Custom vintage leather shoulder bag, 1970s

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Custom vintage leather shoulder bag, 1970s

Originally released in the late 1970s, this shoulder bag is crafted from black leather with a flap closure and a Horsebit detail on the front. The interior has the Gucci crest embossed in gold. This bag was selected by the Creative Director and Vault archivists to represent the continuous connection between the past and present of the House. The accessory was reconditioned to the highest standard by in-House archivists, and it has been enriched with unique details born from the vision of exploration and experimentation that has always defined Gucci's narrative. This one-of-a-kind piece has been given the number 194 | 22 and will arrive in tailor-made packaging, specially crafted to embody the uniqueness of its design.

The Story

In 1978 two requests were made to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce: one for the "decoration for bags and the like consisting of two metal half-bits connected by a round leather fillet" and the other for "attachment for the strap of a bag or similar having the shape of a metal half-bit connected to a round leather fillet located at the continuation of the narrow part of the clamp." The Horsebit transcends its equestrian roots and connects the bag to the '50s, the decade it was first introduced into the world of Gucci.

Once the item was brought into Vault, it was customized with a shoulder strap with orange and green diagonal stripes and orange and green lining, these additions further establish the piece's one-of-a-kind status.

The connection between Gucci's contemporary and past collections is highlighted by unique customizations, which are found first on the brand’s runway shows, then on Vault virtual shelves. A statement on the continuous exploration of the archive to create treasured pieces, with a timeless spirit. Each item has been handpicked for its one-of-a-kind nature, embodying the theme of rarity that a vintage piece possesses. By holding a Vault object, you become part of the House's history by forever writing a piece of its journey through marks or alteration that naturally continue to happen as years go by.

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Product Details

Product code: 728874 AABJW 1069

Blue leather
W25cm x H21cm x D6cm/9.8""W x 8.3""H x 2.3""D
Originally Released: 1970s
Original Code: 3115
Customized by the House: shoulder strap with orange and green
diagonal stripes, orange and green lining and new "Made in Italy" stamp
This is a pre-owned product that was specifically selected for Vault.