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Vintage suede shoulder bag, 1970s


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Vintage suede shoulder bag, 1970s

This shoulder bag first appeared in the artisans' notebook from 1969-`973 with code G1604. The squared shape is crafted in white suede with a velour finish and a gold-toned metal chain and buckle closure. The shoulder strap is crafted in leather and is adjustable. On the interior, this is 'Made in Italy by Gucci' with the patent number 'BREV.N. 36279.' This shoulder bag 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 95 | 21 and will arrive in tailor-made packaging. This rare and beautiful piece should be handled with exceptional care.

The Story

In decades past, once a Gucci handbag was finished and inspected, a discreet place was chosen and then hand-stamped in gold with the phrase Made in Italy by Gucci. The now recognizable trademark was accompanied by a number that was used to identify the craftsperson who made the bag. Here, in faded gold, the identification number 23 is still visible as it continues to take part in this bag's story—forever connecting the wearer to the day it was crafted.

In 1970 the request was made to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to obtain the patent for the "with metal gasket with a wrought iron chain and pin buckle" (as mentioned in the patent) which was then issued in 1972. For the Spring Summer 2016 collection, Alessandro Michele reintroduced the chain detail for the Sylvie line.

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: 678468 A39FW 1916

White suede with a velour finish
W21cm x H17cm x D8cm
8.3"W x 6.7"H x 3.4"D
Original Code: G1604
Originally Released: Early 70s
Due to the creative decision to preserve the original lining of this handbag, there might be some visible wear and tear.
This is a pre-owned product that was specifically selected for Vault.