defining feature, but it's complemented by a bamboo closure. Once this bag was brought into the Vault, it was hand-painted with an orange and green pattern, 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 an 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 completely unique. Imperfections should be expected and treasured as the journey continues for this piece.

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Product Details

Product code: 678476 A390V 9084

White leather
W21cm x H24cm x D11cm
8.3"W x 9.5"H x 4.3"D
Original Code: 0030
Originally Released: mid 1990s
Customized by the House: Green and orange hand-painted shapes
Due to the creative decision to preserve the original lining of this backpack, there might be some visible wear and tear.
This is a pre-owned product that was specifically selected for Vault.