The Making Of The Gucci Bamboo 1947 Bag

The Making Of The Gucci Bamboo 1947PHOTO COURTESY OF GUCCI

The Gucci Bamboo 1947 bag is a testament to the Italian fashion house’s commitment to craftsmanship. It requires forging that iconic bamboo handle over a flame, a unique process that holds true to this day. This also means that no two bags are ever the same, as the colour and shape of the handle alone will differ from piece to piece.

What began as an unexpected choice during Italy’s post-war era when raw materials were still scarce now serves as an iconic feature of the storied bag. How does it happen? Well, an expert artisan first slices the resilient bamboo into rigid strips before tempering it by fire.

The Making Of The Gucci Bamboo 1947PHOTO COURTESY OF GUCCI

Next, he moulds each piece into the impeccable semi-circular curve, a metal prong holding it together to ensure it retains its shape. To achieve its slightly glossy finish, he then applies extra layers of lacquer to the bamboo handle. This also results in the golden-brown hue that sets the tone for the Gucci Bamboo 1947 bag.

The Making Of The Gucci Bamboo 1947PHOTO COURTESY OF GUCCI

Leather parts get meticulously stitched together to form an accordion-like interior. Finishing touches, from metallic rivets to the bamboo turn-lock closure, complete the bag as an icon through and through.

To give the bag a contemporary edge, the Gucci Bamboo 1947 comes with an interchangeable webbing strap if you prefer switching out the thin leather sling.

A good looker that’s handcrafted in Italy, the top-handle bag in smooth, supple leather is available in multiple colours and sizes. It also extends to Jumbo GG canvas and exotics, all variations of the original design that started way back in 1947. 

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