The Archival Revival of the Gucci 1955 Horsebit

A look at the Gucci bag that features every must-have aspect from the brand right now

The dive into archives of storied House bags continues to be a major push for many brands, and much of this started with Gucci. Many of the bags we see have a twist from an archival design and the reintroduction of the Gucci 1955 Horsebit is no different, as it has been modernized with similar lines and forms that were first introduced six decades ago.

When you’re a handbag lover and hear the word Horsebit, you think Gucci. The Gucci Horsebit is part of the brand’s genetic code, being utilized for decades in countless bags, shoes, accessories, and clothing alike, it defines the brand as much as the double GG logo does. The Horsebit is made of a double ring and bar which is borrowed from the equestrian world.

As for this bag? Well, it’s what the 2019 version of everything coveted and popular in the handbag world is made of. A dash of nostalgia? Check. A touch of the archives? Check. A heap of monogram fabric? Check. The end result is a bag that I personally love and see many Gucci and handbag aficionados alike yearning for.

The Gucci 1955 Horsebit bag would easily fit into your handbag closet as a classic daily bag, offering the proper dimensions to carry your needs without delving into the world of oversized totes and shoulder bags. In fact, this bag can sit snugly under your arm as the shoulder strap is adjustable from 9.8″ to a 17.7″ drop. I always prefer a longer drop, but it’s become popular again to carry a more compact bag right under your arm. Overall dimensions are 9.8″W x 7″H x 3.1″D with an interior that is created with compartments and space in mind.

If you’ve read the site for a while, you know I am a lover of interior organization. Pre-kids I would meticulously divide up my items into sections of my bags that made sense. One area that was least accessible would always have my ‘medical’ items that were there for emergencies only while the easiest to reach part had my phone and wallet. It was an odd obsession that I tend to try to recreate with the kids, and while it always starts with the right intention, by the end of the day my bag is a mess. But if you have the want and time to plan the interior of your bag, the three gussets with one zipper and one open pocket create areas that allow this for you. The center pocket is the most spacious by far, but both the front and rear pocket will allow for organization and separation. Plus the exterior of the bag has interesting lines because of the gusset as well.

The exterior of the bag has all aspects that make Gucci well-known and sought after right now, including the iconic GG Supreme canvas print with brown leather trim, gold-toned Horsebit hardware, and a retro-vibe with a twist. The shoulder strap is attached withhalf of a Horsebit detail and the strap is adjustable, as mentioned above, but you will also be given a small pouch containing two additional button covers to hide the exposed studs when the shoulder strap is lengthened. Not necessary, but a nice touch. In a move that I love, this bag was first available online exclusively.

$2,300 at


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  1. JH Avatar

    I’ve never bought a Gucci bag with the logo but this could be the one.

    1. Megs Mahoney Dusil Avatar

      It’s so good, right? I was just telling Vlad earlier if it was priced around $1500-$1800, I would have already added to cart and purchased!

      1. JH Avatar

        Same here. The price is giving me pause as well. Purseblog has written about it already but it bears repeating that bag prices are going crazy. I like this bag a lot but I am having a hard time with the price tag. I used to spend a lot more for bags but in January of this year, I decided to cut back because prices are nuts and I have bought only two bags so far this year, one from Coach and a straw bag from Anthropologie

      2. Megs Mahoney Dusil Avatar

        I know. It’s really hard for me, even with years talking about bags, to continue to justify prices. This is a really nice bag – one that I do believe will stand the test of time, and for me, that is worth a bit more. But I do think it should be priced under $2,000 as well.

      3. Heart_of_au Avatar

        The price is outrageous especially when there are so many vintage pieces… that have the exact same look… on the market with reputable retailers.

      4. Linda Garrido Avatar
        Linda Garrido

        So I just looked, and in the UK it is roughly $1,980 USD. Factor into that the VAT return (about 12-14%) and it comes to roughly $1,700 and change. Certainly worth buying in Europe!

      5. Megs Mahoney Dusil Avatar

        Ok so just need the flight to the UK….!

  2. Ella Avatar

    I like it as I like many things Gucci!

  3. Polkadotbird Avatar

    ” but you will also be given a small pouch containing two additional button covers to hide the exposed studs when the shoulder strap is lengthened”

    That kind of detail is where luxury bags can really shine!

    1. Megs Mahoney Dusil Avatar

      Yes! It’s such an unnecessary but special detail that makes everything feel more luxurious!

  4. MademoiselleConnasse Avatar

    I like it and I m glad Gucci is giving a break to the over-the-top, over-embellished garbage they’ve been dumping over the past few years.

  5. ceebee_eebee Avatar

    If they release it in a non-logo fabric, it will be on my arm. LOVE the style, hate monogram.

    1. Megs Mahoney Dusil Avatar

      Would be stunning in tan leather!

  6. paris1278 Avatar

    The bag is nice but look at that car seat