Last month, I gave you a closer look at my Gucci Bamboo Shopper and promised a full review would follow. Well, it’s here. There are many reasons I want to review this bag, but one of the main ones is very simple: I’m obsessed with this Gucci stunner. When it comes to a tote, I’m never sure if I will feel incredibly strong about it, but it turns out that this tote is one of my favorite bags in my entire collection.
Read on to see how my Gucci Bamboo Shopper scores in our purseonals ratings.
While entirely new designs lure me in immediately, it’s the straightforward simplicity of classic designs that I ultimately love. A good tote is a must in anyone’s handbag wardrobe, and for my busy lifestyle, I was looking for something a little larger than my usual.
This Gucci bag is the bag. The overall appearance is simple in concept, but the finished product is simply beautiful. We gave you a behind the scenes look at the making of Gucci Bamboo, and though I already adored the touch the bamboo handles add, knowing the intricate work that goes into making those bamboo handles has left me even more enthralled with this bag. The logo is small and beautiful, and the blue leather is a bright-as-neutral hue that works with everything in my wardrobe.
The outward appearance of a bag might be one of the most important categories, because unlike how we are taught to judge one another, what’s on the outside matters when it comes to your bags. This Gucci bag is lovely.
Usability + Functionality
My Gucci Bamboo Shopper easily gets five stars when it comes to usability and functionality. Everything about this bag makes sense, from the optional shoulder strap to the separate interior compartments and magnetic closure.
The top of the bag is secured by a strong magnetic closure tab; actually, it’s super strong. Sometimes I have to give it a good yank to separate it. But that is the only flaw, because it opens to a hyper-functional interior. The interior has three areas which are separated by a middle zip compartment. I’ve found this bag ideal for everything from day to day use to traveling. There are additional pockets and compartments as well.
Often I prefer a zip-top tote, but this bag really just works. I typically carry it with the optional shoulder strap, and I love how easy the interior is to access. A true test of a usable bag is my ability to get into it while I’m walking, and with this Gucci bag, that’s possible.
Quality + Construction
This bag easily scores a five for quality and function. The thick leather doesn’t stiffen, it’s super supple and doesn’t add additional weight. I’ve owned this bag for a couple months and it still smells brand new, which is a great nod to the quality of the leather. I already mentioned the intricate process of creating the bamboo handles, and paired with the beautiful materials used on the rest of this bag, it’s a winner.
As far as construction goes, I haven’t witnessed one tiny piece of this bag out of place. I always check the corners of a bag as well as the stitching for evidence of easy wear-and-tear, but this bag shows none of that.
With bag prices sykrocketing, I took into account the size of this tote along with the quality of the brand when thinking about value. The price is $2,290, and when I compare that to other market prices, it’s a very fair ticket price.
The ‘It’ Factor
It’s funny, when I think about the “it” factor, I think about the on-trend nature of the bag, but I also think about the everyday wearability. Some bags are so trendy that they score off the charts at a specific time in their lifespans, but a few months later we question why we ever loved the bag.
This Gucci bag is timeless. The shape is nothing new or extraordinary, but the bamboo handles set it apart and give a nod to the history of the brand while not looking outdated. This bag is simple, but I find it absolutely stunning.
My Gucci Bamboo Shopper scores 28 out of a possible 30, a very high score. I’m in love with it and know many of you would love it as well. There are different color options and sizes available, and while I love the exclusive-to-Gucci.com blue hue I have, the black is an incredibly chic option as well. Buy via Gucci.com for $2,290.