Very few brands reach the point of iconography, but Gucci has done it beautifully and in more ways than one. This week, our focus surrounds the famous Gucci Bamboo, including its rich history and unique manufacturing process.

Gucci Spring 2014 Handbags

If you don’t like fringe, it’s not time to panic quite yet. Generally, Gucci runways display a small, hyper-focused fraction of the bags that are forthcoming from the brand for any particular season’s collection, and this season, the aforementioned focus happened to include quite a bit of fringe.

Gucci Bamboo: Behind the Scenes (9)

The 90-year legacy of Gucci is filled with a classic sensibility from the early 1920s, and the focus of the brand has always surrounded the master craftsmanship of Tuscan artisans. Gucci prides itself in crafting luxury pieces, and the focus now goes back to the Bamboo line, which dates back to the 1940s.

Gucci Bamboo Patent Form

There are few elements of handbag history as recognizable and inventive as the curved handles of the famous Gucci Bamboo Handbags, and like innovations in every sector from astrophysics to candy-making, necessity was the mother of this particular invention.

Gucci Bamboo: Behind the Scenes (2)

I’ve been so excited to share our coverage on the iconic Gucci Bamboo, from the history, to the making, to the bags and accessories. We spent time in Italy becoming acquainted with the product and we look forward to bringing you along the journey as we share it with you as well.

RuPaul carries a Gucci logo tote bag in Beverly Hills (5)

Here’s RuPaul in Beverly Hills, sans his famous drag trappings, pairing a Gucci Logo Print Tote Bag with a fab pink two button suit and white sandals. We’re unsure as to whether this specific bag is a men’s or women’s style (judging by its size, I’m leaning towards the latter), but we doubt Ru is overly concerned either way.

Gucci Bright Bit Leather Shoulder Bag

Gucci Bright Bit Leather Shoulder Bag, was $1,050 now $703 via Neiman Marcus.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley carries a Gucci Bamboo Shopper Tote at the airport in Sydney (5)

Here’s English model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, sporting neutral tones in an effort to blend in with the common airport folk in Sydney, Australia, but to no avail – that bright red Gucci Bamboo Shopping Tote and her general supermodel good looks gave her away almost instantly.

Gucci Lady Lock Small Bamboo Top Handle

When I set my eyes on the Gucci Lady Lock Bags yesterday, I immediately thought of our recent discussion on carrying designer bags to the office. Although some of these bags (especially the ones with bamboo handles) are a bit recognizable, the overall look – subtle, refined, totally elegant – strikes me as one that could find itself at home in even a conservative work environment, especially in non-exotic leathers.

Gucci Natural Python Duffel Bag

One of my favorite things about fashion is that it gives people permission to be impractical. Sometimes you need a pair of six-inch heels that you can’t exactly walk in or a dress that fits correctly only when you’re standing up or a maxi skirt so voluminous that it gets caught under the wheels of your desk chair at work.