Ode to an Icon: How The Gucci Bamboo 1947 handbag has stood the test of time

With a long and storied history, the origin of the Gucci Bamboo 1947 dates back to Italy’s post-war era when traditional raw materials were scarce. As a solution, Guccio Gucci, the founder of the House, challenged the aesthetic rules of the time by using lightweight and durable bamboo for the handle of a purse. The bamboo top handle required a highly technical process to be brought to life, involving the selection of unblemished bamboo pieces, hand-shaping, multiple layers of lacquer, and even baking to achieve its shiny golden-brown finish. The meticulous process also meant that every Gucci Bamboo handle was unique.

The current version of this iconic bag remains true to its heritage while responding to the more varied needs of its contemporary clientele. It features interchangeable leather and web straps (making it a highly versatile accessory suitable for myriad occasions) and is available in both timeless colour palettes as well as seasonal variations and enriched by more special evening styles and precious leather iterations.

Having solidified its place in fashion history, the Gucci Bamboo 1947 is more than deserving of its current resurgence in popularity. It is also prominently featured in Gucci Cosmos, a major exhibition of the House’s most iconic designs from its 102-year history, currently on display at Shanghai’s West Bund Art Centre until the 25th of June, 2023. Curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and designed by Es Devlin, the exhibition features a special installation for the Bamboo 1947 that has been replicated for window displays at select Gucci boutiques around the world.

 “Gucci Bamboo 1947 represents the enduring bond between a woman and her handbag, the House’s innovative approach to craftsmanship and luxury, and the iconography of Gucci’s design evolution.”

Ultimately, the Gucci Bamboo 1947 represents the enduring bond between a woman and her handbag, the House’s innovative approach to craftsmanship and luxury, and the iconography of Gucci’s design evolution.

Bamboo 1947 is available exclusively at the Queen Street flagship store.

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