I am a little bit late to the party but since the comeback of the bucket bag from the designer duo Mansur Gavriel in 2013, the iconic bag hasn’t left any collection of the past years and I love it! When we look into the history we see that it actually hasn’t left at all or it has made a lot of comebacks! Through the years we can recognise the shape year in year out in ads and pictures.
As first in the fashion world, this very classic model was seen in a collection of Louis Vuitton in 1932. Even though it was not meant to be a fashion statement. As we can read it had a totally different purpose: ““Asked by a Champagne producer to develop a sturdy, stylish bag in which he could transport five bottles of bubbly, Gaston-Louis Vuitton created the classic Noé design. That was in 1932.” – Louis Vuitton.
A few year later in WW II the bucket bag was back. First, it was used to carry water or tools in but it had to be collapsible as well, to take it with you when it was empty. So the bags were made of textile or soft leather due to their traits . Later these bags were used as purses as we can see in the goodbye kiss of these lovers.
The 50’s & 60’s
In the late 50’s, early 60’s Hermès came with a, well let’s say, pretty real bucket bag. Despite the fact that you should not use it as a bucket because it is decorated with holes in it.
Later on in the 70’s the bucket is back again and was designed by Bonnie Cashin for COACH. She made the bag not exclusively available for the haute couture but now also for the prêt-a-porter.
The 80’s & 90’s
In the 80s we see different shapes such as a square bucket bag from Chanel. In the end of the 80s begin 90’s the bucket bag was still there, even in nude ‘naked’ leather, as seen in Vogue. This way you can combine it with every style.
The bucket bag nowadays
And then, of course, the comeback by Mansur Gavriel in 2013. The duo pursued to make an It-bag for a not so It-bag price. It put the bucket bag back into the prêt-a-porter collection lines. Since the big hit, the bucket bag came back in a lot of collections.
Since the bags of Mansur Gavriel were sold out in a few hours and still are sold out I have to figure out how to get my own. What do you think of the history and newest designs of the bucket bag? Should it stay or is it already time to find a new (old) It-bag?