Gucci is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The classic GG monogram is easy to spot no matter what piece it graces, but there is much more to the history of Gucci than just the logo. In 1921, Guccio Gucci started a leather goods company in Florence and within a few years, sophisticated shoppers were turning to the house of Gucci for their luxury goods. The horsebit icon, which is just as recognizable as the GG monogram, was an idea that stemmed from the many horse-riding aristocrats Guccio came to know in Italy. The brand continued to grow and expand to the massive and well-respected design house it is today, but now Gucci wants to turn back to its roots and share more of the company history by reflecting on the Gucci Icons.
While taking a stroll back through time to see the iconic items that make the brand what it is today, three iconic handbags stand out: the Stirrup, the New Bamboo, and the Jackie. Along with that, we have a gallery of imagery throughout Gucci’s history, from the early 1930s to today.
The design has not changed much since the inception of this bag, and the Gucci New Bamboo Top Handle Bag remains a classic. While other brands attempt to bring touches of bamboo into their lines, Gucci is the only designer that does it tastefully and without a note of kitsch. I immediately narrowed in on this cherry red crocodile version with light gold hardware. Not only is this exotic bag delightful, but it’s also the perfect hue to work with fall trends. Price is $14,900 via Gucci.