Truth be told, it’s always been a love-hate relationship between Gucci and me. Sometimes I love what they do, most times I don’t. Then again who out there can claim to loving every single piece/collection that fashion houses push out?
Honestly I like what they did with the New Jackie, as well as the Parvanda Frida collection (so much in fact I’ve put my name down for the Special Edition Boston). And now I’m really liking Frida’s reinterpretation of the New Bamboo, an iconic house classic given a quick makeover.
Like I’ve mentioned before, bamboo came to be used in the 40s due to the lack of raw materials and it quickly became a firm favourite with royalty (weren’t they supposed to be fleeing wars back then) and celebrities alike. Besides the use of exotic croc, leather and GG fabric on other pieces, I especially like one here; the Gucci New Bamboo GG Neoprene. And while it isn’t exactly innovative (Louis Vuitton had the Monogram Scuba collection for Cruise 2009), it sure is pretty.
Elements like the single bamboo handle, twin detachable shoulder straps (a regular leather strap and a braided strap with chain details), and the bamboo turn-lock closure make up this SGD3630 showpiece that measures 27 cm by 17 cm. One that should be used with care and handed down through the generations.
It’s an icon after all.
And before I sign off, here are the New Bamboo pieces in the slight larger size (36 cm by 22 cm) in black neoprene, GG fabric and blue crocodile. Stunning to say the least don’t you think?