Vintage Bamboo suede handbag, 1970s

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Vintage Bamboo suede handbag, 1970s

This Bamboo bag was first produced in the mid 1970s with the code 0633. The small structured shape is crafted in brown Square G suede and is complemented by a natural bamboo handle and closure. Embossed in gold in the interior is 'Made in Italy by Gucci'. Multicolor stripes have been hand-painted onto the original design, 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 08 | 21 and will arrive in tailor-made packaging. This rare and beautiful piece should be handled with exceptional care.

The Story

Created by Florentine artisans during the postwar period, the craftsmanship behind this bag 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 suede of the bag's body. Once this handbag was brought into the Vault, it was hand-painted with multicolor stripes, cementing its one-of-a-kind status.

In 1975 the request was made to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to obtain the patent for the "checkerboard design in which squares are alternated with letters G, also in square form" (as mentioned in the patent) which was then issued in 1978. For the Cruise 2018 collection, Alessandro Michele reintroduced the Square G motif.

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: 674897 A39GV 2059

Brown Square G suede
W26.5cm x H17cm x D10cm
11.4"W x 6.7"H x 4"D
Original Code: 0633
Originally Released: mid 1970s
Customized by the House: orange and green hand-painted stripes
This is a pre-owned product that was specifically selected for Vault.