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Info of Gucci Bamboo

In 1947, Italy was still recovering from the devastating effects of World War II. With this recovery came shortages of resources, one of which was metal. This posed a threat to the designers at the Gucci fashion house who viewed metal as a necessity to make their luxurious handbags. However, the designers were undeterred in their quest to produce high quality products so they began to develop new and innovative ways to make them. It was from this crusade that the bamboo handle emerged. The designers knew that the plant was durable enough to take the place of metal, it was easily imported from Japan, and it possessed an exotic quality that would appeal to their high fashion clients.

The first Gucci Bamboo bag was small in size and was adorned in a luxurious pigskin leather. It was the handle that featured the new material. The bamboo cane was heated up then bent to create a curve that was a perfect fit for the freshly manicured hands of Gucci’s clients. The Bamboo Bag was an overnight sensation among the upper class and its popularity continued to grow over the next two decades.

Since its introduction, bamboo has been incorporated into the design of many of Gucci’s luxe handbags. It is often used in tassel designs or as tiny accents to add a little flair to the purses. In an ode to the original Bamboo bag, the creative director for Gucci, Frida Giannini, has decided to bring it back, but with a 21st century twist. The new bag is a fuse of historical and high-tech fashion. It begins with 140 pieces and takes a skilled artisan 13 hours to assemble. The end product features the same shape as the original, but is available in larger sizes as well. Additionally, nickel has been selected to use as hardware and bamboo tassels have been added to intensify the aesthetics.